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SENATOR RITCHIE INTRODUCES MARK'S LAW

Bill Makes Killing Emergency Responders 1st Degree Murder

State Senator Patty Ritchie has introduced “Mark’s Law,” a bill to make the killing of emergency first responders first degree murder, punishable by the stiffest penalty allowed by law - life without parole.

The bill, S 4717, was introduced in memory of Mark Davis, the emergency medical technician who was shot to death while responding to a call for help in Cape Vincent on January 30, 2009.

May 13, 2011
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County info technology board honors Sen. Patty Ritchie, Cooperative Extension, DANC

The St. Lawrence County Information Technology Advisory Board has picked the winners of the Helene Mellon Memorial Spotlighting Progressive Implementation of Revered Innovative Technology (SPIRIT) Awards for 2011.

• The SPIRIT 2011 Award for Community Service goes to New York State Senator Patricia Ritchie.

• The award for Education belongs to St. Lawrence County Cooperative Extension.

• The award for Business and Industry goes to the Development Authority of the North Country Internet Mapping Application.

• An honorable mention is awarded to St. Lawrence County Office of Emergency Services / NYS Office of Fire Protection / Dale Gardner NYS Fire Instructor.

There is more about SPIRIT Award winners at http://www.co.st-lawrence.ny.us/NCTechSymposium/NCTSSpirit

May 11, 2011
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SENATE PASSES BILL TO HELP JEFFERSON COUNTY

Will Allow District Attorney To Hire Stenographer

State Senator Patty Ritchie announced the Senate passed a bill (S4415) she sponsored to allow Jefferson County’s District Attorney to appoint, as needed, a stenographer who lives in St. Lawrence County or any county in the fifth judicial district.

"When Jefferson County District Attorney Cindy Intschert told me she needed my help, I made sure we got this bill moving through the Senate," Senator Ritchie said. "It is critical that our prosecutors have the resources they need."

May 10, 2011
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NO FISH TALE: 'ULTIMATE' WADDINGTON A FIRST ROUND WINNER

Small town on way to becoming America's fishing capital, but needs votes now

State Senator Patty Ritchie congratulated the residents and friends of the village of Waddington for winning 1st place in the first round of the Ultimate Fishing Town Contest.

"When a small village of just 900 can beat out communities across the nation, it's a real testament to the kind of community pride and spirit that you find in Waddington," Senator Ritchie said. "For too long the year-round fishing opportunities in Waddington and across Northern New York have been one of our nation's best kept secrets. That’s why when the Chamber of Commerce asked me for my support, I helped nominate Waddington and I urged my friends to join me in helping to put our region on the map."

May 10, 2011
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INNOVATION KEY TO CREATING NEW JOBS

Last week, I had the opportunity to tour the Linde North America's new carbon dioxide plant in Fulton, N.Y.

Linde North America is employing innovative technology to harness the CO2 produced at SUNOCO's nearby ethanol plant by purifying, liquifying and distributing what others once considered a waste product for beverage, food and chemical companies across the Northeast.

As the chair of the Senate's Agriculture Committee, it's fascinating for me to see how the 41 million bushels of corn grown across New York State and other northeastern farms that's used at Oswego County's ethanol plant is being used to produce other products and create new jobs.

May 10, 2011
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SENATOR RITCHIE, NY HEALTH DEPARTMENT COSPONSOR FOOD HANDLING WORKSHOPS

Sessions In Ogdensburg, Canton, Massena, Star Lake To Aid Community Groups

State Senator Patty Ritchie and the New York State Department of Health are cosponsoring four workshops in St. Lawrence County on safe food handling techniques for churches and not for profit groups.

"These events are vital to community-based organizations. I am hoping that by working together we can insure the public's health is protected while our communities can continue to host these events that are such an important part of the fabric of small town life," Senator Ritchie said. "The workshops are being held in the wake of the cancellation of two chili cook offs last February and questions raised about community dinners. With the summer chicken barbecue season just around the corner, it's critical that everyone knows what's expected."

