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Visits with Oswego County Sportsmen

Jim Petreszyn a member of the Oswego County Federation of Sportsmen Clubs, chats with Senator Patty Ritchie at the Sportsmen Legislative Breakfast.

May 10, 2011
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INNOVATION KEY TO CREATING NEW JOBS

Last week, I had the opportunity to tour the Linde North America's new carbon dioxide plant in Fulton, N.Y.

Linde North America is employing innovative technology to harness the CO2 produced at SUNOCO's nearby ethanol plant by purifying, liquifying and distributing what others once considered a waste product for beverage, food and chemical companies across the Northeast.

As the chair of the Senate's Agriculture Committee, it's fascinating for me to see how the 41 million bushels of corn grown across New York State and other northeastern farms that's used at Oswego County's ethanol plant is being used to produce other products and create new jobs.

May 10, 2011
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SENATOR RITCHIE, SENATOR BALL DISCUSS TUG HILL COMMISSION

Tug Hill Staff Explains Its Role To SAGE Commission Member

Senator Patty Ritchie met with Hudson Valley Senator Greg Ball and representatives of the Tug Hill Commission in Albany Monday. Senator Ritchie arranged the meeting to allow Tug Hill officials to make their case before Senator Ball, who is a member of Governor Andrew Cuomo's Spending and Government Efficiency (SAGE) Commission, charged with slashing state agencies and authorities that are redundant or unnecessary. Senator Ritchie and her Central and Northern New York colleagues have been arguing that the Tug Hill Commission serves a vital purpose in helping local governments deal with state issues--at no expense to local taxpayers.

 

 

May 10, 2011
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SENATOR RITCHIE, NY HEALTH DEPARTMENT COSPONSOR FOOD HANDLING WORKSHOPS

Sessions In Ogdensburg, Canton, Massena, Star Lake To Aid Community Groups

State Senator Patty Ritchie and the New York State Department of Health are cosponsoring four workshops in St. Lawrence County on safe food handling techniques for churches and not for profit groups.

"These events are vital to community-based organizations. I am hoping that by working together we can insure the public's health is protected while our communities can continue to host these events that are such an important part of the fabric of small town life," Senator Ritchie said. "The workshops are being held in the wake of the cancellation of two chili cook offs last February and questions raised about community dinners. With the summer chicken barbecue season just around the corner, it's critical that everyone knows what's expected."

May 9, 2011
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STATE LEGISLATORS TO SAGE: TUG HILL COMMISSION - WORTHY AND VALUABLE INVESTMENT

Senators Ritchie, Griffo, Assembly Members Barclay, Blankenbush, Tenney Sign Joint Letter

The Tug Hill Commission saves New York State money by helping local governments reduce costs and share services, the region’s legislative delegation is telling the Governor’s Spending and Government Efficiency (SAGE) Commission.

New York State Senators Patty Ritchie and Joseph Griffo and Assembly members William Barclay, Kenneth Blankenbush and Claudia Tenney have written the SAGE Commission, telling them the Tug Hill Commission provides the kind of critical services that helps make local and state governments more efficient and reduces costs to both the state and municipalities.

May 9, 2011
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SENATOR RITCHIE FEATURED AT TECHNOLOGY SYMPOSIUM

To Appear 'Virtually' At May 25th To Talk About 'Social Media'

New York State Senator Patty Ritchie will talk about how she uses social media like Facebook, websites, e-mails and the Internet to help her keep in touch with the people she represents in Oswego, Jefferson and St. Lawrence County at the North Country Technology Symposium.

Senator Ritchie will attend the symposium "virtually" at Clarkson University on May 25th by using new technology and talk from Albany where the legislature will be in session about how businesses, not for profits and individuals can benefit by harnessing the latest advances in information technology.

May 9, 2011
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Committee Meeting: Agriculture Meeting

Senate Standing Committee on Agriculture Senator Patricia Ritchie, Chair 9:30 AM, Wednesday, May 11, 2011 Room 816 LOB

May 11, 9:30 AM - 9:35 AM
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SENATOR RITCHIE URGES ACTION FROM RIVER REGULATORS

Wants Better Notification System When River Nears Flood Stage

State Senator Patty Ritchie is calling on the Hudson River-Black River Regulating District to institute a better notification system for residents and businesses whose homes and businesses are threatened by spring floods along the Black River in Jefferson County.

“The Black River reached its 5th highest crest on record this week,” Senator Ritchie said Wednesday afternoon after visiting Carthage to see first hand how the rising waters have affected businesses like Gamble Distributors, which was forced to move over a million dollars in inventory to safety. The company's owners estimated the flooding cost the firm $15,000 and lost business.

May 5, 2011
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SENATOR RITCHIE OPENS OSWEGO OFFICE

First Full Time Senate Office In Oswego In Decades

State Senator Patty Ritchie has announced the opening of her district office in the Oswego County Office Building.

“I am very pleased to announce the opening of the first full-time Senate office in decades to serve the people of Oswego County,” Senator Ritchie said. “Thanks to the assistance of the members of the Oswego County Legislature, my constituents will be able to get the assistance they need from state government at a convenient location on the 1st floor of the county government building.”

May 3, 2011
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Meeting with local legislators to discuss important local issues.

Meeting with local legislators to discuss important local issues.

May 3, 2011
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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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