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BRINGING HELP WITH STATE GOVERNMENT TO YOU

Last Thursday, I met Lexi, a therapy dog at The Chatty K-9, a combination pet store, dog grooming and dog training business in the village of Central Square.

I was spending the day in Central Square as part of my second mobile district office program that I started last month to help make it easier for the residents of Central and Northern New York to get help from their state government.

Since January, I have opened full-time offices in Oswego County, Jefferson County and St. Lawrence County where my staff is available five days a week to help with state or other government offices.

August 9, 2011
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RITCHIE IS TOPS WITH STATE’S SNOWMOBILERS

Named Legislator Of The Year

State Senator Patty Ritchie, an avid snowmobiler and outdoors person who has championed the sport both in her previous role as County Clerk and now as State Senator, was named “Legislator of the Year” by the state’s leading sled riders’ group.

The New York State Snowmobile Association presented its coveted “Bill Sears Appreciation Award” to Senator Ritchie at the group’s annual meeting Saturday in Cicero, Onondaga County.

Sen. Ritchie, who has been riding for over 40 years, owns several sleds and regularly rides trails throughout St. Lawrence County, is the first freshman lawmaker to receive the honor, named for the former State Senator from Central New York who was an early advocate for snowmobiling, and who helped create a statewide trail system that today spans more than 11,000 miles and is a boon to the wintertime economies of many Upstate communities.

August 9, 2011
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‘TRADE ZONE’ EXPANSION MEANS JOBS FOR ST. LAWRENCE COUNTY

State Senator Patty Ritchie (R-C, Heuvelton) said that a bill she cosponsored with Sen. Joseph A. Griffo to expand the Ogdensburg Foreign Trade Zone to include all of St. Lawrence County, which was signed into law today by Gov. Andrew Cuomo, will help create jobs by making the North Country a gateway to overseas companies and global commerce.

Sen. Ritchie’s bill expands Foreign Trade Zone No. 118 from its present 70 acres located at the Port of Ogdensburg to include businesses in Massena, Canton, Potsdam, Gouverneur and communities throughout the county, creating the largest FTZ geographically in New York—a whopping 2,821 square miles.

“With the only US port on the St. Lawrence Seaway, Ogdensburg and St. Lawrence County are uniquely positioned to lure foreign businesses who are looking to import or trans-ship products to Canada, the Midwest and beyond,” Senator Ritchie said. “By expanding our Foreign Trade Zone countywide, we can increase the opportunity for foreign companies to do business in St. Lawrence County, increase demand for shipping and storage, and create the possibility for new manufacturing operations—all of which translates into more jobs.”

August 4, 2011
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RITCHIE BILL TO BOOST RIDING STABLES WINS GOV’S OK

State Senator Patty Ritchie today announced that her bill that boosts riding stables and other “commercial equine operations,” which will also translate to more business for farmers and suppliers, was signed into law by Gov. Cuomo.

The new law allows operators to qualify for agricultural assessments and other benefits that are extended to more traditional farms and horse boarding facilities.

“This new law boosts the horse industry by recognizing its growing importance and popularity and, as a result, helps other farmers and small businesses that provide the feed, grain and other supplies to horse owners, riders and enthusiasts,” said Sen. Ritchie.

August 4, 2011
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SENATOR RITCHIE STATEMENT ON SUNY CANTON

The announcement today concerning SUNY Canton President Joe Kennedy’s future with the college puts an end to the recent confusion, rumors and speculation over the central administration’s plans for a well-respected leader and member of our community. I am glad that President Kennedy will remain with the campus through the next academic year, which begins in just a few short weeks

August 2, 2011
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WE CAN DO MORE TO PROTECT OUR CHILDREN

The Caylee Anthony case sent shockwaves through the nation, as millions of parents wondered, among other things, how a mother could fail to report the death of her child.

It’s no secret that every second is precious when a child disappears. The first 48 hours can often mean the difference whether a child is found and whether they live or die.

That’s why I am cosponsoring the “Protect Our Children Act” to create tougher penalties for failure to report a missing child.

But it does more than that. It also makes sweeping, comprehensive reforms to address the shortcomings in state law to protect children from cruel abuse and neglect.

August 1, 2011
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‘COUNCIL’ BRINGS PROMISE OF JOBS TO NNY

Gov’s ‘New Way of Thinking’ Targets Age-old Challenge

State Senator Patty Ritchie (R-C, Heuvelton) today hailed the announcement of the new Northern New York Economic Development Council, and predicted Gov. Cuomo’s new “bottoms-up” approach to job creation will pay dividends for the region’s struggling economy.

