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Strengthening Women's Rights in New York

From the time of Susan B. Anthony and Elizabeth Cady Stanton, New York State has had a long and proud history as a national leader with respect to women's rights.

Building upon this legacy, the State Senate took action today on two bills designed to further protect and enhance the rights of women in New York.

June 12, 2014
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Senate Passes Bill to Make Residential Youth Facilities Safer

For Release: Immediate, June 11, 2014

"Renee's Law" Helps Protect Staff and Youth in Residential Placements

The New York State Senate today passed a measure to protect the staff and youth in group homes and other youth residential facilities. “Renee’s Law” (S2625B), sponsored by Senator Catharine Young (R-I-C, Olean), increases the criminal history and other information available to those involved in residential placements for violent youth offenders so that a thorough evaluation of the youth's rehabilitation and the risk they pose to the community can be performed.

June 11, 2014
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Senate Passes Bill to Increase Access to Dentists in Underserved Communities

For Release: Immediate, June 11, 2014

Measure would make dentists eligible for "Doctors Across New York"

ALBANY - Oral diseases left untreated can lead to a number of health problems, some of which can even be life threatening, yet a severe shortage of dentists in underserved areas has left many New Yorkers without access to care, according to Senator Catharine Young (R,C,I-Olean), sponsor of “Dentists Across New York” which passed the State Senate today.

The legislation, S.2190-B, would alleviate the problem by expanding the successful “Doctors Across New York” program and enabling dentists to be recruited and receive incentives to work in communities lacking dentists.

June 11, 2014
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Senate Takes Action in the Fight Against Heroin and Opioid Addiction

In towns and cities throughout our state, the scourge of heroin and opioid addiction is spreading among our communities, taking young lives, and destroying once promising futures.

That's why I am pleased to report that the State Senate is taking action by passing critical legislation to protect our communities and families from these destructive and deadly drugs.

June 11, 2014
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State Senate Passes Tax Relief Package




For Release: Immediate, June 10, 2014

Legislation Would Encourage Business Growth and Job Creation

ALBANY - Senator Catharine Young (R,C,I-Olean) and the New York State Senate today passed seven bills to provide tax relief to businesses, encourage historic preservation projects, reduce energy taxes, protect forestland, provide tax benefits to disabled veterans, and help teachers who purchase school supplies.

June 11, 2014
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State Senate Passes Legislation to Fight Heroin and Opioid Addiction

For Release:   Immediate, June 9, 2014 

Legislation Cosponsored by Senator Young Will Enhance Treatment and Prevention

            ALBANY - After the successful joint heroin and opioid addiction forum hosted by Senator Catharine M. Young (R,C,I - Olean) and the Seneca Nation of Indians, the State Senate passed 23 bills to battle the alarming rise in the use of heroin and opioids that has claimed lives and devastated families across New York State.

            “We received great local input at our forum and much of this information is reflected in the bills we passed. Families who have been torn apart by heroin and opioid addiction spoke about changes that are needed to get this epidemic under control. Prevention, treatment, and enforcement all need to be tackled. Our legislation will make a real difference for those struggling with addiction,” said Senator Young.

June 9, 2014
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Senator Cathy Young and the Seneca Nation of Indians Join Together to Fight Heroin and Opioid Addiction

For Release: Immediate, June 4, 2014

Forum in Irving Tackles Addiction Treatment and Prevention

            IRVING - Make no mistake - the heroin and opioid epidemic has hit Western New York. Families across the state and nation have been devastated by the deadly effects of addiction, and communities in Chautauqua County, Cattaraugus County, the Seneca territories, and the entire surrounding region have not been exempt from the negative impact.

June 4, 2014
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Olean Native and World War II Hero Louis Zamperini Inducted into New York State Senate Veterans’ Hall of Fame

For Release: Immediate, June 2, 2014 

Recognized as One of New York’s Great Veterans 

            ALBANY - In recognition of his incredible life of perseverance and survival, U.S. Army Air Forces Captain Louis Zamperini was recently inducted into the New York State Senate Veterans’ Hall of Fame as Senator Catharine Young’s 2014 nominee.

            The New York State Senate Veterans’ Hall of Fame was created in 2005 to honor those veterans who have distinguished themselves in their valiant military service and continue to devote themselves to serving their neighbors, communities, and country - criteria Captain Zamperini exemplifies.

June 2, 2014
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Olean World War II Veterans John Capito and William Zuckerman Receive Honors from French Republic

For Release: Immediate, May 27, 2014

Veterans Receive Awards for Service in Liberation of France

OLEAN – Nearly 70 years after the liberation of France, two Olean veterans have received awards from the French Republic for their part in the defeat of Nazi Germany.

During a ceremony at her office in Olean on Armed Forces Day, May 17, Senator Catharine Young (R,C,I – Olean) joined Mr. Pascal Soares, Honorary French Consul of New York, in presenting medals to U.S. Navy Petty Officer 3rd Class John P. Capito and U.S. Army Staff Sgt. William Zuckerman in recognition of their outstanding service.

