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Senator Patty Ritchie Announces Re-election Bid

State Senator Patty Ritchie (R-C-I-Ref, Heuvelton) today announced that she will
be a candidate for reelection to represent the Senate’s 48th District.

“It has been the honor of my life to represent the North Country and Central New
York in the Senate,” said Senator Ritchie, who is currently serving her fourth, two-
year term. “Through my work in the Senate, I have been proud to stand up for
farmers and our communities, families of our military serving at Fort Drum, for
school children, seniors and taxpayers, and to protect and defend the unique way of
life we enjoy as residents of one of the most beautiful regions in our entire state.”

“There is more work to be done, and I want to continue to build on my record of


delivering for our region, to build a stronger economy with better opportunity for
all, and to defend the rights of citizens who live here.”

After serving a decade as St. Lawrence County Clerk, Ritchie was elected to the
Senate in 2010, restoring GOP control to the chamber after two disastrous years
when the entire state was ruled by downstate Democrats who cut funding for
schools and imposed record tax increases.

Since that time, Senator Ritchie voted to cut taxes every single year and strongly
supported creation of a property tax cap that’s stopped a half billion dollars in tax
increases in the 48th Senate District.

She fought to nearly double state funding for local public schools, and provided
millions of dollars in grants and additional aid to local schools, libraries and local
governments. As chair of the Senate’s Libraries Committee, she won the first
increase in state library aid in three years, and secured record funding for library
reconstruction.
Senator Ritchie, who has chaired the Senate Agriculture Committee throughout her
four terms, secured $75 million to reverse cuts and provide new funding to help
farmers grow, and prioritized school-based agriculture programs and initiatives to
spur a new generation to help preserve the agriculture tradition that helps shape the
rural communities she represents.

She has been a strong champion for Fort Drum, active duty military and veterans,
securing millions of dollars to protect the post against budget cutbacks and
authoring legislation to ease military life for spouses and children of active duty
soldiers.

She led the effort to create an $80 million emergency relief fund to help shoreline
homeowners and businesses rebuild following the ruinous 2017 flooding, and has
helped support and promote recreational snowmobiling and sportfishing events
critical to the region’s tourism economy.

The 48th Senate District includes all of Jefferson and Oswego Counties, including
the cities of Watertown, Fulton and Oswego; as well as 16 towns in north and
western St. Lawrence County and the city of Ogdensburg.