Senator Ritchie joined Gov. Cuomo at SUNY Potsdam as he introduced the members of the new job-creating council, one of 10 from across the state that includes leading business, civic and community leaders now charged with directing the state’s economic development policies in a seven-county Northern Region, including Jefferson and St. Lawrence Counties. The Governor unveiled his Central Regional Council, which covers Oswego County earlier this week in Syracuse.

August 1, 2011
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SENATOR RITCHIE VISITS CAPE VINCENT CORRECTIONAL FACILITY

Thanks Staff for Efforts that Helped Keep Facilities Open

State Senator Patty Ritchie returned to Cape Vincent Correctional Facility today to thank the officers, staff and administrators for their efforts to help keep the North Country facilities open, and to celebrate the news that every prison in St. Lawrence and Jefferson Counties has been spared the budget ax.

“Back in January, I visited each of the prisons in Jefferson and St. Lawrence County, and gathered information from staff and officers about just how efficient and cost-effective these facilities are, representing a better deal for state taxpayers,” Senator Ritchie said.

July 27, 2011
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RITCHIE, BARCLAY PRAISE AGREEMENT ENDING STRIKE

Union, Management Reach Agreement For Nine Mile Plants

State Senator Patty Ritchie and Assemblyman Will Barclay praised the members of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) and Constellation Energy for reaching an agreement that ended a strike at both Nine Mile nuclear energy plants.

The union approved the new contract Tuesday in a 395 to 64 vote.

Senator Ritchie and Assemblyman Barclay met with both the union and management last week to ask both sides to return to the table to resume negotiations.

“The announcement that the strike has ended is welcome news to the families of both the union and management as well as the Greater Oswego community,” Senator Ritchie (R,C-Heuvelton) said. “The Nine Mile plants have enjoyed strong community support for decades, largely because of the outstanding relationship the workers have had with the company. Everyone is breathing a sigh of relief today at this terrific news.”

July 27, 2011
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RITCHIE HOSTS ‘MOBILE DISTRICT OFFICE’ THURSDAY IN MEXICO

State Senator Patty Ritchie will host a “Mobile District Office” at the McAuslan Municipal Building, on Thursday, July 28, from 4 PM to 6 PM.

Constituent Service staff from Sen. Ritchie’s Oswego District Office will be on hand to help area residents with any issues they may be having with state or other government agencies.

The Mexico Mobile District Office is the first of several such events that Sen. Ritchie is planning across Oswego County, including a second Mobile District Office event on Aug. 4 in Central Square.

July 26, 2011
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Our Best Kept Secrets Can Help Boost Our Economy

A few weeks ago, I spent the weekend with my family at Eel Weir State Park, one of New York State’s best kept secrets among its 178 state parks and historic sites.

Located on the Oswegatchie River, just two miles from Black Lake, Eel Weir was honored a few years ago by a national park organization for its outstanding canoe access. With just 38 campsites, a picnic area, and a pavilion, locals know it as a terrific place to relax, picnic, camp and catch bass.

While I was there, it struck me how little most of us know about the individual New York State Parks outside of our immediate neighborhoods.

July 26, 2011
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SENATOR RITCHIE PRAISES NOVELIS EXPANSION PLANS

Aluminum Company To Add 100 New Jobs

State Senator Patty Ritchie praised Novelis for the company’s decision to invest $200 million in its Oswego County operations to expand the company’s aluminum sheet production for the automotive industry which is expected to add 100 new jobs in Central New York.

“I want to thank Novelis for believing in the future of Oswego County and New York State,” Senator Ritchie said. “Last month, I sponsored my Career Expo that featured Novelis and other companies. The people who applied for positions at Novelis at my job fair will have an opportunity to be considered for those 100 new jobs.”

July 26, 2011
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NOMINATE YOUR FAVORITE STATE PARK

Visit Senator's Website, Cast Your Vote, Help Build Awareness

State Senator Patty Ritchie is inviting Central and Northern New York residents to nominate the region’s top State Parks.

The Senator has created a survey on her website —www.ritchie.nysenate.gov— that asks residents to select from nearly two dozen State Parks in Oswego, Jefferson and St. Lawrence Counties, in an effort to build awareness of tourism and recreational treasures in our own backyard.

July 26, 2011
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SENATOR RITCHIE: NOMINATE YOUR FAVORITE STATE PARK

State Senator Patty Ritchie is inviting Central and Northern New York residents to nominate the region’s top State Parks.The Senator has created a online survey that asks residents to select from nearly two dozen State Parks in Oswego, Jefferson and St. Lawrence Counties, in an effort to build awareness of tourism and recreational treasures in our own backyard.“One of Upstate New York’s greatest tourism strengths is our amazing State Parks system,” Senator Ritchie said.

