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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Working to create new job opportunities in Western New York and throughout our state has always been one of my top priorities. That’s why I’m glad to share with you some important news about job creation initiatives in our new 2014-15 state budget.
The new budget--enacted on-time for the fourth year in a row--is a bipartisan plan that will help to revitalize New York’s economy and create thousands of new jobs.
New State Budget Reflects Strong Commitment to Seniors
ALBANY - Senator Catharine Young (R,C,I-Olean) highlighted a number of important initiatives included in the recently passed state budget that will help New York’s seniors.
“Seniors in our state have spent their lives raising their families, enriching our communities, and working to power our state’s economy. At the same time, they have saved for retirement and responsibly prepared for their golden years. Now, because of burdensome taxes and high costs of living, many retirees and seniors on fixed incomes are having difficulty staying in their homes here in New York after they’ve retired.
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!
Thank you for your wonderful contributions to the New York State Senate’s Earth Day Poster Contest. This year we received many outstanding posters that exemplify the creativity of the young people in my Senate district.
Each entry displayed tremendous originality and vision as well as an obvious concern for the ecological future of our communities and our state. I am proud of your work and that of your classmates, and encourage you to continue to study and learn more about the challenges facing our environment.
Changes to EBT Card System Will Crack Down on Abuse
ALBANY - Senator Catharine Young (R,C,I-57th District) said she has great news to report to the 2,360 taxpayers from her district who contacted her in support of curbing Electronic Benefit Transfer (EBT) cards from being used to pay for liquor, strippers, and gambling.
"People's voices in support of welfare reform were heard all the way to Albany, and we are making progress towards implementing common sense policies that provide support to those who truly need help while stopping welfare fraud and waste," she said.
Senator Young's push to stifle EBT misuse resulted in legislation she co-sponsored being included in the recently-passed final state budget.
You can look forward to a smoother ride thanks to record funding for local road repairs included in the state budget.
The poor condition of many of our roads and highways is a serious economic issue, as well as a safety matter. The potholes caused by this winter’s extreme weather are causing vehicle damage and putting drivers’ safety at risk. The strength and vitality of our economy is also directly linked to the quality of our roads and highways.
Residents can get rid of old, unwanted electronics free of charge
OLEAN – Senator Catharine Young (R,C,I-Olean) announced that she has teamed up with e-recycler Sunnking, Time Warner Cable, and student volunteers from the Frewsburg High School Science Squad in offering a free e-recycling event for area residents. The event will take place on Saturday, April 12, from 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. at Frewsburg High School, 26 Institute Street, Frewsburg.
I am thrilled with the successes of this year’s new state budget, and wanted to give you an update on what we passed to cut taxes, grow jobs, and hold the line on state spending while making responsible investments in our future.
For the fourth straight year, working together, we passed an on-time budget that:
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.
ALBANY - Tax cuts to help overburdened property taxpayers, save jobs and grow the economy are some of the many highlights of the 2014-15 state budget, according to Senator Catharine Young (R,C,I - 57th District).
“By working together, we have crafted an on-time budget that includes some of the most effective tax relief progress we have seen in quite awhile. It assists seniors and hardworking, middle class families with their suffocating property tax bills. It also makes New York a more competitive business environment for manufacturers, small businesses and farmers,” Senator Young said.
“Making our state a more affordable place to live and work is essential to reversing the economic damage that was done to our state in 2009-10, when downstate controlled all of state government and they hiked 126 taxes by over $14 billion. We still are recovering from those irresponsible policies. The Senate coalition is working hard to turn things around by creating opportunities and empowering all New Yorkers,” Senator Young said.
ALBANY - Senator Catharine Young (R,C,I-Olean) has delivered more than $578.5 million in education aid to schools across her district in the 2014-15 state budget.
“The average education increase for my schools is 5.5 percent, higher than the statewide average of 5 percent. School aid increased by $30,305,892 in my Senate district. It is a big victory for our kids and property taxpayers,” Senator Young said.
Education funding is the largest growth component of the budget, with a $1.1 billion increase, taking the total to more than $25 billion statewide, according to Senator Young.
Millions of women across New York State are on the verge of winning an historic victory at the State Capitol, but we need YOUR help!
The State Senate recently approved approved a landmark new "Women's Equality Package," which includes a key reform to ensure that women receive equal pay for equal work.
I was proud to vote for this package in the Senate, but our job isn't done yet. That's why I'm launching a new petition drive designed to encourage the State Assembly to take final action on these bills without delay.