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RITCHIE BILL TO AID SEARCH, RESCUE TEAMS

Inspired By Oswego County Search and Rescue Team

State Senator Patty Ritchie says her bill to provide training and certification for specialized search and rescue teams, inspired by Oswego County’s Search and Rescue Team, will enhance emergency service capabilities across upstate New York.

“Every year emergency personnel across the state are called out to help search for people who are lost in wilderness areas as well as neighborhoods,” Senator Ritchie said. “It’s been established that the same skills and courses developed by our state’s forest rangers to search for people lost in wilderness areas can dramatically improve the success of searches anywhere else. This legislation will encourage emergency personnel to obtain the additional training that’s available that would help them be more effective when someone turns up missing.”

June 17, 2011
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SENATOR RITCHIE: BILLS LIMIT MILITARY FUNERAL PROTESTS

Prevents Disruption While Families Mourn Fallen Heroes

State Senator Patty Ritchie said a measure she cosponsored that received final legislative approval will help prevent protesters from disrupting military funerals, burials and memorial services.

“When our military families gather to mourn and bid farewell to our fallen heroes, New York State owes it to them to protect them from those who would insult their sacrifice by exploiting these solemn occasions to stage protests and publicity stunts,” Senator Ritchie said. “By using the same kind of regulations that currently allow us to protect parades and demonstrations, we can insure that constitutional free speech rights are protected while grieving families are allowed to pay their final goodbyes to loved ones who have made the ultimate sacrifice.”

June 17, 2011
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AG ASSESSMENT BILL CUTS PAPERWORK

Proposal Relieves Burdens On Local Governments, Farms

State Senator Patty Ritchie says her bill (S5159) allowing the automatic renewal of agricultural assessments will help reduce paperwork for both New York’s 35,000 family farms and local governments. The bill passed the Senate Thursday night.

“Our hard working family farmers spend too much time filling out meaningless government forms,” Senator Ritchie said. “Our local governments have too many burdensome mandates from state government. This legislation reduces these meaningless bureaucratic requirements for both assessors and farmers.”

June 17, 2011
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RITCHIE BILL BOOSTS MAPLE FARMING

Seeks to treat ‘sugar bush’ as farms, not factories

State Senator Patty Ritchie (R-C, Heuvelton) today announced passage of another of her bills that cuts the red tape on farmers, and will help spur continued growth for New York’s maple syrup industry.

Senator Ritchie’s bill, S. 5499, exempts maple producers from strict industrial pollution rules that threaten to derail the growth of this important agricultural sector, which currently is valued at $13 million in 2010, with strong potential for explosive growth.

June 16, 2011
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RITCHIE WANTS SPORTSMEN TO GIVE THE GIFT OF THE OUTDOORS

Senate-passed Bill Would Create Hunting and Fishing Gift Cards

State Senator Patty Ritchie (R-C, Heuvelton) announced Senate passage today of her bill to create hunting and fishing “gift cards,” which would allow sportsmen to give the gift of the outdoors and help promote recreation in Upstate New York.

Senator Ritchie’s bill, S.5161, directs the state DEC to create the cards, which would be available in different denominations and could be used to pay for hunting and fishing licenses, stamps and other fees.

“Gift cards are an increasingly popular way for New Yorkers to remember birthdays, holidays and special occasions,” Senator Ritchie said. “What better way to introduce a child or grandchild to the outdoors, create a uniquely personal gift for a friend or co-worker, or give an incentive to a former sportsmen to get back into outdoor recreation that to create an easy way to share this gift?”

June 15, 2011
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SENATE HONORS LISBON NATIVE RICK CARLISLE ON NBA TITLE

Mavericks Coach Joins Rare Club of NBAers With Rings as Both Player and Coach

The State Senate today honored St. Lawrence County native Rick Carlisle for leading the Dallas Mavericks to their first NBA championship—and his second professional basketball title.

The Senate on Wednesday approved a formal resolution recognizing Carlisle for his accomplishments.

Carlisle hails from Lisbon, where he was a regular sight on the hardwood and blacktop courts of his youth. His parents continue to reside there.

“I’ve had the privilege to watch Rick Carlisle from his earliest years as a scrappy ball handler on the courts of St. Lawrence County to his career as champion player and coach,” said Senator Ritchie.

June 15, 2011
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OSWEGO COUNTY VETERANS INDUCTED INTO ‘HALL OF FAME’

Senator Patty Ritchie (R-C, Heuvelton) celebrated Flag Day Tuesday by helping to induct the Oswego County “Battle of the Bulge” Veterans into the New York State Senate’s Veterans Hall of Fame.

