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RITCHIE REMINDS HOLIDAY SHOPPERS OF SALES TAX BREAK

No State Sales Tax on Clothing Purchases of Up to $110

In advance of the holiday shopping season, State Senator Patty Ritchie is reminding consumers of the state sales tax break on clothing purchases of up to $110. 

The repeal of the sales tax—which happened last spring—is good news for holiday shoppers, who are expected to spend an average of $750 on holiday purchases this year.  The sales tax break saves a typical family of four nearly $200 annually. 

November 19, 2012
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RITCHIE INVITES STUDENTS TO PARTICIPATE IN ‘THANKSGIVING DAY CREATIVE CELEBRATION’

Asks young artists, writers: “What are you thankful for this year?”

State Senator Patty Ritchie is inviting students in Central and Northern New York to put their art and writing skills to work for the New York State Senate’s “Thanksgiving Day Creative Celebration."

To participate in the program, students in grades K-6 must submit a one-page essay, original poem or artwork (8 ½ x 11 inches) that answers the question “What are you thankful for this year?”

November 15, 2012
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RITCHIE CALLS ON CENTRAL, NORTHERN NEW YORKERS TO HELP SUPERSTORM SANDY VICTIMS

Donations Being Collected at Oswego, Jefferson and St. Lawrence County Offices

State Senator Patty Ritchie is hosting a collection drive to help provide relief to the many people still suffering in the aftermath of Superstorm Sandy.

Two weeks after Superstorm Sandy, more than 100,000 customers are still without power.  In total, the storm caused more than $50 billion in damages in the New York region. 

November 14, 2012
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RITCHIE CELEBRATES THE ARTS AT 64TH ANNUAL FALL ARTS SHOW

State Senator Patty Ritchie recently attended the North Country Arts Council’s 64th Annual Fall Arts Show in Watertown.

Artwork on display for the event is available for viewing at the Dulles State Office Building in Watertown during normal business hours through November 17th. 

November 13, 2012
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STEPPING UP TO PROVIDE SANDY RELIEF

 

Senator Ritchie’s Weekly Column

Just over a week ago, people across the country waited and watched for Superstorm Sandy to make landfall. Now, left in this storm’s path is devastation unlike anything we have ever seen before. Across our state, millions of New Yorkers are living without the necessities, trying to rebuild homes that were destroyed and businesses that now sit in shambles.

For the east coast, there’s a long road to recovery ahead. Here in the Empire State, it’s tradition to band together in times of crisis. Although we are hundreds of miles away from the disaster area, there are still ways we can pitch in and help our fellow New Yorkers get back on their feet.

If you’re looking to help, here are some of the best ways to do so:

November 5, 2012
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RITCHIE MEETS WITH SUNY OSWEGO PRESIDENT

State Seantor Patty Ritchie visited SUNY Oswego recently to meet with the college's President, Deb Stanley. 

November 1, 2012
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RITCHIE MAKES HALLOWEEN VISIT TO BISHOP’S COMMONS RESIDENTS

State Senator Patty Ritchie made a visit on Halloween to the residents at Bishop’s Commons in Oswego. 

November 1, 2012
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RITCHIE TOURS EMERGENCY OPERATIONS CENTER IN ADVANCE OF HURRICANE SANDY

Encourages Public to Have Emergency Contact Numbers on Hand

State Senator Patty Ritchie met with St. Lawrence County Emergency Service Director Joseph Gilbert and toured the emergency operations center in Canton Monday morning, as local officials prepared for Hurricane Sandy. 

October 29, 2012
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PRINT NOW: IMPORTANT EMERGENCY CONTACTS FOR CENTRAL, NORTHERN NEW YORK

Ritchie Encourages Having Emergency Numbers on Hand in Advance of Hurricane Sandy

With Hurricane Sandy expected to make landfall Monday night or early Tuesday, State Senator Patty Ritchie is encouraging people to print out the below emergency contact numbers to have on hand in the event of a power outage.

