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Business Outreach Meeting With State Senator Patty Ritchie May 19th

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The Greater Oswego-Fulton Chamber of Commerce, together with the Office of State Senator Patty Ritchie, today announced that it will host a business and community roundtable meeting. Senator Ritchie will join the group for its monthly meeting on May 19. The meeting will be held at the CNY Arts Center located on the Fulton Campus of Cayuga Community College at 1 PM.

The meeting will provide an opportunity for Senator Ritchie to share her vision and to set forth initiatives that he supports to strengthen Oswego and Central New York’s economy. Senator Ritchie hopes to gain valuable feedback from business owners, managers, and community residents.

“The Chamber knows the importance of connecting local businesses with their elected government officials and is eager to bring this benefit to the people of Oswego. By community members asking Senator Ritchie questions about issues they face it gives him a better idea of changes that need to be made. It also gives Senator Ritchie the chance to tell people about things that she has planned and is currently working on,” stated Greg Mills, director of the Greater Oswego-Fulton Chamber of Commerce.

“I’m proud to partner with the Greater Oswego-Fulton Chamber of Commerce to provide an open platform to communicate directly with our business community so that I may better address their needs.” said Senator Ritchie.

The roundtable is open to credentialed members of the media. Details are as follows:

Greater Oswego-Fulton Chamber of Commerce Hosts Meeting with Senator Ritchie

May 19, 2016 at 1 p.m.

CNY Arts Center, located on the Fulton Campus of Cayuga Community College,

11 River Glen Drive, Fulton, NY 13069

*Please RSVP to the Greater Oswego-Fulton Chamber of Commerce by phone (315) 343-7681 or visit to register on-line.

This meeting is open to the public and individuals are encouraged to submit questions to Greg Mills, Director of the Greater Oswego-Fulton Chamber of Commerce at 315-343-7681 or [email protected]

About Senator Patty Ritchie

Senator Ritchie was elected to the State Senate in 2010, and serves as Chair of the Senate Agriculture Committee, as well as Chair of the Legislative Commission on Rural Resources. In 2015, she was named Deputy Majority Leader for Senate and Assembly Relations, a position that strengthens her ability to represent her Central and Northern New York constituents, as well as lead on issues that are important to all New Yorkers.

She was an early supporter of the new Property Tax Cap law that's saving millions of dollars for Central and Northern New York homeowners, and championed job creation.

As Agriculture Committee Chair, she has worked to strengthen family farms, by cutting taxes and red tape. She authored the new 2% cap on farmland assessments, which has helped stop runaway property tax increases that threaten farmers' success. To encourage a new generation of family farmers, she proposed the "Young Farmers NY" program, enacted in 2014, which includes grants and other incentives to support aspiring farmers. And she has led the fight to stop budget cuts to research, marketing and education programs.

In 2015, she introduced "Grown in New York," an ambitious plan that aims to increase connections between consumers and local farmers, and help bring more New York farm products into schools and homes.

In addition to her roles as Agriculture Chair and Chair of the Legislative Commission on Rural Resources, Senator Ritchie serves on the following Senate committees: Alcoholism & Drug Abuse; Civil Service and Pensions; Crime Victims, Crime and Correction; Cultural Affairs, Tourism, Parks and Recreation; Energy and Telecommunications; Higher Education; Libraries, and Local Governments.

Patty is a lifelong resident of Upstate. Patty grew up in DePeyster, in St. Lawrence County, graduating from Heuvelton Central High, Mater Dei College and SUNY Potsdam, and chose to stay in Northern New York and raise her own family. Patty Ritchie lives in the Town of Oswegatchie with her husband, Tom. The couple has three adult children, and three grandchildren.

About the Greater Oswego-Fulton Chamber of Commerce

The Greater Oswego-Fulton Chamber of Commerce is a membership organization leading a regional collaboration that builds a vibrant retail/commercial/residential environment through the use of its many resources. The Greater Oswego-Fulton Chamber of Commerce advances the business and community interests of the region through advocacy, member services and community enhancements.

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