It was great to join members of the Gates Chili Chamber of Commerce to give a State of the State, updating them on all the things that are happening in state government and the Rochester area. Thanks to everyone who attended and to all the volunteers with the Gates Chili Chamber of Commerce!
Squadron, Colleagues, Gather City, State, Advocates To Call For Universal Maternal Home Visiting at Senate Hearing
NEW YORK – State Senator Daniel Squadron, along with Senate colleagues, gathered State and City officials, including Deputy Mayor Richard Buery, Human Resource Administration Commissioner Steven Banks, Department of Mental Health and Hygiene Director of Nurse-Family Partnership Roberta Holder-Mosley, as well as early childhood experts, providers, and program participants to highlight the importance of delivering effective social services programs for high-risk families from pre-natal to pre-k, including maternal home visiting.
Legislation sponsored by Senator Young, signed by Governor Cuomo will improve access for patients
ALBANY – Greater access to dental care, including increased access to specialists who focus on unique diseases, and faster, more convenient treatment options, will now be available to thousands of New Yorkers.
Gov. Cuomo recently signed legislation authored by Senator Catharine Young (R,C,I – Olean) allowing dental offices to serve as provider locations for telehealth services. The expansion offers those in rural communities and those with limited means greater access to medical resources.
Grants will help ongoing dredging and debris removal efforts, fight against invasive species
ALBANY – Senator Catharine Young (R,C,I-Olean) announced today she has secured state assistance for necessary dredging and invasive species prevention in Cattaraugus County’s waterways.
As part of this year’s state budget, Senator Young successfully obtained two $30,000 grants to cover the cost of dredging Conewango Creek and Thatcher Brook. The Senator also secured a $25,000 grant for Lime Lake, to assist with the lake’s ongoing battle against invasive aquatic species, and $30,000 for dredging and debris removal at dams within the county.
ALBANY – Senator Catharine Young (R,C,I-Olean) announced today she has secured state assistance for necessary dredging and invasive species prevention in Allegany County’s major lakes, streams and creeks.
As part of this year’s state budget, Senator Young successfully obtained a $100,000 grant to cover the cost of dredging Cuba Lake. The Senator also secured a $25,000 grant for the installation of a boat washing station at Rushford Lake as part of the lake’s ongoing battle against invasive aquatic species, and $30,000 for dredging and debris removal in streams and creeks across the county.
Senator Young, colleagues announce $200,000 grant for the organization
ALBANY – Women and men in Livingston County will benefit from expanded services thanks to a $200,000 grant secured by Senator Catharine Young (R,C,I - 57th District) for the Breast Cancer Coalition of Rochester.
Senator Young joined a group of Senator, including Senator Patrick Gallivan to work for the funding to reach a 10 county area. The grant will be administred by the State health department.
I am working hard in the State Senate on the important issues affecting our area, especially improving our schools, delivering meaningful property tax relief, sustaining our agricultural industry, supporting our sportsmen, working to protect your Second Amendment Rights and helping New York’s businesses succeed, grow and create new jobs.
This last session we worked to enact an on-time budget without raising taxes and kept spending growth below two percent. We rolled up our sleeves and worked in a bi-partisan way to help all New Yorkers realize a stronger, brighter and more prosperous future.
I’m looking forward to continuing to spend time throughout our district hearing from citizens and business owners directly. If you have any questions, please call me at 716-656-8544.
$250,000 SAM Grant will bring modern updates to local library
LIVONIA – Saying they were “overjoyed” to hear the news, Livonia Public Library officials applauded state Senator Catharine Young for securing a $250,000 capital grant that will be used toward a major expansion of the building and services.
Built in 1927, the Livonia Public Library has served the community for nearly 90 years. But with increasing demands for greater access to books, public programming, and modern resources like computers and high speed internet, the library had begun exploring avenues to grow.
Program Sponsored by Senator Young Supports Better Health, Local Farmers
ALBANY - Senator Catharine Young (R,C,I- Olean) announced today that funding included in this year’s state budget will provide free farm-fresh fruits and vegetables from area farmers’ markets to seniors in Chautauqua, Cattaraugus, Allegany and Livingston Counties.
Food for Thought Culinary Arts program provides job training for out-of-school youth and displaced adults
ALBANY – The highly successful Food for Thought Culinary Arts program, operated by Cattaraugus Community Action (CCA), will be able to continue providing a 15-week training program for low-income youth and displaced adults thanks to funding supplied by the Workforce Development Institute (WDI), a program championed by Senator Catharine Young (R,C,I-Olean).