July 25, 2011
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GOV ORDERS BEACHES AND POOLS TO STAY OPEN TO HELP BEAT THE HEAT

Thanks Senator Ritchie for “leadership” for New Yorkers looking for relief

Gov. Andrew Cuomo has ordered State Parks, beaches and pools in Central and Northern New York to offer extended hours this weekend to help New Yorkers beat the heat, and he praised Senator Ritchie for staying on top of the issue.

The Governor ordered Parks in the region, including Green Lakes, Verona Beach, Delta Lake and Sandy Island Beach State Parks in the Central Region, and Westcott Beach, Southwick Beach, Pt. au Roche, and Robert Moses, as well as the pool at Keewaydin all to remain open until 8 PM tonight and Saturday.

“Keeping these beaches and pools open for extra hours will mean more New Yorkers will get to enjoy some relief from the sweltering heat at some of the most beautiful spots in the country,” said Senator Ritchie. “I want to thank Gov. Cuomo for his responsiveness and concern for New Yorkers who are all suffering through this heat, and looking forward to a break soon.”

July 22, 2011
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SENATOR RITCHIE RETURNS TO VISIT NORTH COUNTRY PRISONS

Thanks Staff for Efforts that Helped Keep Facilities Open

State Senator Patty Ritchie returned to three state prisons in Ogdensburg and Gouverneur today to thank the officers, staff and administrators for their efforts to help keep the North Country facilities open, and to celebrate the news that every prison in St. Lawrence and Jefferson Counties had been spared the budget ax.

“Back in January, I visited each of the prisons in Jefferson and St. Lawrence County, and gathered information from staff and officers about just how efficient and cost-effective these facilities are, representing a better deal for state taxpayers,” Senator Ritchie said.

“Today, I returned to three of the facilities, Ogdensburg, Riverview and Gouverneur, to share with the dedicated workforce there that our strategy worked, and that Albany has recognized the good work they do, as do I,” Senator Ritchie said.

July 22, 2011
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SENATOR RITCHIE VISITS ELDERLY DURING HEAT WAVE

Urging Central and Northern New Yorkers to think of elderly, home bound in current heat wave

State Senator Patty Ritchie visited several elderly residents in her hometown of Heuvelton on Thursday, delivering ice cream and cold water to help them beat the heat.

"I've been urging residents of Central and Northern New York to check on their elderly neighbors to see how they are doing during the heat wave," Senator Ritchie said. "It's rare when temperatures rise like this so it's important for everyone to look out for each other."

July 21, 2011
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RITCHIE, BARCLAY MEET WITH BOTH SIDES IN NUCLEAR STRIKE

Ask Union Representatives, Constellation To Return To Bargaining Table

State Senator Patty Ritchie and Assemblyman Will Barclay met with representatives of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers and Constellation Energy Group to urge both sides to return to the negotiating table to end the nuclear plant strike that has idled several hundred Oswego County residents.

"Oswego has a long and proud history of active community support for the nuclear industry," said Senator Ritchie. "A key reason is the outstanding relationship between the workers and management."

July 21, 2011
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RITCHIE URGES: CHECK NEIGHBORS AND PETS IN EXTREME HEAT

State Senator Patty Ritchie is urging Central and Northern New Yorkers to check frequently on the elderly and those who live alone, as well as to take extra care with family pets, to protect them from soaring temperatures in what is already being called one of the worst heat waves in years.

The National Weather Service has issued Excessive Heat Watch alerts for Oswego and Jefferson Counties through Thursday, as temperatures soar and remain in the 90s. Heat is the number one, weather-related cause of death in the US, claiming more lives each year than floods, lightning, tornadoes and hurricanes combined, they said.

“While we are all doing what we can to find relief for ourselves from the current heat wave, I am urging residents also to think about elderly neighbors, those who live alone, people with special needs, and helpless pets who are also suffering from heat and, in many cases, may be even more vulnerable to its effects,” Senator Ritchie said.

July 20, 2011
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SENATOR RITCHIE TOURS ST. LAWRENCE PSYCHIATRIC CENTER

Visits With Staff, Patients, Board of Visitors While Touring Trinity Building

State Senator Patty Ritchie toured the Trinity building at the St. Lawrence Psychiatric Center recently to discuss the state’s mental health services to Northern New York communities.

Over the course of the morning, she met with the St. Lawrence Psychiatric Center's Board of Visitors, spoke to top staff and administrators, visited wards, program areas and recreational facilities.

July 18, 2011
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