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Governor Cuomo Recognizes Senator Ritchie

Governor Cuomo offers a "hat tip" to Senator Ritchie for doing "extraordinarily well" in my brief time as State Senator. The feeling is mutual, Governor!

 

April 7, 2011
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SENATOR RITCHIE CUTTING RED TAPE ON BUSINESSES

Bill She Sponsors Reduces Unnecessary Regulations  State Senator Patty Ritchie's bill (S 4080) reducing unnecessary regulations on food stores passed the State Senate. "One of my top priorities is helping to reduce the costs of doing business in New York State," Senator Ritchie said.

April 5, 2011
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HELP WADDINGTON WIN THE CROWN AS "THE ULTIMATE FISHING TOWN USA"

State Senator Patty Ritchie is urging her friends to help Waddington win the crown as "The Ultimate Fishing Town USA." "Waddington  needs our help," Senator Ritchie said. "I am asking everyone to go to  http://www.wfnfishingtown.com/town/waddington-ny to help my friends in Waddington."

April 1, 2011
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LEGISLATURE PASSES HISTORIC EARLY BUDGET

State Senator Patty Ritchie hailed last night’s early passage of a state budget that trims the size of government, makes major restorations in schools hardest hit by funding cuts, rejected job-killing tax increases, protects farmers and helps set New York on a path to economic recovery.The new budget closed a $10 billion gap without new taxes, yet still restored $4.3 million to school districts in the Senator’s district. Many of those schools were hard hit by a school aid funding formula that meant disproportionate cuts to rural and Upstate schools.

April 1, 2011
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Committee Meeting: Agriculture Meeting

Senate Standing Committee on Agriculture Senator Patricia Ritchie, Chair 10:00 AM, Tuesday, April 5, 2011 Room 124 CAP

April 5, 10:00 AM - 10:45 AM
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CLOTHING TAX BREAK RETURNS FRIDAY

State Sales Tax Waiver On Some Purchases Will Help Save Families MoneyState Sen. Patty Ritchie today reminded families that, beginning April 1, Albany is rolling back its sales tax increase on clothing and shoes, giving families and consumers a break on purchases under $55.“In the current economic climate, families have to save money wherever they can,” Senator Ritchie said.

March 29, 2011
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Committee Meeting: Agriculture Meeting

Senate Standing Committee on Agriculture Senator Patricia Ritchie, Chair Wednesday, March 30, 2011 Off The Floor-Room 123 CAP

March 30, 12:30 PM - 12:35 PM
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SENATOR RITCHIE: SENATE STANDS UP FOR MAPLE PRODUCERS

Senate Recognizes Maple 'Sugar Shacks' As Farm Buildings; Honors Maple Industry    State Senator Patty Ritchie announced today the state Senate passed a bill she sponsored to make bureaucrats  recognize maple sugar shacks as agricultural buildings. The bill aims to cut red tape that threatens the state's growing maple industry. The Senate also passed a resolution, at the height of "sugaring season" throughout New York State, honoring the state's 550 maple producers whose efforts have made the Empire State the second largest maple producing state in the nation.

March 24, 2011
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SENATE AND ASSEMBLY ANNOUNCE AGREEMENT ON AG FUNDING

Both houses restore funds for programs ‘key to the future of family farms’

State Senate Agriculture Committee Chair Patty Ritchie and Assembly Agriculture Committee Chair William Magee announced today a budget agreement that fully funds critical farm research, education and assistance programs aimed at helping family farmers and strengthening rural New York’s farm economy.

The Joint Budget Subcommittee, comprising negotiators from both the Senate and Assembly, agreed on a total of $17.329 million to support local farm programs, including restoring funds for important programs that help make farming more profitable and successful for hardworking farm families.

