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SENATOR RITCHIE HELPS HUNDREDS OF SENIORS QUALIFY FOR TAX BREAK

Town Assessors Say Senator Ritchie Helped Their ConstituentsHundreds of senior citizens across Oswego, Jefferson and St. Lawrence County are now going to see a reduction in their school property taxes thanks to State Senator Patty Ritchie's efforts to inform senior citizens about the benefits of the Enhanced STAR program. Senator Ritchie utilized email, postal mail and posts on her Facebook page to inform seniors about an upcoming deadline to apply for the program, which provides substantial property tax savings for homeowners who are turning 65 or older.

March 9, 2011
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Senator Ritchie Meets with Ogdensburg Bishop Terry LaValley in Albany

New York State Senator Patty Ritchie visited with Ogdensburg Bishop Terry LaValley during his visit to Albany on Tuesday.Bishop LaValley oversees the Roman Catholic diocese of Ogdensburg which stretches from the shores of Lake Ontario to the shores of Lake Champlain, stretching along New York State's border with Canada. Bishop LaValley was one of over 1,000 Roman Catholics from across New York State who visited the state legislature with the New York State Catholic Conference to talk about issues affecting Catholic schools and the New York's Catholics.Senator Ritchie's 48th senate district includes Jefferson and a portion of St. Lawrence County that is included in Bishop LaValley's diocese.Catholics at the Capitol is an annual event.

March 9, 2011
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Senator Ritchie Supporting "Recharge New York" Jobs Bill

State Sen. Patty Ritchie is expecting the “Recharge New York” bill she is cosponsoring will pass the State Senate later today. She said the bill will help upstate businesses create jobs and help farmers reduce their energy costs.“I am very pleased to see these vital reforms moving forward through the state legislature,” said Senator Ritchie. “It’s long past time that New York State recognizes that our farms and our agriculture industry is vital to revitalizing the upstate economy.”

“I particularly want to thank State Sen. George Maziarz, the chairman of the Senate Energy Committee, for his efforts to make sure that the needs of upstate’s businesses and our family farms were protected in this legislation,” she said. 

March 8, 2011
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RITCHIE HAILS SENATE PASSAGE OF BILL TO PROTECT C.O.’s

State Senator Patty Ritchie today hailed passage of a bill she’s co-sponsored that gives stronger protection to corrections officers from inmates who throw their bodily waste at them.The Senate voted unanimously to approve S.2141, a bill which closes a loophole in the state’s Penal Law that makes it a felony for an inmate to throw human waste at a prison employee.“Every day, Corrections Officers put their safety on the line in order to protect us, and ensure the orderly operation of state prisons that can contain the most dangerous elements of our society,” Sen.

March 8, 2011
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Committee Meeting: Agriculture Meeting

Senate Standing Committee on Agriculture Senator Patricia Ritchie, Chair 11:00 AM, Wednesday, March 9, 2011 Room 816 LOB

March 9, 11:00 AM - 11:25 AM
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SENATOR RITCHIE ATTENDS LOCAL AGRICULTURAL FORUMS

State Senator Patty Ritchie recently attended Assemblyman Ken Blankenbush's agricultural forums in St. Lawrence and Jefferson counties.

Pictured in photo: Assemblyman Ken Blankenbush, Future Farmers of America (FFA) Vice President Alisha Fregoe of South Jefferson Central School, FFA President Corinth Dalyrimple of South Jefferson Central School, and Senator Patty Ritchie.

March 2, 2011
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RITCHIE UTV BILL CLEARS COMMITTEE

Legislation Will Expand Recreational Opportunities by Legalizing UTVsALBANY - A bill by State Senator Patty Ritchie to help people register their recreational utility vehicles in New York State passed the Senate Transportation Committee on Tuesday, clearing the first legislative hurdle on the way to becoming law.

March 2, 2011
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CIVIC GROUPS MAKE LIFE BETTER IN NNY, CNY!

One of the reasons why I take pride in living in upstate New York is the way neighbors look out for each other. When tragedy or tough times strike a family, folks reach out to lend a helping hand.Sometimes groups of neighbors will get together to hold a dinner or an event to help a family who has no where else to turn. Across Central and Northern New York, our residents have a strong tradition of banding together by forming civic groups and not for profit organizations to help make life better for their neighbors. Recently, I got a call on Sunday morning from the organizers of the Morristown Chamber of Commerce’s annual chili cook off.

March 1, 2011
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RITCHIE'S 1ST BILL PASSED IN SENATE HELPS BLACK RIVER

Will Save Taxpayers Hundreds Of Thousands Of Dollars In InterestState Senator Patty Ritchie (R,C-Heuvelton) announced today the New York State Senate passed legislation she authored that saves Black River taxpayers hundreds of thousands of dollars in extra interest costs for a critical waste water and sewer treatment project.The measure, S.27 81, Senator Ritchie's first bill to pass the Senate, allows the Village to repay loans from the USDA and state Environmental Facilities Corporation on terms that are more favorable to local taxpayers.

