Request Comes As Governor Proposes Expansion of “Taste NY” Initiative
As Governor Cuomo works to expand “Taste NY”—a program designed to highlight locally grown and produced food and products—Senator Ritchie is urging the placement of a Taste NY retail store at the now-closed Hastings rest area on I-81.
The request comes after the Governor this week proposed an expansion of Taste NY, setting goals to add Taste NY retail stores in strategic locations and triple gross sales of participating vendors in the coming year. In her letter to Governor Cuomo, Senator Ritchie suggests reopening the rest area between exits 32 and 31, which has sat vacant since 2010 and adding a Taste NY retail location in an effort to welcome visitors and highlight local products.
“Heavily traveled by local residents as well as a significant number of Canadian shoppers going to and from Syracuse, I-81 would be a great location for featuring items grown and produced locally including wine, craft beer, maple syrup, fresh produce such as apples and onions, dairy products and so much more,” said Senator Ritchie in her letter.
State Senator Patty Ritchie presented members of the St. Lawrence County Band “The Starlighters” with her “Senior Volunteer of the Year Award” Wednesday in recognition of their donating their time to play at community events throughout the north country.
The award was presented at Senator Ritchie’s St. Lawrence County Senior Health and Wellness Fair, which took place at Ogdensburg’s Odd Fellows Hall. More than 300 people attended the event, which featured nearly 50 organizations offering health checks and wellness tips, a free lunch prepared by culinary students from the St. Lawrence-Lewis BOCES Northwest Tech Center, entertainment by The Starlighters and more.
“I was pleased to welcome more seniors and organizations than ever before to Wednesday’s Health and Wellness Fair,” said Senator Ritchie.
In an effort to improve safety and security at local schools, State Senator Patty Ritchie has announced nearly $70,000 in special funding to be distributed to districts throughout Central and Northern New York.
“When children are in the classroom and when teachers are leading lessons, the focus should be on learning—not whether or not they are safe and out of harm’s way,” said Senator Ritchie.
“All you need to do is pick up a newspaper to see that schools have been faced with a wide variety of incidents threatening their safety. The need for security upgrades has been one of the top priorities expressed by local educators, and I’m pleased to provide this funding which will help to ensure that learning remains at the forefront of the minds of students, educators and parents.”
Includes Initiatives to Encourage Young People to Pursue Agriculture Careers
State Senator Patty Ritchie has announced components of her “Young Farmers NY” program—a plan aimed at addressing issues related to the advancing average age of New York farmers and preserving the future of family farming—are being made available today.
Parts of the program launched today include more than $600,000 in grants as well as a loan forgiveness program, both aimed at helping young farmers overcome obstacles and giving them a greater opportunity for a successful career in agriculture.
“It’s hard to imagine a world without farmers,” said Senate Agriculture Chair State Senator Patty Ritchie. “But it’s something that could become a reality if we don’t take proactive steps towards addressing the issue of our state’s aging farmer population.”
“The components of my Young Farmers NY program rolled out today will give those who are just starting out a real incentive for joining the ranks of our state’s hardworking farmers and more importantly, will serve to protect our state’s biggest industry for many years to come.”
Event to Feature New Organizations, Bus Transportation, Free Lunch and Entertainment
State Senator Patty Ritchie is reminding St. Lawrence County residents that her annual Senior Health and Wellness Fair will take place on Wednesday, October 15th in Ogdensburg.
The free event will take place from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at the Odd Fellows Hall, located on the corner of Route 37 and Linden Street. Highlights include nearly 50 local businesses and organizations offering health checks and wellness tips, a free lunch prepared by “chefs in training” from St. Lawrence-Lewis BOCES , entertainment, bus transportation provided by St. Lawrence County NYSARC and more. Flu shots will also be provided and seniors looking to receive a shot are reminded to bring their insurance information with them.
Construction Plans Detailed in New Sign Adjacent to Pier
State Senator Patty Ritchie has announced the New York State Canal Corporation has laid out its plans for the reconstruction of Brewerton Pier; a plan that once completed, will help to increase tourism, grow jobs and create new recreational opportunities in the central New York area.
