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HOW MUCH REGULATION DO WE NEED?

Whether you talk to farmers from Long Island, Western New York or Northern New York, they all ask whether it really makes sense for more than 22 different state and federal agencies to have a hand in regulating family farms.

Take pesticide regulations.

The United States Environmental Protection Agency currently regulates chemical companies which produce pesticides for the nation’s farms. Before a company can sell a pesticide in the U.S., the manufacturer has to meet a battery of national scientific standards and tests to prove the chemical combination will not harm human or animal health or pollute the environment.

October 24, 2011
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WALLEYE ARE BACK!

Brookfield Renewable Power, the owner of the hydroelectric dam at Heuvelton, completed restocking the Oswegatchie River upstream from the village in the wake of last spring’s dam break.

About 1,200 Walleye measuring four to six inches in length were released into the Oswegatchie River.

Senator Ritchie had urged the the company to restock the river in order to remediate the impact of a June 8th rupture of the Heuvelton hydroelectric dam that drained millions of gallons of water from the reservoir.

October 21, 2011
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OWNER OF BURST DAM TO RESTOCK OSWEGATCHIE THURSDAY

Spring Dam Burst Washed Out Walleye from Key Fishing Spot

October 19, 2011
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AG LEADERS OFFER IDEAS TO HELP FARMING GROW

Western New York agriculture industry leaders, including dairy farmers and grape growers, brought their ideas for strengthening New York agriculture to the Senate Agriculture Committee on Tuesday.

October 18, 2011
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SENATOR RITCHIE' 'JOBS BANK' OFFERS HELP FOR JOB SEEKERS

 Announces Launch of New ’Jobs Bank’ to Link Workers, Employ

October 18, 2011
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SENATE FORUMS TO FOCUS ON CHALLENGES TO FARMERS IN WESTERN, SOUTHERN N.Y.

Senator Ritchie Looking to Shape Farm Agenda for 2012

State Senator Patty Ritchie and the Senate Agriculture Committee are hosting two additional “Agriculture Business Forums” this week in Livingston and Suffolk Counties to gain insights and ideas to help strengthen New York’s farm economy and create jobs.

The forums are the second and third in a series that will help set the legislative agenda on agricultural issues for the session that begins in January.

October 17, 2011
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‘FIRE PREVENTION WEEK’ OFFERS REMINDERS TO STAY SAFE

With the nights turning a little cooler, you may be planning to enjoy an evening curled up in front of your fireplace or wood-stove. It’s one of the more enjoyable ways to spend a fall or winter night in Central and Northern New York.

Just keep in mind, between 2006 and 2008, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission reported 27,000 fires a year were traced to fireplaces and chimneys.

Local volunteers are using “Fire Prevention Week” to remind families to stay safe this winter, by inspecting your chimney or flue for leakage and blockage from creosote or other debris.

October 17, 2011
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October 14, 2011
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October 14, 2011
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Letter from DEC

This is the letter from DEC Commissioner Martens in response to Senator Ritchie's EEE correspondence.

October 14, 2011
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Letter from Agriculture Commissioner

This is the response to Senator Ritchie's EEE letter to the state Agriculture Commissioner.

October 14, 2011
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State Health: 'We'll update our EEE response plan'

Copies of correspondence between Senator Ritchie and the State Health Commissioner.

October 14, 2011
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FIND YOUR NEXT JOB HERE

 I WANT TO HELP YOU FIND THE JOB YOU WANT

40,000 ALREADY HIRED THROUGH ONLINE WEB SEARCH

I'm committed to helping you find the job you want. Some 2,000 job-seekers have already found help through Job Fairs I've hosted in Oswego and St. Lawrence Counties.

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October 14, 2011
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STATE WILL LOOK TO STEP UP EEE EFFORTS

At Ag/Health Roundtable, Officials Pledge to Develop Comprehensive Plan to Protect New Yorkers

October 13, 2011
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CAPACITY CROWD FOR SENATOR RITCHIE’S HEALTH EXPO FILLS WAR MEMORIAL

Seniors Flock To Fulton To Learn About Services In Oswego County

Senator Patty Ritchie’s Senior Health and Wellness Expo at the Fulton War Memorial Wednesday drew a capacity crowd.

The event offered seniors and their families free flu shots, cancer screening and an introduction to a variety of services, including health care, senior nutrition, fitness, even square dancing.

Over 50 exhibitors attended the one-stop event to learn about programs available to help them stay healthy,

October 12, 2011
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EEE ROUNDTABLE MOVES TO OSWEGO SCHOOL OFFICE

11 A.M. Forum Bringing Top Experts On Deadly Disease

The location of State Senator Patty Ritchie’s Senate Roundtable on Eastern Equine Encephalitis on Thursday has been moved to the Oswego City School District Office at 120 East First Street.

The 11 a.m. forum, sponsored by the Senate Committees on Agriculture and the Senate Health Committee, was originally scheduled for the Oswego County Legislative Chambers. It was moved to provide more seating.

Top state and local experts on the deadly mosquito borne disease will discuss how New York State can better coordinate and improve efforts to monitor and control potentially deadly outbreaks of the disease in Central and Northern New York.

October 12, 2011
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