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.
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.
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.
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.
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.”
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.
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.
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.
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.
Plans to Focus on Upstate Economic Development Included in State of the State Address
State Senator Patty Ritchie is applauding Governor Andrew Cuomo’s call for building on the progress of the past two years to create more jobs and continue economic growth, following Wednesday’s State of the State address in Albany.
“In 2013, my focus is jobs, and I was thrilled to hear that Governor Cuomo is making that one of his priorities as well,” said Senator Ritchie.
“We have made some great strides recently when it comes to getting our state’s economy back on track, but there’s a lot more we can do. I’m eager to get to work and continue to collaborate with the Governor and my fellow colleagues in an effort to put more New Yorkers back to work.”