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SENATOR RITCHIE DELIVERS FUNDING TO DREDGE OGDENSBURG PORT

$200,000 Kickstarts Project to Bring More Shipments, Jobs to the Facility 

State Senator Patty Ritchie today announced that she has secured $200,000 in special state grant funding to start dredging at the Port of Ogdensburg.

“The future of Ogdensburg’s deep water port is at risk from 30 years of silt build up that makes docking more difficult, dangerous and costly,” said Senator Ritchie. “This funding helps kickstart the dredging project, protects jobs and adds to the Port’s potential to increase shipping and work opportunities.”

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In addition to jobs created by the dredging and silt removal project, the Port itself supports 70 jobs and pumps more than $5 million into the local economy each year.

It was last dredged in 1984, and the rising river bottom from accumulated silt could sink recently expanded efforts to attract new business, and create more local jobs.

July 2, 2014
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SENATOR RITCHIE NAMED TO NATIONWIDE VETERANS PANEL

Group Will Explore Ways to Improve Services, Outreach to Those Who Served

State Senator Patty Ritchie has been picked to be part of a nationwide group looking at ways to improve services and outreach to veterans and active members of America’s military.

The Council of State Governments “Task Force on Military and Veterans Affairs” includes legislators and elected state leaders from across the country. The panel is charged with identifying key veterans’ issues and best-practices that are already in use in various states. The group’s findings will be used to help draft legislative proposals in New York and other states to aid veterans.

“As the State Senator who represents the largest military post in the Northeast, and tens of thousands of veterans who served from World War II to the continuing battles against terrorism, I’ve given top priority to the needs of veterans and active duty members of our military,” said Senator Ritchie, whose district includes Fort Drum, home to the Army’s 10th Mountain Division.

July 1, 2014
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RITCHIE SECURES $75,000 TO FIGHT GOOSE BAY WEEDS

Funding Will Help Clear the Bay for Outdoor Recreation

State Senator Patty Ritchie has announced she has secured $75,000 in special funding to combat invasive weeds on Goose Bay; a top tourist and fishing destination in the North Country.

June 30, 2014
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SENATORS TO NYPA: GET BACK TO THE TABLE

Trio Urges Power Agency to Restart Talks on Benefits to Local Communities

June 30, 2014
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IS NYS HOLDING YOUR MONEY?

Senator Ritchie’s Weekly Column

These days, every penny counts.  That’s why so many of you have been pleased to find out that New York State had been holding on to money you didn’t even know you were missing. 

June 30, 2014
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RITCHIE LEADS TOP STATE JOB DEVELOPMENT REPS ON TOUR OF VACANT PSYCH CENTER LAND, SHARES PLANS FOR ECONOMIC GROWTH

In an effort to share her plan to help revitalize the North Country, State Senator Patty Ritchie today led a top aide to the state's job development chief on a tour of the vacant properties and buildings at the St. Lawrence Psychiatric Center; property that, under a plan by Senator Ritchie and the City of Ogdensburg, could be redeveloped to create new opportunities and transform the region.

“I want to thank Ken Adams, the CEO for Empire State Development, for sending his personal representative to see first-hand how my plan to redevelop Airy Point could be the key to kick-starting Ogdensburg’s economy and putting people back to work,” Senator Ritchie said.

“I want to thank representatives of the City of Ogdensburg and the Ogdensburg Bridge and Port Authority for partnering with me to help state officials understand why we need a comprehensive approach to redeveloping the campus.”

June 26, 2014
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RITCHIE SECURES $150,000 FOR LOCAL FISHING TOURNEYS

Funding Will Help Promote Events, Raise Awareness of Region’s Waterways

State Senator Patty Ritchie has announced she has secured $150,000 in special funding to support fishing tournaments and boost tourism in the Central and Northern New York regions.  The funding will support 15 tournaments, including nine in St. Lawrence, four in Jefferson and two in Oswego County.

Included in the funding is support for  the 2014 BASS Eastern Divisional Championship, which will take place in September in Waddington as well as funding for the NYS BASS Masters tournament, which will be held in August in Ogdensburg.

