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Young: For The Sake of the Mentally Ill, Public Safety Kendra's Law Must Be Made Permanent

Bill would provide greater protection for the public, increase needed medical care for mentally ill


ALBANY – Over and over, the tragic results of people with untreated, serious psychiatric disorders falling through the cracks and inflicting harm on themselves and their communities has been felt across our state and the nation. In light of another near-tragic subway incident, Senator Catharine Young (R,C,I- Olean) and her Senate colleagues this week passed legislation that would strengthen Kendra’s Law, and are now urging the Assembly to act.


June 11, 2015

Senator Young, Colleagues Offer Support For New York's Family Farms

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.


June 11, 2015

Your Voice with Senator Catharine Young - May 9, 2015

During this week's edition of "Your Voice with Senator Catharine Young," the Senator discussed her support for a permanent extension of the property tax cap. The property tax cap has saved Western New Yorkers approximately $450 million since it was implemented four years ago. The Senator also shares some additional efforts she has put forward to reduce the tax burden on local residents and ease the mandated costs incurred in municipal and school budgets.


Senator Young also discussed Renee’s Law and Kendra’s Laws, two pieces of legislation she sponsors, that passed the state Senate this week.


June 10, 2015

Statement from Senator Catharine Young on Old Route 219 Bridge Replacement

“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.”


June 10, 2015

Senator Young Dedicates Highway To Honor Local Veterans

Legislation passed by the Senate will designate portions of State Route 15A in Livingston County to honor local veterans


ALBANY – Paying tribute to veterans in Livingston County, Senator Catharine Young (R,C,I – Olean) passed legislation this week that will designate portions of State Route 15A as the Springwater Veterans Memorial Highway and the Livonia Veterans Memorial Highway.


This nearly nine mile stretch of the highway will now serve as a salute to American service members, past and present, hailing from the Towns of Springwater and Livonia and remind travelers of the sacrifices made on their behalf.


June 9, 2015

“New York Gun Owners Finally Have Some Reason For Optimism”

Legislation sponsored by Senator Young passed with bi-partisan support to restore rights of lawful gun owners


ALBANY – Lauding several common sense SAFE Act reforms co-sponsored by Senator Catharine Young (R,C,I- Olean) that were passed by the state Senate yesterday as a “meaningful step in the right direction,” the National Rifle Association (NRA) is calling on the state Assembly to take action.


June 9, 2015

Senator Young Recognizes Angelina Cutler as the Winner of Her 2015 Earth Day Poster Contest

NUNDA – Demonstrating their creativity and commitment to a future with a clean environment, students from across Livingston, Allegany, Cattaraugus and Chautauqua Counties recently submitted their original artworks to show what Earth Day meant to them.


The contest, sponsored by Senator Catharine Young (R,C,I-Olean), was based around the theme of “Reduce, Reuse, Recycle” and attracted the participation of well over 100 local students. Angelina Cutler, a sixth grade student at Keshequa Central School, was this year’s winner.


June 3, 2015

Senator Young Continues Fight for Property Tax Relief

Legislation passed by the Senate continues progress made in this year’s state budget


ALBANY – The Senate passed several measures yesterday to continue their fight for property tax relief.


Among those bills, the Senate passed legislation (S3019), sponsored by Senator Catharine Young (R,C,I – Olean), that would create incentives for counties to investigate and prosecute Medicaid fraud. Upon a successful fraud conviction, the local government would receive 100 percent of their local share of the original overpayment. Since the local share on some judgments may be very small, the local governments would be guaranteed at least 10 percent of any recovery, including settlements.


June 2, 2015

Senate Passes Legislation to Increase Access to Dental Care In Underserved Communities

Measure would add dental services to the “Doctors Across New York” program


ALBANY – Untreated oral diseases which can lead to serious health consequences and even life threatening medical emergencies, and a severe shortage of dentists in underserved areas, are the target of the “Dentists Across New York” legislation authored by Senator Catharine Young (R,C,I-Olean) that recently passed the State Senate.


May 28, 2015

Senator Young Launches "Keep The Cap" Campaign

Encourages residents to sign her petition by visiting


ALBANY – Implemented just a few short years ago, the property tax cap has helped families, seniors and businesses gain a sense of security and consistency in their budget.


But with the prospects of the cap expiring, Senator Catharine M. Young (R,C,I-Olean) has launched an online petition to garner support for the Senate Republican Majority’s effort to make the property tax cap permanent.


May 22, 2015

Senator Sets Forth Legislative Effort to Improve Child Protective Servcies

OCFS asked to review records for any calls prior to the death of Nayla Hodnett


ALBANY – With the perpetrator still at-large following a year-long investigation into the tragic passing of Nayla Hodnett, Senator Catharine M. Young (R,C,I-Olean) is doing her part to help raise awareness about the case and bring new details to light.


