Community Sprang Into Action to Avert Possible Rabies Outbreak
State Senator Patty Ritchie today honored eight St. Lawrence County residents with the prestigious New York State Senate Liberty Medal for their work to stop a major health emergency, after a farmer and other members of the local Amish community were exposed to a rabid horse.
The eight, including a veterinarian, several county public health workers, concerned community volunteers, and employees of a regional farmer cooperative with deep ties to area Amish, all played key and potentially lifesaving roles in identifying and locating individuals in the normally isolated community who could have been exposed to rabies, and required preventive treatment.
Effort Seen As a Way to Help Women Succeed, Inspire Future Leaders
Rep. Elise Stefanik, State Senator Patty Ritchie and Jefferson County District Attorney Cindy Intschert, joined by other local leaders, today announced formation of the “Upstate Women’s Leadership Council.”
The nonpartisan, non-political group is aimed at increasing opportunities for women’s personal and professional advancement and inspiring a next generation of leaders across Northern and Central New York.
“Today, more and more women are stepping up to the plate, in academics, business, medicine and public service,” said Senator Ritchie. “The Upstate Women’s Leadership Council’s aim is to help these women and others find success in their chosen fields, and inspire women of every age—but especially young women—to reach for higher goals and become our next generation’s leaders,” Senator Ritchie said.
State Senator Patty Ritchie has announced passage of legislation she cosponsored to honor Lieutenant Colonel Todd Clark, a 17-year Army veteran and member of the 10th Mountain Division’s 2nd Battalion Combat Team, who was killed in Afghanistan in 2013.
The measure passed Wednesday would name a portion of the state highway system, near Lt. Col. Clark’s hometown of Albany, the "Lieutenant Colonel Todd J. Clark Memorial Highway.”
“While Lt. Col. Clark was a native of Albany, I was proud to represent him when he was stationed at Fort Drum,” said Senator Ritchie.
Funding to Support Library Addition, Heating for Arena
State Senator Patty Ritchie has announced she has secured $50,000 to help the Town of Clayton with costs associated with upgrades being made at the Depauville Free Library and Cerow Recreation Park arena.
A portion of the capital funding will be aimed at assisting the Depauville Free Library with the building of an addition that will include a children’s room and improvements to make the library more handicapped accessible. The remainder of the funding will be used to construct a radiant heating system in the mezzanine—which currently isn’t heated—of the Cerow Recreation Park Arena.
State Senator Patty Ritchie welcomed Zakiya Saunders, a graduate of Carthage High School and member of the UAlbany women's basketball team to the State Capitol Monday, as the squad was recognized for their play in the 2015 NCAA tournament.
State Senator Patty Ritchie honored 20 “Women of Distinction” from throughout the region she represents—including 10 from Jefferson and St. Lawrence Counties—at a special ceremony held Thursday at Watertown’s historic Roswell P. Flower Memorial Library.
The individuals nominated included educators, community volunteers, entrepreneurs, and women at the top of their career fields.
“Each and every year I’m humbled to have the opportunity recognize local women nominated by colleagues, friends and fellow change-makers who have noticed that they are making a difference,” said Senator Ritchie.
State Senator Patty Ritchie welcomed the Heuvelton Lady Bulldogs basketball team to the State Capitol Wednesday, honoring the team for their winning the New York State Girls Class D Championship.
A graduate of Heuvelton High School, Senator Ritchie recognized student athletes from her alma mater with a Resolution during the day’s Senate Session, commemorating the team’s victory over South Kortright, which marked the first girls’ basketball title in school history.
Legislation Would Promote Hunting Safety by Helping Volunteers Cover Mileage, Equipment Costs
In an effort to recognize volunteer hunter safety instructors for the work they do to make the sport safer, State Senator Patty Ritchie has introduced legislation that would provide a tax credit for certified hunting safety course instructors.
The measure—Senate bill 4961—would create a $300 tax credit for instructors of hunting safety courses, which aspiring hunters and trappers must complete in order to purchase a first-time sporting license. The tax credit would help volunteers pay necessary expenses, like mileage and equipment costs incurred while becoming certified and teaching courses.
