Senator Looks to Help Schools Facing Cuts After Budget Defeat
State Senator Patty Ritchie today announced that she has secured a special $160,000 state grant to help the General Brown School District, which is facing a new round of budget cuts following voters’ rejection of the district’s budget proposal.
The funding, from a special state fund controlled by the Senate, is specifically earmarked for the purchase of two replacements for school buses that were destroyed in a massive fire last year, giving the district more flexibility in its spending plan to meet other needs.
State Senator Patty Ritchie, Assemblyman Will Barclay and Assemblyman Bob Oakes have announced the introduction of comprehensive legislation addressing synthetic drugs in New York State.
At a recent press conference announcing the legislation was Teresa Woolson and her family, who are advocating for strengthening laws regarding synthetic drug use. Woolson’s son, Victor, lost his battle with drugs in 2012 and died from injuries related to synthetic drug use. He died after federal legislation and the New York State Department of Health ban was put in place.
Dozens of employers—many of which are hiring now—will be on hand at the free event. In addition to meeting with employers, attendees will also be able to access information on interviewing skills, tips on how to start your own business and much more.
I would like to thank everyone for coming out today to join me in honoring our fallen veterans and thanking the veterans and their families who are here to celebrate Memorial Day. It’s a privilege for me to be here with so many men and women who have served their nation. You are truly our nation’s heroes. Your sacrifices—and your service—have truly made our country a better place. From the beaches of France, to the jungles of the South Pacific and Vietnam… From the frigid winters of Korea to the hot sands of the Middle East…
Col. Terrence Roche, the ex-Garrison Commander who oversaw the dramatic growth of Fort Drum from a small training facility into a premier Army post—and the region’s largest local employer—was inducted into the New York State Senate “Veterans Hall of Fame” at a special ceremony held Tuesday at the Capitol.
Col. Roche was selected from among 29 nominees from Oswego, Jefferson and St. Lawrence Counties as Senator Patty Ritchie’s inductee. To read more about Col. Roche and this year's other inductees, click here.
The second annual event celebrated the commanders and soldiers of the 10th Mountain Division for their ongoing role in our nation’s defense, as well as the post itself for the key role it plays in the region’s economy.
MG Stephen Townsend, Troops to Attend Second Annual Event
State Senator Patty Ritchie has announced that on Monday, May 20th, “10th Mountain Division and Fort Drum Day” will be celebrated at the State Capitol.
The second annual event, organized by Senator Ritchie, will celebrate the commanders and soldiers of the 10th Mountain Division for their ongoing role in our nation’s defense, as well as the post itself for the key role it plays in the region’s economy.
“It’s surprising that many people across New York State just aren’t aware of the role Fort Drum and the 10th Mountain Division play in our nation’s defense, nor do they know what a tremendous impact the post has on our North Country economy,” said Senator Ritchie.
“I am thrilled to once again host 10th Mountain Division and Fort Drum Day at the Capitol, and take the opportunity to expose our entire state to this very important installation, as well as the brave men and women who fight for our freedom and call Fort Drum ‘home’ ” said Senator Ritchie.
Joins More than 300 to Speak in Support of Psych Center
State Senator Patty Ritchie delivered a petition including 2,100 signatures and personal stories in support of the St. Lawrence Psychiatric Center to Albany officials at Wednesday’s “listening session” held at the Center.
The signatures and stories were collected via www.savethecenter.net, a website Senator Ritchie created to allow people to sign her petition as well as share news and updates on the center.
State Senator Patty Ritchie will deliver more than 2,000 signatures and statements in support of St. Lawrence Psychiatric Center to Albany officials at Wednesday’s listening session to be held at the facility.
The signatures and stories were collected via www.savethecenter.org, a website Senator Ritchie created to allow people to sign her petition as well as share news and updates on the center.
State Senator Patty Ritchie honored several former Oswego County public servants at a special presentation made during the May 9th Oswego County Legislature meeting.
Ritchie presented official Senate Resolutions to the families of the late County Clerk George Williams, as well as County Legislators Art Ospelt, Mary Flett and Paul Santore, for their years of service to Oswego County.
“It was truly an honor to work personally with each of these individuals—in government and out—to make Central New York a better place,” said Senator Ritchie.
The veterans were nominated for induction into the New York State Senate “Veterans Hall of Fame” by family, friends, co-workers and comrades-in-arms for their military service to our nation, and their continuing work and involvement in causes that benefit and improve our local communities.
Suggestion by Senator Ritchie Included in Governor’s
New Plan to Boost Tourism
State Senator Patty Ritchie is applauding Governor Cuomo’s announcement of a number of new initiatives aimed at drawing Canadian tourists to New York State and boosting cross-border commerce.
The efforts were unveiled Wednesday at the Capitol during the Governor’s first-ever New York State Tourism Summit. As a roundtable participant at the event, Senator Ritchie spoke about opportunities for expanding and better showcasing tourism in Central and Northern New York.
Specifically, Senator Ritchie —who is a member of the Senate's Cultural Affairs, Tourism, Parks and Recreation Committee—spoke about identifying ways to target Canadian consumers, and suggested improving signage to highlight destinations in Central and Northern New York.
Urges Public to ‘Speak Out’ and Share Views on Center that Employs 500
State Senator Patty Ritchie is joining with community leaders to announce creation of a new website and online petition to support St. Lawrence Psychiatric Center, which is facing possible state cutbacks.
“What in the world would we do without our libraries?” This question, posed by Hollywood legend—and library lover—Katherine Hepburn, is one I often ask myself. From books and videos to community events and computer access, today’s libraries offer so much in the way of entertainment and education.
Here in Central and Northern New York, we’re fortunate to have one of the largest concentrations of public libraries in the state. Of the 7,000 public libraries in New York State, more than 50 are right here in our backyard.