“Here in Central and Northern New York, our rivers, lakes and streams are phenomenal natural resources that not only offer world-class opportunities for fishing, they also attract tourists to our area, boosting our local economy and creating jobs,” said Senator Ritchie.

June 26, 2014
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ANOTHER SESSION OF MAKING STRIDES AT THE STATE CAPITOL

 

Senator Ritchie’s Weekly Column

Just recently, my colleagues and I wrapped up the 2014 Legislative Session in Albany.  As State Senator, my top priority is creating more opportunities for the people who live in our region and I’m pleased to report that in the past several months, we have made significant strides towards doing just that. 

One of the biggest parts of creating more opportunities in Central and Northern New York is working to grow jobs and boost our economy. Here’s a roundup of some of our recent efforts that will help the people and businesses of our region succeed:

June 23, 2014
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RITCHIE ANNOUNCES $3 MILLION FOR LOCAL SUNY SCHOOLS

SUNY Canton and SUNY Oswego to Split Funding for Campus Additions and Upgrades

State Senator Patty Ritchie has announced she has secured $3 million in special funding to be split between SUNY Canton and SUNY Oswego that will allow the colleges to enhance learning by making much needed additions and upgrades.

“Our SUNY schools are where so many of our state’s best and brightest get the education they need to begin promising, rewarding careers that enable them to give back to our state and our region,” said Senator Ritchie

“I’m thrilled to have been able to secure this funding, which will go a long way towards helping two of our local SUNY schools make the improvements necessary for offering top-notch educational opportunities to students.”

June 23, 2014
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STATEMENT ON 2014 LEGISLATIVE SESSION

Since the 2014 Legislative Session began in January, I've been focused on achieving results that make for a better New York for all who call our state home. By working together, across the political aisle, we have made great strides towards several of my top priorities, including creating jobs, cutting red tape, lowering taxes, improving our schools and fostering new opportunities for people across our state. 

June 20, 2014
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STATEMENT FROM SENATOR PATTY RITCHIE ON THE END OF THE 2014 LEGISLATIVE SESSION

Since the 2014 Legislative Session began in January, my colleagues and I have been focused on achieving results that make for a better New York for all who call our state home.

Today, I’m pleased to say that by working together, across the political aisle, we have made great strides towards several of my top priorities, including creating jobs, cutting red tape, lowering taxes, improving our schools and fostering new opportunities for people across our state.

Agriculture is the cornerstone of our state’s economy, and this year, I was pleased to see approval of my “Young Farmers NY” program; an initiative designed to address the issue of our state’s aging farmer population.  As Chair of the Senate Agriculture Committee, I firmly believe this new program will encourage more young people to join the ranks of our hardworking farmers and position New York’s biggest industry for significant future growth. 

June 20, 2014
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SENATE ADDS TWO MORE PIECES TO ‘YOUNG FARMERS’ PLAN

Strengthens $1 Million Program to Attract Next Generation of Family Farmers

June 20, 2014
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RITCHIE STATEMENT ON LEGISLATIVE AGREEMENT TO ADDRESS HEROIN EPIDEMIC

It’s nearly every day that I hear from constituents who are concerned about the rising use of heroin in our state.  Whether it’s a parent looking for a way for their child to get treatment or simply a concerned citizen, it’s becoming more and more clear that we need to take real action to address this epidemic.

June 18, 2014
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SENATOR RITCHIE WORKS TO REUNITE OWNERS TO THEIR ‘LOST FUNDS’

$15.5 Million Awaits 57,000 in Jefferson, Oswego, St. Lawrence Counties Local Governments are Missing Money Too

State Senator Patty Ritchie is working to reunite 57,000 Northern and Central New York residents—and some area local governments—with money they may not even know they were missing.

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At Senator Ritchie’s request, the state Office of Unclaimed Funds created a list of abandoned or forgotten accounts—usually old bank accounts, rent or utility deposits, gift cards and other type of accounts—that the state is holding with owners’ addresses in the three counties she represents.

