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New York News: March 31, 2012

by Andrew Henderson

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.”

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Lake Neatahwanta

Lake Neatahwanta funding included in state budget

by Andrew Henderson

Lake NeatahwantaThe new state budget will include funding to help with the cleanup of Lake Neatahwanta, according to Senator Patty Ritchie.

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.

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Redistricting – Assemblyman Bob Oaks speaks to a colleague during a recent session in Albany. Oaks has worked as a member of the Legislative Task Force on Demographic Research and Reapportionment that recommended new lines for Senate and Assembly districts to reflect the 2010 Census.

New York News: March 24, 2012

Redistricting – Assemblyman Bob Oaks speaks to a colleague during a recent session in Albany. Oaks has worked as a member of the Legislative Task Force on Demographic Research and Reapportionment that recommended new lines for Senate and Assembly districts to reflect the 2010 Census.

by Andrew Henderson

A bill that would help Oswego County and its inmate crunch at the Oswego County Correctional Facility has been approved by a key Senate committee this week, said state Senator Patty Ritchie.

The New York State Senate’s Crime and Corrections Committee approved the bill, S.5498, which would require payment to the counties for any state inmates who are held in a county jail beyond 10 days.

“Taxpayers in Oswego, Jefferson and St. Lawrence counties are being forced to foot the bill for inmates who are being held in county jails, but who really belong in state lock-ups,” Ritchie said.

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Oswego County Legislature chairman calls on Senator Patty Ritchie to take action

by Carol Thompson

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.

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New York News: March 17, 2012

by Andrew Henderson

Assemblyman Will Barclay is up in arms over language in the proposed Assembly budget bill that would govern gun manufacturers.

The Assembly budget bill A9055C is 73 pages long and includes topics ranging from  disaster preparedness and state contracting as well as microstamping.

Microstamping, Barclay said, is a stand-alone issue. He added it was “ludicrous” that it was included in the budget bill.

Barclay said he opposes microstamping because it would put unnecessary burdens on gun manufacturers and has not proven to be successful.

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