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10TH MOUNTAIN DIVISION AND FORT DRUM DAY CELEBRATED AT STATE CAPITOL

State Senator Patty Ritchie welcomed 10th Mountain Division Commanding General, Major General Stephen Townsend and troops to the Capitol Tuesday for 10th Mountain Division and Fort Drum Day. 

The event—which is in its fourth consecutive year—celebrated Fort Drum and the 10th Mountain Division’s contributions to the North Country region, the state and our nation.  Joining General Townsend were Colonel Gary Rosenberg, Fort Drum Garrison Commander; Captain Scott Dawe, Commanding General’s Aide; Lieutenant Colonel Tage Rainsford, Public Affairs Officer and more than four dozen soldiers and officers who serve with the 10th Mountain Division.

“Year after year, 10th Mountain Division and Fort Drum Day has allowed my colleagues in Albany to see firsthand the impact that the post and its troops have on our entire state—not just the North Country,” said Senator Patty Ritchie.

March 17, 2015
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RITCHIE: LEGISLATION TO CLOSE GLARING LOOPHOLE IN CHILD KIDNAPPING INVESTIGATIONS PASSES SENATE

Law Would Give Authorities Immediate Access to Child Protective Records 

State Senator Patty Ritchie has announced legislation she cosponsors that would give law enforcement immediate access to child protective records in the event of a kidnapping has passed the Senate.  Under current state law, authorities are often stalled in their investigations when trying to obtain records from child protective services.

The measure (S.3520-A) was sparked by a recent case in the Albany region, where 5 year-old Kenneth White was reported missing and later found dead.  While investigating the case, authorities were stopped from accessing Kenneth’s child protective records, which could have provided them with additional persons of interest.  A cousin was later arrested and charged with the crime.

March 17, 2015
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PROTECT THE POST: RITCHIE SCORES $500,000 TO HELP SECURE FUTURE OF FORT DRUM

Senator Also Wants Additional "Base Retention" Funding in New State Budget

State Senator Patty Ritchie is announcing $500,000 in new state funding to secure additional "buffer areas" around Fort Drum that are critical to preserving the future of the military post.

The $500,000 comes from a special "military base retention" budget account, aimed at supporting efforts to enhance and protect Fort Drum and other military installations. This year, Senator Ritchie is seeking to increase funding for military base retention in the new state budget that's due April 1st.  In recent years, she has played a key role in filling the account help preserve Fort Drum and other military installations across the state.

 “Right now, more than ever, it’s critical that we make protecting and enhancing Fort Drum one of our top priorities,” said Senator Ritchie.

March 16, 2015
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RITCHIE TO HOST “FORT DRUM DAY” AT CAPITOL TUESDAY

Kicks Off Week of Events to Highlight NNY Post Ahead of Army Cuts

March 13, 2015
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RITCHIE URGES BUDGET FUNDING TO HELP SOLDIERS WITH PTSD

Senate Budget Restores Cuts to Programs that Help Returning Fort Drum Troops

March 12, 2015
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STUDENTS FIRST: SENATE BUDGET ADDS $1.9 BILLION FOR LOCAL SCHOOLS

Plan Eliminates the Aid-Cutting GEA Gimmick, Helps More Families Pay for College

Senator Patty Ritchie announced that the Senate’s proposed budget plan would hike aid to schools by $1.9 billion, and completely eliminate the aid-cutting GEA, or Gap Elimination Adjustment, that’s been squeezing local schools to balance the state budget, when the funds should be going into classrooms. The Senate’s increase is $800 million more than that proposed by the Governor.

March 11, 2015
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RITCHIE: SENATE BUDGET INCLUDES RECORD FUNDING FOR AGRICULTURE

Restores Cuts, Includes Full Support for Senator’s ‘Grown in NY’ Plan

 

State Senator Patty Ritchie today announced that the Senate’s 2015-16 Budget Plan includes record funding for agriculture programs, including full support for her landmark “Grown in New York” plan that links consumers and local farms and preserves the future of family farming in the state.

The Senate’s budget plan (S.4203) increases support for agriculture by more than $20 million above the Governor’s proposal. Included is additional funding for programs that have proven critical to the success of farmers in Central and Northern New York, including restoration of funding cuts to the well-regarded Farm Viability Institute and the Northern New York Agriculture Development Program, as well as for research and promotion of key farm products, from apples to dairy, maple syrup to onions.

The restorations and new funding are more than five times the amount included in the Assembly’s agriculture plan (A.6003), which only restored about half of the cuts in the Executive Budget.