"When American soldiers threw back the German offensive during World War II in the conflict that we now call the "Battle of the Bulge," they literally saved the world," Senator Ritchie said in a video tribute. "Those soldiers helped bring an end to the Nazi domination of Europe and paved the way for a new era of peace and Democracy that has flourished across Europe over the past half century.

June 14, 2011
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SENATOR RITCHIE CONTINUES TO CUT RED TAPE

Senate OKs Package of Bills to Ease Regulations, Help Farms, Businesses

State Senator Patty Ritchie continued her assault on needless bureaucratic red tape, announcing that the Senate today has passed of package of bills she sponsored to reduce regulations on Central and Northern New York businesses.

The measures included a bill, drafted in conjunction with the state Agriculture Commissioner, that will ease some regulations that could impact Fort Drum.

“I ran for the Senate to bring common sense to Albany, and that includes cutting outdated and needless red tape that makes it tougher for businesses to create jobs, and communities to thrive,” Senator Ritchie said. “Taken together, these bills are yet another signal of the change in attitude in Albany that says ‘jobs first,’ and puts people ahead of the needs of government.“I will continue to work to find ways to ease the regulatory burden on businesses and help our economy and our communities grow stronger,” senator Ritchie said.

June 14, 2011
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‘LOCAL’ IS THE RECIPE FOR SUCCESS

Ryan and Cheryl Chaif have a recipe for success that could help businesses and farms across New York State.

At their Sackets Harbor restaurant and pub, “The Hops Spot,” the couple are showcasing breads made with locally grown wheat, Central New York meats, Jefferson County cheeses, beer, wine and produce raised at nearby farms.

I had the privilege of visiting with Ryan and Cheryl last week and hearing how they are building their own business and helping to increase sales at neighboring farms.

As the chair of the Senate Agriculture Committee, it’s clear to me that harnessing what’s being produced at New York State’s 36,000 family farms is critical to any effort to revive upstate’s economy.

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June 14, 2011
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SENATE APPROVES RITCHIE ‘UTV’ BILL

Measure Eases Rules On Family Friendly Rec Vehicles

State Senator Patty Ritchie’s bill to make regulations on all terrain vehicles more friendly to families passed the Senate Monday.

The bill, S.3318, increases the acceptable weight limits on ATV's from 1,000 to 1,500 pounds, allowing New Yorkers to register their UTV's. That will generate more state revenue through registrations, as many riders are currently registering the increasingly popular vehicles in other states.

"Upstate New York offers thousands of miles of ATV trails. This legislation will help attract riders to come to New York to experience what we have to offer, expanding our tourism industry and providing more reasons to visit our rural areas," Senator Ritchie said. "If we want to revitalize our economy and help create more jobs in our rural areas, we need to modernize our regulations."

June 13, 2011
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RITCHIE BILL OFFERING TAX BREAK FOR MILITARY RESERVISTS PASSES SENATE

A bill sponsored by Senator Patty Ritchie (R-C, Heuvelton) that could let military reservists cut their property tax bill was passed Monday by the Senate.

The measure, S.5231, gives local counties, cities, towns and villages an option to offer reservists the same property tax benefit that is currently available to other veterans who served their nation during specific periods of conflict.

“The changing nature of threats to our nation has also changed the demands that we put on the men and women of our military reserves, who are increasingly called upon to serve side by side with active duty military to defend our freedom and way of life,” Senator Ritchie said.

“These are our ‘citizen soldiers’ who often times interrupt their careers and spend long stretches away from the families, communities and friends—just like those in the active duty service—but aren’t entitled to the same benefits back home. This bill shows our gratitude and respect for all that they do for us.”

June 13, 2011
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SENATOR RITCHIE VOTES FOR HISTORIC ETHICS REFORM

Bill Will Help Restore Confidence in New York’s Government, Future

State Senator Patty Ritchie voted today for an historic ethics reform bill to help restore the public’s trust in their government.

“If we want to encourage businesses to locate in New York and convince existing businesses to remain and create more jobs here, we need to continue our efforts to bring real reform and change to Albany,” Senator Ritchie said.

June 13, 2011
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CAREER EXPO A SUCCESS

Hundreds gain job advice to landing the perfect job

Nearly 300 Oswego County residents joined Senator Patty Ritchie at her first-ever Career and Resource Expo that linked employers and job-counseling agencies with individuals looking for a job, a new career, or just seeking to boost their job-search skills.

