Oswego County Today
OSWEGO, NY – When Senator Patty Ritchie took office, she said she heard from a lot of people who had lost hope in state government.
“Many people thought Albany was broken, that taxes could only go up and that things could only get worse,” the Republican incumbent said. “But, in the past two years we have started to see a change – and that’s something that I’m proud to be a part of. Now, Democrats and Republicans are working together, and we’re getting real results.”
They have passed two on-time budgets, that have reined in out of control spending, she said, adding, “that’s the first time that’s happened in 30 years.”
They have also eliminated the deficit without any new taxes or borrowing, she continued.
“We have capped property taxes, saving residents of Oswego, Jefferson and St. Lawrence counties millions of dollars. The increase in school tax bills this year is the lowest we have ever seen. Also, in the past two budgets, hundreds of millions of dollars in mandate relief has been provided by repealing unnecessary mandates,” the senator said. “It’s changes like these that are making people realize that Albany is working again, and that we’re heading in the right direction towards getting our state back on track.”
She said she hopes to accomplish more in another term.
While there has been significant strides towards improving life in New York State, there’s still a lot more to be done, she pointed out.
“My top priority in my next term will be continuing to get people back to work. We have turned a corner, but there’s a lot more that needs to be done,” she said. “A big part of this is going to be cutting taxes. I am in support of a tax credit for every new employee that a company hires.”
“Secondly, we need to cut red tape. There’s still far too much overregulation of business, affecting everyone from owners of mom and pop businesses to farmers,” she continued. “Third, we need to focus on innovation. We have some of the best colleges and universities here in Central and Northern New York. We need to find ways to capitalize on these institutions to help entrepreneurs and business leaders.”
What can be done to improve the economy of NYS – and CNY specifically? Improving the economy of New York State and specifically Central New York relies on job creation, according to the senator.
“One of the biggest ways our state is helping to create jobs is through the Governor’s Regional Economic Development Council program, which I supported,” Ritchie said. “As a result of that effort, Central and Northern New York have received $200 million in job-creating grants and incentives that will help boost our region and its economy.”
To help continue to spur the economy, she said she’d continue to support this program, along with job-creating measures like tax cuts and cutting red tape. The senator said she would work to try and make this area more attractive to recent college grads and other young adults.
“It’s not just out of state and foreign students (that go to school here and then leave), many students that are native to our area have to leave the region to find work. To keep these people in the area, we need to forge new partnerships between private businesses and colleges to help get our workforce ready for highly skilled jobs in manufacturing and hi-tech,” Ritchie said. “By doing this and supporting job creation in the aforementioned ways, we can make our area a more appealing place for the youth to build their lives.”