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Remembering 9/11

Today, we remember all of those who perished 13 years ago in the September 11th attacks on the World Trade Center, the Pentagon, and Flight 93. Our thoughts especially turn to those who lost loved ones on that tragic morning and continue to live with the loss every day.

As we commemorate the lives of those lost and honor their memory, we continue to be inspired by the many amazing stories of sacrifice and love showed that day. So many brave individuals found themselves in the midst of the attacks and chose to put their own safety and well-being to the side in order to help others.

September 11, 2014
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Promoting Virtual Learning in the Classroom

Legislation creates online learning advisory council to explore online and blended learning programs

ALBANY – For many students in New York State, the classroom experience is being transformed through the development and implementation of virtual learning initiatives. While a number of schools are using these tools to provide students with access to unique courses and instruction, the lessons being learned along the way need to be applied statewide.

A bill passed in the Senate, (S.5509-C), and sponsored by Senator Catharine Young (R, I, C—Olean), Chair of the Legislative Commission on Rural Resources, calls for the creation of a statewide online and blended learning program to address this issue.

September 4, 2014
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Summer-Fall 2014 Rural Futures Edition

The Legislative Commission on Rural Resources is proud to have published our Summer-Fall 2014 Rural Futures Edition (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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Summer-Fall 2014 Rural Futures Edition

September 4, 2014
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New Law Will Better Protect Against and Treat Concussions and Traumatic Brain Injuries

For Release: Immediate, August 22, 2014

Senator Young’s Bill S.7004-A Signed into Law            

            On August 11, 2014, a bill sponsored by Senator Catharine Young (R,C,I-Olean) was signed into law to help raise awareness and treatment for traumatic brain injuries.

            Last year, on September 13, 2013, 16-year-old Westfield-Brocton football player Damon Janes collapsed on the field of play and passed away three days later.

            The terrible tragedy drew attention to the potentially mortal dangers of traumatic brain injuries and the need to further strengthen and improve how head injuries are treated and managed.

August 22, 2014
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Senator Young Receives “A” Grade From Unshackle Upstate

For Release: Immediate, August 20, 2014

          ALBANY - Senator Catharine Young (R,I,C-Olean) received a 93 percent score, one of the highest of any legislator in the state, for supporting job growth and economic revitalization initiatives that will make Upstate New York a stronger and more welcoming place to do business.

            According to Unshackle Upstate, a coalition of over 80 business and trade organizations representing 70,000 companies employing more than 1.5 million people, Senator Young is a friend of the Upstate economy and taxpayers.

August 20, 2014
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Black Bear Safety

Black bears are an important and natural part of our environment, and their population in New York is growing. As the number of bears increases, sightings in our area are becoming increasingly common and the likelihood of interaction with people inevitably rises.

Recent sightings of bears in the town of Stockton in Chautauqua County was just reported here.

With an estimated 6,000 to 8,000 bears in New York's woods and forests, it is important to know how to avoid bears and how to react if you come in contact with a bear.

Black bear attacks on humans are extremely rare. However, damage to property is much more common.

August 15, 2014
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Beware of Giant Hogweed

A harmful invasive plant species, giant hogweed, is spreading throughout the state.

Please be on the lookout for this poisonous plant, which has turned up in Western New York this summer.

With no known natural predator or opposition in our environment, this weed has been causing significant damage to yards and parks, eroding soil and crowding out native plants.

Most alarmingly, however, is that contact with giant hogweed is also very harmful to people and animals, so look after your children and pets.

Contact with the plant’s poisonous sap can cause everything from mild skin irritation to severe burns and scarring. Contact with the eyes can cause blindness.

August 6, 2014
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Enjoy the Great NYS Outdoors

This summer, take the opportunity to get out and enjoy the great outdoors by exploring one of New York’s beautiful parks.

Many local and state parks are located right in our backyard and offer countless opportunities to appreciate our natural environment, escape from the grind of the everyday, and experience new adventures. Lakeshore beaches, boat launches, historic sites, hiking trails, and campsites await.

Some nearby state parks that offer wonderful opportunities to celebrate the great outdoors include:

July 29, 2014
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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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Livingston County Rifle Bill Becomes Law

For Release: Immediate, July 22, 2014 

Senator Young, Senator Gallivan, and Assemblyman Nojay Announce Authorization of Rifle Hunting in Livingston County

Senator Catharine M. Young (R,C,I-Olean), Senator Patrick M. Gallivan (R,C,I-Elma), and Assemblyman Bill Nojay (R,I-Pittsford) announced the authorization of big game rifle hunting in Livingston County.