March 11, 2015
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NCPR: 'RITCHIE CARES DEEPLY ABOUT FARMING'

NCPR reports on Senator Ritchie's new "Grown in New York" program to boost family farming by connecting consumers and local farms, encouraging exports and strengthening farmers' bottom lines. The pna was included in the Senate's list of budget priorities and is expected to be adopted by the entire Senate later this week.

March 11, 2015
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RITCHIE NAMED TO SENATE LEADERSHIP POST

State Senator Patty Ritchie has been named Deputy Majority Leader for Senate and Assembly Relations. The new leadership post gives Senator Ritchie added responsibilities and puts her in an even stronger position to advocate on behalf of her constituents in Central and Northern New York. “In the four years I’ve served in the Senate, I’ve been able to work closely with members of both political parties, in both the Senate and Assembly, and I’m proud of the friendships and relationships I’ve established to help win passage of important legislation and new laws that

March 5, 2015
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RITCHIE: ‘GROWN IN NEW YORK' PLAN WILL STRENGTHEN AGRICULTURE

Senator Patty Ritchie, Chair of the Senate Agriculture Committee, and members of the Senate Republican Conference today unveiled their new “Grown in New York” multi-part plan to help meet consumers’ demands for locally-grown food, support local farmers in their efforts to provide quality, fresh food, and strengthen rural communities.

March 4, 2015
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INDIAN RIVER STATE CHAMPS HONORED AT CAPITOL

Members of the Indian River Warriors football team traveled to the State Capitol Monday, where they were honored for their capture of the New York State Class A Championship.   

In recognition of their historic 63-38 win over defending state champions the Queensbury Spartans, the Warriors were honored in the Senate Chamber with an official Legislative Resolution.

“The Indian River Warriors are proof that dedication and diligence pay off,” said Senator Ritchie. “Their accomplishments are the result of countless hours of hard work both on and off the field, and it’s my honor to recognize them for their achievements here at the Capitol.”

Fighting back from a 19-point deficit in last November’s championship game, the Warriors’ win is especially significant, as it was the team’s first trip to the state championship and also marked the first time a North Country team won a state title on the gridiron. 

March 3, 2015
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RITCHIE: DO YOU KNOW A “WOMAN OF DISTINCTION?”

Nominations Now Being Accepted for Special Senate Program 

***CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD A NOMINATION FORM***

State Senator Patty Ritchie is now accepting nominations for the New York State Senate’s “Women of Distinction” program; a special initiative aimed at honoring women’s history in the Empire State by recognizing the accomplishments of outstanding leaders from the present.

“From doctors and teachers to people who volunteer countless hours in the name of bettering their community, over the past several years I’ve had the honor of recognizing dozens of women from across our region who are going above and beyond to make a difference,” said Senator Ritchie. “This year, I’m truly looking forward to honoring a new group of local women through this special program.”

February 27, 2015
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DO YOU LOVE YOUR LIBRARY?

Senator Ritchie’s Weekly Column 

February 20, 2015
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RITCHIE NAMED TO SENATE TASK FORCE ON LYME AND TICK-BORNE DISEASES

Group Will Work to Improve Prevention, Detection and Treatment of Lyme and Other Deadly Diseases 

State Senator Patty Ritchie has announced she has been named to the Senate Task Force on Lyme and Tick-Borne Diseases, a group which aims to improve the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of Lyme and other related illnesses. 

“In recent years, the region I represent has seen a sharp spike in the number of cases of Lyme disease,” said Senator Ritchie.  “I’ve heard from a number of constituents that something more needs to be done to fight back against this potentially deadly disease and I’m pleased to have a role on the Task Force, which will allow me to be involved as we work to better protect the health of people in our local communities and across the state.”

February 18, 2015
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LOVE YOUR LIBRARY: VOTE FOR YOUR FAVORITE LOCAL LIBRARY, LIBRARIAN

New Awards From Senator Ritchie Aim to Recognize Area Libraries, Librarians 

In advance of Valentine’s Day, State Senator Patty Ritchie is inviting the public to "love their library,” by casting their votes for two new awards aimed at recognizing area librarians and libraries for the invaluable service they provide to communities across Central and Northern New York. 

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“In the past several years, I’ve had the opportunity to visit dozens of libraries throughout Jefferson, Oswego and St. Lawrence Counties and at each, I’ve been so impressed with not only the resources and entertainment offerings, but also with the dedicated librarians who go above and beyond to meet the educational and cultural needs of our communities,” said Senator Ritchie.

