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This art piece by Loie Mechetti, an award-winning artist from Phoenix, will be available for viewing at Senator Patty Ritchie’s Oswego office at 46 E. Bridge St., Oswego.

Artwork featured in Senator Ritchie’s local artist program

Senator Ritchie
This art piece by Loie Mechetti, an award-winning artist from Phoenix, will be available for viewing at Senator Patty Ritchie’s Oswego office at 46 E. Bridge St., Oswego.

Three new local artists are being featured in State Senator Patty Ritchie’s Oswego, Jefferson and St. Lawrence offices as part of the senator’s effort to highlight local creative talent.

“From the St. Lawrence River and Lake Ontario to the many historic buildings and landmarks that dot our region, Central and Northern New York are truly beautiful places,” said Ritchie.  “What many people don’t realize though, is that there are so many talented, local artists capturing that beauty and creating world-class, unique designs inspired by where we live.

“This program is not only an opportunity for local artists to promote their works, but is also a great way for people to become aware of some of the outstanding artists living right in our backyard,” Ritchie added.

The program launched in March, and since then has showcased more than a dozen artists.

The following artists are now being featured at the below locations:

• Oswego County, 46 East Bridge St., Oswego: Loie Mechetti, an award-winning artist from Phoenix.

• Jefferson County, 317 Washington St., Watertown: Marie (Ree) Ingalsbe, an award-winning, Watertown artist in her 90s who has created more than 100 different, original pieces of art.

• St. Lawrence County, 330 Ford St., Ogdensburg: Justin Fishel of Ogdensburg shoots high definition photos of St. Lawrence County landmarks, offering a new perspective on what are often familiar scenes.

Artwork will be available for viewing at the above locations during normal business hours.

Legislators continue to whittle county budget

by Carol Thompson

Oswego County Legislature Chairman Fred Beardsley made it clear during Thursday’s meeting of the legislature’s Finance and Personnel Committee that the county’s budget woes are due to the burdensome unfunded mandates that the state continues to pass down to local governments.

Department heads offered small cuts that brought the budget under the mandated property tax cap by approximately $58,000, however, without more cuts there will be a property tax increase.

“None of us are having a real good time with this,” Beardsley said, adding that the county has been strapped with $4.8 million in additional costs passed down from the state. “Additional is the key word.”

In the last four years, the state has passed down from $12 to $15 million in additional costs, Beardsley noted. The chairman added that the fiscal position the county is in is not self-inflicted.

Beardsley said it is not the fault of the department heads and that no one should think they are not doing the best they can. It is the unfunded state mandates that have created the financial problems for the county, he stressed.

Legislators have passed a number of resolutions requesting state representatives ease the burden of the unfunded mandates. The resolutions were delivered to Governor Andrew Cuomo, Senator Patty Ritchie and the four assembly representatives.

The county received no response or assistance, legislators claim, leaving them to cope with the additional costs.

A public hearing will be scheduled during tomorrow’s meeting of the full legislature and special committee meetings will be held later this month so that legislators can further work on the budget.

Currently, property owners will see a tax increase under two percent, however, the goal is to have no tax increase.

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Valley Viewpoints: Circle of Friends

by Dean Norton, President of the New York Farm Bureau

I am pleased to announce that New York Farm Bureau has recently named Senator Patty Ritchie to our annual “Circle of Friends” list.

This legislative award is granted based upon her record of legislative support for New York agriculture and the Farm Bureau. New York Farm Bureau is a non-partisan organization and does not endorse elected officials or political candidates.

Senator Ritchie joins a number of other legislators in the Senate and Assembly that have a superior voting record on issues and have shown strong support for New York farming during the 2012 state legislative session.

Each member of the Farm Bureau “Circle of Friends” has demonstrated an understanding of the important issues impacting farmers and the considerable impact the industry has on our economy and quality of life.

New York Farm Bureau, the state’s largest general farm advocacy organization, works closely with the state legislature to strengthen and enhance the agricultural industry in New York State.