ALBANY – Senator Catharine Young (R,C,I- Olean) has announced that she secured state assistance for invasive species prevention for Chautauqua Lake.
As part of this year’s state budget, Senator Young successfully obtained a $100,000 grant for the Chautauqua Lake Association (CLA), to support the organization’s ongoing battle against invasive aquatic species that can wreak havoc on the lake if not controlled.
Focus is on improving prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of tick-borne diseases
ALBANY – Improvements to the methods of preventing, diagnosing, and treating Lyme and other tick-borne diseases, along with legislation to help stop the spread of the deer tick population, recently passed the state Senate.
The legislative package was the result of work done by the Senate’s Task Force on Lyme and Tick-Borne Diseases, to which Senator Catharine Young (R,C,I- Olean) was appointed earlier this year, and is aimed at addressing the rising public health crisis.
Funding will promote business growth, likely create eight new jobs in the next three years
ALBANY – Spherical Block, LLC, an Allegany County manufacturer, expects to see job growth and expanded operations as a result of funding assistance provided through the Workforce Development Institute (WDI), a program championed by Senator Catharine Young (R,C,I-Olean).
As part of the 2015-16 State Budget, Senator Young personally advocated for the restoration of funding that supports the mission of the Workforce Development Institute following Governor Cuomo’s proposal to eliminate the program. The enacted budget restored $5 million in funding for the program.
Legislation Sponsored by Senator Young Will Boost Patients Access to Needed Dental Services
ALBANY – New Yorkers, especially those who live in rural communities, will soon have greater access to medical care, especially specialists who focus on unique diseases, and faster, more convenient treatment options. Under the new legislation, authored by Senator Catharine Young (R,C,I – Olean), telehealth services, which were opened earlier this year in New York, will now be expanded to include dental healthcare professionals.
Funding will promote job and business growth, employee retention and promotion
ALBANY – Two Chautauqua County manufacturers will be able to retain and promote existing employees, and potentially expand operations, as a result of funding provided through the Workforce Development Institute (WDI), a program championed by Senator Catharine Young (R,C,I-Olean).
Initiatives strengthen connections between local farmers and consumers
ALBANY – Providing the tools and incentives needed for success, the State Senate this week continued their ongoing effort to ensure that New York’s vibrant agriculture sector remains a cornerstone of the state’s economy.
As part of the Senate’s efforts to ensure the heritage of family farming continues from generation to generation, legislation sponsored by Senator Catharine Young (R,C,I- Olean) was approved to help plan and develop new avenues for farmers to market their goods.
“I applaud the Cattaraugus County Legislature for giving the green light for the old Route 219 bridge replacement. Construction of a new state-of-the-art bridge will be extremely beneficial to Western New York because it will stimulate economic growth by creating new, good-paying jobs and providing greater access to broadband service, preserve the local economy, and give residents on both sides of the Cattaraugus Creek access to emergency care and shopping they need and deserve.”
On this program of Your Voice, I talk about the bills and policy measures that will be negotiated during the final three weeks of Legislative Session. I also explain my efforts to ensure that the Governor’s Reforming the Energy Vision (REV) plan will provide ratepayers with safe, reliable energy.
Finally on the program, I provide more details about legislation that would allow pension service credit buyback for certain veterans.
During this week's edition of "Your Voice with Senator Catharine Young," she discussed the impact the 2015-16 State Budget will have on seniors in our community. The budget includes funding for many key programs seniors rely upon every day. These include:
- $27.8 million for Community Services for the Elderly Program;
- $26.6 million for Alzheimer’s programs;
-$945,000 for Lifespan for Elderly Abuse, Education and Outreach;
- $172,000 for the New York Foundation for Seniors Home Sharing and Respite; and
Senator David Carlucci (D – Rockland/Westchester) honored Dream “The Dreamster” Shepherd at the New York State Senate’s annual “Woman of Distinction” ceremony on May 6, 2015 in Albany, NY.
The Women of Distinction Ceremony is an annual event that honors leading women from across the state for their achievements in business, academics and civics, as well as those who have performed heroic or selfless acts, made significant discoveries or provided examples of personal excellence against difficult odds.
Dream Shepherd, an Ossining resident, was born with sickle cell disease. The hereditary blood disorder resulted in complications for Dream, including chronic pain and a stroke at five years old.