“As a member of the Senate Select Committee on Libraries and someone who enjoys visiting my local library, I know what an invaluable resource they provide. I’m thrilled to announce these new awards, which will help our libraries and librarians receive the recognition they deserve.”

February 13, 2015
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RITCHIE: SUPPORT KIDS, NOT CUTS

Senator Joins Colleagues to Call for End of

“Gap Elimination Adjustment” Budget Gimmick 

State Senator Patty Ritchie joined fellow lawmakers today at the Capitol to call for an end to the “Gap Elimination Adjustment,” a budget gimmick that has continued to hurt schools and students since its implementation in 2010.

CLICK HERE TO SIGN THE PETITION TO END THE GEA

“Since the GEA went into effect—five years ago, before I took office—it has cost schools across our state upwards of $8 billion dollars.  That’s literally thousands of dollars per student that could have been put towards providing them with new opportunities to further their education,” said Senator Ritchie.

“Today, I’m proud to stand with my fellow lawmakers to call for putting an end to the GEA once and for all. We owe it to our state’s hardworking teachers and their students to fight back against the GEA and give them the resources they need to be successful in the classroom.”

February 10, 2015
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RITCHIE: JOIN ME IN STANDING UP FOR OUR SCHOOLS

Invites Public to Sign Petition to Support Teachers and Students by Ending the GEA

***CLICK HERE TO SIGN THE PETITION***

State Senator Patty Ritchie is inviting people to stand up for teachers and students by signing her petition in support of repealing the Gap Elimination Adjustment;  a budget gimmick commonly known as the “GEA,” which has cost schools across New York State upwards of $8 billion since its implementation.

“Although we’ve worked hard to increase education aid in recent years, the GEA is continuing to put a strain on our schools; making it harder for them to provide teachers with the resources they need to be effective and robbing students from the opportunities they deserve,” said Senator Ritchie.

“We owe it to our dedicated educators and to New York’s next generation of leaders to put their needs first and end the GEA once and for all. I’m hopeful that people across our region will join me in standing up for our schools by signing this petition and demonstrating their support for repealing the GEA.”

Those interested in signing the petition can do so here.  Individuals without access to a computer can call her Watertown office at (315) 782-3418 to show their support for the GEA’s repeal.

February 6, 2015
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RITCHIE SECURES $50,000 FOR CITY OF FULTON RECREATIONAL IMPROVEMENTS

Funding to Assist with Construction of New Playground, Kayak Launch on Lake Neatahwanta 

State Senator Patty Ritchie has announced she has secured $50,000 to help the City of Fulton improve recreational opportunities at the city’s Recreation Park. 

A portion of the capital funding will go towards the construction of a new playground with the remainder funding a kayak launch on Lake Neatahwanta. 

“Whether they are for families or individuals, quality outdoor recreational opportunities are key to any strong community,” said Senator Ritchie. “I’m pleased to provide this funding, which will give children a safe place to play and also build upon efforts to revitalize Lake Neatahwanta.”

February 4, 2015
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SENATOR RITCHIE QUESTIONS AG COMMISSIONER ON NEW STATE BUDGET

On the first day of public hearings on the Governor's proposed new State Budget, I had the opportunity to question Richard Ball, Commissioner of Agriculture and Markets about the plan, and efforts to help farmers grow. We discussed the Young Farmers initiative, funding for farmland preservation, efforts to connect consumers to growers and budget cuts to programs that I believe provide a wealth of benefits to farmers.

The public hearings are just a step in the process of enacting an on-time, balanced budget, and I will file frequent updates here on my website. Be sure to check back often.

 

 

January 28, 2015
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THE RESULTS ARE IN: RITCHIE RELEASES FINDINGS FROM LEGISLATIVE SURVEY

Nearly 4,000 Central, Northern New Yorkers Weigh in on Major Issues for 2015 

***CLICK HERE TO READ THE FULL RESULTS***

Strong support for reforming Common Core, concerns regarding raising the minimum wage and support for making the state’s 2 percent tax cap permanent are just several of the results released today from State Senator Patty Ritchie’s 2015 Legislative Survey.

In total, nearly 4,000 Central and Northern New Yorkers participated in the survey, which touched on topics ranging from government spending to investments in our state’s agriculture industry.

“As state senator, it’s very important to me to make sure the opinions of my constituents are accurately represented when I’m in Albany,” said Senator Ritchie.

January 28, 2015
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