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STATEMENT BY SENATOR PATTY RITCHIE ON ADOPTION OF NEW STATE BUDGETEarlier today, the State Senate finished work on the most family- and Middle Class-friendly state budget in a generation. The Assembly is expected to pass the bills later this week.

March 27, 2013
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RITCHIE: STATE BUDGET INCLUDES WELCOME BOOST TO FARMERS

New Funding, Initiatives to Help NY’s Leading Industry Grow 

State Senator Patty Ritchie today announced that the new state budget restores cuts to key agriculture programs, while adding new funding and a new marketing initiative to help farmers grow.

Senator Ritchie, chair of the Senate Agriculture Committee, once again led efforts to stop funding cuts to key programs aimed at boosting productivity and strengthening the bottom lines of 36,000 family farmers who are at the center of New York’s leading industry.

March 25, 2013
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ADDITIONAL FUNDS FOR LOCAL ROADS IN STATE BUDGET

First Funding Hike for Local Highways in Five Years; Investments to Help Create Jobs 

March 24, 2013
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RITCHIE MEETS WITH NORTH COUNTRY CATHOLICS AT ANNUAL CATHOLIC CONFERENCE IN ALBANY

State Senator Patty Ritchie recently met with North County Catholics led by Ogdensburg Bishop TerryLaValley, who visited Albany to take part in the annual Catholic Conference. 

March 22, 2013
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RITCHIE MEETS WITH VETS, DISCUSSES PFC. JOSEPH DWYER PEER SUPPORT PROGRAM

State Senator Patty Ritchie recently took part in Mental Health Awareness Day in Albany recently, speaking to veterans advocates and urging continued funding of the Pfc. Joseph Dwyer Peer Support Program for Veterans. 

Advocating for mental health services for veterans, Senator Patty Ritchie addressed the Mental Health Association in New York State (MHANYS) and American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP) at the Association's annual legislative lobby day rally in Albany.

March 18, 2013
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RITCHIE ATTENDS 'MAPLE WEEKEND' EVENT IN OSWEGO COUNTY

State Senator Patty Ritchie visited Red Schoolhouse Maple in the Oswego County Town of Palermo recently, celebrating "Maple Weekend."

"Maple Weekend" is a two-weekend event taking place at farms across New York State.  "Maple Weekend" events include lessons on the art of maple sugaring, community breakfasts and opportunities to purchase fresh-made maple products directly from the source.

March 18, 2013
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RITCHIE NOW ACCEPTING NOMINATIONS FOR “VETERANS HALL OF FAME”

Oswego, Jefferson and St. Lawrence Counties Invited to Participate

State Senator Patty Ritchie is now accepting nominations from veterans’ posts, family members and community leaders in Central and Northern New York for induction in the New York State Senate’s "Veterans Hall of Fame” program.

The online Hall of Fame pays tribute to New Yorkers who have served their country in the US Armed Forces and made significant contributions to their communities.

March 15, 2013
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RITCHIE HELPS KICK OFF MAPLE SEASON

Agriculture Committee Chair Lists Schedule of Events to Celebrate ‘Sugaring Season’

State Senator Patty Ritchie attended a ceremonial tree-tapping, invited farmers to showcase their wares and tout the future of their industry, and announced a schedule of public events to mark the start of maple “sugaring season” in New York State.

Senator Ritchie, who chairs the Senate’s Agriculture Committee, joined in a tree-tapping ceremony at the Kenny family’s Sweet Creations maple farm in Madrid on Saturday.

March 11, 2013
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RITCHIE MEETS WITH AGRICULTURAL ADVISORY COUNCIL

Discusses New “Grown in New York” Plan, Other Initiatives to Help Farmers

 Members of State Senator Patty Ritchie’s Agricultural Advisory Council met today in Ogdensburg to discuss the accomplishments of the past year and new initiatives to help farmers, including the Senator’s new “Grown in NY” plan.

“Our farmers are the backbone of New York State’s economy, and it’s so important that we give them the tools they need to create jobs and expand their industry ” Senator Ritchie said. 

“My advisory council has the firsthand knowledge  and insight as to how we can help support agriculture.  This group is—and will be crucial—to helping the Senate Agriculture Committee continue its commitment to helping our farmers.”

March 8, 2013
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RITCHIE HELPS KICK-OFF NYSSMA’S ‘MUSIC IN OUR SCHOOLS MONTH’

State Senator Patty Ritchie helped kick-off NYSSMA’s ‘Music in Our Schools Month’ in Albany this week, attending a performance by the All State Vocal Jazz Ensemble; made up of vocalist from across New York State, including Northern New York.

