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NORTHERN AND CENTRAL NY’ers RESPOND TO FLOOD VICTIMS

Senator Collecting Food and Personal Items to Send Downstate 

State Senator Patty Ritchie is thanking Central and Northern New Yorkers who have responded to her appeal for relief items for victims of severe flooding downstate.

September 9, 2011
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IN CLAYTON, RITCHIE DISCUSSES FRINK SITE REDEVELOPMENT

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.

September 8, 2011
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RITCHIE ANNOUNCES HURRICANE IRENE FLOOD RELIEF COLLECTION DRIVE

Basic items urgently needed; Photos of destruction; Send a personal message to victims

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September 8, 2011
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RITCHIE LEGISLATION: A PRESIDENT FOR EVERY SUNY COLLEGE

Bipartisan Bill Seeks to Protect Canton, Other Ag Schools from ‘Shared Leader’ Plan

September 7, 2011
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SENATE AG CHAIR RITCHIE TOURS IRENE-DAMAGED FARMS

Devastation is ‘numbing,’ says Ag Committee Chair

September 7, 2011
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SENATOR RITCHIE: BIOMASS COULD FUEL 140,000 UPSTATE JOBS

Attends hearing on proposals to grow energy jobs

September 6, 2011
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CORNELL ANIMAL DISEASE EXPERTS ISSUE EEE WARNING

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.

September 5, 2011
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TEN YEARS AGO OUR WORLD CHANGED

Ten years ago, on Sept. 11, our world changed.

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.

September 2, 2011
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SENATOR RITCHIE BRINGS HER ‘MOBILE OFFICE’ TO HANNIBAL RESIDENTS

 Over Two Dozen Residents Take Advantage of Government in their Backyard

September 1, 2011
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SENATOR RITCHIE TALKS JOBS WITH "GREEN" ENERGY PLANT DEVELOPERS

Plans for $50 Million Private Sector Investment Will Create 150 Jobs

September 1, 2011
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RITCHIE WANTS PUBLIC FORUM ON EEE

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.

September 1, 2011
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SENATOR RITCHIE CALLS ON ALBANY TO REVERSE CHANGES TO TEST SCHEDULES

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.

August 30, 2011
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SEN. RITCHIE TO HOST JOB FAIR IN ST. LAWRENCE COUNTY SEPT. 27

CALLING ALL EMPLOYERS, JOB HUNTERS-- REGISTER TODAY

August 29, 2011
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SENATOR RITCHIE PLANS SENIOR HEALTH, WELLNESS EXPO

Sept. 14 At Alex T. Duffy Fairgrounds In Watertown

State Senator Patty Ritchie along with the Jefferson County Office for the Aging invites the community to her 2011 Senior Health and Wellness Expo on Sept. 14 at the Alex T. Duffy Fairgrounds on Coffeen Street in Watertown.

“The Senior Health and Wellness Expo will provide a one stop experience for people who want to meet and talk to health care professionals,” Senator Ritchie said. “Whether you want to check your blood pressure, get tips on how to keep fit, or get free health screenings, this event will help you preserve your health.”

August 24, 2011
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STATE AGREES TO PUT N.Y. MILK IN EMPLOYEE LUNCHROOMS

At Senator’s Request, State Will Also Look at Boosting Sales of Other NY-Grown Foods

State Senator Patty Ritchie announced that the state has agreed to put New York milk back in its employee lunchrooms, which serve tens of thousands of state workers and visitors every day, and also look to boost the sales of other New York-grown products.

Senator Ritchie, who made the announcement as she prepared to embark on a tour of a Madrid dairy farm Friday, said the move will open a broad new market for New York farmers, and also help showcase quality dairy and other farm products that are produced by New York farmers.

August 19, 2011
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SENATOR RITCHIE, ASSEMBLYMAN BARCLAY PRAISE SPRAYING DECISION

Oswego County Ground Zero In Public Health Threat

State Senator Patty Ritchie and Assemblyman Will Barclay are praising Oswego County Health officials for their decision to conduct aerial spraying to reduce the chance of another tragedy from Eastern Equine Encephalitis infected mosquitoes.

“The families and children of Oswego County need to be protected from this deadly disease that has already cost one family their four-year-old child,” Senator Ritchie said. “Since the disease first appeared in New York State 40 years ago, it’s been clear that Central New York is ground zero in the state’s battle to protect public health. That's why Assemblyman Barclay and I have been urging the county to launch a spraying program.”

August 17, 2011
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SENATOR RITCHIE QUESTIONS WALMART AMMO POLICY

Asks Why Company Requires Buyers To Produce Gun Permits

State Senator Patty Ritchie is asking Walmart why the company is requiring customers to present a pistol permit when they want to buy ammunition. While New York State and the federal government impose age requirements, neither requires customers to show their pistol permit.

Senator Ritchie asked the company whether it is collecting personal information from gun owners that could jeopardize the privacy and safety of gun owners if it were to fall into the hands of unscrupulous individuals.

August 16, 2011
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SENATOR RITCHIE SEEKS OPINIONS ON CASINO GAMBLING

CLICK HERE to take the poll: https://spreadsheets.google.com/spreadsheet/viewform?formkey=dE9pZjh6ZzluVXZhcUx2YjYzYkUxR3c6MQ

State Senator Patty is asking her constituents what they think about Governor Andrew Cuomo’s suggestion that New York should take a look at legalizing Las Vegas-style casino gambling.

“Advocates of legalized casino gambling, including a group that wants to build a casino in Alexandria Bay in the Thousand Islands, say casinos will bring more tourists and create jobs,” Senator Ritchie said. “Opponents worry about issues of problem gambling and its impact on families and communities.”

“That’s why I have created an on-line poll on my Senate website to give the people of Northern and Central New York an opportunity to advise me on what they think I should do when the Senate considers this idea,” Senator Ritchie said. “Governor Cuomo wants to start a statewide discussion about how our state should regulate casino gambling and where we should allow it, if we allow it outside Native American reservations.”

August 15, 2011
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ONE SIZE WON’T FIT ALL

I ran into an Amish carpenter recently who told me he'd been receiving a series of letters from angry state bureaucrats who were upset with him because he had not filed his taxes electronically.

His problem was pretty simple.

He's Amish so he does not own a computer or even know how to operate one. His religion forbids him from using one even if he had access to one.

He also doesn't have broadband or even a dial up telephone.

August 15, 2011
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SENATOR RITCHIE CONCERNED OVER FUTURE OF SUNY

Wants Consultation With North Country On Plan

State Senator Patty Ritchie is calling on the chancellor and the State University of New York to commit to a transparent and open process of consultation with the North Country as it develops a plan to share services between SUNY Canton and SUNY Potsdam.

"SUNY Potsdam and SUNY Canton are two very distinct institutions that serve very different groups of students," Senator Ritchie said. "It is very important that SUNY works together to insure that it preserves the separate identity of these colleges so they can continue to serve our region."

August 11, 2011
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