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.”
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:
Record Crowd for Senator's First Senior Wellness Event
State Senator Patty Ritchie’s first Senior Health and Wellness Expo drew almost 1,500 people to the Alex T. Duffy Fairgrounds in Watertown—considered a record for similar events held in earlier years.
Cosponsored by the Jefferson County Office for the Aging and Froggy 97, the event offered more than 50 exhibitors who offered seniors flu shots, free health screenings and information about a variety of services offered by area health care agencies.
Sept. 14 At Alex T. Duffy Fairgrounds In Watertown
State Senator Patty Ritchie and the Jefferson County Office for the Aging have lined up more than 51 exhibitors to her 2011 Senior Health and Wellness Expo on Wednesday, Sept. 14 at the Alex T. Duffy Fairgrounds on Coffeen Street in Watertown.
State Senator Patty Ritchie recently met with Clayton Mayor Norma Zimmer and Clayton Town Supervisor Justin Taylor to discuss several ongoing projects in the Clayton area including the redevelopment of the Frink site.
The animal disease experts at Cornell University are issuing a warning about recent heavy rains and flooding from Hurricane Irene that can lead to further outbreaks of the EEE virus. Please consider taking steps to keep your farm animals and your family safe.
Our nation discovered that the end of the cold war had not left us without enemies plotting our destruction.
But as we watched in horror as the twin towers fell and thousands of our countrymen were murdered on national television, we also witnessed our nation come together in a way that had not occurred since the sneak attack on Pearl Harbor in the 1940s.
People of all religions, colors, ethnic origins and ways of life came together to vow they would work to insure that the sacrifices of those who died in that tragedy would not be in vain.
Infected St. Lawrence Co. Horse is Latest Incident of Disease That Claimed Child
State Senator Patty Ritchie is again calling on state officials for answers after a St. Lawrence County horse reportedly died from the same mosquito-borne illness that had claimed the life of a four-year-old Oswego County girl.
11th Hour Changes Wreak Havoc on School, Family Calendars
Senator Patty Ritchie is calling on the state’s Education Commissioner and Board of Regents to reverse an 11th hour change to school testing dates that’s wreaking havoc on school and family calendars.
In a letter to state Education Commissioner John King and Regents Chancellor Merryl Tisch, Senator Ritchie admits she was flabbergasted that the state would change the test schedules so close to the start of the school year, when districts had already set—and in many cases, mailed—their school year calendars to parents and teachers.
The new schedule places a key test smack in the middle of spring breaks scheduled by a majority of Central and Northern New York schools.