State Sen. Patricia A. Ritchie, R-Heuvelton, sent a letter to Col. Eric J. Hesse, director of the New York State Division of Veterans’ Affairs, expressing concern that the division might be attempting to skew statistics to justify closing the division’s Ogdensburg office.
“A constituent recently shared with me their belief that New York State Division of Veterans’ Affairs has been forcing veterans from Ogdensburg and other parts of St. Lawrence County to travel to Massena in a deliberate effort to reduce usage of the Ogdensburg office and in turn, create the appearance that the Massena office should be converted from a satellite to a main office location,” Mrs. Ritchie said in the letter.
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Col. Eric J. Hesse is the director of the New York State Division of Veterans’ Affairs and State Sen. Ritchie asked him to look into the accusation of forced scheduling and requested that the Ogdensburg office remain open.
No one was authorized to talk to the press at the Ogdensburg office. Repeated calls to the Albany office of Veterans’ Affairs were not returned.