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New Senate bill won’t help Oswego County jail overcrowding

by Carol Thompson

A bill passed by the New York State Senate designed to help jail overcrowding won’t have much of an impact on Oswego County, according to Sheriff Reuel “Moe” Todd.

“We haven’t had a state problem,” Todd said Wednesday. “It’s kind of a non-issue.”

The legislation, introduced by Senator Patty Ritchie, amends the correction law to give the Department of Correctional Services 10 days to transport parole violators from county jails to state facilities.

“In prisons in both Central and Northern New York, state parole violators are contributing to jail overcrowding,” Ritchie said in a press release.

“That’s forcing some leaders to call for expansions, while at the same time the state is looking to downsize empty prisons,” she added. “This just doesn’t make sense. This legislation will ensure that local taxpayers aren’t footing the bill to house, feed and guard state prisoners for longer than they should have to.”

Under the bill, the state would have to reimburse counties for the cost of any state inmate that is left in a county jail beyond the 10-day period, according to the press release.

According to Todd, the state already does reimburse.

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Senate approves restrictions on allowable welfare spending

by Carol Thompson

A bill passed earlier this week by the state Senate would prohibit welfare recipients from spending their benefits on alcohol and cigarettes.

The bill, which passed 56-3, also prohibits the spending of benefits on gambling and strip clubs.

The “Public Assistance Integrity Act” would prohibit the use of Electronic Benefit Transfer (EBT) debit cards to purchase tobacco products, alcoholic beverages and games of chance.

“Welfare benefits are designed to give a helping hand to people in need, to ensure that children and families get proper nutrition, and to help with expenses related to finding a job,” said Senator Patty Ritchie. “People who need help deserve these benefits, but taxpayers shouldn’t be footing the bill for beer, cigarettes and ‘win-for-life’ lottery tickets.”

Passage of the bill fulfills a federal requirement of states to restrict welfare assistance spending on these items by 2014. If the legislature does not act, the state stands to lose $125 million, according to the senate web site.

In February, President Barack Obama signed a law that requires states to restrict how the cash portion of social services is spent, or else they will lose five percent of funding for the welfare program known as Temporary Assistance to Needy Families.

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County GOP endorses Ritchie for re-election

by Andrew Henderson

With more than 100 hundred people in attendance at Greenview Country Club, the Oswego County Republican Committee unanimously endorsed New York State Senator Patty Ritchie in her re-election effort.

Nominated by Oswego County Legislator Louella Leclair of Fulton and seconded by Oswego County ATV Club President Steve Cronk, Ritchie received a standing ovation and the committee’s overwhelming, unanimous support, said committee chairman Michael Backus.

“We are very proud of Senator Ritchie’s hard work for Oswego County in Albany, but personally I am even more thankful of her outreach here locally to keep us informed of everything she is working on,” said Backus. “From fighting for our families to saving businesses in Oswego County from even higher taxation and regulation, Senator Ritchie has earned our support.”

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Motorcycle accidents lead to proposed legislation

by Andrew Henderson

New York State Senator Patty Ritchie introduced a bill that would improve motorcycle safety by including awareness training in the DMV’s mandatory, pre-licensing courses.

The proposed legislation was prompted by several motorcycle-related accidents in the region, including four fatal motorcycle accidents already in Oswego this year, which more than any full year since 2008.

According to the most recent data from the New York State DMV, there were 152 fatalities from 5,150 motorcycle accidents in 2009.

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County residents urged to ‘Fight the Bite’ this mosquito season

by Andrew Henderson

New York State Senator Patty Ritchie and the family of Maggie Sue Wilcox are urging Central New York residents to “Fight the Bite” to prevent Eastern Equine Encephalitis.

“With mosquito season right around the corner, it’s more important now than ever that Central New Yorkers take steps to protect themselves from this deadly disease,” said Ritchie.

“The fact is everyone is at risk — and self-defense is the best defense when it comes to safeguarding ourselves against EEE.”

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New York News: April 25, 2012

by Andrew Henderson

The New York State Senate recently passed a bill co-sponsored by Senator Patty Ritchie that would make it easier for senior citizens to renew their Enhanced STAR property tax savings each year.

The measure (S.1920) would allow most seniors to use a simplified renewal form, rather than the current, longer form that is used by all STAR applicants, including those under 65 who qualify for the Basic STAR program.

“When just about everything is becoming more expensive, the property tax savings provided by STAR make a real difference to many seniors who are struggling to get by on fixed incomes,” said Ritchie. “We shouldn’t make them jump through hoops each year to get the property tax savings they need and deserve.

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Valley Viewpoints: Good budget for farmers

by Dean Norton, president of the New York Farm Bureau

This year’s final state budget had a lot of good news for local farmers.

It marked the second year in a row that a fiscally responsible budget was approved on-time and without any increases in taxes or fees.

While that alone would be a major accomplishment, this budget also marked the first time since 2008 that support for agricultural programs increased.

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Legislator censored? Amy Tresidder ‘disappointed’ in Republican colleagues

by Carol Thompson

Oswego County Legislator Amy Tresidder has announced she may challenge New York State Senator Patty Ritchie for the 48th District seat.

Although she has not declared her candidacy, the Democrat said she feels the Republicans are becoming nervous about her potential run.

The potential candidate said she was “disappointed” when she learned from a Republican legislator that there is an attempt to censor her from speaking at legislature committee meetings of which she is not a member.

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