October 29, 2012
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RITCHIE CONTINUES “WHERE YOU WORK" TOUR AT FELIX SCHOELLER

Looks at Opportunities to Help Company Expand, Hire More Employees

State Senator Patty Ritchie continued her tour of Central and Northern New York businesses at Felix Schoeller Technical Papers, Inc. in Pulaski. 

October 26, 2012
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RITCHIE JOINS WEST MONROE COMMUNITY FOR PANCAKE BREAKFAST

State Senator Patty Ritchie sat down with people in West Monroe recently for a Fireman’s Pancake Breakfast.

The event took place at the West Monroe Fire Station and proceeds went to benefit the West Monroe Volunteer Fire Department.

October 26, 2012
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RITCHIE CELEBRATES REOPENING OF RICHVILLE PLAYGROUND

State Senator Patty Ritchie recently attended the reopening of Richville’s School Street playground.

Organizers received help to revamp the playground by winning a $5,000 prize through the Reader’s Digest “We Hear You America” online contest.

October 26, 2012
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RITCHIE SECURES $50,000 GRANT TO HELP OGDENSBURG INSTALL ENERGY-SAVING WINDOWS IN CITY HALL

Will Help City Taxpayers by Reducing Municipal Energy Costs

New York State Senator Patty Ritchie has announced that she has secured a $50,000 grant to help Ogdensburg install modern energy saving windows in its historic city hall.

October 26, 2012
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RITCHIE JOINS GOVERNOR CUOMO, INDUSTRY LEADERS AT NEW YORK’S FIRST WINE, BEER AND SPIRITS SUMMIT

 

Governor Announces New Tourism Campaign, Regulatory Reforms

State Senator Patty Ritchie joined Governor Andrew Cuomo, state leaders and dozens of winemakers, craft brewers and small batch distillers at New York’s first Wine, Beer and Spirits Summit, held Wednesday in Albany.

October 24, 2012
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RITCHIE PARTNERING WITH RADIO HOST, AMERICAN RED CROSS FOR ‘HOLIDAY MAIL FOR HEROES’

Asks Public To Donate Christmas Cards For Troops

State Senator Patty Ritchie is partnering with Ogdensburg native and radio personality Melody Burns to urge the public to support the “Holiday Mail for Heroes” program sponsored by the American Red Cross.

October 22, 2012
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EPIC: Helping New York State Seniors Stay Healthy

Seniors with questions about EPIC—the newly restored program which helps low-income seniors with the cost of their prescription drugs—could get them answered at Senator Ritchie's Senior Health and Wellness Fair, held recently in Oswego County.

October 22, 2012
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STANDING UP FOR OUR SENIORS

Senator Ritchie’s Weekly Column

From sitting down with seniors for coffee at Meadowview Apartments in Central Square, to talking with veterans at an annual ham dinner in Dexter, I’ve been spending a lot of time listening to the concerns of the older residents living in our region.

One of the biggest opportunities for chatting up seniors was at my Senior Health and Wellness Fairs, held recently in Central and Northern New York.  The events, which attracted more than 2,000 seniors, were held in Jefferson, Oswego and for the very first time ever, in St. Lawrence County.

October 22, 2012
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RITCHIE HEARS WARTIME MEMORIES FROM DECORATED WWII VET

State Senator Patty Ritchie recently sat down with Jefferson County WWII veteran Andy Cambron, to take a look at his many accolades and hear about the experiences he had as a member of the US Army. 

October 19, 2012
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RITCHIE CUTS RIBBON ON MIMI’S DRIVE-INN ADDITION

State Senator Patty Ritchie recently helped cut the ribbon on a new addition at Mimi’s Drive-Inn restaurant.  The restaurant is located on North 2nd Street in Fulton. 

October 19, 2012
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RITCHIE MEETS WITH OGDENSBURG’S NEW CITY MANAGER

State Senator Patty Ritchie recently stopped in to welcome newly appointed Ogdensburg City Manager John Pinkerton to City Hall.

October 19, 2012
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