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STATEMENT FROM STATE SENATOR PATTY RITCHIE ON 315 AREA CODE

I am disappointed to hear the news that the Public Service Commission decided to recommend an “overlay,” which would require people to dial 10 digits to make a call—even to other 315 numbers. 

From business owners to family members concerned about how their elderly relatives would adjust, throughout the past month, I heard from hundreds of constituents who didn’t want the change. 

July 16, 2015
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BRIER HILL VOLUNTEER FIRE DEPARTMENT TO RECEIVE $50,000 IN FUNDING FROM SENATOR RITCHIE

Department Will Use Funds to Purchase Generator for Emergency Situations

State Senator Patty Ritchie today announced she has secured $50,000 in funding to help the Brier Hill Fire Department operate more effectively and better protect residents.

Funding secured by Senator Ritchie will assist the department with the purchase of a new, state of the art generator to be used in emergency situations. 

July 10, 2015
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RITCHIE DELIVERS $50,000 TO COMBAT DRUGS IN OSWEGO COUNTY

Funding Will Assist Sheriff’s Department With Efforts to Crack Down on Drugs

As law enforcement officials across the region continue to wage war on drugs like heroin and meth, State Senator Patty Ritchie has announced she has secured $50,000 to assist Oswego County in its fight to combat illegal substances. 

Funding secured by Senator Ritchie will help the Oswego County Sheriff’s Department purchase surveillance equipment that’s vital to the work they do to stop the spread of drugs in the county.

July 10, 2015
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STATEMENT FROM STATE SENATOR PATTY RITCHIE ON FORT DRUM ANNOUNCEMENT

Pat yourself on the back because we did it! Today’s announcement on the future of Fort Drum represents a tremendous victory for the North Country and Upstate New York.

Tens of thousands of citizens joined with leaders of government at every level—and from every corner of New York State—to rally to Fort Drum’s side. This unprecedented effort caught the attention of Army planners, and it worked.

July 9, 2015
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RITCHIE DELIVERS $50,000 TO IMPROVE PLAYGROUND AT HISTORIC THOMPSON PARK

State Senator Patty Ritchie has announced $50,000 in special funding to help upgrade the wooden playground at Watertown’s historic Thompson Park. 

The wooden playground, which sits atop Thompson Park—an Olmsted park designed by the group led by Frederick Law Olmsted, which was responsible for designing New York City’s Central Park, Boston Commons, the very first State Park in the nation at Niagara Falls and other famous spaces—has been in existence for nearly three decades and has recently begun to show its age.

July 8, 2015
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SENATOR RITCHIE DELIVERS FUNDING TO PROTECT FORT DRUM, STRENGTHEN COMMUNITY HEALTH CARE

Investments Highlight Strong Army-North Country Partnership

July 7, 2015
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RITCHIE: FREE TOOL TO HELP FIGHT MOSQUITOES NOW AVAILABLE

Mosquito “Dunk” Kits Will Help Fight EEE, West Nile

State Senator Patty Ritchie has announced that homeowners and farmers will once again be able to take advantage of a free tool to help fight mosquitoes and the spread of the deadly EEE and West Nile viruses.

Available on a first come, first serve basis at Soil and Water District offices in Jefferson, St. Lawrence, Oswego, Madison and Onondaga Counties, free  larvicide “dunk” treatment kits are placed in standing water—where mosquitoes breed—and help to kill larvae for up to thirty days. 

“The region I represent is a hotbed for mosquito borne diseases, and it’s important to remember that combating EEE, West Nile and other viruses is a team effort,” said Senator Ritchie. 

June 30, 2015
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STATEMENT ON THE 2015 LEGISLATIVE SESSION

From enacting our fifth on-time budget to investing in schools, strengthening the future of agriculture, protecting and creating jobs, and delivering on the promise of relief for hardworking taxpayers, the 2015 legislative session put the needs of everyday, middle class New Yorkers first. Budget and Taxes

June 25, 2015
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RITCHIE CALLS FOR REOPENING OF SELKIRK SHORES SWIMMING BEACH

Senator Cites Need for Improving Services at Park, Drawing More Visitors to CNY Region 

As summer begins, State Senator Patty Ritchie is calling on New York State to reopen the swimming beach at Oswego County’s Selkirk Shores State Park.

Due to budget cuts in 2010—before Senator Ritchie took office—the park’s swimming beach was closed, forcing visitors to travel 10 miles to Sandy Island, with no pedestrian trail linking the two parks. 

 “While Selkirk Shores boasts everything from hiking trails and camping sites to opportunities for fishing and boating, one of the things it no longer offers is a swimming beach,” said Senator Ritchie.

June 24, 2015
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MORE THAN 400 ATTEND RITCHIE’S OSWEGO COUNTY JOB FAIR

Annual Event Featured Nearly 50 Employers 

More than 400 job seekers packed the Fulton Community Ice Arena Tuesday for State Senator Patty Ritchie’s 2015 Oswego County Job Fair. 

The annual event featured nearly 50 employers, many of which were looking to hire immediately.

