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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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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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