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Senator Ritchie met with Craig Abbott

I met with Craig Abbott, whose lifelong battle against a devastating disease that almost always claims its victims at a very young age, is the subject of a new book he'd like to publish. Visit www.craigvabbott.com for more info.

December 1, 2011
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SENATOR RITCHIE SECURES $200,000 FOR FORT DRUM HOUSING

Senate Investment Will Help Ease Housing Crunch from Returning Troops

November 29, 2011
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SENATOR RITCHIE MEETS ON RURAL SCHOOL FUNDING

School Leaders Making the Case for More State Aid

November 29, 2011
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CELEBRATING LIFE'S MILESTONES

One of the best parts of my job is being able to celebrate milestone events and achievements of people living in the communities I represent.

That was the case today, when I presented a Senate proclamation to Mrs. Pearl Puterbaugh, who was celebrating her 101st birthday with friends at the St. Joseph's Home in Ogdensburg.

I thanked Mrs. Puerbaugh for all she has done for our community and wished her many more birthdays to come.

November 16, 2011
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RITCHIE, GRIFFO APPLAUD GOVERNOR ON A.P.A. APPOINTMENT

First St. Lawrence County Resident Named to Panel

State Senators Patty Ritchie and Joseph A. Griffo today applauded Gov. Cuomo’s selection of the first-ever St. Lawrence County resident to serve on the board of the agency that oversees the sprawling Adirondacks.

November 9, 2011
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‘MOBILE DISTRICT OFFICE’ COMING TO THE 1000 ISLANDS

State Senator Patty Ritchie is bringing her very successful “Mobile District Office” program to Jefferson County and Alexandria Bay on Tuesday, Nov. 15 from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

Sen. Ritchie and Jefferson County Legislators Mike Docteur and Phil Reed will be on hand to help residents with any issues they may be having with state or other government agencies.

November 9, 2011
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MAKE EVERY DAY VETERANS DAY

When I saw the look on Ethel Barnes face last June when I returned her “Gold Star Mother” license plates, I was reminded why I originally went into public service.

State officials had repeatedly told the Central New York woman that the license plates that had served as our state’s tribute to her only son, Robert, who had died for his country in Vietnam in 1967, were gone and could not be replaced.

November 7, 2011
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SENATOR RITCHIE HAILS SIGNING OF AUTISM BILL

New York Now 29th State To Provide Coverage To Families

State Senator Patty Ritchie hailed the signing of a new law she supported that will insure that families dealing with autism can obtain the kind of treatment they need.

“Early diagnosis and treatment can make a critical difference for the one out of 110 children and their families affected by autism spectrum disorder,” said Senator Patty Ritchie. “With more than 30,000 children under the age of 19 in New York State identified with autism, this legislation will insure that families can obtain the care they need when they need it.”

November 1, 2011
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RITCHIE STATEMENT ON NEXT NYPA CHIEF, GIL QUINIONES

Once again, Governor Cuomo has put jobs and the growth of our economy at the top of his agenda by recommending Gil Quiniones to be the next President and CEO of the New York Power Authority.

October 31, 2011
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RITCHIE RATED 'A' BY LIBRARIES GROUP

Senator's Efforts on Behalf of Rural Libraries Lauded

State Senator Patty Ritchie was given an “A” for her efforts on behalf of New York State’s public libraries during the recent legislative session, according to New Yorkers for Better Libraries.

October 31, 2011
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BORDER SENATORS OPPOSE NEW ‘VISITOR TAX’ ON CANADIANS

International Border Caucus Members Urge Federal Reps to Repeal New Fee

October 27, 2011
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SENIORS KICK IT UP AT SEN. RITCHIE'S HEALTH EXPOS

Nearly 2,000 seniors turned out for my health and wellness expos in Fulton and Watertown.

Attendees were treated to a wealth of information about staying fit and healthy, and a great time.

I can't wait 'til next year!

October 27, 2011
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RITCHIE: COUNTY TAXPAYERS SPARED FROM NEW YEAR’S ‘MANDATE’

‘Extra’ Medicaid Bill Would Have Cost NNY/CNY $1.35 MillionState Senator Patty Ritchie today cheered a decision to reschedule the due date for a “extra” mandated Medicaid payme

October 26, 2011
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Share Your Ideas For A Stronger Economy

New York is facing one of the most significant economic challenges in recent history. That’s why – in partnership with Governor Andrew Cuomo – we took decisive action during this year’s Legislative Session to help revitalize our economy and create new job opportunities here in New York State. 

Taken together, these changes and reforms represent one of the boldest job-creation plans New York State has enacted in decades. That’s good news – especially in terms of our efforts to create new jobs right here in Central and Northern New York.  But more needs to be done.  As we continue to work to strengthen New York’s economy, I would like to find out your opinion on a few key items that will be discussed in the coming months. 

October 25, 2011
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Jefferson County Residents Now Can Receive E-Warnings on Flooding

Senator’s Request Leads To NY ALERT For Black River High Water, Flooding

State Senator Patty Ritchie today announced that regulators who control the flow of the Black River have agreed to her request to join New York’s instant alert system to give homeowners and businesses early warning in the event of flooding or other emergencies.

October 24, 2011
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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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