“Last year’s hunting season was the safest on record, thanks to the hundreds of men and women who volunteer their time to teach safety basics to new hunters across New York State,” said Senator Ritchie.
Working together, we made Albany put fairness over politics and pass Equal Pay for Women legislation that’s a giant leap forward in ensuring opportunity in the workplace.
Repeated studies have shown that, despite a 50-year-old federal law aimed at prohibiting paycheck discrimination, women continue to earn just 78 cents for every dollar paid to men doing the exact same job. That’s not—and for more than two years, I’ve been working to put teeth in New York’s law to stop that practice.
Now, the Assembly, which has been holding up the bill over politics, has finally passed it, sending the measure to the Governor who has promised to sign it. You can read the details of this landmark legislation, by clicking here.
$15 Fee to be Waived at St. Lawrence County Events Taking Place During “Earth Week”
State Senator Patty Ritchie is reminding St. Lawrence County residents that as part of Earth Week, she will be hosting two free waste tire drop-off events on Saturday, April 25th.
Being made possible with special funding secured by Senator Ritchie in the State Budget, the events—which are aimed at cleaning up the county, protecting the environment and stopping the spread of illnesses—are being hosted in conjunction with the St. Lawrence County Highway Department. In addition to this weekend’s events, Senator Ritchie will also host free tire drop-offs on May 9th.
“Across our region, many people are celebrating Earth Week by making an extra effort to tidy up their yards and get rid of waste and debris that pollutes our planet,” said Senator Ritchie.
$15 Drop-Off Fee to be Waived at Events in St. Lawrence County on April 25th and May 9th
State Senator Patty Ritchie is encouraging North Country residents to take the weekend to collect waste tires to be disposed of at her “Free Tire Drop-Off “ events taking place in St. Lawrence County on April 25th and May 9th.
The free events are being made possible with special funding Senator Ritchie secured in the State Budget, and are being hosted in conjunction with the St. Lawrence County Highway Department in an effort to clean up the county, protect the environment and reduce the spreading of illnesses by eliminating tires that can act as breeding ground for disease-carrying insects.
“Many people don’t realize that waste tires aren’t just unsightly—they’re a danger to public health,” said Senator Ritchie.
Fulton Named Tops Among Local Libraries; 55 Librarians Named Best
Fulton Public Library in Oswego County was selected as the favorite among 43 local libraries that gained votes—and 55 local librarians won rave reviews—in an online poll conducted by Senator Patty Ritchie to mark National Library Week, April 12- 18.
More than 200 votes were cast for the region’s best libraries and most outstanding librarians.
“Today, libraries are so much more than books, they are centers of our communities where people have endless opportunities to expand their horizons, learn and grow,” said Senator Ritchie.
Dear Students,Thank you for your wonderful contribution to the New York State Senate’s Earth Day Poster Contest. This year we received many outstanding posters that exemplify the creativity of the young people in the 48th Senatorial District. Each entry from my District displayed tremendous originality and vision as well as obvious concern for the ecological future of our communities and our state. I am proud of your work and that of your classmates, and encourage you to continue to study and learn more about the serious challenges that face our environment.I am pleased to announce that the winner of the 2015 Earth Day Poster Contest from my District is: Addison BarrickKindergartenJames E. Lanigan Elementary School
Libraries Statewide to Receive $91.6 Million in Funding
State Senator Patty Ritchie has announced the new state spending plan includes $91.6 million—which is a $5 million increase in aid over the Governor’s proposal— to help support libraries in their efforts to provide books, technology, educational resources, entertainment and more to people across the state.
In addition, the new State Budget also includes $14 million in library construction aid, which will allow libraries across the state to make upgrades to their facilities.
“The libraries that dot our region provide countless people with opportunities to expand their horizons and learn new things,” said Senator Ritchie.
Nearly $13 Million Allocated for Upgrades at Central and Northern New York Colleges
State Senator Patty Ritchie has announced the new State Budget will include nearly $13 million to help local colleges improve the learning experience for students by making upgrades to their campuses.
Included in the spending plan is $6.65 million for SUNY Oswego, $1.95 million for SUNY Canton and $4.35 million for Jefferson Community College. $850,000 in funding allocated for Jefferson Community College will go towards renovating college’s Melvil Dewey Library Building.