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STATEMENT BY SEN. PATTY RITCHIE AND ASSEMBLYMAN KEN BLANKENBUSH

"Coming in the wake of Lt. Gov. Bob Duffy's visit and announcement last week of a renewed state commitment to North Country housing, today's news from the Jefferson County Legislature is indeed welcome news for the future of jobs, Fort Drum, local communities and our entire region," said Senator Patty Ritchie. "I want to especially single out Legislature Chair Carolyn Fitzpatrick for her leadership in recognizing the importance of adequate and affordable housing to the success of Fort Drum."

May 2, 2011
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SENATOR RITCHIE NAMED TO RURAL RESOURCES PANEL

Senator Young: Ritchie Will Bring 'Common Sense' To Commission

State Senator Patty Ritchie has been named to the Legislative Commission on Rural Resources, a bipartisan panel composed of both Senate and Assembly members, who focus on the unique issues affecting upstate’s small towns, villages and rural areas.

May 2, 2011
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AMERICA NEVER FORGETS

Death Of Terror Master Mind Shows Justice Can Only Be Delayed,

State Senator Patty Ritchie said the death of terrorist Osama bin Laden is an important day for America, reminding us both of those who lost their lives on Sept. 11th and the men and women and the families of America’s armed forces who have sacrificed so much in the war on terror.

May 2, 2011
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Volney Elementary School Earth Day Competition Posters

I would like to thank Volney Elementary School and their students for participating in our Earth Day Poster Competition. In keeping with the theme of our Earth Day Celebration of “Reduce, Reuse, Recycle.” We will celebrate and honor Earth Day this year  by displaying your work on my website. Also, each participant will receive a certificate acknowledging their participation in the competition. Thank you and don’t forget to “Reduce, Reuse, Recycle!”

April 29, 2011
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Madrid-Waddington Central School Earth Day Competition Posters

I would like to thank Madrid-Waddington Central School and their students for participating in our Earth Day Poster Competition. In keeping with the theme of our Earth Day Celebration of “Reduce, Reuse, Recycle.” We will celebrate and honor Earth Day this year  by displaying your work on my website. Also, each participant will receive a certificate acknowledging their participation in the competition. Thank you and don’t forget to “Reduce, Reuse, Recycle!”

April 29, 2011
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Wilson Elementary School Earth Day Competition Posters

I would like to thank Wilson Elementary School and their students for participating in our Earth Day Poster Competition. In keeping with the theme of our Earth Day Celebration of “Reduce, Reuse, Recycle.” We will celebrate and honor Earth Day this year  by displaying your work on my website. Also, each participant will receive a certificate acknowledging their participation in the competition. Thank you and don’t forget to “Reduce, Reuse, Recycle!”

April 28, 2011
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BUREAUCRATS GIVES UP ON BLOCKING CHILDREN'S SUMMER FUN

State Plans To Issue New 'Guidance' On Games Like Tag, Wiffle Ball, And Red Rover

State Senator Patty Ritchie announced today she is pleased the New York State Health Department has announced it intends to reevaluate its list of summer recreational programs the agency plans to regulate.

The Health Department pulled the controversial regulations after Senator Ritchie raised objections in a letter on Thursday to the state health commissioner and just hours after she appeared on national TV to discuss the impact on New York's children, families and communities."

April 19, 2011
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Regulations on Wiffle Ball (Fox News)

Interview with Fox News regarding new regulations on day camps.

April 19, 2011
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Barclay, Ritchie React to Birds Eye Closure

Assemblyman Will Barclay (R,C,I—Pulaski) and Senator Patty Ritchie (R,C—Oswegatchie) today said they are disappointed that the owner of the Fulton Birds Eye plant has announced the company will close the plant in six months.

“I am saddened and deeply disappointed by the company’s decision to close the Fulton plant,” said Senator Ritchie. “My first concern is for the workers and their families who are directly impacted by this announcement.”

April 18, 2011
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DEC DELAYS RULES ON OUTDOOR WOOD BOILERS

Will Give Agency Time To Certify Models For Sale In New York State

State Senator Patty Ritchie said today that New York State Department of Environmental Conservation has agreed to delay implementation of new outdoor wood boiler rules to provide time for the agency to certify  units that can be sold in New York State.
The action by Commissioner Joe Martens came in a one line "emergency" amendment to DEC's controversial wood boiler rules one week after Senator Ritchie joined Senator Cathy Young and Assemblyman Bill Magee in asking for the delay.

April 15, 2011
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State Budget Report by State Senator Patty Ritchie

Information about the new State Budget and its impact on communities of Oswego, Jefferson and St. Lawrence Counties.