July 22, 2014
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Senator Young Announces Funding for Local Libraries

For Release: Immediate, July 21, 2014

Every library in district set to receive grant funding secured in 2014-15 legislative session

ALBANY - The public library often serves as the heart and center of a community, and with schools out for the summer, more children will be in and out of our community libraries every day.

 To ensure our libraries are ready and able to meet the needs and expectations of patrons, Senator Catharine Young (R,C,I-Olean) is glad to announce that every public library in her district will be receiving additional grant funding this year.

July 21, 2014
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Visit the Fair This Summer

The local county fair is a proud and longstanding American tradition, and this summer there are a number of fairs in our area for you and your family to enjoy.

Rodeos, demolition derbies, monster truck shows, 4-H and FFA exhibits and shows, live music, rides and games, and truck and horse pulls are just some of the many attractions on offer.

Below is information on the dates and locations of the fairs in Chautauqua, Cattaraugus, Allegany, and Livingston Counties, as well as the Great New York State Fair in Syracuse.

For a full schedule of events at each fair, visit the links below.

July 15, 2014
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Senator Young Passes Bill to Improve Transportation for People with Developmental Disabilities

For Release: Immediate, June 20, 2014

Senate Bill 7798 Would Assist Developmentally Disabled Individuals in Rural Areas

ALBANY - Transportation for people with developmental disabilities can be a difficult challenge, especially in rural areas. Senator Catharine Young (R,C,I,-Olean) has announced the state Senate’s passage of legislation to improve the transportation services available.

June 20, 2014
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Senate Passes Bill to Ensure Treatment Plans for Dangerous Parolees with Mental Illness

For Release: Immediate, June 20, 2014

Bill Would Require Better Treatment for Released Inmates with Mental Illness

ALBANY - On June 1, 2014, 6-year-old P.J. Avitto and 7-year-old Mikayla Capers were in an elevator in their Brooklyn housing complex when they were both viciously stabbed. P.J. was killed while Mikayla was seriously injured.

Two days earlier, 18-year-old nursing student Tanaya Copeland was fatally stabbed more than 30 times while walking in Brooklyn.

And on June 4, 2014, a 53-year-old man was stabbed in a Manhattan subway station.

June 20, 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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Children and Families in Chautauqua County to Receive Additional Family Court Judge

For Release: Immediate, June 18, 2014

Senate and Assembly Reach Agreement on Allocation of New Family Court Judges

ALBANY - To address a record number of cases, Chautauqua County will have an additional Family Court judge to alleviate a huge backlog.

After sponsoring legislation to elect an additional judge to relieve the overwhelming caseload in Chautauqua County Family Court, Senator Catharine Young (R,C,I-Olean) announced today that an agreement has been reached between the state Senate and Assembly to double the county’s number of Family Court judges from one to two.

June 18, 2014
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Senate Passes Bill to Close Brooklyn Child-Stabber Loophole

For Release: Immediate, June 16, 2014

Bill Would Amend Kendra's Law to Require Mental Health Evaluations for Inmates with Mental Illness

The New York State Senate passed legislation today, S.2225D, sponsored by Senator Cathy Young (R-I-C, Olean), that would amend “Kendra’s Law” to require all inmates with mental illness be given a psychiatric evaluation to see if Kendra’s Law is appropriate, before they are released. This crucial bill would apply to inmates such as Daniel St. Hubert – a paranoid schizophrenic with a history of violence who refused treatment in prison, was released without counseling or medication, and days later allegedly stabbed two young children, killing one and injuring the other, in Brooklyn.

June 16, 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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Senate Passes Legislation Allowing Community Benefit Projects to Receive Help from Prison Work Release Programs

For Release: Immediate, June 16, 2014

The New York State Senate today passed legislation (S2204A), sponsored by Senator Cathy Young (R-I-C, Olean), that would expand work release programs to allow eligible inmates, deemed not to be dangerous, to help with not-for-profit organizations and public service projects. The bill utilizes this work force productively to help communities while giving inmates job-training opportunities.

June 16, 2014
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