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‘FARM VIABILITY INSTITUTE’ FEATURED AT INAUGURAL MEETING OF SENATE AGRICULTURE COMMITTEE

State Senator Patty Ritchie hosted the first meeting of the Senate Standing Committee on Agriculture Tuesday, and featured a presentation by representatives of the New York Farm Viability Institute, which sponsors agricultural research and other programs to help bolster farmers’ bottom lines.

February 14, 2013
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RITCHIE MAKES EARLY VALENTINE’S DAY VISIT TO SAMARITAN KEEP HOME

State Senator Patty Ritchie made an early Valentine’s Day visit to Samaritan Keep Home’s Adult Day Care in Watertown on Wednesday. 

February 13, 2013
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CHANCELLOR UPDATES ON SUNY COLLEGE INDEPENDENCE

State University Chancellor Nancy Zimpher, questioned by Senator Patty Ritchie during today's Higher Education budget hearing, provides an update on the shared services--and shared presidents--initiative at the Canton and Potsdam campuses.

Senator Ritchie has been challenging SUNY's central admionistration to find operational savings in other ways than to eliminate the college presidencies, arguing that the campuses need independent leadership.

Earlier, SUNY committed to an announcement a leadership search sometime this year, and Chancellor Zimpher says more information will be forthcoming athe the SUNY Board's March meeting, which is currently scheduled for March 18 and 19, at the SUNY Purchase campus.

February 11, 2013
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Committee Meeting: Agriculture Meeting

Senate Standing Committee on Agriculture Senator Patricia Ritchie, Chair 9:00 AM, Tuesday, February 12, 2013 Room 411 LOB

Speakers will include David Grusenmeyer, Managing Director of the New York Farm Viability Institute and Steve Griffen, Vice-Chair of the Board of Directors of the New York Farm Viability Institute.

February 12, 9:00 AM - 9:26 AM
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RITCHIE CONTINUES TO ADVOCATE FOR MANDATE RELIEF

Senator Patty Ritchie questions state Corrections Commissioner Brian Fischer concerning the problem of state parole violators filling local county jails--at county taxpayer expense. 

February 6, 2013
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RITCHIE REMINDS PROPERTY OWNERS STAR DEADLINE IS NEAR

New York State School Tax Relief Program Deadline is March 1st

State Senator Patty Ritchie is reminding homeowners in Oswego, Jefferson and St. Lawrence Counties that the deadline for New York State’s School Tax Relief Program—or STAR—is March 1, 2013.

STAR is a tax relief program that lowers property taxes for owner-occupied primary residences.  There are two types of benefits, Basic STAR and Enhanced STAR.

February 5, 2013
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Agriculture Budget Hearing

Senator Patty Ritchie, chair of the Senate Agriculture Committee, quizzes First Deputy Agriculture Commissioner Jim Bays on the Governor's Executive Budget proposal, including funding for critical research, education and marketing programs.

Senator Ritchie highlighted the need for funding for apple farmers devastated by recent hurricanes,  a proposal to cut funding to the Farm Viability Institute, and property tax relief for farmers.

The hearing took place on Monday, Feb. 4th, and is one of the first steps to enacting an on-time budget before the April 1 deadline.

 

 

February 4, 2013
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RITCHIE, LIBRARY OFFICIALS MEET, DISCUSS WAYS TO SUPPORT PUBLIC LIBRARIES IN NNY

State Senator Patty Ritchie met this week with representatives of Northern New York libraries from Jefferson and St. Lawrence Counties.

Senator Ritchie was recently reappointed to serve on the Senate Select Committee on Libraries; a panel charged with looking for ways to support the future of public libraries in New York State.

February 1, 2013
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RITCHIE SEEKS NOMINATIONS FOR 2013 “WOMEN OF DISTINCTION”

Friends, Family Members and Co-workers Invited to Make Nominations Through April 5th

State Senator Patty Ritchie is now accepting nominations for the New York State Senate’s 2013 “Women of Distinction” program. 

