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NEARLY 200 CENTRAL SQUARE MIDDLE SCHOOL STUDENTS RECOGNIZED FOR PARTICIPATION IN RITCHIE’S “THANKSGIVING DAY CREATIVE CELEBRATION”

State Senator Patty Ritchie recognized nearly 200 Central Square Middle School students recently for their participation in the New York State Senate’s “Thanksgiving Day Creative Celebration.”

In Senator Ritchie’s district more than 350 students—more than any other senate district—took part in the statewide program and shared their poems, essays and artwork based on what they are thankful for. 

May 3, 2013
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RITCHIE HELPS ST. JOHN BOSCO PRESCHOOL CELEBRATE 30 YEARS OF LEARNING

State Senator Patty Ritchie visited Watertown's St. John Bosco Preschool recently, and presented lead teacher Terry Ranger with a proclamation in honor of its 30th anniversary.

Mrs. Ranger has been with St. John Bosco's--which is part of the Immaculate Heart Central School System--since its formation.

May 2, 2013
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YELLOW RIBBONS: DOWNLOAD AND SHARE TO SHOW SUPPORT FOR FORT DRUM

Here in Central and Northern New York, we see yellow ribbons everywhere we go—on trees, bumper stickers, in businesses and prominently displayed outside homes. For a very long time, yellow ribbons have stood as a symbol of support and remembrance of the brave men and women who serve.

To help show support for Fort Drum, it’s soldiers and their families, I am making special Fort Drum yellow ribbons available for download here as well as in my offices. You can also call my office at (315) 782-3418 to request copies.

April 30, 2013
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GIVE THE GIFT OF READING!

Senator Ritchie Joins with United Way of Oswego County, Literacy Coalition of Oswego County to Collect Books for Children

State Senator Patty Ritchie is currently collecting books for a children’s book drive, sponsored by the United Way of Oswego County and the Literacy Coalition of Oswego County.

April 26, 2013
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RITCHIE DELIVERS NEARLY 120 FORT DRUM STORIES TO ARMY

Comments Collected Online to Show Support for Soldiers and Jobs

CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD A "SUPPORT FORT DRUM" WINDOW POSTER

State Senator Patty Ritchie appeared at a listening session on Fort Drum’s future and delivered nearly 120 statements of support for Fort Drum to Major General Stephen Townsend Thursday at a “Community Listening Session” held at Case Middle School in Watertown.

The listening session is one of 29 being held across the country, organized to capture community input for the Army’s top leaders to consider as part of the reduction and reorganization of its force structure.  Officials say Fort Drum could lose as many as 8,000 soldiers, or gain as many as 3,000.

CLICK HERE TO READ COMMUNITY COMMENTS ON FORT DRUM'S FUTURE

April 25, 2013
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REMINDER: YOUR CHANCE TO BE A HERO IS THIS WEEKEND

Local Fire Departments to Open their Doors April 27th and 28th for “RecruitNY”

State Senator Patty Ritchie is reminding the public that fire departments across Central and Northern New York will open their doors this weekend for “RecruitNY,” an annual event organized by the Fireman’s Association of the State of New York, or FASNY, to bring in new recruits. 

April 24, 2013
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RITCHIE: TELL ME YOUR FORT DRUM STORY

Comments Collected Online in Advance of MG Townsend’s

“Community Listening Session”

State Senator Patty Ritchie is asking the public to share what Fort Drum means to the North Country via a special online form, available here

The comments are being collected in advance of a  “Community Listening Session” hosted by Major General Stephen Townsend on April 25th at 5:00 p.m. at Case Middle School in Watertown.

April 22, 2013
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RITCHIE JOINS 10TH MOUNTAIN DIVISION COMMANDER TO HONOR VOLUNTEERS AT FORT DRUM CEREMONY

Volunteers Recognized for Nearly 185,000 Hours of Service

State Senator Patty Ritchie joined MG Stephen Townsend Thursday for Fort Drum’s annual Volunteer of the Year ceremony, where volunteers were honored for their 184,770 hours of service on the post last year. 

As the featured guest speaker, Senator Ritchie thanked the more than 50 volunteers being honored for their time and their service.

April 19, 2013
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REMINDER: VETERANS HALL OF FAME NOMINATIONS DUE FRIDAY

Nominees to be Honored at Ft. Drum Event on May 10th

 State Senator Patty Ritchie is reminding people in Central and Northern New York that nominations are due Friday for induction in the New York State Senate’s “Veterans Hall of Fame.” 

The 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.

CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD A NOMINATION FORM

April 16, 2013
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PENCILS UP! HELP ME HONOR OUR EXCELLENT EDUCATORS

Senator Ritchie’s Weekly Column

It’s often said that to teach, is to touch a life forever.  Throughout our region, there are countless educators who are doing just that—impacting young lives and enabling students to succeed each and every day.

Many teachers go above and beyond to inspire those they educate.  I want to show my appreciation and support for these teachers and all others in the education field .To do so, I have created the “Teaching Excellence” award.

April 15, 2013
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RITCHIE RALLIES FOR 2D AMENDMENT

State Senator Patty Ritchie was one of the featured speakers at Saturday's Freedom Rally in Gouverneur where she announced that she has introduced an amendment to  the New York State Constitution that would include the right to bear arms. Currently, New York State is one of only six states in the nation that does not include it in its state constitution. The event was emceed by Ogdensburg native and Radio Talk Show Host Melody Burns. Senator Ritchie voted NO on the state's new gun control law out of concerns for sportsmen and protecting the rights of law-abiding gun owners.

April 13, 2013
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RITCHIE HONORS 17 CNY, NNY “WOMEN OF DISTINCTION”

Announces 48th Senate District “Woman of Distinction”

State Senator Patty Ritchie honored 17 Central and Northern New York women at her 48th Senate District “Women of Distinction” ceremony, held in Watertown on Thursday. Those recognized were nominated by friends, family and community leaders in Oswego, St. Lawrence and Jefferson Counties.

CLICK HERE TO VIEW A VIDEO OF THE 'WOMEN OF DISTINCTION' CEREMONY

The New York State Senate’s “Women of Distinction” program honors women’s history in the Empire State by recognizing outstanding leaders and everyday citizens from the present who are making a difference.

April 12, 2013
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2013-2014 State Budget Overview

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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