Sen. Ritchie renamed to Senate Select Committee on Libraries
Friday, February 1, 2013 - 9:17 am

State Sen. Patty Ritchie has been renamed to the Senate Select Committee on Libraries, a panel charged with looking for ways to support the future of public libraries in New York State.

ā€œI have been a library user all my life. From job-searching resources to entertainment, public libraries provide a great value to taxpayers and are such important parts of communities throughout our state.ā€

There are over 7,000 public libraries in New York State, including over 50 public libraries in Oswego, Jefferson and St. Lawrence Counties -- one of the largest concentrations of public libraries in any Senate district in the state.

For the past two years, Ritchie has been awarded an ā€œAā€ rating by New Yorkers for Better Libraries for her efforts on behalf of public libraries, including her work to restore $3 million in library funding that was cut from the state budget.