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RITCHIE’S MANDATE RELIEF WORKING GROUP HOLD FIRST MEETING

Panel Looks for Ways to Reduce Burdens on Property Taxpayers

State Senator Patty Ritchie said her Mandate Relief Working Group, a team of local leaders who are tasked with finding unnecessary and wasteful state requirements that cost local taxpayers’ money, held its first session Thursday evening.

“Too often, Albany creates extra costs for rural areas because they are unaware of what their one-size-fits-all rules mean for upstate communities,” said Senator Ritchie. “This year, I made cutting the cost of government and reducing mandates a priority, and my Mandate Relief Working Group will help me accomplish this goal by attacking the problem from the ground level, finding waste, and rooting it out.”

October 7, 2011
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RITCHIE TO HOST OSWEGO ROUNDTABLE ON EEE

Joint Ag-Health Committee Event to Feature Officials, Experts on Animal, Human Health and Prevention

State Senator Patty Ritchie will hold a roundtable forum on Thursday, Oct. 13, at 11 am, in Oswego’s County Legislature Chambers, to discuss the state and local response to Eastern Equine Encephalitis in Central New York, and to explore ways to reduce risk of the disease to humans and animals.

The event is being sponsored jointly by the Senate’s Agriculture Committee, chaired by Senator Ritchie, and Health Committee, which is chaired by Senator Kemp Hannon, and will feature state and local health officials and experts on animal and human health, and disease prevention.

October 6, 2011
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RITCHIE, GRIFFO FORMING INTERNATIONAL BORDER CAUCUS

Panel of Bi-National Lawmakers Will Explore Closer Ties, Job Growth and Cooperation

October 5, 2011
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SENATOR RITCHIE ANNOUNCES ‘STARS FOR OUR TROOPS’

Sets Goal to Collect 100 Worn US Flags to Cheer Service Men and Women Abroad

State Senator Patty Ritchie announced that she is seeking 100 worn, tattered and faded American flags during the month of October as part of her “Stars for Our Troops” campaign to cheer 5,000 US service men and women overseas with a simple, patriotic reminder of home.

“The men and women of our military spend months in strange and dangerous lands far from home to protect the flag and the freedom it represents,” said Senator Ritchie. “This campaign allows us to retire a worn and used American flag in a dignified way that also tells a member of the US military that he or she is remembered, appreciated and respected.”

October 4, 2011
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RITCHIE ‘PROMPT PAY’ BILL SEEKS TO HELP CASH-STRAPPED COUNTIES

Legislation would speed payments of money owed by Albany

State Senator Patty Ritchie today announced that she has drafted legislation to help cash-strapped counties by requiring Albany to speed up its payments for mandated services—or pay interest on the overdue amounts.

Senator Ritchie’s bill was prompted by complaints from officials in St. Lawrence and other counties that Albany was holding back millions of dollars of overdue payments to balance its own budget, forcing county governments to borrow money to pay their bills.

October 3, 2011
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SENATOR RITCHIE'S SENIOR HEALTH, WELLNESS EXPO OCT. 12


Free Flu Shots, Cancer Screening At Fulton War Memorial

October 3, 2011
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SENATOR RITCHIE HAILS DECISION TO REINSTATE EYE TESTS

Ending requirement would have made NY highways less safe

State Senator Patty Ritchie is praising the Cuomo administration for its reported decision to overturn a DMV rule change that would have ended routine eye tests for New York drivers.

“New York has made tremendous gains in improving highway safety—and saving lives—by focusing on such problems as drunk and distracted driving, but those gains were put at risk by this plan to essentially let motorists play eye doctor and self-certify that their vision was good enough to be on the road,” said Senator Ritchie.

September 30, 2011
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SENATOR RITCHIE NAMES AG LEADERS ADVISORY PANEL

12 Leaders to Offer Views to Senate Ag Chair

State Senator Patty Ritchie has named a dozen leaders in the agribusiness field from across Central and Northern New York to her newly formed Agricultural Advisory Council.

September 30, 2011
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I'm Working for You

I had a an opportunity to speak to members of the community at the Watertown Italian American Civic Association on Wednesday, Sept. 28. Here's a copy of the presentation I made at that event.

