Ms. Ritz advocates on behalf of a wide range of clients, including medical marijuana, energy corporations, gaming operators, telecommunications, labor, beverage distributors, pharmacy benefit management services and technology companies. Ms. Ritz works aggressively to keep clients’ agendas in the conversation among the political elite in Albany.
Prior to joining the firm, she held the position Director of Legislative Affairs for the 40th New York State Senate District and served as Committee Director for Veterans, Homeland Security, and Military Affairs. She managed the day-to-day operations of the Senator’s office, committee, and over 25 advisory councils made up of constituents and experts of the 40th Senate District ranging from animal rights advocacy, building trades, education, energy, public safety, hospitals and healthcare.
During this time, Ms. Ritz helped create New York State’s first ever veteran’s cemetery and gained support in passing the Service-Disabled Veteran Owned Business Act. After 5 years of “Hannah’s Law” struggling to make it through committee, Ms. Ritz worked tirelessly in passing the law, which requires health insurers to cover formulas for the treatment of eosinophilic esophagitis. Ms. Ritz also worked with Sustainable Westchester and the Westchester legislative delegation in developing legislation creating the Community Choice Aggregation Pilot Program, which helps customers lower their energy bills. Ms. Ritz spent nearly 6 years working for the State Legislature in both the Senate and Assembly. Her previous positions include Legislative Aide in the Senate, Session Assistant in the Assembly, and Session Assistant for DC-37, New York City’s largest public employees union.
A graduate of the State University of New York, University at Albany, Sara earned her Bachelor’s degree in Political Science and a concentration in political and economic development. A native Upstate New Yorker, she was born in Syracuse, raised in the Finger Lakes Region, and has lived in Albany since 2005.