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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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RITCHIE, AUBERTINE WORK TOGETHER ON FIRST AG BILL

Measure helps streamline government, eases burden on small business

 State Senator Patty Ritchie announced that the Senate Tuesday passed newly named Agriculture Commissioner Darrel Aubertine's “Departmental Bill Number One,” a measure that streamlines the agency’s operations and helps small businesses.

April 12, 2011
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ASSEMBLY MUST PASS PROPERTY TAX CAP

Join Petition On Website, Facebook Page To Send A Message

 
State Senator Patty Ritchie is calling on families who are tired of property tax increases to join her in urging the Assembly majority to pass Governor Andrew Cuomo’s tax cap.
 
“The hard working taxpayers of Central and Northern New York need action so they can afford to stay in their homes,” Senator Ritchie said. “That’s why I voted on January 31st for Governor Cuomo's tax cap and I am urging New Yorkers to join my fight."
 

April 12, 2011
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Results of Senator Ritchie's 2011 Legislative Community Survey

State Senator Patty Ritchie released the results of the survey she conducted of residents in Oswego, Jefferson and St. Lawrence Counties to guide her in her consideration of the recently passed on-time budget.

"The people of Northern and Central New York were very clear that they wanted their state government to find ways to reduce spending, cut costs and rein in government at all levels," Senator Ritchie said. "The state budget that I supported reflected the priorities people set when they responded to my survey."

April 11, 2011
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YOUR COMMUNITY NEEDS HEROES

Your community needs heroes. Your friends and your hometown are looking for people to join your  volunteer fire department or rescue squad. They  provide critical services when your neighbors need help  in communities across Oswego, Jefferson and St. Lawrence Counties. While the public at large thinks of firefighters as the people who run into burning buildings when others are running out, volunteer fire departments and rescue squads are often the ones who respond to calls for help of all kinds in their communities.

April 11, 2011
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SENATOR RITCHIE CUTTING RED TAPE ON BUSINESSES

Bill She Sponsors Reduces Unnecessary Regulations  State Senator Patty Ritchie's bill (S 4080) reducing unnecessary regulations on food stores passed the State Senate. "One of my top priorities is helping to reduce the costs of doing business in New York State," Senator Ritchie said.

April 5, 2011
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HELP WADDINGTON WIN THE CROWN AS "THE ULTIMATE FISHING TOWN USA"

State Senator Patty Ritchie is urging her friends to help Waddington win the crown as "The Ultimate Fishing Town USA." "Waddington  needs our help," Senator Ritchie said. "I am asking everyone to go to  http://www.wfnfishingtown.com/town/waddington-ny to help my friends in Waddington."

April 1, 2011
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CLOTHING TAX BREAK RETURNS FRIDAY

State Sales Tax Waiver On Some Purchases Will Help Save Families MoneyState Sen. Patty Ritchie today reminded families that, beginning April 1, Albany is rolling back its sales tax increase on clothing and shoes, giving families and consumers a break on purchases under $55.“In the current economic climate, families have to save money wherever they can,” Senator Ritchie said.

March 29, 2011
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SENATOR RITCHIE: SENATE STANDS UP FOR MAPLE PRODUCERS

Senate Recognizes Maple 'Sugar Shacks' As Farm Buildings; Honors Maple Industry    State Senator Patty Ritchie announced today the state Senate passed a bill she sponsored to make bureaucrats  recognize maple sugar shacks as agricultural buildings. The bill aims to cut red tape that threatens the state's growing maple industry. The Senate also passed a resolution, at the height of "sugaring season" throughout New York State, honoring the state's 550 maple producers whose efforts have made the Empire State the second largest maple producing state in the nation.

March 24, 2011
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SENATE AND ASSEMBLY ANNOUNCE AGREEMENT ON AG FUNDING

Both houses restore funds for programs ‘key to the future of family farms’

State Senate Agriculture Committee Chair Patty Ritchie and Assembly Agriculture Committee Chair William Magee announced today a budget agreement that fully funds critical farm research, education and assistance programs aimed at helping family farmers and strengthening rural New York’s farm economy.

The Joint Budget Subcommittee, comprising negotiators from both the Senate and Assembly, agreed on a total of $17.329 million to support local farm programs, including restoring funds for important programs that help make farming more profitable and successful for hardworking farm families.

March 24, 2011
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RITCHIE, BARCLAY ENERGY FORUM EDUCATES CONTRACTORS

Helps Them Reduce Energy Costs To Homeowners  OSWEGO - A forum sponsored by Assemblyman William A. Barclay and State Senator Patty Ritchie  in Oswego on Wednesday helped area contractors learn about ways to help home owners reduce energy costs. The "Home Performance Contracting, Get An Edge On The Competition Forum" in Oswego helped Central and Northern New York contractors learn about incentive programs they can use to improve home energy efficiency. "At a time of rising energy costs, it's imperative that we find ways to help home owners reduce the cost to heat their home,"  said Senator Ritchie.

March 24, 2011
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SEN. RITCHIE JOINS CANADIAN SENATOR OPPOSING NEW US TAX ON TOURISTS

Sen. Runciman: Inspection Tax Could Hurt Tourism, Border Communities State Senator Patty Ritchie and Canadian Senator Bob Runciman are urging their legislative colleagues  to join them in condemning a U.S. proposal that could cripple tourism in border communities like Cape Vincent and Alexandria Bay,  damage U.S. – Canadian relations and hurt the economies of communities across Northern and Central New York. “The federal government’s scheme to impose a $5.50 ‘inspection tax’ on Canadians who visit the U.S. by sea or air is an insult to America’s largest trading partner and one of our closest allies,” Senator Ritchie said.

March 22, 2011
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RITCHIE: CRITICAL AGRICULTURE PROGRAMS INCLUDED IN JOINT BUDGET PLAN

Ag Chair: Senate Led Effort To Restore Funding, Treat Farm Programs Fairly  Senate Agriculture Committee Chair Patty Ritchie announced that Senate and Assembly negotiators have  restored funding to New York’s critical agriculture programs in the joint budget to be presented to the governor.  “My top priority as the chair of the Senate’s Agriculture Committee has been to make sure that farms and agricultural programs did not suffer bigger cuts than other state programs," Senator Ritchie said. "The original state budget proposal required our 36,000 farm families to suffer a disproportionate share of the budget cuts." "The budget proposal the Senate championed insures that farmers will face no new taxes or fees.

March 22, 2011
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RITCHIE NAMED TO BUDGET COMMITTEES ON AGRICULTURE, JOBS

Getting To Work Immediately To Bridge Gaps Between Senate And Assembly PlansState Senator Patty Ritchie has been named to two key budget subcommittees,which will begin work immediately to negotiate differences between thebudget priorities of the Senate and Assembly.Senator Ritchie will serve on the Agriculture, Environmental Conservationand Housing Subcommittee, scheduled to be the first panel to begin workingat 9:30 AM  Wednesday, as well as the Economic Development Subcommittee.“Both the Senate and Assembly have taken strong stands for our farmers, butthere are differences in our plans.

March 17, 2011
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