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September 22, 2018

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Opinion

Thank You From The Family Of Colleen LeClair Nickolas

Thank you from the family and friends of Colleen LeClair Nickolas. We would like to extend our heartfelt gratitude to Friends of Fulton Parks (Kelly Weaver) and the city of Fulton Parks Department (Mike Davies) for their work in helping us select the bench and placing our memorial bench. Many people sent donations …thank you.

Volunteers Are Backbones of Local Fire Departments

New York is heavily dependent on volunteer fire departments for fire protection. According to the Firemen’s Association of the State of New York, 89% of the state’s fire departments outside of the New York City area are volunteer. Their commitment to volunteer fire protection provides both a critical life-savings service to communities and a tremendous cost savings to area taxpayers.

Thank You For Supporting Catholic Charities

The recent chicken BBQ to benefit Catholic Charities of Oswego County was a resounding success! Thanks to the support of so many, we were able to raise more than $3,700 to help us help people in Oswego County through the many programs we offer.

Senator Ritchie’s Community Spotlight: The Frederic Remington Art Museum In Ogdensburg

Not that long ago, I hosted a special event at the Frederic Remington Art Museum in Ogdensburg. It attracted more than 30 U.S. and Canadian leaders from both sides of the upper St. Lawrence River to share ideas on how we can strengthen our already tremendous relationship. It was also a chance for me to show off the museum and its amazing artwork to those who can help spread its story. The works of Frederic Remington are a true North Country treasure.

Political Corruption Or Fraud

Political corruption takes on many forms. Everyone cries about it at the state and federal level, but it is right here in Oswego County at a much lower level. It is at the town, city and county level. Fraud is fraud no matter how you look at it.

Working Together For A Fun, Safe School Year

It is hard to believe another summer is drawing to a close. Now, as we prepare for fall, families across our region are gearing up for another school year. As a mother and grandmother, I know there are certain steps that can be taken to ensure the first day, and the rest of the year, go as smoothly as possible

Assembly Passes Bill to Separate Student Test Scores from Teacher Evaluations

As students and teachers begin a new school year, I thought it would be a good time to update constituents on the Common Core standards, now known as the Next Generation Learning Standards, and where things stands with standardized testing. As many will recall, in 2013 the New York State Board of Regents adopted the Common Core learning standards. Almost immediately following their adoption, it was realized that the standards were flawed and that the quick implementation of Common Core would create unnecessary hardship on students, parents, teachers and administrators.

Senator Ritchie’s Community Sportlight: The 80-Year-Old Thousand Islands Bridge

Over the course of my time as a state senator, I have seen how impactful the relationship is between our region and our Canadian friends to the north. While I have worked hard to ensure this partnership is one that benefits both great nations, I am simply picking up where others left off. There is no better example of how well connected we are to Canada, than the largest symbol of our welcome to one another, the Thousand Islands International Bridge.

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