State Sen. Patricia A. Ritchie, R-Heuvelton, is running for a second two-year term in the New York Senate in District 48, which covers all of Jefferson and Oswego counties and about half of St. Lawrence County.
She is being challenged by Oswego County Legislator Amy M. Tressider, a Democrat.
Having served as St. Lawrence County clerk for more than a decade, Mrs. Ritchie brought her experience of public service and a strong work ethic to a different level of government. Elected to the Senate in 2010, she has learned much and gained valuable experience during a successful freshman term.
A lifelong resident of Northern New York, the senator well understands the needs and issues of the region. Seeking ways to boost the economy of Central and Northern New York, she has emphasized job creation and lower taxes, and sought to combat waste and overregulation.
Mindful of high unemployment particularly in St. Lawrence County, all levels of government should set the goal of economic revival high on their priority lists.
Sen. Ritchie is a bipartisan legislator, working well with Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo to curb spending and limit property tax increases. She has voted for the states new pension tier for future public employees and legislation that reduces regulations and taxes for businesses.
The senator has proved a strong supporter of agriculture, receiving a high ranking from the New York State Farm Bureau. She is attentive to constituents, maintaining an office in each county she represents and building an admirable record of constituent service, as several letters to this newspaper attest.
The Times recommends re-electing Patty Ritchie to a second term in the New York State Senate.