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SENATE APPROVES RITCHIE ‘UTV’ BILL

Measure Eases Rules On Family Friendly Rec Vehicles

State Senator Patty Ritchie’s bill to make regulations on all terrain vehicles more friendly to families passed the Senate Monday.

The bill, S.3318, increases the acceptable weight limits on ATV's from 1,000 to 1,500 pounds, allowing New Yorkers to register their UTV's. That will generate more state revenue through registrations, as many riders are currently registering the increasingly popular vehicles in other states.

"Upstate New York offers thousands of miles of ATV trails. This legislation will help attract riders to come to New York to experience what we have to offer, expanding our tourism industry and providing more reasons to visit our rural areas," Senator Ritchie said. "If we want to revitalize our economy and help create more jobs in our rural areas, we need to modernize our regulations."

June 13, 2011
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RITCHIE BILL OFFERING TAX BREAK FOR MILITARY RESERVISTS PASSES SENATE

A bill sponsored by Senator Patty Ritchie (R-C, Heuvelton) that could let military reservists cut their property tax bill was passed Monday by the Senate.

The measure, S.5231, gives local counties, cities, towns and villages an option to offer reservists the same property tax benefit that is currently available to other veterans who served their nation during specific periods of conflict.

“The changing nature of threats to our nation has also changed the demands that we put on the men and women of our military reserves, who are increasingly called upon to serve side by side with active duty military to defend our freedom and way of life,” Senator Ritchie said.

“These are our ‘citizen soldiers’ who often times interrupt their careers and spend long stretches away from the families, communities and friends—just like those in the active duty service—but aren’t entitled to the same benefits back home. This bill shows our gratitude and respect for all that they do for us.”

June 13, 2011
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SENATOR RITCHIE VOTES FOR HISTORIC ETHICS REFORM

Bill Will Help Restore Confidence in New York’s Government, Future

State Senator Patty Ritchie voted today for an historic ethics reform bill to help restore the public’s trust in their government.

“If we want to encourage businesses to locate in New York and convince existing businesses to remain and create more jobs here, we need to continue our efforts to bring real reform and change to Albany,” Senator Ritchie said.

June 13, 2011
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CAREER EXPO A SUCCESS

Hundreds gain job advice to landing the perfect job

Nearly 300 Oswego County residents joined Senator Patty Ritchie at her first-ever Career and Resource Expo that linked employers and job-counseling agencies with individuals looking for a job, a new career, or just seeking to boost their job-search skills.

Senator Ritchie’s Career and Resource Expo, held Thursday at the Fulton War Memorial, was jointly sponsored by Fulton Mayor Ron Woodward, United Way of Oswego County, SUNY Oswego’s Business Development Center, the Oswego-Fulton Chamber of Commerce and Workforce New York.

June 10, 2011
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Battle of the Bulge Veterans

Oswego County “Battle of the Bulge” VeteransThe Oswego County “Battle of the Bulge” Veterans helped beat back Hitler’s Ardennes Offensive during the winter of 1944-45. By all accounts, the war in Western Europe was winding down when the Nazis mounted a surprise gambit along the Belgian frontier that Winston Churchill called, “undoubtedly the greatest American battle of the war” – and its bloodiest, with 89,500 casualties.

June 9, 2011
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GOVERNOR SIGNS RITCHIE BILL TO CUT RED TAPE ON AG BUSINESS

New law also a top priority of state’s new agriculture commissioner

State Senator Patty Ritchie announced that Governor Cuomo has signed into law her bill that cuts red tape on nursery businesses, while also streamlining government and cutting costs for taxpayers.

The bill, S.4144, was “Departmental Bill No. 1,” and a top priority of state Agriculture Commissioner Darrel J. Aubertine.

“I am very pleased that Governor Cuomo has signed into law this measure to make state government more efficient and which will provide relief for these small businesses,” Senator Ritchie said.  “As the chair of the Senate Agriculture Committee, I am very pleased to work with Commissioner Darrel Aubertine to enact this legislation.”  

June 8, 2011
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50 BUSINESSES, AGENCIES AT CAREER EXPO THURSDAY

Fulton Event Can Help CNYers Find New Careers

State Senator Patty Ritchie’s Career and Resource Expo on Thursday will feature 50 businesses and agencies looking to help Central New Yorkers find new careers.

“With the economy picking up, companies are starting to hire,” Senator Ritchie said. “This event will help people reentering the job market, high school and college grads and folks who are looking for new careers to see what’s available in the greater Oswego area.”

June 7, 2011
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FARMERS' MARKETS HELPING TO GROW NY'S ECONOMY

I have to admit, I spend a lot of time driving across Central and Northern New York.

I try to make it a point to spend a day or two in Oswego, Jefferson and St. Lawrence County each week to hear what people like you think about what we in the state legislature should be doing to help get New York back on the right track.

One of the best parts of visiting communities across our region is getting a chance to visit the many Farmers' Markets that are becoming such a major part of revitalizing both large and small towns.

June 7, 2011
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SENATOR RITCHIE BACKS ETHICS REFORM

During my conversations with the people of Central and Northern New York,they have made it very clear that they wanted real change in Albany. They wanted to clean up the dysfunction and corruption that has made New York State a poster child for what was wrong with government in America.

June 6, 2011
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FOREIGN TRADE ZONE EXPANSION WILL CREATE JOBS

Helps U.S. Companies Compete In Global Economy, Makes NNY Attractive To Business

State Senator Patty Ritchie said that her bill expanding the Ogdensburg Foreign Trade Zone will help attract new businesses to Ogdensburg and communities across St. Lawrence County. The bill, S.5225, was given final passage by the Senate today.

“By expanding the existing foreign trade zone to include all of St. Lawrence County, we can encourage more manufacturers and other businesses to come to Northern New York,” Senator Ritchie said. “My bill allows firms from around the world to ship merchandise into St. Lawrence County and exempt it from taxes and duty until it is made into finished products or shipped to its final destination.”

June 6, 2011
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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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