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OFA STUDENTS, FACULTY JOIN RITCHIE AT CAPITOL FOR STATE OF THE STATE AND BUDGET ADDRESS

Students from Ogdensburg Free Academy traveled to the State Capitol Wednesday, joining lawmakers for Governor Cuomo’s State of the State address and State Budget presentation. 

January 21, 2015
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STATEMENT FROM SENATOR PATTY RITCHIE ON GOVERNOR’S 2015-16 BUDGET PRESENTATION

I was pleased to hear Governor Cuomo emphasize issues that are priorities for me—making critical investments in our education system, supporting small business owners, creating jobs and keeping more money in the pockets of hardworking New Yorkers.

January 21, 2015
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HALTING HUMAN TRAFFICKING IN NEW YORK STATE

Senator Ritchie’s Weekly Column 

January 16, 2015
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RITCHIE DELIVERS $50,000 FOR INFRASTRUCTURE IMPROVEMENTS IN THE TOWN OF NEW HAVEN

Funding Will Help Cover Cost of Paving Lot Surrounding Town Offices, Highway Department 

State Senator Patty Ritchie has announced she has secured $50,000 to help improve infrastructure in the Town of New Haven. 

According to officials, capital funding secured by Senator Ritchie will be utilized to pave a currently unpaved parking lot that surrounds the Town Offices and the Town Highway Department.

“New Haven’s Town Offices and Town Highway Department are used on a daily basis by local residents and employees,” said Senator Ritchie. “By paving the parking lot surrounding these facilities, we can help make travel easier—especially during the winter months,” said Senator Ritchie.

January 14, 2015
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RITCHIE SECURES $50,000 TO ASSIST TOWN OF MACOMB WITH INFRASTRUCTURE UPGRADES

Funding to Allow for Installation of New Furnace, Insulation at Town Garage 

State Senator Patty Ritchie has announced she has secured $50,000 to help the town of Macomb cover costs associated with necessary upgrades at the town garage.

According to officials, capital funding secured by Senator Ritchie will be used to purchase a new furnace and to install insulation.

“The town of Macomb uses its garage on a daily basis for everything from meetings to community events,” said Senator Ritchie. “I’m pleased to provide this funding, which will help to ensure it remains in top condition for those who utilize it each and every day.”

January 14, 2015
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RITCHIE: MORE THAN 3,000 HAVE TAKEN PART IN 2015 LEGISLATIVE SURVEY

January 21st Marks Deadline to Participate in Legislative Survey

State Senator Patty Ritchie has announced that more than 3,000 constituents in Jefferson, Oswego and St. Lawrence Counties have weighed in on issues that matter to them by taking part in 2015 Legislative Survey. 

The survey, which is available here, covers topics such as education, government spending, college tuition, job creation, agriculture and more.  Those who still wish to participate have until January 21st to do so.

“Now that the 2015 Legislative Session is underway, it’s imperative that I hear from those I represent about the issues that matter to them,” said Senator Ritchie.

“The results gathered through my Legislative Survey will help to guide me as I work to represent the interests of the people of Central and Northern New York.  I’m hopeful that in the coming days, those who haven’t yet weighed in will take the time to do so.”

January 13, 2015
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RITCHIE PRAISES PASSAGE OF WOMEN’S EQUALITY MEASURES

Legislative Package Aims to End Discrimination, Combat Sexual Harassment and Stop Domestic Violence

State Senator Patty Ritchie today is praising passage of legislation that will provide females across New York State with new protections when it comes to discrimination, sexual harassment and domestic violence.

The historic measures passed Monday mark the first legislative act of 2015 and are the components of a comprehensive Women’s Equality Agenda, made up of bills that would stop human trafficking; ensure equal pay for equal work; combat sexual harassment in the workplace; end gender discrimination in employment, housing and credit decisions; make reasonable work accommodations available for pregnant women; and provide stronger protections for domestic violence victims. 

“In every corner of our state and across our nation, women are breaking glass ceilings and reaching new heights. However, we cannot turn a blind eye to the things that often hold them down—namely the discrimination, harassment and abuse that often happen in the workplace and in our society at large,” said Senator Ritchie.

January 12, 2015
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GIVE LIFE BY GIVING BLOOD

Senator Ritchie’s Weekly Column 

January 12, 2015
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RITCHIE HONORS OGDENSBURG POLICE DEPARTMENT WITH LIBERTY AWARDS

State’s Highest Honor Presented in Recognition of Efforts During Amish Kidnapping

State Senator Patty Ritchie recently presented the New York State Senate Liberty Award to members of the Ogdensburg Police Department who assisted the St. Lawrence County Sheriff’s Department and other agencies with the investigation of surrounding the abduction and recovery of two Amish girls in August. 