Reconstruction of the pier—which was deemed unsafe for use by the state and closed following its collapse into the Oneida River in 2009—has been in the planning stage for several years. Now, as a result of the advocacy of Senator Ritchie and other local leaders, plans are being put into motion for its rebuilding. This week, at the request of Senator Ritchie, a sign detailing the reconstruction timeline was installed in the Town of Hastings.
“In the years since the Brewerton Pier has been closed, the central New York region has missed out on recreational opportunities and the tourism dollars that come along with them,” said Senator Ritchie.
“Once the pier is made usable again, central New York will see the benefits of improved recreational opportunities, increased tourism and new jobs. I would like to thank the Canal Corporation for turning its focus to the rebuilding of the pier, as well as the local leaders and community members who advocated for its reconstruction.”
More than 1,000 packed the Bruce Wright Memorial Conference Center in Watertown Wednesday to take part in State Senator Patty Ritchie’s Senior Health and Wellness Fair.
The event—which was hosted in conjunction with the Jefferson County Office for the Aging—offered free health checks, tips and tools to help seniors improve their well-being from nearly 80 local businesses and organizations. It also featured lunch prepared by “chefs-in-training” from Oswego County CiTi and entertainment from “The Country Stompers.”
“This is an event that people look forward to each and every year and I couldn’t be more pleased that so many seniors were able to join me today; accessing information that can help them to stay healthy and live their lives to the fullest potential,” said Senator Ritchie.
Event to Feature New Location, More Organizations Than Ever Before
State Senator Patty Ritchie is reminding Northern New Yorkers that her annual Jefferson County Senior Health and Wellness Fair will take place on Wednesday.
This year’s Senior Health and Wellness Fair will be bigger and better than ever before, featuring more than 60 businesses and organizations as well as a brand new location, the Bruce M. Wright Memorial Conference Center, located at 1291 Faichney Drive in Watertown.
The event—which is being hosted in conjunction with the Jefferson County Office for the Aging—will take place from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. and offer free health screenings, wellness tips and more. Entertainment and lunch—prepared by “chefs in training” from Oswego County Citi will also be provided. Flu shots will be available and those interested in receiving a shot are reminded to bring their insurance information.
Events Held in Conjunction With St. Lawrence County Highway Department
State Senator Patty Ritchie has announced she will host two free waste tire disposal events in St. Lawrence County on Saturday, September 27th.
The events—which are being held in conjunction with the St. Lawrence County Highway Department—are aimed at cleaning up St. Lawrence County, preventing the spread of illnesses by eliminating tires that breed disease carrying insects and protecting the environment.
“My free waste tire disposal events provide a great opportunity to help clean up our community, prevent the spread of disease and keep St. Lawrence County beautiful,” said Senator Ritchie.
“I’d like to thank the St. Lawrence County Highway Department, especially it’s Superintendent, Donald Chambers for their help in hosting these very important events which will give residents the opportunity to get rid of waste tires without the typical $15 fee.”
State Senator Patty Ritchie is reminding Central New Yorkers she will be hosting her annual “Senior Health and Wellness Fair” Wednesday in Oswego County from 11:00 a.m to 1:00 p.m. at the Fulton Ice Arena, located at 605 West Broadway Street next to the Fulton War Memorial.
The free event will feature health screenings, wellness tips, lunch prepared by “chefs in training” from Oswego County CiTi, entertainment and more. Flu shots will be provided, and those interested in receiving a shot are reminded to bring their insurance information. Transportation to the event will be provided by Oswego County Opportunities and a bus schedule can be found here.
One month after the kidnapping of two young Amish girls in St. Lawrence County, State Senator Patty Ritchie hosted a gathering Friday evening to celebrate the region’s community spirit and thank all those who helped return the girls safely to their family last month.
“When tragedy struck, the members of our community stepped up to the plate to support the Miller family and their two young girls,” said Senator Ritchie. “There were law enforcement and emergency responders who put in long hours, ordinary citizens who aided in the search effort, community members who donated food and drink, members of the media who brought much-needed attention to the ordeal and put pressure on the kidnappers and so many more people who simply said a prayer for the safe return of the girls.”
“The generosity and willingness to help demonstrated by our community was truly inspiring—and makes me so proud to call this region “home.” Tonight’s event was just a small way to say thank you to the hundreds of people who had a hand in the outpouring of support for the Miller family.”
