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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.

State mandates root cause of high county property and sales taxes

by Carol Thompson

The Oswego County Legislature is sending a strong message to Albany- the mandate relief granted by the state in the 2012-2013 budget was insufficient to allow counties to comply with the State-imposed two percent property tax cap over a sustained period.

That’s the message legislator’s are sending to state Senator Patty Ritchie and Assembly members Will Barclay, Ken Blankenbush, Robert Oaks, and Claudia Tenney, all representing Oswego County. Governor Andrew Cuomo will also receive a copy of a resolution requesting the more sustainable and sufficient mandate relief.

The points the legislature has with the state budget include the three-year phase-out of county-paid Medicaid.

This will continue to cost Oswego County taxpayers an additional $451,961 in 2013 and another $225,000 in 2014, reaching a permanent $26 million per year – meaning taxpayers will send one-half million dollars of their hard-earned money to Albany every week for the foreseeable future, according to legislators.

“The implementation of Tier VI in the mandated State retirement system is a welcome change but it will not provide significant financial relief for many years because its cost reductions apply only to new hires,” the resolution sent to lawmakers states.

Mandates consume 82 percent of Oswego County’s annual budget, and the Medicaid mandate by itself is 58 percent of the entire property tax levy, according to county officials.

Senator Ritchie press spokesperson said Ritchie voted to support the Governor’s pension reform plan and a new Medicaid cap what together will save the county almost $10 million over five years.

“She voted to provide $19 million in new state aid to public schools across Oswego, Jefferson and St. Lawrence Counties which, when coupled with the new Property Tax Cap she supported, is holding the line on school property taxes, which previously were out of control,” Ritchie spokesperson Sarah Compo said.

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