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Central Trades stays out of Ritchie-Tresidder race

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The Central Trades and Labor Council didn't endorse a candidate last night in the race between state Sen. Patty Ritchie, R-Heuvelton, and Oswego County Legislator Amy Tresidder.
Ron McDougall, the president of the conglomeration of 24,000 AFL-CIO workers in Jefferson, Lewis and St. Lawrence counties, said that neither candidate reached the two-thirds threshold required for an endorsement.
Mr. McDougall said the meeting was a lengthy one, lasting from 6 p.m. until past 10. The new pension tier, which Mrs. Ritchie voted in favor of, and a hike in the minimum wage, which she does not support, were among the topics of discussion, he said.
Mrs. Tresidder said that she favors increasing the minimum wage.

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