 

April 15, 2011
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RECHARGE NEW YORK WILL BENEFIT CENTRAL, NORTHERN NEW YORK

Expands Eligibility, Provides Long Term Stability To Job Creators State Senator Patty Ritchie says the “Recharge New York” she cosponsored in the Senate will help employers across Oswego, Jefferson and St. Lawrence County reduce their electricity costs to help them put more people to work.“I am very pleased to see the program I supported as a member of the Energy Committee and voted for on the floor of the Senate was included in the final budget and signed by the governor,” Senator Ritchie said. “This program is a dramatic improvement over the old Power for Jobs program that failed to offer any long term continuity to businesses that wanted to invest in our communities. Over and over again, businesses told me that electricity costs are too high and they need to know what their future costs will be before they’ll invest in modernizing and expanding their operations.”

April 14, 2011
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WIFFLEBALL, "RED ROVER" NOT DANGEROUS

Asks Health Commissioner To Reconsider New Regulations

State Senator Patty Ritchie is asking the New York State Department of Health to ease new regulations that could close down local summer youth programs by classifying traditional children’s activities and games like “capture the flag,” horseshoes, cooking, wiffleball and even “red rover” as posing “significant risk of injury.”

State health department officials want to reclassify many summer youth recreational activities as “children’s day camps” that would give agency officials broad regulatory authority over them.

April 14, 2011
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GOVERNOR SIGNS 'BLACK RIVER' TAXPAYER RELIEF BILL

 

Legislation Will Reduce Costs To Taxpayers in Black River, Champion, LeRay, Pamelia and Rutland  

State Senator Patty Ritchie (R,C-Heuvelton) announced today that legislation she sponsored that saves hardworking taxpayers in the Route 3 corridor around Black River hundreds of thousands of dollars in extra interest costs for a critical sewer project was signed into law by Governor Cuomo today.The measure, S.2781, was Senator Ritchie's first bill to pass the Senate--and her first to become law. The measure reduces costs to the village of Black River and the towns of Champion, LeRay, Pamelia and Rutland and paves the way for the expansion of the Rt. 3 corridor sewer project, which is critical to the region's growth.

April 13, 2011
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RITCHIE, AUBERTINE WORK TOGETHER ON FIRST AG BILL

Measure helps streamline government, eases burden on small business

 State Senator Patty Ritchie announced that the Senate Tuesday passed newly named Agriculture Commissioner Darrel Aubertine's “Departmental Bill Number One,” a measure that streamlines the agency’s operations and helps small businesses.

April 12, 2011
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ASSEMBLY MUST PASS PROPERTY TAX CAP

Join Petition On Website, Facebook Page To Send A Message

 
State Senator Patty Ritchie is calling on families who are tired of property tax increases to join her in urging the Assembly majority to pass Governor Andrew Cuomo’s tax cap.
 
“The hard working taxpayers of Central and Northern New York need action so they can afford to stay in their homes,” Senator Ritchie said. “That’s why I voted on January 31st for Governor Cuomo's tax cap and I am urging New Yorkers to join my fight."
 

April 12, 2011
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Results of Senator Ritchie's 2011 Legislative Community Survey

State Senator Patty Ritchie released the results of the survey she conducted of residents in Oswego, Jefferson and St. Lawrence Counties to guide her in her consideration of the recently passed on-time budget.

"The people of Northern and Central New York were very clear that they wanted their state government to find ways to reduce spending, cut costs and rein in government at all levels," Senator Ritchie said. "The state budget that I supported reflected the priorities people set when they responded to my survey."

April 11, 2011
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Senator Ritchie recognizes Fulton PD Chief Orlo Green. The department recently won a AAA Platinum Traffic Safety Award.

State Senator Patty Ritchie presented the City of Fulton's Police Chief Orlo Green with a certificate on Friday for earning the American Automobile Association's (AAA) Platinum Award for its traffic-safety program. This is the fourth year in a row that the Fulton Police Department has earned the award. AAA's Community Traffic Safety Program is an awards and recognition program open to communities of all sizes nationwide for earning the AAA Platinum Award for the Fulton Police Department's traffic safety program.

April 11, 2011
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I meet regularly with other officials representing Oswego County in the state Legislature.

State Senator Patty Ritchie recently met with the State Legislature's delegation representing Oswego County. Shown are Assemblyman Ken Blankenbush, Assemblywoman Claudia Tenney, State Senator Ritchie, Assemblyman Bob Oaks and Assemblyman Will Barclay. They meet regularly to discuss legislation and coordinate their efforts so as to better serve the people of Oswego County.

April 11, 2011
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YOUR COMMUNITY NEEDS HEROES

Your community needs heroes. Your friends and your hometown are looking for people to join your  volunteer fire department or rescue squad. They  provide critical services when your neighbors need help  in communities across Oswego, Jefferson and St. Lawrence Counties. While the public at large thinks of firefighters as the people who run into burning buildings when others are running out, volunteer fire departments and rescue squads are often the ones who respond to calls for help of all kinds in their communities.

April 11, 2011
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