Senator Ritchie’s Career and Resource Expo, held Thursday at the Fulton War Memorial, was jointly sponsored by Fulton Mayor Ron Woodward, United Way of Oswego County, SUNY Oswego’s Business Development Center, the Oswego-Fulton Chamber of Commerce and Workforce New York.

June 10, 2011
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GOVERNOR SIGNS RITCHIE BILL TO CUT RED TAPE ON AG BUSINESS

New law also a top priority of state’s new agriculture commissioner

State Senator Patty Ritchie announced that Governor Cuomo has signed into law her bill that cuts red tape on nursery businesses, while also streamlining government and cutting costs for taxpayers.

The bill, S.4144, was “Departmental Bill No. 1,” and a top priority of state Agriculture Commissioner Darrel J. Aubertine.

“I am very pleased that Governor Cuomo has signed into law this measure to make state government more efficient and which will provide relief for these small businesses,” Senator Ritchie said.  “As the chair of the Senate Agriculture Committee, I am very pleased to work with Commissioner Darrel Aubertine to enact this legislation.”  

June 8, 2011
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50 BUSINESSES, AGENCIES AT CAREER EXPO THURSDAY

Fulton Event Can Help CNYers Find New Careers

State Senator Patty Ritchie’s Career and Resource Expo on Thursday will feature 50 businesses and agencies looking to help Central New Yorkers find new careers.

“With the economy picking up, companies are starting to hire,” Senator Ritchie said. “This event will help people reentering the job market, high school and college grads and folks who are looking for new careers to see what’s available in the greater Oswego area.”

June 7, 2011
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FARMERS' MARKETS HELPING TO GROW NY'S ECONOMY

I have to admit, I spend a lot of time driving across Central and Northern New York.

I try to make it a point to spend a day or two in Oswego, Jefferson and St. Lawrence County each week to hear what people like you think about what we in the state legislature should be doing to help get New York back on the right track.

One of the best parts of visiting communities across our region is getting a chance to visit the many Farmers' Markets that are becoming such a major part of revitalizing both large and small towns.

June 7, 2011
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SENATOR RITCHIE BACKS ETHICS REFORM

During my conversations with the people of Central and Northern New York,they have made it very clear that they wanted real change in Albany. They wanted to clean up the dysfunction and corruption that has made New York State a poster child for what was wrong with government in America.

June 6, 2011
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FOREIGN TRADE ZONE EXPANSION WILL CREATE JOBS

Helps U.S. Companies Compete In Global Economy, Makes NNY Attractive To Business

State Senator Patty Ritchie said that her bill expanding the Ogdensburg Foreign Trade Zone will help attract new businesses to Ogdensburg and communities across St. Lawrence County. The bill, S.5225, was given final passage by the Senate today.

“By expanding the existing foreign trade zone to include all of St. Lawrence County, we can encourage more manufacturers and other businesses to come to Northern New York,” Senator Ritchie said. “My bill allows firms from around the world to ship merchandise into St. Lawrence County and exempt it from taxes and duty until it is made into finished products or shipped to its final destination.”

June 6, 2011
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SENATOR RITCHIE: VOLUNTEER FIREFIGHTERS BACKING ‘MARK'S LAW’

Bill to Help Protect Responders Drawing Statewide Interest—and Support

The Firemen’s Association of New York State, representing tens of thousands of volunteer firefighters from Montauk to Morristown, and Cape Vincent to Cattaraugus County, has joined in urging state legislators to support Senator Patty Ritchie’s proposed “Mark’s Law.”

The measure (S.4717) is named to honor Jefferson County EMT Mark Davis, who was shot to death while responding to an emergency call. It provides that the killing of an emergency first responder, volunteer and paid firefighter, ambulance driver, paramedic, physician or nurse involved in an emergency team would be classified as First Degree murder, and punishable by the stiffest penalty allowed under New York law—life imprisonment without the possibility of parole.

“The Firemen’s Association of New York State is the state’s premier organization representing our volunteer fire service,” Senator Ritchie said. “I am very pleased that they are joining me to do everything we can to protect our bravest who go out to respond to calls for help from their neighbors and friends.”

June 3, 2011
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GOVERNOR SIGNS THREE RITCHIE BILLS INTO LAW

Legislation Reduces Red Tape On Business, Government

State Senator Patty Ritchie announced that three bills she sponsored in the Senate to cut red tape on business and local government—including a measure allowing wine in frozen desserts like sherbets and sorbets—have been signed into law.

“I am very pleased that Governor Cuomo has signed these bills I sponsored to cut red tape for small businesses and help make government more efficient,” Senator Ritchie said.

June 2, 2011
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