May 9, 2011
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STATE LEGISLATORS TO SAGE: TUG HILL COMMISSION - WORTHY AND VALUABLE INVESTMENT

Senators Ritchie, Griffo, Assembly Members Barclay, Blankenbush, Tenney Sign Joint Letter

The Tug Hill Commission saves New York State money by helping local governments reduce costs and share services, the region’s legislative delegation is telling the Governor’s Spending and Government Efficiency (SAGE) Commission.

New York State Senators Patty Ritchie and Joseph Griffo and Assembly members William Barclay, Kenneth Blankenbush and Claudia Tenney have written the SAGE Commission, telling them the Tug Hill Commission provides the kind of critical services that helps make local and state governments more efficient and reduces costs to both the state and municipalities.

May 9, 2011
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SENATOR RITCHIE FEATURED AT TECHNOLOGY SYMPOSIUM

To Appear 'Virtually' At May 25th To Talk About 'Social Media'

New York State Senator Patty Ritchie will talk about how she uses social media like Facebook, websites, e-mails and the Internet to help her keep in touch with the people she represents in Oswego, Jefferson and St. Lawrence County at the North Country Technology Symposium.

Senator Ritchie will attend the symposium "virtually" at Clarkson University on May 25th by using new technology and talk from Albany where the legislature will be in session about how businesses, not for profits and individuals can benefit by harnessing the latest advances in information technology.

May 9, 2011
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SENATOR RITCHIE URGES ACTION FROM RIVER REGULATORS

Wants Better Notification System When River Nears Flood Stage

State Senator Patty Ritchie is calling on the Hudson River-Black River Regulating District to institute a better notification system for residents and businesses whose homes and businesses are threatened by spring floods along the Black River in Jefferson County.

“The Black River reached its 5th highest crest on record this week,” Senator Ritchie said Wednesday afternoon after visiting Carthage to see first hand how the rising waters have affected businesses like Gamble Distributors, which was forced to move over a million dollars in inventory to safety. The company's owners estimated the flooding cost the firm $15,000 and lost business.

May 5, 2011
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SENATOR RITCHIE OPENS OSWEGO OFFICE

First Full Time Senate Office In Oswego In Decades

State Senator Patty Ritchie has announced the opening of her district office in the Oswego County Office Building.

“I am very pleased to announce the opening of the first full-time Senate office in decades to serve the people of Oswego County,” Senator Ritchie said. “Thanks to the assistance of the members of the Oswego County Legislature, my constituents will be able to get the assistance they need from state government at a convenient location on the 1st floor of the county government building.”

May 3, 2011
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STATEMENT BY SEN. PATTY RITCHIE AND ASSEMBLYMAN KEN BLANKENBUSH

"Coming in the wake of Lt. Gov. Bob Duffy's visit and announcement last week of a renewed state commitment to North Country housing, today's news from the Jefferson County Legislature is indeed welcome news for the future of jobs, Fort Drum, local communities and our entire region," said Senator Patty Ritchie. "I want to especially single out Legislature Chair Carolyn Fitzpatrick for her leadership in recognizing the importance of adequate and affordable housing to the success of Fort Drum."

May 2, 2011
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SENATOR RITCHIE NAMED TO RURAL RESOURCES PANEL

Senator Young: Ritchie Will Bring 'Common Sense' To Commission

State Senator Patty Ritchie has been named to the Legislative Commission on Rural Resources, a bipartisan panel composed of both Senate and Assembly members, who focus on the unique issues affecting upstate’s small towns, villages and rural areas.

May 2, 2011
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AMERICA NEVER FORGETS

Death Of Terror Master Mind Shows Justice Can Only Be Delayed,

State Senator Patty Ritchie said the death of terrorist Osama bin Laden is an important day for America, reminding us both of those who lost their lives on Sept. 11th and the men and women and the families of America’s armed forces who have sacrificed so much in the war on terror.

