ALBANY—State Senator Patty Ritchie (R,C-Heuvelton) joined the two newest Assembly members representing Central and Northern New York as they took their oaths of office for the first time.

In the attached photo, Senator Ritchie is flanked by 122nd District Assemblyman Kenneth Blankenbush, left, and 115th District Assemblywoman Claudia Tenney, right.

Also pictured are 124th District Assemblyman Will Barclay, left; and 128th District Assemblyman Bob Oaks, right.

All five state lawmakers represent Oswego County. Senator Ritchie and Assemblyman Blankenbush also represent Jefferson and parts of St. Lawrence Counties.

The newest Assembly members were sworn in today in ceremonies at the capital.

"In many ways the cultural community has always been at the forefront of economic recovery - most recently, after the devastating events of September 11th, 2001. Particularly, tourism has a proven track record for serving as an economic catalyst during difficult fiscal times. Today's announcement by Mayor Bloomberg regarding the record-breaking number of visitors to New York City during 2010, further emphasizes these points.

­­On January 17, 2011, we celebrate the life and legacy of the Reverend Doctor Martin Luther King, Jr.  I extend warm greetings to my African-American brothers and sisters and all people of good will who follow Dr. King's example.

It has been over forty years since Dr. King was taken from us, so quickly and so violently. Yet, the manner in which he left us is not what I wish to dwell on today. Rather, I believe it is important to reflect on the lessons he left us, the lessons of his life and the lessons of his legacy.

Photo caption: Senator Fuschillo helps one of Winthrop's child patients pick out a toy from the over 1,500 he delivered to the hospital as part of his annual "Extend the Holidays" toy drive. 

Click here to download Senator Nozzolio's 2011 calendar for your personal use:

January 4, 2010
Press Release
For Immediate Release

New Senate Majority is Costing New York State Money

Albany, NY – State Senator Rubén Díaz today charged the new Senate Majority with costing New York State money.

“The new Senate Majority continues to authorize and encourage expenditures that the State cannot afford through its use of antiquated and outdated accounting methods,” stated Senator Díaz.

Attached are written testimonies submitted by speakers at both the December 14, 2010, New York City meeting and the December 16, 2010, meeting in Albany.

Links have been provided to video testimony of speaker below:

Aaron Mair | Arbor Hill Concerned Citizens

Blair Horner | New York Public Interest Research Group

Barbara Bartoletti | Legislative Director of the League of Women Voters of New

Dr. José E. Cruz | New York Latino Research and Resources Network


New York State is facing the most difficult of times.  Every single day, New York is losing businesses and jobs to more job-friendly states.  The new year, new Governor and new Senate Leadership in our State government brings with it real opportunity for change.  It's time to take firm and decisive action to turn our State around.