Patty Ritchie


Tue June 10, 2014

Ritchie wants state legislature to pass UTV bill

Sen. Patty Ritchie is sponsoring legislation to raise the weight limit on UTVs. Assemblyman Bill Magee (left), is the Assembly sponsor of the bill.
Office of Sen. Patty Ritchie

State Sen. Patty Ritchie wants to lift some of the restrictions on the use of utility task vehicles in New York state. Right now, UTVs can only be used legally on private property and cannot be registered in the state of New York. Smaller ATVs weighing up to 1,000 pounds can be widely used and registered with the state.

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Fri October 25, 2013
The Upstate Economy

Novelis commissions expansion at Oswego plant

Ford is only one of the companies Novelis does business with.
Gino Geruntino WRVO

Novelis' aluminum plant in Oswego commissioned a new $200 million expansion, and created 100 jobs for Oswego County. The addition of two new production lines increased the company's North American capacity for producing aluminum sheet for cars by 240,000 tons.

Plant manager Chris Smith says the expansion features two new aluminum automotive sheet finishing lines, which will increase the company's ability to provide lighter material to address the automotive industry's need to improve gas mileage in the cars they produce.

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Fri September 20, 2013

North Country farmers tell lawmakers regs too big a burden

State senators listen to a farmer detail his frustrations with onerous government regulation at a forum Thursday in Watertown. From left are senators David Valesky, Patrick Gallivan, Patty Ritchie, and Kathleen Marchione.
Credit Joanna Richards

Farmers and agricultural industry leaders in the North Country had the ears of state lawmakers yesterday in Watertown. The forum, hosted by State Senator Patty Ritchie, was one of 10 being held throughout the state on the topic of regulatory reform in a variety of industries.

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Fri July 19, 2013
Regional Coverage

Sen. Ritchie wants 315 area code plan put on hold

A map of New York shows each of the state's area codes.

The amount of available phone numbers within the 315 area code continues to dwindle, prompting the state's Public Service Commission to look into adding another area code.

The PSC has offered two options for the region, which covers all or part of 18 central and northern New York counties. One plan is to split the zone, with some residents getting a new area code. Another option is to overlay a new area code on top of 315, then issue the new code to new customers. In this scenario everyone would be required to dial the area code, even for next door neighbors.

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Wed November 7, 2012

Ritchie defeats Tresidder in 48th state Senate district

Incumbent Republican state Senator Patty Ritchie celebrates her reelection Tuesday night.
Credit Natasha Haverty

Incumbent Republican state Senator Patty Ritchie easily won reelection in the 48th district, covering Jefferson, Oswego and St. Lawrence counties. She beat Democrat Amy Tresidder by a more than two-to-one margin. Now, Ritchie looks ahead to tackling the economic issues facing the state.  

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Mon November 5, 2012
-Candidates in Depth

Ritchie, Tresidder face off in 48th district for state Senate

The race for state Senate in the 48th district – which includes Jefferson, Oswego and St. Lawrence counties – pits incumbent Republican Patty Ritchie against underdog Democrat Amy Tresidder. Both women stress the need for state mandate relief for local municipalities and measures to boost the upstate economy, although the strategies they'd take for doing that differ.

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Tue October 16, 2012
Regional Coverage

Patty Ritchie on cost of housing state parole violators in county jails

State Senator Patty Ritchie held a meeting Monday in Watertown with law enforcement and elected officials.
Joanna Richards/WRVO

Right now, county jails – and ultimately, local property taxpayers – are footing the bill for housing state parole violators while they wait for the state to pick them up. State Senator Patty Ritchie (R-Heuvelton) has proposed a solution to the problem. 

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Fri October 12, 2012
Politics and Government

Debate: Amy Tresidder and Patty Ritchie on the Campbell Conversations

Except for a brief stint with Darrel Aubertine, the 48th State Senate district has been a Republican stronghold.  Amy Tresidder is trying to upset that pattern this fall, and in this week’s edition of the Campbell Conversations Grant Reeher engages both Tresidder and the incumbent Senator Patty Ritchie in a debate-style conversation.

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Wed September 26, 2012

Opponent accuses Patty Ritchie of using taxpayer dollars to campaign

Amy Tresidder, the Democratic candidate running against Republican state Senator Patty Ritchie, is accusing the incumbent of misusing taxpayer funds to boost her campaign. 

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Wed September 19, 2012
Regional Coverage

Agriculture officials say horses should be vaccinated for EEE

The New York State Department of  Agriculture is urging horse owners to have their animals vaccinated against Eastern Equine Encephalitis and the West Nile virus.

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Fri September 7, 2012
Regional Coverage

Sen. Ritchie proposes solution to high county jail costs

State Senator Patty Ritchie (R-Heuvelton) has made a proposal that she says will help ease overcrowding and lower costs at county jails.

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Fri July 27, 2012
Regional Coverage

Community meetings take aim at “bath salts” drugs

Jefferson County Sheriff's Detective David Pustizzi speaks to dozens of community members gathered at South Jefferson High School in Adams on Wednesday.

Community meetings are popping up as fast as the bizarre stories surrounding a drug known as bath salts or glass cleaner. The drugs are sold in head shops and convenience stores – they are not typical bath products or window cleaners. Three meetings in Jefferson County this week aimed to address the growing drug problem.

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Wed June 27, 2012
Regional Coverage

Horse vaccination clinics against deadly EEE virus to be held

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Last year the mosquito-borne virus Eastern Equine Encephalitis killed at least a dozen horses and a four-year-old Oswego County girl. This week, state Senator Patty Ritchie is hosting two clinics in the North Country where horse owners can have their animals vaccinated for free.

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Mon October 24, 2011
Regional Coverage

Forum looks at ways to stop the spread of EEE

It seems unbelievable that a healthy 5-year-old could die from a mosquito bite in central New York.  But in August, Eastern Equine Encephalitis took the life of Maggie Wilcox of Oswego County.

When asked how she is doing, Maggie’s mom Julie says “I don’t even know how to answer that question. Bad. Coping. Trying to deal. [I’m here] to support, to try to get something accomplished. If my presence here helps in any way, shape or form, then I want it to,” said Wilcox.

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