A bill co-sponsored by Senator Patty Ritchie and Senator John DeFrancisco to expand Central New York’s Foreign Trade is aimed at helping Oswego County compete for new jobs and businesses in the global market.
The bill, S. 6471, which authorizes Onondaga County’s Zone to collaborate with Oswego, Cayuga and Madison counties, received final passage by the Senate earlier this week.
“Imports and exports are a major source of growth and new jobs for businesses across Central New York,” Ritchie said. “Including the Port of Oswego in the Foreign Trade Zone can help businesses looking to grow in Central New York compete for international trade.”
In addition, the budget includes funding to battle water chestnuts in the Oswego River.
Ritchie said she secured the funding, which was included in the budget agreement announced Monday.
“Local communities, outdoorsmen and people who enjoy the open waters of Central and Northern New York have been working for years to help improve quality and access to these waters, which are among the most beautiful in the world, and key to the preservation and growth of new jobs through tourism and increased enjoyment by the public,” Ritchie said.
Oswego County Legislature Chairman Fred Beardsley has sent a letter to state Senator Patty Ritchie urging her and her colleagues to accelerate the governor’s Medicaid mandate relief.
In a letter dated March 12, Beardsley wrote, “In the next several days, as you prepare to vote for your state budget, please know that Oswego County property taxpayers are relying on you to enact this mandate relief.”
Beardsley outlined four mandate relief proposals included in the governor’s budget. They are early intervention reform, preschool special education reform, pension reform and a freeze on the local share of Medicaid costs.