March 24, 2011
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RITCHIE, BARCLAY ENERGY FORUM EDUCATES CONTRACTORS

Helps Them Reduce Energy Costs To Homeowners  OSWEGO - A forum sponsored by Assemblyman William A. Barclay and State Senator Patty Ritchie  in Oswego on Wednesday helped area contractors learn about ways to help home owners reduce energy costs. The "Home Performance Contracting, Get An Edge On The Competition Forum" in Oswego helped Central and Northern New York contractors learn about incentive programs they can use to improve home energy efficiency. "At a time of rising energy costs, it's imperative that we find ways to help home owners reduce the cost to heat their home,"  said Senator Ritchie.

March 24, 2011
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SEN. RITCHIE JOINS CANADIAN SENATOR OPPOSING NEW US TAX ON TOURISTS

Sen. Runciman: Inspection Tax Could Hurt Tourism, Border Communities State Senator Patty Ritchie and Canadian Senator Bob Runciman are urging their legislative colleagues  to join them in condemning a U.S. proposal that could cripple tourism in border communities like Cape Vincent and Alexandria Bay,  damage U.S. – Canadian relations and hurt the economies of communities across Northern and Central New York. “The federal government’s scheme to impose a $5.50 ‘inspection tax’ on Canadians who visit the U.S. by sea or air is an insult to America’s largest trading partner and one of our closest allies,” Senator Ritchie said.

March 22, 2011
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RITCHIE: CRITICAL AGRICULTURE PROGRAMS INCLUDED IN JOINT BUDGET PLAN

Ag Chair: Senate Led Effort To Restore Funding, Treat Farm Programs Fairly  Senate Agriculture Committee Chair Patty Ritchie announced that Senate and Assembly negotiators have  restored funding to New York’s critical agriculture programs in the joint budget to be presented to the governor.  “My top priority as the chair of the Senate’s Agriculture Committee has been to make sure that farms and agricultural programs did not suffer bigger cuts than other state programs," Senator Ritchie said. "The original state budget proposal required our 36,000 farm families to suffer a disproportionate share of the budget cuts." "The budget proposal the Senate championed insures that farmers will face no new taxes or fees.

March 22, 2011
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WHY MARCH IS OUR SWEETEST SEASON

If you are ever in the town of Hermon, just as the winter weather breaks, make it a point to visit Woody's Sugar Barn. You'll see why New York State ranks second in the nation in Maple Syrup production and come away understanding how the people who make up the New York State Maple Producers Association are convinced we can eventually overtake our friends in Vermont and become number one. Over the past few weeks, I have been visiting St.

March 22, 2011
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Committee Meeting: Agriculture Meeting

Senate Standing Committee on Agriculture Senator Patricia Ritchie, Chair 11:00 AM, Wednesday, March 23, 2011 Room 816 LOB

March 23, 11:00 AM - 11:06 AM
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RITCHIE NAMED TO BUDGET COMMITTEES ON AGRICULTURE, JOBS

Getting To Work Immediately To Bridge Gaps Between Senate And Assembly PlansState Senator Patty Ritchie has been named to two key budget subcommittees,which will begin work immediately to negotiate differences between thebudget priorities of the Senate and Assembly.Senator Ritchie will serve on the Agriculture, Environmental Conservationand Housing Subcommittee, scheduled to be the first panel to begin workingat 9:30 AM  Wednesday, as well as the Economic Development Subcommittee.“Both the Senate and Assembly have taken strong stands for our farmers, butthere are differences in our plans.

March 17, 2011
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RITCHIE: SENATE RESTORES FUNDING TO CRITICAL AGRICULTURE PROGRAMS

As Legislature Celebrates 100th Anniversary Of Farm Bureau's Birth In Upstate New YorkSenate Agriculture Committee Chair Patty Ritchie announced that the Senate will vote today to restore funding to New York’s critical agriculture programs as the legislature celebrated the 100th anniversary of New York Farm Bureau, the state’s leading advocate for the agriculture industry.The Senate’s budget will serve as the basis for negotiations between the two houses of the legislature in crafting a final budget proposal“As the chair of the Senate’s Agriculture Committee, my top priority has been to insure that our farms and agribusinesses do not suffer a disproportionate share of the budget cuts as we wrestle with the state’s fiscal crisis,” Senator

March 15, 2011
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