Initiative Helps North Country Residents Get Rid of 350 Pounds of Medications
North Country residents have disposed of 350 pounds of pills through Senator Ritchie’s “Shed the Meds” program, an initiative aimed at helping people get rid of unwanted or expired prescription medications, including painkillers, opioids and narcotics—substances which are often times gateway drugs for addiction to illegal substances such as heroin.
The program featured four events throughout Jefferson and St. Lawrence Counties, with the most recent taking place Tuesday evening at Gouverneur Hospital. At the Gouverneur event, nearly 60 pounds of prescription medications were disposed of.
“The response to my “Shed the Meds” events is a testament to the need people have to get rid of pills that sit unused or expired in their medicine cabinets, which can potentially end up in the wrong hands or pollute our water if disposed of improperly,” said Senator Ritchie.
More than 300 Pounds of Pills Disposed of So Far Through Initiative
State Senator Patty Ritchie is reminding those who have unused, expired or unwanted prescription drugs in their homes to drop them off at her free “Shed the Meds” event Tuesday night.
The event—which is the fourth of a series to take place in Northern New York—will run from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. at Gouverneur Hospital, located at 77 West Barney Street. So far, as a result of Senator Ritchie’s Shed the Meds program, more than 300 pounds of medications including painkillers, opioids and narcotics—substances which are often times gateway drugs for addiction to illegal substances such as heroin—have been disposed of.
State Senator Patty Ritchie has announced she has secured $50,000 in special funding to help the Village of Clayton offset the costs associated with a playground being rebuilt in the Village.
“Situated on the beautiful St. Lawrence River, the Village of Clayton is a community loved by both tourists and local residents,” said Senator Ritchie. “This funding not only will help the municipality manage costs associated with improving the park, it will also give residents and visitors a new and improved family-friendly way to spend their time.”
“From a new hotel to new restaurants, Clayton has seen a number of improvements recently,” said Village Mayor Norma Zimmer. “Our park has been used by children and families for generations and we are extremely grateful for the funding provided by Senator Ritchie, which will help us cover the costs of revitalizing and improving this fantastic community resource.”
State Senator Patty Ritchie is encouraging seniors in Central and Northern New York to mark their calendars for her annual “Senior Health and Wellness Fairs.” This year’s fairs—which feature new locations for the Oswego and Jefferson County events, as well as more vendors than ever before—will take place in the coming weeks and offer local seniors access to free health checks, flu shots, tips for improving well-being, lunch, entertainment and more.
The first event will take place in Oswego County on September 24th at the Fulton Ice Arena (605 W. Broadway Street) from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. The fair will feature nearly 50 vendors and free transportation will be provided by Oswego County Opportunities. A transportation schedule can be found here. This year’s event will also feature lunch prepared and served by “future chefs” who are currently studying at Oswego County BOCES. Click here for a list of organizations attending the event.
Mandate Relief Measure Clears the Way to Allow Local Police Use County Lockup
A mandate relief measure sponsored by Senator Patty Ritchie that will let Watertown and other Jefferson County police forces once again use the county jail to hold detainees—a long-standing practice that helped save local tax dollars until state inspectors nixed the arrangement—was signed into law today.
“The long-standing and common sense practice of sharing jail facilities saved money for taxpayers across Jefferson County, until the practice was stopped earlier this year,” Senator Ritchie said. “Albany should support local governments in finding innovative ways to share services and cut costs, and so I’m pleased that the Governor has signed my bill into law.”
State Senator Patty Ritchie has announced she has secured $100,000 in special funding to improve transportation in Oswego County by replacing culverts in the Towns of Hannibal and West Monroe.
“Doing things like replacing culverts and repairing roads helps to improve our local communities by making transportation more efficient and safer for local residents,” said Senator Ritchie. “I’m pleased to be able to provide this funding, which will allow the Towns of Hannibal and West Monroe manage the costs associated with making necessary improvements to their roadways.”
According to Town officials, funding will be used to replace culverts on Parson’s Road in the Town of Hannibal and on Morey Road in the Town of West Monroe.
“Parson’s Road is roadway frequented by many people on a near daily basis to help them get from point A to point B,” said Hannibal Town Supervisor Ron Greenleaf. “We thank Senator Ritchie for this essential funding and for recognizing just how important it is to provide our residents with a safe transportation network.”