This year’s legislative session proved to be a challenging one for farmers, but with significant support from key legislators, such as Senator Ritchie, agriculture will continue to be one of New York’s most important industries.

We are pleased to provide the “Circle of Friends” designation to Senator Patty Ritchie to thank her for her hard work on behalf of farmers in her District and across New York State.

State Senate denies request to release cost of recent mailings

by Carol Thompson

Oswego County mailboxes have been flooded with flyers from New York State Senator Patty Ritchie, all taxpayer funded, however, the state will not release the cost of each mailing nor the targeted mailing list.

Some residents in the town and Village of Hannibal said they recently received a flyer from Senator Ritchie announcing the “Women of Distinction” display through July 19 at the Hannibal Free Library.

The flyer also promoted the library’s summer reading program. Not everyone in the Hannibal zip code received the flyer; several registered Democrats said it never arrived in their mailboxes.

A request was made under the Freedom of Information Law, for the cost of producing the flyer, the mailing cost, and the mailing list. The request was denied. “Please be advised that the information you request is not subject to disclosure pursuant to the provisions of the Rules of the Temporary President,” was the response from Francis W. Patience, secretary of the Senate.

The temporary president (majority leader) is Senator Dean Skelos.

When asked why not all residents in the town and village of Hannibal received the mailing, Ritchie’s press spokesperson Sarah Compo said the flyer was sent out to target those who may be interested in the events going on at the library to save on mailing costs.

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Ritchie ranks 26th in Senate spending

by Carol Thompson

New York State Senator Patty Ritchie ranks 26th in spending, according to the most recent senate expenditure report covering the time period April 1, 2011 through Sept. 30, 2011.

Ritchie’s expenses totaled $322,211, according to her expense report, with Senator Roy McDonald taking the 25th spot with total expenses of $322,403.

There are 62 state senators, with each entitled to a generous expense account. The top spender is listed as Senator John Sampson with expenses totaling $403,576.

Ritchie’s member travel expenses for the six month period include payments for May, June and July 2011 in the amounts of $1,375.60, $1,637.20, $1,540.80, $326.20, $648.60, $813.60, $487.40, $648.60, $933.60 and $937.40 for a total of $9,349.

The freshman lawmaker had 17 employees, who in a six month period earned a total of $255,374. The staff salary expenses include Graham Wise, Chief of Staff, who earned $30,575; Stephanie Andrews, legislative aide/constituent special, who earned $7,668.50; Holly Carpenter, Director of Community Relations for the Oswego office earned $21,198.76; Jennifer Dindl-Neff who serves as special projects coordinator, earned $6,727.00; Diane M. Doyle, office manager/constituent representative, earned $14,312.47; Bonnie J. Fikes, legislative aide, earned $7,112; Patricia Holst, constituent liaison, earned $7,112.00; Theodore Kusnierz, director of agriculture committee, who earned $29,134.70; Patricia McMurray, executive assistant, who earned $20,446.16 and Sheila O’Sullivan, counsel, who earned $20,446.16.

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Senator Patty Ritchie recently visited the Oswego County Soil & Water Office on Route 3 in Volney to make the announcement that free larvicide treatments will be available to homeowners in Oswego County. The treatments are a preventive measure against EEE and are to be used in standing water around the home or farm. Ritchie is pictured with Legislator Fred Beardsley, Inga Back, acting Oswego County Public Health Director Inga Back, and John DeHollander, manager of the Oswego County Soil and Water Conservation District.

Free larvicide treatments available

Senator Patty Ritchie recently visited the Oswego County Soil & Water Office on Route 3 in Volney to make the announcement that free larvicide treatments will be available to homeowners in Oswego County. The treatments are a preventive measure against EEE and are to be used in standing water around the home or farm. Ritchie is pictured with Legislator Fred Beardsley, Inga Back, acting Oswego County Public Health Director Inga Back, and John DeHollander, manager of the Oswego County Soil and Water Conservation District.

by Nicole Reitz

Senator Patty Ritchie announced at a news conference Tuesday the availability of a new tool to help combat the spread of the EEE virus.