“By law, the state holds onto the funds in these accounts until they are claimed by their rightful owners,” Senator Ritchie said. “The problem is that most people don’t even know that they are missing money, and they don’t know where to look to find it.”

“It’s your money—you just have to ask for it back.”

June 18, 2014
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SENATOR RITCHIE WORKS TO REUNITE OWNERS WITH $15 MILLION IN ‘LOST FUNDS’

Are You One of the 57,000 Owed Money by NYS? Local Governments are Missing Money Too

State Senator Patty Ritchie is working to reunite 57,000 Northern and Central New York residents—and some area local governments—with money they may not even know they were missing.

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June 18, 2014
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RITCHIE: OSWEGO RESIDENTS FIGHT THE BITE, DISPOSE OF NEARLY 4,000 WASTE TIRES

Brings Two Event Total to Nearly 10,000

State Senator Patty Ritchie has announced Central New Yorkers helped to “fight the bite,” disposing of nearly 4,000 waste tires at free events that took place at several locations throughout Oswego County this past weekend. 

The recent event was the second of two made possible through $275,000 in the new State Budget that Senator Ritchie helped secure.  As a result of the two events—which were hosted in conjunction with Oswego County—nearly 10,000 waste tires were disposed of, with the $5 fee for each tire being waived. 

June 17, 2014
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RITCHIE BILL TO CUT SCHOOL DISTRICT COSTS GETS FINAL PASSAGE

Measure Proposed by Local Mandate Relief Working Group

State Senator Patty Ritchie has announced her bill to provide mandate relief to local school districts by eliminating the duplicative requirement for annual visual inspections of school buildings has passed the State Senate.

The measure was first suggested by Senator Ritchie’s local Mandate Relief Working Group. Established in 2011, the group—which includes local leaders from Jefferson, Oswego and St. Lawrence Counties—aims to find ways to provide relief to hardworking New York taxpayers by slashing mandates.  Since its founding, they have proposed two dozen recommendations for cutting government spending and eliminating costly, unfunded mandates, several of which have been enacted into law. 

June 17, 2014
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SENATE PASSES RITCHIE-GRIFFO UTV BILL

Measure Would Allow Side-by-Sides on NY Trails

The State Senate gave approval today to a bill striking down New York’s one-of-a-kind ban on popular side-by-side all-terrain vehicles. The measure is sponsored by Senator Patty Ritchie and Joe Griffo.

The bill (S.1946-A) would raise the weight limit for ATVs to 1,500 pounds, from the current 1,000 pounds, an outdated limit that has prevented virtually all of the side-by-side units, knows as UTVs, from being legally used on trails in the state.

A companion bill in the State Assembly has been moving through committees, and could come to a vote later this week, before the scheduled end of this year’s legislative session. The bill is currently in the Ways and Means Committee.

“State leaders are going all out to encourage New Yorkers to explore the great outdoors, but outdated laws prevent them from using UTVs that are wildly popular in every other state in the nation, to visit the ever-increasing network of trails that are being designed and built especially for these vehicles,” Senator Ritchie said.

June 16, 2014
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HELP FOR THE HIGHER-ED BOUND

Senator Ritchie’s Weekly Column

June 16, 2014
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RITCHIE, OSWEGO COUNTY UNVEIL “FIGHT THE BITE” VIDEO

Video Now in Schools, Available on Senator Ritchie’s Website

In an effort to help protect people in Central New York from the deadly EEE virus, State Senator Patty Ritchie has teamed up with the Oswego County Department of Health and SUNY Oswego to create an educational video to teach the public about the dangers of EEE. 

“When it comes to EEE, we can’t do enough to prevent and protect people from this deadly disease.  It’s my hope that this video will make more people aware of the dangers and teach them how to properly protect themselves and their loved ones.”

“Through recent tragedies, we’ve seen that our region is particularly susceptible to EEE and I’m proud to collaborate with the Oswego County Department of Health as well as SUNY Oswego to help fight the bite.”

June 13, 2014
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