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Ritchie, Griffo promote veterans’ jobs bill

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Two Northern New York state senators are promoting a bill that passed the Senate Monday that would give preference for state contracts to businesses owned by disabled veterans.

Sens. Patricia A. Ritchie, R-Heuvelton, and Joseph A. Griffo, R-Rome, were both supporters of the bill.

According to the office of Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo, there are roughly 106,000 service-connected disabled veterans in New York State. The bill would require the commissioner of the state office Veterans Affairs to promulgate a process to give favored treatment to companies owned by disabled for up to 6 percent of state contracts.

“I’m fortunate to be able to represent Fort Drum, as it gives me an opportunity on a regular basis to see everything our troops do not only for our region, but also for our country and this legislation is a tremendous way to say ‘thanks’ for their service” Sen. Ritchie said in a press release.

Sen. Griffo also said he was happy to see the law passed in his house of the Legislature.

“I am pleased to represent so many veterans who serve at Fort Drum and in Rome. My goals is to keep as many of these skilled, knowledgeable people in my district after their military service is finished,” he said in a news release. “I support this legislation because it offers a real opportunity for those with a service-connected disability to start a second career here. I was pleased to again support Senator Ball’s legislation and I commend Governor Cuomo for recently speaking out in support of this bill. I am pleased that New York has joined the federal government and 40 other states in offering a helping hand to these small business owners.”


Green Party candidate for the 21st Congressional District Donald Hassig of Colton has set a districtwide conference call April 8 to discuss government accountability.

“This conference call is for talking about creating government accountability. I want to create government accountability in all matters of governance.” Mr. Hassig said in a news release.“I have a wonderful record on working to create government accountability. If voters want government accountability, I’m their man.”

Mr. Hassig was Green Party candidate in the 2012 election, finishing a distant third behind Rep. William L. Owens, D-Plattsburgh, and Watertown Republican Matthew A. Doheny.

This year, he faces a challenge from within the party from Matt Funiciello, owner of Rock Hill Bakehouse CafeGlens Falls.

The conference call will be from 8 to 9 p.m. April 8. For dail-in information, email

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