The program honors women’s history in the Empire State by recognizing outstanding leaders and everyday citizens from the present who are making a difference.

January 31, 2013
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RITCHIE RENAMED TO SENATE SELECT COMMITTEE ON LIBRARIES

Renews Commitment to Supporting Libraries, Expanding Opportunities for Taxpayers

State Senator Patty Ritchie has announced she has been renamed to the Senate Select Committee on Libraries, a panel charged with looking for ways to support the future of public libraries in New York State.

January 29, 2013
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RITCHIE RENAMED CHAIR OF SENATE AGRICULTURE COMMITTEE

Also Lands Spots on Committees Key to Central and Northern New York Communities

State Senator Patty Ritchie has announced she has been renamed Chair of the Senate Agriculture Committee, and was also named to serve on several committees with direct oversight of issues that are key to the regions she represents.

January 25, 2013
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GOVERNOR’S BUDGET INCLUDES WELCOME NEWS FOR FARMERS

Ritchie Applauds Governor’s Support for Upstate Agriculture

State Senator Patty Ritchie is applauding Governor Cuomo’s continued commitment to New York State’s agriculture industry and Upstate farming as evidenced in the Executive Budget proposal outlined on Tuesday.

“Here in New York State our hardworking farmers are the backbone of our workforce and agriculture is the cornerstone of our economy,” said Senator Ritchie.

“I am pleased that Governor Cuomo is recognizing the important—and critical—role  agriculture plays. His funding of agriculture in the Executive Budget proposal sends a message that this industry is a key part of our efforts to revitalize New York State’s economy.”

January 23, 2013
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STATEMENT FROM SENATOR RITCHIE ON 2013-2014 EXECUTIVE BUDGET PROPOSAL

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In the past two years, we have begun to turn a corner in New York State, and certain components of Governor Cuomo’s State Budget proposal announced today—such as his pledge to rein in spending and not to implement any new taxes or fees—will help to continue this trend of fiscal responsibility.

Job creation is my top priority, and I was pleased to hear that there will be significant investments the creation of employment opportunities for New Yorkers looking to head back to work.  As announced today, the inclusion of $150 million for a third round of Regional Economic Development Council funding will build on the success of this program and help spur the economies in Central and Northern New York.

January 22, 2013
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RITCHIE MEETS WITH CHAIR OF BOARD OF REGENTS STATE AID COMMITTEE

State Senator Patty Ritchie met recently with Dr. James Dawson, Chair of the Board of Regents State Aid Committee to discuss the challenges rural schools in Central and Northern New York are facing and make a commitment to work together in an effort to find a solution to ensure both quality educational experiences for students and relief for taxpayers.

January 18, 2013
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STATEMENT BY SENATOR PATTY RITCHIE

The horrific incidents in Newtown, CT, and Webster, NY, prompted shock and outrage across America. As a mother, and a grandmother, I experienced the same emotions and horror at these events, and other recent random acts of gun violence, as citizens all across this great state and nation.

January 14, 2013
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RITCHIE SWORN IN FOR SECOND STATE SENATE TERM

State Senator Patty Ritchie was sworn in for her second term in office, as lawmakers returned to Albany for the start of the legislative session.

Senator Ritchie is pictured in the above photo with New York’s Chief Judge, Jonathan Lippman.

January 11, 2013
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RITCHIE’S "MARK’S LAW" GAINS SUPPORT

Additional Sponsors Sign-On to Measure to Protect First Responders,

Online Petition Grows to More Than 2,000 Signatures

State Senator Patty Ritchie has announced additional support for “Mark’s Law," her measure designed to put the full weight of the law behind emergency first responders and ensure just punishment for those who harm these heroes.

As of Friday, seven lawmakers have signed on to co-sponsor her bill, S.2130..  In addition,  an online petition where the public can show their support for Mark’s Law has reached more than 2,000 signatures.

January 11, 2013
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