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Senate Passes Legislation Supporting Soil and Water Conservation Districts

Bills include support for educational initiatives, watershed projects, and programs to combat invasive species

ALBANY – Soil and Water Conservation Districts (SWCDs) throughout New York are on the front lines of protecting the State’s natural resources, helping landowners, preventing floods, fighting the spread of invasive species, and educating the public.

Three bills sponsored and passed by Senator Catharine Young (R, I, C—Olean), Chair of the Legislative Commission on Rural Resources, provide SWCDs with additional tools they need to accomplish their ambitious mission. The first two of these bills also were passed by the Assembly and are awaiting the Governor’s signature into law.

July 29, 2014
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Legislature Passes Bill Promoting Broadband Expansion

ALBANY – Streamlining the process to access federal grant funding to expand broadband in rural areas will open the doors to more economic opportunities, healthcare innovation, and educational investment.

A bill sponsored and passed by Senator Catharine Young (R, I, C—Olean), Chair of the Legislative Commission on Rural Resources, speeds up the process that certain broadband providers, called Incumbent Local Exchange Carriers (ILECs), go through to access federal loans designated for broadband expansion. This legislation also was passed by the Assembly and is awaiting the Governor’s signature into law.

July 28, 2014
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Senate Passes Telehealth Bill

Bill creates more opportunities for New York patients to use telehealth and telemedicine services  

ALBANY – Telehealth and telemedicine have the potential to transform access to healthcare throughout the state, particularly in rural areas where access and availability remain prominent concerns. A bill passed recently in the New York State Senate (S.7852) would improve access to telehealth and telemedicine services for residents throughout the state.

The bill is sponsored by Senator Catharine Young (R, I, C—Olean). It provides patients throughout the state with the ability to utilize telehealth and telemedicine technologies for services that would otherwise only be covered in-person.

June 18, 2014
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Precision Agriculture Bill Passed in State Senate

ALBANY – Senator Catharine Young (R, I, C–Olean), Chair of the Legislative Commission on Rural Resources, has passed legislation allowing New York’s farmers to continue a long history of developing and using innovative technology to grow and strengthen the agricultural industry in the State. The bill, (S.6543-B), calls for an assessment of precision agriculture in the state, including a review of rural broadband availability and usage.

June 16, 2014
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Spring Rural Futures Newsletter 2014

The Legislative Commission on Rural Resources is proud to have published our Spring 2014 edition of Rural Futures (click on the link below). We hope you find Rural Futures both interesting and informative. Please feel free to contact the Commission staff with any questions, comments or suggestions. Thank you!

 

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Spring Rural Futures Newsletter 2014

April 24, 2014
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Senator Young Secures $5 Million in Funding for New York State Critical Access Hospitals

Critical Access Hospitals provide vital healthcare for rural communities

ALBANY – For the second year in a row, Senator Catharine Young (R,C,I-Olean), Chair of the Legislative Commission on Rural Resources, announced that she successfully secured funding crucial to the continued operation of New York’s Critical Access Hospitals.

“These facilities serve as a healthcare lifeline for many rural communities. The people they serve are reliant on the healthcare services they provide,” said Senator Young.

April 1, 2014
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Federal Farm Bill Will Provide Greater Stability for New York Farmers

Senator Young strongly supports passage of Farm Bill

ALBANY— With farms serving as the foundation of our nation’s food supply, it is encouraging to see progress being made toward the passage of a long awaited federal Farm Bill.

“Agriculture has always been key to the success of our state,” said Senator Catharine Young (R, I, C—Olean), chair of the New York State Legislative Commission on Rural Resources. “As a state legislator, I am pleased to see our representatives at the federal level working to pass legislation that will improve the stability of our food system, mitigate risks for farmers, encourage economic development in rural areas, and benefit the health and safety of consumers.”

January 31, 2014
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Winter Rural Futures Newsletter 2013-14

The Legislative Commission on Rural Resources is proud to have published our Winter 2013-14 edition of Rural Futures (click on the link below). We hope you find Rural Futures both interesting and informative. Please feel free to contact the Commission staff with any questions, comments or suggestions. Thank you!

 

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Winter Rural Futures Newsletter 2013-14

January 28, 2014
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Improving Home Energy Efficiency

Senator Young encourages families to take actions to enhance comfort and reduce energy costs

ALBANY— Snowy weather and brisk winds have already begun their annual journey across New York State’s landscape. It’s the beginning of a season where homes require greater energy consumption, and that means higher costs paid by families to heat their homes.

November 13, 2013
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Bountiful Apples

Celebrate fall by visiting New York orchards and farms 

ALBANY — With an especially plentiful crop this year, families and individuals in New York are celebrating autumn by enjoying the crisp bite of the state fruit – the apple.

“Last year’s fruit crops, including apples, were devastated by a combination of unseasonably warm spring weather that was followed by freezing temperatures,” said Senator Catharine Young (R, I, C—Olean), chair of the Legislative Commission on Rural Resources. “After facing such a difficult year in 2012, this year’s harvest demonstrates the resilience of our apple growers throughout the state.”

October 15, 2013
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