File: 
0928 IAC Powerpoint (Final).pdf

September 29, 2011
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RITCHIE: KEEP EYE TESTS FOR DRIVERS

Says DMV Plan Will Reverse Gains in Road Safety

State Senator Patty Ritchie is today calling on the state DMV to abandon its plan to abolish vision tests for drivers, saying the move creates an unnecessary risk for motorists and will undo recent gains in road safety.

September 27, 2011
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FLOOD VICTIMS THANK NORTHERN/CENTRAL NEW YORK

State Senator Patty Ritchie released an email she received from a flood relief coordinator in the Schoharie Valley thanking residents of Northern and Central New York for their generous response to her call for donations for victims of Hurricane Irene.

In her message, relief coordinator Debi Christman said agencies had nearly run out of food and personal items that are so desperately needed by victims of the flooding that wiped out towns, farms and homes.

"You van could not have arrived at a more needed time," Christman wrote. "We're thrilled with the awesome donations contained in that van and assure you that your efforts will greatly benefit the flood victims."

September 22, 2011
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OVER 60 EXHIBITORS ON BOARD FOR JOB FAIR--ARE YOU?

REGISTER NOW AND SEE LIST OF PARTICIPATING EMPLOYERS

The Job Fair and Career Expo hosted by North Country State Sens. Patty Ritchie and Joseph A. Griffo has picked up another 10 employers, bringing the total to more than 60 businesses, health care agencies and exhibitors signed up for the first time event.

September 22, 2011
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SEN. RITCHIE: AGRIBUSINESS CAN REVITALIZE UPSTATE

 

Agricultural Businesses Offer Ideas To Ritchie’s Senate Ag Panel    

Upstate agriculture industry leaders, including onion growers, wineries and dairy farmers, told  New York State Senate Agriculture Committee Chair Patty Ritchie that upstate can grow jobs if the state reduces the regulatory burden on farm families.

September 20, 2011
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SEN. RITCHIE SENDS HURRICANE RELIEF SUPPLIES TO SCHOHARIE VALLEY

Thanks Oswego, Jefferson and St. Lawrence Counties for Donations

September 20, 2011
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SEN. RITCHIE'S AG FORUM IN WATERTOWN TUESDAY

Agricultural Business Forum To Set Senate Ag Committee's Agenda

New York State Senate Agriculture Committee Chair Patty Ritchie says her Agricultural Business Forum in Watertown on Tuesday will help her committee set the agenda for the upcoming legislative session.

“If we really want to revitalize New York’s economy, it’s absolutely critical that we harness our family farm businesses which make up so much of the upstate economy,” Senator Ritchie said. “Too often too many forget that our family farms produce what our manufacturers need.”

September 19, 2011
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SEN. RITCHIE NAMED TO SENATE TASK FORCE TO CUT WASTE

Senate Task Force On Government Efficiency To Investigate Bureaucracy

State Senator Patty Ritchie announced that she was named to a bipartisan legislative panel investigating waste and inefficiency in New York State government.

Senator Ritchie’s appointment to the Senate Task Force on Government Efficiency was made official by Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos.

“Making government operate more efficiently means lower costs for overburdened state taxpayers, a better economic climate for our state, and an invitation for businesses to create new jobs,” Senator Ritchie said.

Since taking office in January, Senator Ritchie has been focused on cutting the cost of state government, including:

September 19, 2011
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SENATOR RITCHIE ANNOUNCES OSWEGO SENIOR HEALTH EXPO

** UPDATED LIST OF EXHIBITORS AND SERVICES BELOW **

State Senator Patty Ritchie announced she will be hosting a Senior Health and Wellness Expo in Fulton, at the War Memorial, on Wednesday, Oct. 12, from 10:30 AM to 12:30 PM.

The event is free, and will feature over 50 exhibitors on health and wellness, health catre, senior nutrition and fitness, and other services.

There will also be free flu shot, health screenings and refreshments.

Over 1500 seniors attended a similiar event in September in Watertown. That was a new record for attendance at such an event.

You can view a video report on that event here.

September 15, 2011
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