(Senator Ritchie is pictured in the above photo with Watertown High Schoool Student Maria Bufalini, and her parents, Cindy and John)

March 8, 2013
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RITCHIE TALKS AGRICULTURE WITH OSWEGO COUNTY 4-H MEMBERS

State Senator Patty Ritchie welcomed 4-H members from Central New York to the Capitol this week, to talk about the importance of agriculture education in schools.

During their visit, Senator Ritchie—who chairs the Senate Agricultural Committee—joined representatives for breakfast and listened to how the 4-H is working, according to their motto, “to make the best better.”

March 8, 2013
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RITCHIE MEETS WITH HIGHWAY SUPERINTENDENTS

State Senator Patty Ritchie recently met with county and town highway superintendents from Oswego, Jefferson and St. Lawrence Counties in her Albany office.

Highway officials explained to Senator Ritchie that while last year’s State Budget increased funding for state roads by $1.16 billion, there was no increase in funding for local roads.

March 7, 2013
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SENATE AG CHAIR PATTY RITCHIE UNVEILS SWEEPING PLAN TO HELP FARMERS GROW

Growing the state’s agriculture industry and helping New York’s family farms prosper is the goal of the “Grown in New York” plan, unveiled today by Senator Patty Ritchie, Chair of the Senate Agriculture Committee. Senator Ritchie was joined at a Capitol news conference by other members of the committee, as well as leaders of the New York Farm Bureau to announce a plan to strengthen the state’s $5.2 billion agriculture industry by expanding markets for New York-grown products, improving the bottom lines of family farms, and investing in the future of farming.

March 5, 2013
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RITCHIE ANNOUNCES 2013 FAMILY TAX RELIEF ACT

Senate Republican Plan Will Expand Tax Breaks, Restore STAR Rebates

State Senator Patty Ritchie is announcing a package of tax relief and reform measures aimed at providing a major economic boost to New York State’s middle class families.

Announced Monday, the 2013 Family Tax Relief Act would increase tax breaks for the middle class that have not kept pace with inflation, and in some instances, haven’t been adjusted for more than 25 years.  In addition, the act would restore STAR rebates that were eliminated in 2009. 

March 4, 2013
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RITCHIE JOINS CARTHAGE ELEMENTARY STUDENTS TO CELEBRATE DR. SEUSS

State Senator Patty Ritchie joined students at Carthage Elementary Friday, to celebrate the birthday of Dr. Seuss. 

During the event, which capped off “National Read Across America Week,” Senator Ritchie read the book “The Cat in the Hat” to students.

March 1, 2013
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Senator Ritchie Addresses Gun Rights Rally

Senator Ritchie addressed the crowd of 10,000 participants in Thursday's 2nd Amendment Gun Rights Rally held at the State Capitol. Attendees included hundreds from Oswego, Jefferson and St. Lawrence Counties.

Earlier in the day, Senator Ritchie hosted constituents for coffee and donuts at her office. See more pictures of the day's events at Senator Ritchie's Facebook page, and "LIKE" the page for additional updates.

February 28, 2013
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GUN OWNERS: PROTECT YOUR PRIVACY


A new state law allows gun owners to protect the privacy of your personal information--including your home address.

February 15, 2013
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‘FARM VIABILITY INSTITUTE’ FEATURED AT INAUGURAL MEETING OF SENATE AGRICULTURE COMMITTEE

State Senator Patty Ritchie hosted the first meeting of the Senate Standing Committee on Agriculture Tuesday, and featured a presentation by representatives of the New York Farm Viability Institute, which sponsors agricultural research and other programs to help bolster farmers’ bottom lines.

February 14, 2013
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RITCHIE MAKES EARLY VALENTINE’S DAY VISIT TO SAMARITAN KEEP HOME

State Senator Patty Ritchie made an early Valentine’s Day visit to Samaritan Keep Home’s Adult Day Care in Watertown on Wednesday. 

February 13, 2013
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CHANCELLOR UPDATES ON SUNY COLLEGE INDEPENDENCE

State University Chancellor Nancy Zimpher, questioned by Senator Patty Ritchie during today's Higher Education budget hearing, provides an update on the shared services--and shared presidents--initiative at the Canton and Potsdam campuses.

Senator Ritchie has been challenging SUNY's central admionistration to find operational savings in other ways than to eliminate the college presidencies, arguing that the campuses need independent leadership.

Earlier, SUNY committed to an announcement a leadership search sometime this year, and Chancellor Zimpher says more information will be forthcoming athe the SUNY Board's March meeting, which is currently scheduled for March 18 and 19, at the SUNY Purchase campus.

February 11, 2013
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