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SENATOR RITCHIE: VOLUNTEER FIREFIGHTERS BACKING ‘MARK'S LAW’

Bill to Help Protect Responders Drawing Statewide Interest—and Support

The Firemen’s Association of New York State, representing tens of thousands of volunteer firefighters from Montauk to Morristown, and Cape Vincent to Cattaraugus County, has joined in urging state legislators to support Senator Patty Ritchie’s proposed “Mark’s Law.”

The measure (S.4717) is named to honor Jefferson County EMT Mark Davis, who was shot to death while responding to an emergency call. It provides that the killing of an emergency first responder, volunteer and paid firefighter, ambulance driver, paramedic, physician or nurse involved in an emergency team would be classified as First Degree murder, and punishable by the stiffest penalty allowed under New York law—life imprisonment without the possibility of parole.

“The Firemen’s Association of New York State is the state’s premier organization representing our volunteer fire service,” Senator Ritchie said. “I am very pleased that they are joining me to do everything we can to protect our bravest who go out to respond to calls for help from their neighbors and friends.”

June 3, 2011
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Committee Meeting: Agriculture Meeting

Senate Standing Committee on Agriculture Senator Patricia Ritchie, Chair 12:30 PM, Monday, June 6, 2011 Room 816 LOB

June 6, 12:30 PM - 12:34 PM
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State Senator Patty Ritchie visited the Vietnam Moving Wall in Ogdensburg on Thursday.

State Senator Patty Ritchie visited the Vietnam MovingWall in Ogdensburg on Thursday. Shown are Moving Wall Committeemembers Dutch VanOrnum, Senator Patty Ritchie and Donald Cooke. Atotal of 32 soldiers from communities across St. Lawrence County arelisted on the wall who died between 1965 and 1972.

June 3, 2011
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GOVERNOR SIGNS THREE RITCHIE BILLS INTO LAW

Legislation Reduces Red Tape On Business, Government

State Senator Patty Ritchie announced that three bills she sponsored in the Senate to cut red tape on business and local government—including a measure allowing wine in frozen desserts like sherbets and sorbets—have been signed into law.

“I am very pleased that Governor Cuomo has signed these bills I sponsored to cut red tape for small businesses and help make government more efficient,” Senator Ritchie said.

June 2, 2011
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RITCHIE BILL SLASHING FARM RED TAPE GETS COMMITTEE OKAY

Measure Cuts Taxes, Fees, Overregulation; Top Priority of NY Farmers

A bill that slashes red tape, taxes and fees on New York’s hardworking farmers—and is a top priority of the state’s farm communities—was today approved by the Senate Agriculture Committee and sent to the full Senate for action.

The “Farmers Regulatory Relief Act” (S.4340), sponsored by Senator Patty Ritchie, targets some of the most onerous taxes, fees and regulations that make it tougher for New York farmers to succeed.

“Family farmers are key to the economies of rural communities throughout New York, and helping agriculture thrive will provide a boost for our entire state economy,” said Sen. Ritchie, chair of the Senate Agriculture Committee.

June 2, 2011
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MAKING A DIFFERENCE IN THE LIFE OF NORTHERN AND CENTRAL NEW YORK

Last weekend I spent part of the afternoon with a group of men who literally helped to save the world.

They fought in WW II in the Battle of the Bulge, helping to throw back Hitler's last gasp attempt to stop the Allied drive across Germany.

Thanks to them and the rest of the American and Allied Forces who rallied to stop the surprise attack, they were able to stop the German Army and lay the ground work for the drive across Europe that ended in the invasion and surrender of Germany.

June 1, 2011
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OSWEGO COUNTY CAREER AND RESOURCE EXPO JUNE 9

Changing careers is never easy. Looking for a job can create a lot of stress. That's why I am organizing the Central New York Career and Resource Expo in Fulton on Thursday, June 9.

If you are curious about what firms are hiring in Central New York, what educational and training opportunities are available if you'd like to change careers, or what services are available to people who need to brush up on their job seeking skills, this first-of-its-kind event is worth attending.

Over 40 agencies and employers from the region, including businesses who are ready to hire will be at the Fulton War Memorial on West Broadway.

June 1, 2011
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Sen. Ritchie's Career and Resource Expo

Are you looking for a job?

I'm teaming with over 40 local businesses and community agencies to host a first-of-its-kind Oswego County Career and Resource Expo, on Thursday, June 9, from 2 to 6 PM, at the War Memorial, West Broadway, Fulton. Below is just a partial list of businesses and agencies that have already committed to attend.

The event is free to attend, and free for businesses that want to participate.