May 27, 2014
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Honor Those Who Made the Ultimate Sacrifice this Memorial Day

Memorial Day may be a time when we enjoy a long weekend, relax with the family, and kick off the summer, but we must always remember that those freedoms have been fought for and defended by countless veterans, many of whom made the ultimate sacrifice.

Without them, without their selfless dedication, none of what we are so fortunate to have in America would be possible.

So this weekend, I encourage you to attend a local parade or memorial event.

May 24, 2014
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Senator Young Announces State Funding for Dredging of Chautauqua County Harbors and Waterways

For Release: Immediate, May 23, 2014

$300,000 of State Funding for Urgent Dredging Projects

ALBANY – Senator Catharine Young (R,C,I-Olean) announced today that critically-needed dredging projects in Chautauqua County will be able to go forward thanks to $300,000 she has secured.

“With the county’s harbors and waterways in tremendous need of dredging right now, this grant is great news for taxpayers and residents. The current condition of our harbors and waterways has contributed to damaging flooding and related problems. This funding lifts a significant burden from local taxpayers, who will not have to bear the brunt of the costs yet will still be able to see these important projects completed.

May 23, 2014
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Senator Young Urges Caution in Wake of Flooding in Chautauqua and Cattaraugus Counties

Senator Catharine Young (R,C,I-Olean) urges residents to take precautions and help local officials in the wake of recent flooding by immediately reporting any storm damage.

Although the full extent of the impact remains unclear, the flooding that has ravaged parts of Chautauqua and Cattaraugus Counties is expected to have caused millions of dollars in damages as floodwaters have poured into homes and structures, and over roads and fields.

May 23, 2014
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Senator Young Discusses Issues Important to the Communities in Her District

On Senate TV this week, Senator Young talked about a number of important issues affecting the families and communities in her district.

She discussed her grave concerns with the rise in heroin and opioid abuse, and what she and her Senate colleagues are doing to address this very serious problem affecting people all over the state.

Senator Young also spoke about the dangers of traumatic brain injuries for young people in our state.

May 22, 2014
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Senator Young Honors Woman of Distinction Dorothy Button

Ashford resident honored for distinguished service and accomplishments 

ALBANY – For a lifetime of service, Town of Ashford resident Dorothy Button was honored today as a New York State Senate 2014 “Woman of Distinction.” Senator Catharine Young (R,C,I-Olean) selected Mrs. Button as the 57th Senate District’s honoree for her long and distinguished record of accomplishments that include service in the U.S. Coast Guard, years of dedicated work on behalf of fellow veterans, and decades of volunteerism as a firefighter and EMT.

May 13, 2014
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Senator Young Stands with Bus Drivers, Students, and School Officials in Support of School Bus Safety

   Every day parents put their children on the school bus expecting they will be kept safe. But too often, impatient, distracted, and dangerous drivers pass stopped school buses illegally, putting children at serious risk.

   Increasingly, school bus drivers are reporting that vehicles are passing their buses when the stop sign is out.

   Sometimes the consequences are deadly, which was the case 10 years ago on May 21, 2004, when 8-year-old Mallory Eddy was struck and killed by a driver illegally passing her stopped bus on the passenger side in the Town of Smithfield, New York.

May 13, 2014
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Senator Young Applauds New Law for Service-Disabled Veterans

For Release: Immediate, May 12, 2014

Senate Bill 6865/Assembly Bill 9135 Signed into Law

Sets Aside Six Percent of State Contracts for Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Businesses

ALBANY - Today, Governor Cuomo signed into law legislation (S.6865/A.9135) passed by the New York State Senate and Assembly and co-sponsored by Senator Catharine Young (R,C,I-Olean) that will award more state contracts to disabled veterans who have been injured while honorably serving our country.

May 12, 2014
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Happy Mother's Day!

From Senator Young, a special message for all mothers.

May 11, 2014
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State of New York Police Officers Memorial Honors Fallen Hero Ross M. Riley

For Release: Immediate, May 6, 2014

New York State Trooper Ross M. Riley Remembered

ALBANY - At the State of New York Police Officers Memorial today, Senator Young joined in honoring  New York’s brave police officers who in the last year made the ultimate sacrifice and lost their lives in the line of duty.

May 6, 2014
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Senator Young Recaps the State Budget on "Your Voice"

Senator Young went on Senate TV today to discuss the good news in this year's new state budget.

Topics included: property tax relief, road and pothole repairs, job creation, economic development, education, senior priorities, agriculture, the environment, TAP for college students, women's health issues, and welfare reform.

May 6, 2014
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Working Together to Lower Your Taxes

Families, seniors, and young people face major challenges these days in balancing their household budgets, and New York’s high taxes certainly don’t make that task any easier.

With this in mind, my Senate colleagues and I are working together to give everyone the opportunity to succeed by reducing property taxes and providing real relief to local communities.

May 1, 2014
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