May 2, 2011
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BUREAUCRATS GIVES UP ON BLOCKING CHILDREN'S SUMMER FUN

State Plans To Issue New 'Guidance' On Games Like Tag, Wiffle Ball, And Red Rover

State Senator Patty Ritchie announced today she is pleased the New York State Health Department has announced it intends to reevaluate its list of summer recreational programs the agency plans to regulate.

The Health Department pulled the controversial regulations after Senator Ritchie raised objections in a letter on Thursday to the state health commissioner and just hours after she appeared on national TV to discuss the impact on New York's children, families and communities."

April 19, 2011
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Barclay, Ritchie React to Birds Eye Closure

Assemblyman Will Barclay (R,C,I—Pulaski) and Senator Patty Ritchie (R,C—Oswegatchie) today said they are disappointed that the owner of the Fulton Birds Eye plant has announced the company will close the plant in six months.

“I am saddened and deeply disappointed by the company’s decision to close the Fulton plant,” said Senator Ritchie. “My first concern is for the workers and their families who are directly impacted by this announcement.”

April 18, 2011
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DEC DELAYS RULES ON OUTDOOR WOOD BOILERS

Will Give Agency Time To Certify Models For Sale In New York State

State Senator Patty Ritchie said today that New York State Department of Environmental Conservation has agreed to delay implementation of new outdoor wood boiler rules to provide time for the agency to certify  units that can be sold in New York State.
The action by Commissioner Joe Martens came in a one line "emergency" amendment to DEC's controversial wood boiler rules one week after Senator Ritchie joined Senator Cathy Young and Assemblyman Bill Magee in asking for the delay.

April 15, 2011
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State Budget Report by State Senator Patty Ritchie

Information about the new State Budget and its impact on communities of Oswego, Jefferson and St. Lawrence Counties.

 

April 15, 2011
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RECHARGE NEW YORK WILL BENEFIT CENTRAL, NORTHERN NEW YORK

Expands Eligibility, Provides Long Term Stability To Job Creators State Senator Patty Ritchie says the “Recharge New York” she cosponsored in the Senate will help employers across Oswego, Jefferson and St. Lawrence County reduce their electricity costs to help them put more people to work.“I am very pleased to see the program I supported as a member of the Energy Committee and voted for on the floor of the Senate was included in the final budget and signed by the governor,” Senator Ritchie said. “This program is a dramatic improvement over the old Power for Jobs program that failed to offer any long term continuity to businesses that wanted to invest in our communities. Over and over again, businesses told me that electricity costs are too high and they need to know what their future costs will be before they’ll invest in modernizing and expanding their operations.”

April 14, 2011
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WIFFLEBALL, "RED ROVER" NOT DANGEROUS

Asks Health Commissioner To Reconsider New Regulations

State Senator Patty Ritchie is asking the New York State Department of Health to ease new regulations that could close down local summer youth programs by classifying traditional children’s activities and games like “capture the flag,” horseshoes, cooking, wiffleball and even “red rover” as posing “significant risk of injury.”

State health department officials want to reclassify many summer youth recreational activities as “children’s day camps” that would give agency officials broad regulatory authority over them.

April 14, 2011
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GOVERNOR SIGNS 'BLACK RIVER' TAXPAYER RELIEF BILL

 

Legislation Will Reduce Costs To Taxpayers in Black River, Champion, LeRay, Pamelia and Rutland  

State Senator Patty Ritchie (R,C-Heuvelton) announced today that legislation she sponsored that saves hardworking taxpayers in the Route 3 corridor around Black River hundreds of thousands of dollars in extra interest costs for a critical sewer project was signed into law by Governor Cuomo today.The measure, S.2781, was Senator Ritchie's first bill to pass the Senate--and her first to become law. The measure reduces costs to the village of Black River and the towns of Champion, LeRay, Pamelia and Rutland and paves the way for the expansion of the Rt. 3 corridor sewer project, which is critical to the region's growth.

April 13, 2011
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