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SEN. RITCHIE'S AG FORUM IN WATERTOWN TUESDAY

Agricultural Business Forum To Set Senate Ag Committee's Agenda

New York State Senate Agriculture Committee Chair Patty Ritchie says her Agricultural Business Forum in Watertown on Tuesday will help her committee set the agenda for the upcoming legislative session.

“If we really want to revitalize New York’s economy, it’s absolutely critical that we harness our family farm businesses which make up so much of the upstate economy,” Senator Ritchie said. “Too often too many forget that our family farms produce what our manufacturers need.”

September 19, 2011
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SEN. RITCHIE NAMED TO SENATE TASK FORCE TO CUT WASTE

Senate Task Force On Government Efficiency To Investigate Bureaucracy

State Senator Patty Ritchie announced that she was named to a bipartisan legislative panel investigating waste and inefficiency in New York State government.

Senator Ritchie’s appointment to the Senate Task Force on Government Efficiency was made official by Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos.

“Making government operate more efficiently means lower costs for overburdened state taxpayers, a better economic climate for our state, and an invitation for businesses to create new jobs,” Senator Ritchie said.

Since taking office in January, Senator Ritchie has been focused on cutting the cost of state government, including:

September 19, 2011
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HELP MY MANDATE WORKING GROUP CUT COSTS

A major accomplishment this year as your State Senator was the historic two percent property tax cap Governor Andrew Cuomo and the legislature passed this year.

After 40 years of talking about holding the line on property taxes, legislators from both sides of the aisle worked with the governor to provide taxpayers with some degree of relief from one of the biggest problems facing New York State’s economic recovery.

This week, the Senate appointed me to serve on a new bipartisan task force on government efficiency that will help investigate and identify wasteful spending in state government.

September 19, 2011
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SENATOR RITCHIE'S JEFFERSON COUNTY SENIOR HEALTH AND WELLNESS EXPO 2011

Special thanks to the Jefferson County Office for the Aging, Froggy 97, and the over 1500 seniors who turned out and made my first Senior health and wellness Expo such a success.

September 15, 2011
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SENATOR RITCHIE ANNOUNCES OSWEGO SENIOR HEALTH EXPO

** UPDATED LIST OF EXHIBITORS AND SERVICES BELOW **

State Senator Patty Ritchie announced she will be hosting a Senior Health and Wellness Expo in Fulton, at the War Memorial, on Wednesday, Oct. 12, from 10:30 AM to 12:30 PM.

The event is free, and will feature over 50 exhibitors on health and wellness, health catre, senior nutrition and fitness, and other services.

There will also be free flu shot, health screenings and refreshments.

Over 1500 seniors attended a similiar event in September in Watertown. That was a new record for attendance at such an event.

You can view a video report on that event here.

September 15, 2011
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SEN. RITCHIE'S HEALTH EXPO A 'CROWD' PLEASER

Record Crowd for Senator's First Senior Wellness Event


State Senator Patty Ritchie’s first Senior Health and Wellness Expo drew almost 1,500 people to the Alex T. Duffy Fairgrounds in Watertown—considered a record for similar events held in earlier years.

Cosponsored by the Jefferson County Office for the Aging and Froggy 97, the event offered more than 50 exhibitors who offered seniors flu shots, free health screenings and information about a variety of services offered by area health care agencies.

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September 14, 2011
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SENATOR RITCHIE’S SENIOR HEALTH & WELLNESS EXPO OFFERS 51 EXHIBITORS

Sept. 14 At Alex T. Duffy Fairgrounds In Watertown

State Senator Patty Ritchie and the Jefferson County Office for the Aging have lined up more than 51 exhibitors to her 2011 Senior Health and Wellness Expo on Wednesday, Sept. 14 at the Alex T. Duffy Fairgrounds on Coffeen Street in Watertown.

September 13, 2011
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SENATOR RITCHIE NAMES MANDATE RELIEF WORKING GROUP

 Panel To Identify Costly Regulations On Local Governments, Schools

State Senator Patty Ritchie has created a Mandate Relief Working Group to identify state regulations that are ineffective, overly burdensome and costly to local taxpayers.

September 13, 2011
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HIRE YOURSELF: TURN YOUR PASSION INTO YOUR JOB

Ever thought about starting your own business?

Ever daydreamed about taking that hobby or interest you enjoy and turning it into a part-time or full-time venture.

Someone once said that if you find a job you love, you’ll never feel like you’re working. That’s one of the reasons I developed a guide called “Hire Yourself” that provides detailed information for existing companies that want to expand and advice for people who want to turn their passion into their own business.

Small businesses are the backbone of our nation’s economy. In 1995, 78 percent of America’s 5 million companies had fewer than 10 employees.

September 12, 2011
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NORTHERN AND CENTRAL NY’ers RESPOND TO FLOOD VICTIMS

Senator Collecting Food and Personal Items to Send Downstate 

State Senator Patty Ritchie is thanking Central and Northern New Yorkers who have responded to her appeal for relief items for victims of severe flooding downstate.

September 9, 2011
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IN CLAYTON, RITCHIE DISCUSSES FRINK SITE REDEVELOPMENT

State Senator Patty Ritchie recently met with Clayton Mayor Norma Zimmer and Clayton Town Supervisor Justin Taylor to discuss several ongoing projects in the Clayton area including the redevelopment of the Frink site.

September 8, 2011
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How An Idea Becomes a Law

Educational video for students about NY's legislative process. Contact Sen. Ritchie's office for a free DVD copy for your school.

September 8, 2011
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RITCHIE ANNOUNCES HURRICANE IRENE FLOOD RELIEF COLLECTION DRIVE

Basic items urgently needed; Photos of destruction; Send a personal message to victims

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September 8, 2011
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RITCHIE LEGISLATION: A PRESIDENT FOR EVERY SUNY COLLEGE

Bipartisan Bill Seeks to Protect Canton, Other Ag Schools from ‘Shared Leader’ Plan

September 7, 2011
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SENATE AG CHAIR RITCHIE TOURS IRENE-DAMAGED FARMS

Devastation is ‘numbing,’ says Ag Committee Chair

September 7, 2011
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SENATOR RITCHIE: BIOMASS COULD FUEL 140,000 UPSTATE JOBS

Attends hearing on proposals to grow energy jobs

September 6, 2011
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CORNELL ANIMAL DISEASE EXPERTS ISSUE EEE WARNING

The animal disease experts at Cornell University are issuing a warning about recent heavy rains and flooding from Hurricane Irene that can lead to further outbreaks of the EEE virus. Please consider taking steps to keep your farm animals and your family safe.

September 5, 2011
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TEN YEARS AGO OUR WORLD CHANGED

Ten years ago, on Sept. 11, our world changed.

Our nation discovered that the end of the cold war had not left us without enemies plotting our destruction.

But as we watched in horror as the twin towers fell and thousands of our countrymen were murdered on national television, we also witnessed our nation come together in a way that had not occurred since the sneak attack on Pearl Harbor in the 1940s.

People of all religions, colors, ethnic origins and ways of life came together to vow they would work to insure that the sacrifices of those who died in that tragedy would not be in vain.

September 2, 2011
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