“Members of law enforcement put their lives on the line each and every day to keep our communities safe,” said Senator Ritchie.  “When tragedy struck this past summer and two young Amish girls went missing, members of the Ogdensburg Police Department stepped up to the plate to assist with efforts to return them safely home.  Their bravery and willingness to come to the aid of their neighbors is to be commended and it is my pleasure to present them with the New York State Senate Liberty Award.”

In September, law enforcement who attend a special “Community Thank You” event, hosted by Senator Ritchie to recognize those who assisted with the search for the Amish girls, were also presented with the Liberty Award.  Those honored recently were unable to attend the event. 

January 9, 2015
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RITCHIE SWORN IN FOR THIRD TERM AS STATE SENATOR

As lawmakers returned to the State Capitol for the start of the 2015 Legislative Session, State Senator Patty Ritchie was sworn in for her third term in office Wednesday. 

January 7, 2015
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NEW SUPPORT FOR SOLDIERS IN 2015

Senator Ritchie’s Weekly Column 

January 5, 2015
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WEIGH IN AND MAKE A DIFFERENCE

Senator Ritchie’s Weekly Column 

December 29, 2014
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RITCHIE CALLS ON CNY, NNY RESIDENTS TO SHARE OPINIONS THROUGH LEGISLATIVE SURVEY

Questionnaire Available Now on Senator Ritchie’s Website

***CLICK HERE TO PARTICIPATE*** 

As lawmakers prepare to head back to the Capitol for the upcoming Legislative Session, State Senator Patty Ritchie is inviting her constituents to weigh in on issues facing New York State through her 2015 Legislative Survey.

Available here, the survey asks individuals to voice their opinions on major topics including government spending, Common Core, agriculture, college tuition, job creation and others.

“As State Senator, it’s my top priority to make the voices of my constituents heard and to represent their views in Albany,” said State Senator Patty Ritchie.

“I’m eager to hear the opinions of the people in Central and Northern New York whom I represent on the major issues—everything from education to government spending—in an effort to make sure I’m accurately representing their interests when I head back to Albany.”

December 29, 2014
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RESOLVE TO STAY SAFE THIS NEW YEAR’S EVE

Senator Ritchie’s Weekly Column

New Year’s Eve is a time to reflect on the past year and celebrate the 365 days to come.  Whether you’re heading out tojoin friends and family or hosting a gathering in your own home, it’s important that you plan ahead to stay safe as you ring in the New Year:

December 22, 2014
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RITCHIE MEETS WITH SUNY CANTON PRESIDENT

State Senator Patty Ritchie met with SUNY Canton President Zvi Szafran recently to discuss the president’s plans for the future of the college as well as issues affecting the SUNY system as a whole.

December 19, 2014
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RITCHIE THANKS UNITEDHEALTHCARE FOR SUPPORT OF NORTH COUNTRY FAMILY HEALTH CENTER

State Senator Patty Ritchie joined North Country Family Health Center staff and board members recently, as the organization thanked UnitedHealthcare Community Plan of New York for $200,000 in grants aimed at making improvements at the facility.

December 19, 2014
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GOVERNOR SIGNS RITCHIE BILL TO BOOST EEE PREVENTION

Landmark New Law Latest in Effort to Combat the Disease That’s Claimed Lives in CNY;  Focuses Health Experts on Finding Vaccine

State Senator Patty Ritchie today announced that the Governor has signed into law her bill to help speed the discovery of potentially life-saving vaccines for deadly diseases including Eastern Equine Encephalitis, the mosquito-borne virus that’s claimed five lives in Oswego County and Central New York.  The measure (S.2115), which passed both houses of the Legislature with overwhelming bipartisan support, creates a new “21st Century Workgroup for Disease Elimination and Reduction” within the state Department of Health.  Comprising experts in diseases, infection and public health, the group is tasked with identifying obstacles that may be preventing development of effective vaccines for EEE and other diseases, including West Nile Virus, Lyme disease, tuberculosis and more. 

December 18, 2014
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A SEASON FOR SAFETY

Senator Ritchie’s Weekly Column 

December 15, 2014
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RITCHIE JOINS STATE AND LOCAL LEADERS FOR REGIONAL ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT COUNCIL AWARDS

State Senator Patty Ritchie joined state and local leaders for the Regional Economic Development Council Awards held Thursday in Albany.

December 12, 2014
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