Businesses--many of whom are hiring right now--will be accepting applications, and you will be able to take advantage of workshops to help improve your job-seeking skills, including resume writing, improving your interview skills, job hunting on the Internet, career counseling. There will also be information available to help start your own business.

May 31, 2011
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Department of Health Food Safety Presentation

Recently, I was contacted by a number of local community groups and nonprofits from across St. Lawrence County with concerns about the state Health Department’s enforcement and oversight of fundraising dinners and events.

Whether a winter chili cookoff, springtime bullhead feed, or summer chicken barbeque, these gatherings serve as critical fundraisers for many organizations and, even more, are a vital part of the social fabric of many of our local communities. In recent months, though, at least two such events were canceled over health and sanitary issues, and a third organization was forced to incur additional expense that cut deeply into their bottom line.

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Department of Health Presentation

May 31, 2011
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Watch the Women of Distinction ceremony honoring Karen Richmond

Karen Richmond, executive director of the Children's Home of JeffersonCounty, is honored as a 2011 Senate Woman of Distinction. Richmond wasnamed for the honorary title by State Senator Patty Ritchie.

May 27, 2011
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OSWEGO COUNTY VETERANS NAMED TO SENATE ‘HALL OF FAME

Battle of the Bulge group among largest contingent of single campaign veterans; First multi-member group to receive honor

Senator Patty Ritchie (R-C, Heuvelton) has named the Oswego County “Battle of the Bulge” Veterans to the New York State Senate’s Veterans Hall of Fame.

It’s the first time a group of veterans has been named collectively to the Hall of Fame, which was created to honor and recognize outstanding veterans from the Empire State who have distinguished themselves both in military and civilian life.

“The Oswego County ‘Battle of the Bulge’ Veterans served their nation when they were needed most, and continued that legacy throughout decades of service to their communities,” Senator Ritchie said.

May 27, 2011
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SENATOR RITCHIE ASKS FIREFIGHTERS TO BACK MARK'S LAW

Asks Friends, Family Of Emergency Workers To Go To Website At www.ritchie.nysenate.gov To Sign On-Line Petition

State Senator Patty Ritchie asked Watertown firefighters on Thursday to sign her on-line petition in support of "Mark's Law," (S4717) a measure that would impose the state's maximum criminal penalty for anyone who kills firefighters or emergency workers.

The bill was named for the late Mark Davis who was shot to death while responding to an emergency in Cape Vincent.

Senator Ritchie asked the firefighters sign her on-line petition on her Senate website at www.ritchie.nysenate.gov and to ask their families and friends to support the measure.

May 27, 2011
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SENATOR RITCHIE TO HOST CAREER, RESOURCE EXPO IN FULTON

Event will pair employers and agencies to get Oswego County residents hired

State Senator Patty Ritchie today announced that she is teaming with Central New York employers and agencies to host a Career and Resource Expo with the goal of allowing more Oswego County residents to hear the words, “You’re Hired!”

The first-of-its-kind event will be held on Thursday, June 9, from 2 pm to 6 pm, at the Fulton War Memorial, on West Broadway, and will feature over 40 agencies and employers from the region, including businesses who are ready to hire.

May 27, 2011
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Committee Meeting: Agriculture Meeting

Senate Standing Committee on Agriculture Senator Patricia Ritchie, Chair 9:30 AM, Thursday, June 2, 2011 Room 816 LOB

June 2, 9:30 AM - 9:51 AM
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RIVER REGULATORS TO EXPLORE EARLY WARNINGS

Move to save homes and businesses comes after recent record Flooding In Jefferson County

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

Senator Ritchie organized a meeting between officials of the Hudson River-Black River Regulating District and the state Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Services (DHSES) to address concerns by some Jefferson County residents and businesses who never received any notice of water releases that they suspect contributed to the recent flooding in the southern part of the county.

DHSES officials outlined the benefits of their NY-ALERT system,

May 26, 2011
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SENATOR RITCHIE SHOWS HOW TO BE IN TWO PLACES AT ONCE

Demonstrates Skype At Technology Symposium At Clarkson

State Senator Patty Ritchie showed business, education and government leaders at the North Country Technology Symposium how Skype can help someone be in two places at once.

By using emerging technologies like Skype, the North Country state senator was able to speak at the Potsdam symposium at Clarkson University Wednesday while working out of her senate office in Albany.

Senator Ritchie was honored at the symposium with its "SPIRIT Award" for her pioneering work in using emerging technologies and social media to communicate with her constituents across Central and Northern New York.

May 25, 2011
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