State Senator Patty Ritchie’s office reports that she has been appointed by Governor Andrew Cuomo to serve on a bipartisan public/private task force examining ways to increase opportunities for local businesses that are run by women and minorities.
Ritchie is one of just three Upstate lawmakers named to the 29-member Minority and Women-owned Business Enterprise Team that also includes her North Country colleague, Sen. Betty Little of Queensbury.
The governor created the panel to find ways to increase opportunities for qualified businesses to gain access to state and local government procurement contracts.
Ritchie said, "With only three upstate legislators chosen to serve on the panel, I will be working to see how we can work together to increase opportunities for businesses that are based in rural areas, towns and small cities, like those found throughout Oswego, Jefferson and St. Lawrence Counties.
“Right now, many local businesses are losing out by current rules for participating in state contracts. At a time when so many of our neighbors and friends are unemployed, it is critical that we carefully scrutinize well-intentioned state programs to make sure they are not having unintended consequences for state agencies, local governments and the private sector,” Ritchie said.