About Patty

Patty Ritchie looks out for us.

Since becoming our State Senator last year, Patty Ritchie has kept her promise to work hard for the residents of Central and Northern New York.

She’s reached across party lines, and partnered with the democrat Governor and leaders of the Assembly to deliver results for the hardworking taxpayers of Oswego, Jefferson and St. Lawrence County.

She voted to enact a tough Property Tax Cap that started to rein in runaway property taxes and saved homeowners in the region more than $36 million in its first year alone.

She voted to slash income tax rates to their lowest levels in a half century, and axed the sales tax on clothing to give families a break at the checkout.

She helped end decades of late, unbalanced and bloated state budgets, voting to adopt two plans in two years that cut spending–an historic first for New York–while eliminating a $12 billion deficit with no new taxes or fiscal gimmicks.

Senator Ritchie supported creation of Governor Cuomo’s ambitious Regional Economic Development Councils, and saw the Central and Northern New York regions selected for key strategic investments in new jobs and economic growth.

The new model is already producing results, bringing thousands of new jobs, and the promise of new investment and opportunity for Central and Northern New Yorkers.

As Chair of the Senate’s Agriculture Committee, she looks out for our dairy, fruit, produce and crop farmers, serving as their voice New York State government.

She’s helped hundreds of families and residents of the region find jobs, advocated on their behalf with government bureaucrats, provided tools to help them start a small business, and stood up for our local communities.

Senator Ritchie looks out for Central and Northern New York–and she’s making a difference, and getting results.


Patty Ritchie was elected to the State Senate in November 2010, after serving 11 years as St. Lawrence County Clerk.

She grew up on her family’s small dairy farm in DePeyster, graduated from Heuvelton Central Schools, Mater Dei College and the State University College at Potsdam.

Patty Ritchie and her husband, Tom, live in Heuvelton, St. Lawrence County. The couple has three children, and recently welcomed their second grandchild.