In a letter to the Acting Commissioner of the State’s Office of Children and Family Services (OCFS), Senator Young has asked Commissioner Sheila Poole to review the records of the State’s Central Register of Child Abuse and Maltreatment regarding allegations or incidents of possible abuse to Nayla prior to her passing.


May 22, 2015

Wallace C. Higgins Inducted into the New York State Senate's Veterans' Hall of Fame

Senator Young nominated Wally Higgins for his courageous service to the nation


ALBANY – This week Wallace C. Higgins, a decorated World War-II veteran and longtime resident of Allegany County, was inducted into the New York State Senate's Veterans' Hall of Fame.


As part of the state Senate's annual Veterans' Hall of Fame Ceremony, Senator Catharine Young (R,C,I-Olean) nominated Mr. Higgins, known to many as “Wally,” to be recognized for his service to the nation.


May 22, 2015

Senate Passes Legislation To Dedicate Bridge After Interstate 86 Champion

Bridge will be dedicated in memory of Susan Foster Myers


ALBANY – Susan Foster Myers, a former Councilwoman on the Board of the Town of Friendship and a former Allegany County Legislator, will soon be posthumously honored for her efforts to improve life in Allegany County and across the region.


This week, Senator Catharine Young (R,C,I-Olean) helped guide legislation that will name the bridge that crosses State Route 275 over Interstate 86 in Susan’s honor.


May 20, 2015

Local Family, Officials Call For Action To Honor The Life of a Domestic Violence Survivor

“Domestic Violence Protection Act – Brittany’s Law” will protect others from becoming victims


ALBANY – If a violent offender registry had been in place, perhaps Shannon Pepper would be alive today. Shannon, the victim of the most brutal domestic violence attack in Cattaraugus County history, tragically died in an accidental fire this past February. Her abuser, Anthony Nevone, had a prior record which he hid from Shannon.


Linda Randolph, the mother of Shannon Pepper; Senator Catharine Young (R,C,I-Olean) and Assemblyman Joseph Giglio (R,I,C-Gowanda) joined the family of murder victims at the Capitol today to call on the state Assembly to act on the “Domestic Violence Protection Act – Brittany’s Law.”


May 18, 2015

Young: “Rural School Districts Face Unique Challenges”

Senator submits comments to the State Education Department


ALBANY – During this year’s State Budget negotiations, Senator Catharine Young (R,C,I- Olean) and her colleagues fought hard to ensure that teachers, parents, and education advocates were given a voice in setting education policy for the state. As a direct result of their efforts, the State Education Department (SED) is now holding a public comment period as they begin to develop new standards for the state’s teacher and principal evaluation systems.


May 15, 2015

Senator Young's Legisaltion Passed To Provide Further Protections for Victims of Domestic Violence

Legislation will allow domestic violence victims to testify via close-circuit television

ALBANY – According to the Bureau of Justice Statistics’ National Crime Victimization Survey, only about 48 percent of all violent victimizations are reported to police. Today, the state Senate passed legislation, authored by Senator Catharine Young (R,C,I- Olean), that will provide stronger protections for victims of domestic violence in order to encourage them to report their abuse to the authorities.

“Every nine seconds a woman in the United States is assaulted or beaten and according to studies 84 percent of women visiting hospital emergency rooms for domestic violence were injured by their intimate partners,” said Senator Young.

May 13, 2015

May 5, 2015 - Your Voice with Senator Catharine Young

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

- $63,000 for the Senior Action Council Hotline.


May 8, 2015

Senator Young Honors Dr. Shirley A. Mullen As A Woman of Distinction

Recognized for her service and accomplishments in higher education


ALBANY – For her distinguished career in the field of higher education, Dr. Shirley A. Mullen, President, Houghton College, was honored this week as a New York State Senate 2015 “Woman of Distinction.” Senator Catharine Young (R,C,I-Olean) selected Dr. Mullen as the 57th Senate District’s honoree for her long and distinguished record in higher education and community outreach.


May 6, 2015

Young, Giglio Pass Resolution To Combat Sexual Violence

ALBANY – One in five women and one in 71 men will be the victim of sexual assault or sexual harassment during their lifetime according to the National Sexual Violence Resource Center (NSVRC).


With concern for the victims of this predatory behavior in mind, Senator Catharine Young (R,C,I – Olean) and Assemblyman Joseph Giglio (R,I,C-Gowanda) have passed a resolution (J.1504/K.425) proclaiming April as Sexual Assault Awareness Month and are encouraging people to use the resolution as motivation to create safer environments in the workplace, the community and the world.


May 1, 2015

April 28 - Your Voice with Senator Catharine Young

During this week’s appearance on “Your Voice with Senator Catharine Young,” the Senator discussed some of the positive results for her district in the 2015-16 State Budget. This year’s budget makes a strong investment in rural broadband service, provides record levels of funding for our local schools and includes significant tax relief for local property tax payers.


May 1, 2015