Free samples of larvicide treatments are available to 2,700 homeowners in six counties who have been impacted by EEE, including Oswego County.

The free treatments, packets of a locally produced larvicide, can be used to treat standing water. The product can be used in small pools, ornamental ponds, bird baths and more.

The treatment is available to homeowners through a partnership with the Soil and Water Conservation District offices. Local residents can pick them up at the Oswego County Soil and Water Conservation District office, which is located at 3105 N.Y.S. Rte. 3 in Volney. The  office is open Monday through Friday from 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The larvicide program is a part of a broader effort to educate the public and help prevent EEE. Since there is not yet a vaccine for EEE, the best form of protection is to avoid getting bit.

Residents are advised of using insect repellent when going outdoors and be aware of peak mosquito hours. For many species of mosquitos, dawn and dusk are peak biting times.

During these times of day, wear protective clothing or consider avoiding outdoor activities during these times. Also examine your home for tears and holes in window and door screens. Intact screen windows and doors can keep mosquitos from entering the home.

Farmers should especially take special precautions to avoid the breeding of mosquitoes. Farmers should ask their veterinarian about vaccinating their horses. Dozens of horses have succumbed to the virus in the six counties included in the prevention program.

While EEE is a mosquito-born virus that mostly affects horses and other livestock, it has killed five people in Oswego and Onondaga counties since 1971. The latest death is that of four-year-old Maggie Sue Wilcox of New Haven.

Ritchie said that the EEE virus is a state priority.

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Valley Viewpoints: Giving back to the community

by Jan Rebeor of Fulton

Last month I had the pleasure of meeting Senator Patty Ritchie when she informed me that I would be awarded the 2012 Woman of Distinction from her district.

I want to thank Senator Ritchie for this award and would also like to take this time to send out a huge “thank you” to everyone for their congratulations.

It has been a wonderful couple of weeks with Tony and I going to Albany for a formal presentation by Senator Ritchie at the Legislative Chambers attended by all the other awardees and then most recently another ceremony in Watertown where all the nominees in her district were honored.

I love what I do for the City of Fulton and truly believe that everyone should give back to the community they live in. I have been lucky to have been included over the years in many of the City of Fulton and Oswego-Fulton Chamber of Commerce events.

I have made many friends through my participation in these events and have lots of good memories.

So, I thank the Greater Oswego-Fulton Chamber for their nomination and Senator Patty Ritchie for giving this award to me. It was truly appreciated. My congratulations also goes out to all the other nominees, all of whom are well deserved.

New York News: May 26, 2012

by Andrew Henderson

New York State Senator Patty Ritchie visited Fairgrieve Elementary School in Fulton last week after being contacted by sixth-grade student Ariel Stacy.

Stacy wrote Ritchie a letter, asking about her role in state government.

The senator talked with students about being a good citizen and answered questions about being a senator.

Students voiced their concerns about having to take “too many tests.”

In addition, Ritchie visited the residents of Morningstar Residential Care Center in Oswego in honor of National Nursing Home Week.

National Nursing Home Week is an effort sponsored by the American Health Care Association, to honor nursing home residents and staff.

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The New York State Assembly adopted legislation this week to criminalize the sale and distribution of synthetic marijuana.

Synthetic marijuana, while sold and marketed as potpourri and incense, provides many of the same effects as marijuana and cocaine.

For Assemblyman Will Barclay, passing this legislation was imperative for protecting the health of children and keeping these dangerous substances out of their hands.

“I am pleased that the Assembly has acted to ban the sale and distribution of synthetic marijuana,” said Barclay. “Over the past several months, I have received countless calls and letters from across the state expressing concern over the availability and dangers of this product.”

This bill adds synthetic cannabinoids to the list of controlled substances. The legislation, A09855, bans the sale and possession  of  synthetic marijuana. The bill has advanced to the Senate.

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