“While creating jobs is a big part of boosting our economy, matching people seeking work with employers who are looking for talented individuals to join their team is a big part of the equation too,” said Senator Ritchie. 

June 23, 2015
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HOLD THE LINE! SENATOR RITCHIE CALLS CONSTITUENTS TO SPEAK OUT ON LATEST PLAN TO SPLIT 315 AREA CODE

State Senator Patty Ritchie is calling out to residents of Central and Northern New York to be heard on the latest effort by state regulators to create a new area code for parts of the region now covered by 315. Senator Ritchie has created an online survey and comment form on her website to measure her constituents’ support for various plans that have been floated by the state Public Service Commission, which says the region could run out of available phone numbers in 2017.

June 19, 2015
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RITCHIE INVITES NORTH COUNTRY TO SHOW SUPPORT FOR SEARCHERS

Free Posters Available in Appreciation for Long Hours Served to Catch Escaped Killers and Keep Us Safe

June 19, 2015
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RITCHIE BILL TO RAISE AWARENESS OF DEADLY ‘TIP OVER’ HAZARD GETS SENATE OK

Goal is to Cut Accidents That Claimed Two Lives Here, 40 in US Yearly

June 18, 2015
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SENATE OKs RITCHIE BILL TO LET OGDENSBURG AIRPORT SOAR

Simple Legal Fix Boosts Plan for Low-Cost Flights from ‘OGS’ to Florida and Beyond

June 17, 2015
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MORE DMV FEE MONEY TO STAY LOCAL UNDER RITCHIE BILL

Mandate Relief Measure Approved Tuesday by Senate

State Senator Patty Ritchie has announced her bipartisan legislation to provide mandate relief to counties by allowing them to retain more money collected at local DMV offices for work done on behalf of the state has passed the Senate.

Across New York State 51 out of 62 counties are required to operate a local DMV office where they process transactions and provide services required by the state.  Under current law, the state takes more than 87 percent of all fees collected for work done by the county.  As a result of Senator Ritchie’s measure (S.4964-A), the percentage of revenue retained by the local DMV office would increase.

June 17, 2015
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RITCHIE BILL BOOSTS POLICE TRAINING TO STOP ANIMAL CRUELTY

Measure Awaits Governor’s Signature After Senate OK 

The State Senate today gave final legislative approval to a measure, sponsored by Senator Patty Ritchie, that boosts training for law enforcement to fight animal abuse.

“Animals don’t have a voice, and they rely on law enforcement to protect them from those who seek to hurt or put them in danger,” said Senator Ritchie, who chairs the Senate Agriculture Committee. “This bill will help ensure that police and prosecutors know the law, and the tools that are available to them every day to help prevent, detect and stop animal cruelty.”

June 16, 2015
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NEW VIDEO PUSH FOR PSYCH CENTER TRANSFORMATION

“Point Airy Vision” Shows Riverfront Site is Loaded with Opportunity

June 16, 2015
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SENATE OK’S BILL TO LET CONSUMERS KNOW IT’S ‘GROWN IN NY’

Senate Ag Chair Continues Push to Connect Consumers and Local Farmers

The State Senate today approved a bill sponsored by Senator Patty Ritchie to help push more locally grown food onto consumers’ plates with a marketing campaign aimed at making them aware that products are “Grown in New York.”

The bill—S.519-A—creates the “Grown in New York” marketing program, which sets standards for producers who want to label their foods as local.

“More and more, consumers want to ‘eat local,’ not only for the nutritional value of fresh, wholesome, locally produced foods, but also to help support their local community and their local farmers,” said Senator Ritchie. “But it’s not always easy to tell if a product is truly local, since grocers can sell ‘local’ foods that are really produced hundreds of miles away, or even from a different state.”

June 15, 2015
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‘CHECK OUT’ THE NEW YORK STATE SENATE’S SUMMER READING PROGRAM

Senator Ritchie’s Weekly Column

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Five—that’s the number of books experts say students need to read over the summer to prevent what’s known as  “summer learning loss,” the loss of knowledge and skills that occurs during summer vacation.

Preventing learning loss is key to ensuring students are able to build upon what they’ve already been taught and be successful when they head back to the classroom in the fall.  That’s why I’m once again partnering with local libraries and taking part in the New York State Senate’s 2015 Summer Reading Program. The special program—which is hosted along with the New York State Library—helps children have fun as they continue to build their reading skills throughout the summer months. This year’s theme, “Every Hero Has a Story,” celebrates heroes in literature.

June 15, 2015
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RITCHIE ANNOUNCES 2015 OSWEGO COUNTY JOB FAIR

Event to Feature More than 50 Employers

In an effort to connect job seekers with employers looking to hire, State Senator Patty Ritchie will host her 2015 Job Fair on June 23rd in Fulton.

“One of the hardest parts of job searching is getting face to face time with potential employers,” said Senator Ritchie.

“My job fair makes it easy to connect with dozens of businesses and organizations that are looking to hire immediately. I'm encouraging anyone seeking a job or career change to visit my job fair on June 23rd.”

June 12, 2015
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