Northern and Central New Yorkers Respond to Help Flood Victims

State Senator Patty Ritchie is thanking Central and Northern New Yorkers who have responded to her appeal for relief items for victims of severe flooding downstate.

Senator Ritchie announced Thursday that she has opened her offices in Oswego, Watertown and Ogdensburg for constituents to drop off personal and food items that are desperately needed by farmers and families who have been driven from their homes by twin floods caused by Hurricane Irene and Tropical Storm Lee.

Senator Ritchie will continue to collect items through next week, and arrange to deliver them to relief agencies in the affected areas.

Most urgently needed items include:

Diapers Non-perishable food
Formula Jar baby food
Baby wipes Adult wipes
Personal hygiene items Cleaning supplies
New underwear New socks
Over-the-counter medications Bottled water

Contributions may be dropped off at Senator Ritchie’s offices:

Dulles State Office Building, 317 Washington St., Watertown
Oswego County Building, 46 E. Bridge St., Oswego
Ogdensburg City Hall, 330 Ford St., Ogdensburg

Central and Northern New Yorkers are also being urged to send messages to flood victims through a link on Senator Ritchie’s website, www.ritchie.nysenate.gov