March 1, 2011
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RITCHIE ATTENDS MORRISTOWN CHILI COOK OFF

State Senator Patty Ritchie attended Sunday's Morristown Chamber of Commerce Chili Cook Off.

"When the Morristown Chamber of Commerce contacted me and asked for my help to make sure that their annual chili cook off could be held, I told them I would do everything I could to insure that this North Country tradition continued," she said. "That's why I spent Sundaymorning with the contestants at the chili cook off."

February 22, 2011
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GOVERNOR APPOINTS RITCHIE TO BUSINESS PANEL

State Senator Patty Ritchie today was appointed by Governor Cuomo to serve on a bipartisan, public private Task Force examining ways to increase opportunities for local businesses that are run by women and minorities. Senator Ritchie is one of just three Upstate lawmakers named to the 29-member Minority and Women-owned Business Enterprise Team that also includes her North Country colleague, Sen. Betty Little of Queensbury.

The Governor created the panel to find ways to increase opportunities for qualified businesses to gain access to state and local government procurement contracts.

February 22, 2011
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LET YOUR VOICE BE HEARD!

Ritchie invites Central and Northern NY taxpayers to have their say on state budget cuts

State Senator Patty Ritchie is asking her constituents in Oswego, Jefferson and St. Lawrence Counties to offer her guidance as she begins analyzing New York State's proposed budget.

"New York faces some difficult challenges, from an out-of-balance budget caused by years of overspending, to high taxes that threaten our economy, our future, and make life tougher for hardworking families like yours," she said. "We all must work together to get New York government back on track—and get New Yorkers working again. By sharing your ideas and opinions, you can help me make the choices that best serve the interests of our communities.

February 15, 2011
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SENATOR RITCHIE REMINDS SENIORS OF ENHANCED STAR DEADLINES

Urges Central and Northern New Yorkers to not miss out on important property tax savingsState Senator Patty Ritchie urged residents of Central and Northern New York who will be 65 or older this year to check to see whether they qualify for an additional reduction in their property taxes. Deadlines to apply for the Enhanced STAR property tax relief program--available to homeowners who turn 65 or older this year--are fast approaching. "Since I took office last month, I have been working to find ways to help reduce our state's tax burden on families," said Senator Ritchie. "That's been the number one issue raised by families I talk to who tell me how difficult it is for them to pay their bills, their mortgage and property taxes."

February 15, 2011
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Senator Ritchie Hires Chief Advisor For Senate Ag Committee

State Senator Patty Ritchie has hired one of the State legislature’s top agricultural experts to serve as her staff person for the Senate Agriculture Committee she is chairing.Theodore T.  Kusnierz, a principal analyst for the New York State Assembly on agriculture, environmental conservation, and tax and finance will join Senator Ritchie’s staff to serve as her chief advisor on agricultural issues.“I am very excited to welcome Todd to my staff,” she said. “He brings more than 20 years worth of experience in analyzing the State’s agricultural programs. He is very familiar with the agribusiness community and the variety of agricultural producers across the Empire State.”   Mr.

February 14, 2011
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Turning 65? Cut Your Property Taxes with Enhanced Star

Since I took office last month, I have been working to find ways to help reduce our state's tax burden on families. That's been the number one issue raised by families I talk to who tell me how difficult it is for them to pay their bills, their mortgage and property taxes.If you or any member of your family is turning 65 this year, make sure you don’t miss out on your chance to possibly reduce your school taxes by taking advantage of New York State’s School Tax Relief Program known as STAR.You have until March 1st in most communities to apply for this program that can help you lower your property tax payment.You are probably already aware of the Basic STAR which is available to anyone who earns less than $500,000 a year.

February 14, 2011
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Committee Meeting: Agriculture Meeting

Senate Standing Committee on Agriculture Senator Patricia A. Ritchie, Chair 12:30 PM, Monday, February 14, 2011 Room 123 CAP

February 14, 12:30 PM - 12:54 PM
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SENATOR RITCHIE RESPONDS TO GOVERNOR'S BUDGET

Governor Andrew Cuomo has been promising the state tough decisions.  The budget he unveiled today offers difficult choices but opportunities if we work together.

My staff and I have begun studying the budget to examine how it treats Central New York and Northern New York, our schools, our state agencies and our communities. 

I want to work with the governor and my colleagues to put  together a budget that puts taxpayers first and treats our region fairly and equitably.

I believe the steps we have taken by adopting a spending cap and a property tax cap are good first steps, but in the days ahead, I will be listening closely to the people of the 48th Senate District to hear how this budget affects them.

February 2, 2011
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We're all in this together

As you read this news column, local officials, state lawmakers and community leaders are already involved in analyzing Gov. Cuomo’s budget proposals. The Governor and the Legislature must act to balance the state’s precarious finances with the ongoing need for vital government services, all the while recognizing that New Yorkers are already among the highest taxed in the nation, and simply can’t afford to pay more. I haven’t waited for the Governor’s budget to begin the process of gauging how the budget may impact our local communities in Oswego, Jefferson and St. Lawrence Counties. 

February 1, 2011
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