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Photo: Sarah Harris
Photo: Sarah Harris

NYS government sows seeds to boost farming economy

It seems like state leaders are sowing acres of ideas these days to boost New York's farming economy. This week, Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced the creation of New York's first ever inter-agency task force on agriculture. The idea is to help farmers cut through the bureaucratic red tape that's an obstacle to growth.

Also this week, North Country Sen. Patty Ritchie unveiled a plan to encourage more young farmers to enter the business.  Go to full article
CSX's upgraded and faster rail crossing passes right by dozens of houses in Canton. Photo: David Sommerstein.
CSX's upgraded and faster rail crossing passes right by dozens of houses in Canton. Photo: David Sommerstein.

Ritchie: CSX "less than responsive" on rail safety in Canton

State Senator Patty Ritchie says she's still waiting for freight rail company CSX to provide more information about the hazardous materials being transported through villages like Canton and Potsdam. And she's calling for Governor Cuomo to expand his investigation into rail safety to include the North Country.  Go to full article
One of the historic buildings of the St. Lawrence Psychiatric Center. Photo: Lizette Haenel.
One of the historic buildings of the St. Lawrence Psychiatric Center. Photo: Lizette Haenel.

Ritchie co-sponsors bill to delay psych center closure

A group of Republican lawmakers wants to delay the state's plan to close nine mental health centers in New York, including the psych center in Ogdensburg. State Senator Patty Ritchie is co-sponsoring a bill that would freeze the plan until 2015.  Go to full article
"Milk Not Jails" is the brain child of activist Lauren Melodia, who spent a year in Canton and Ogdensburg Photo: <a href="https://www.facebook.com/MilkNotJails?fref=ts">MNJ Facebook page</a>, used by permission
"Milk Not Jails" is the brain child of activist Lauren Melodia, who spent a year in Canton and Ogdensburg Photo: MNJ Facebook page, used by permission

What if NY invested more in dairy farms and less in prisons?

This week we've been looking at the fortunes of the North Country's dairy industry and some of the hurdles faced by farmers and processors.

Over the last few months, our Prison Time Media Project has also been looking at the way prisons shape communities and the local economy in the North Country.

There are more than a dozen state and Federal prisons in the region, along with eleven county jails. That makes corrections work one of our top employers.

One activist group based in Brooklyn thinks these two issues -- prison jobs and the dairy industry -- should be linked in people's minds, as we think about ways to grow the rural economy. That group's called "Milk Not Jails."  Go to full article

Ritchie, Tresidder face off in 48th district for state Senate

The race for state Senate in the 48th district - which includes Jefferson, Oswego and St. Lawrence counties - pits incumbent Republican Patty Ritchie against underdog Democrat Amy Tresidder.

Both women stress the need for state mandate relief for local communities, and for measures to boost the upstate economy, although the strategies they'd take for doing that differ.  Go to full article
State Senator Pattie Ritchie
State Senator Pattie Ritchie

State Sen. Pattie Ritchie introduces "President in Every SUNY" legislation

State Senator Pattie Ritchie announced Wednesday she's introduced legislation that would require every SUNY college to have its own president.

The legislation comes after the state university system announced last month it's planning to merge the leadership of several pairs of SUNY colleges including Canton and Potsdam, Morrisville and Utica, Delhi and Cobleskill.  Go to full article
Under state law, prisoners are not residents of these Upstate counties.

Senators challenge inmate count

The North Country State Senators are suing to block a new law for redistricting this year. It would count prison inmates in the districts where their home residence is, not in the North Country town where they're held. David Sommerstein reports.  Go to full article
Tug Hill Commission now faces a budget cut on par with other state agencies

Tug Hill Commission restored

A joint budget conference committee has restored money for the Tug Hill Commission in the state budget. According to State Senator Patty Ritchie's office, the Assembly agreed to the Senate's funding level of $1.1 million. That's a 10 percent cut from last year, on par with other state agencies. Todd Moe has more.  Go to full article
I believe if we continue doing what we're doing, the state goes down the road to ruin.

Austere budget proposes deep cuts to schools, Medicaid

Governor Andrew Cuomo delivered the painful news he has been promising yesterday. He released an austere state budget that leaves no aspect of state government untouched. There are deep cuts to schools, health care, the prison and university systems, and the potential for almost 10,000 state worker layoffs. Karen DeWitt reports from Albany and David Sommerstein has reaction from North Country lawmakers.  Go to full article
NYS Senator Patty Ritchie (R)
NYS Senator Patty Ritchie (R)

Ritchie praises State of the State Address

Cuomo's speech drew praise from North Country Republicans. Freshman Republican Assemblyman Ken Blankenbush of Jefferson County said Cuomo's tax cutting message was "on point."

New State Senator Patty Ritchie, also a Republican, gave the speech high marks.  Go to full article

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