Catharine Young's Blog entries

New Laws for Our Vets

This Veterans Day, let us remember our heroic servicemen and women who deserve our deepest respect, gratitude, and all of our support.

As your State Senator, standing up for our veterans is one of my greatest responsibilities and highest priorities.

One of my most important missions this year was addressing the disproportionately high unemployment rate for veterans. Our veterans are the most underutilized workforce in the country. Recent figures reveal that unemployment rates among post-9/11 disabled veterans are at about ten percent, significantly higher than the national average.

November 11, 2014
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Honoring Our Heroes and Veterans

As we approach Veterans Day, I urge you to take time to honor our nation’s heroes who have so valiantly served.

Our area is blessed to be home to some incredible men and women who have served our country with honor and distinction.

It is particularly important that we express our sincere thanks and heartfelt gratitude to our World War II and Korean War veterans. Sadly, their ranks grow smaller with each passing year, which is why it’s so important that we thank them now.

On Senate TV earlier this year, I spoke about the many hometown heroes who served our country so honorably and talked about issues important to our veterans.

November 10, 2014
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October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month

Recent headlines remind us what a terrible scourge on our society domestic violence continues to be.

Domestic violence is a crime that rips apart the very fabric of families. It can afflict every segment of society and knows no economic, ethnic, or geographic boundaries.

Every October since 1987 our nation has observed Domestic Violence Awareness Month to shine a light on the need to confront violence and abuse in our families.

October 13, 2014
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Breast Cancer: The Best Protection is Early Detection

            October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month and a good time for women to take the opportunity to be screened for breast, as well as ovarian and colorectal, cancer. Because early detection can save lives, I encourage women to consult with their physician, learn more about the risks of cancer, and develop a plan for getting screened regularly.

            Great strides have been made in the early detection and treatment of breast cancer in recent years. Today, many diagnosed women are living longer, healthier lives. But the fight against this deadly disease is far from over.

October 8, 2014
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Honoring Gold Star Mothers

This Sunday marks a very special day – Gold Star Mothers Day.

As part of our commitment to never forget the men and women who made the ultimate sacrifice in protecting our freedoms, please remember to join our nation on Sunday in remembering the strength and sacrifice of its Gold Star Mothers.

September 26, 2014
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New “Combat Heroin” Campaign Continues Fight Against Heroin and Opioid Abuse

Heroin and opioid abuse has been a terrible scourge in our communities.

We took action in the State Senate this year to tackle the problem, forming an active task force, holding 18 heavily productive forums across the state, and passing a comprehensive package of legislation to protect our communities and families.

September 25, 2014
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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 10, 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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'Share Your WNY Summer' Photo Contest

To celebrate the beauty of Western New York, I just launched a summer photo competition on my Facebook page at http://a.pgtb.me/JDgRck.

If you have any photos highlighting our region that you would like to share, feel free to submit them!

August 6, 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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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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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 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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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 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 21, 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 5, 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.

April 30, 2014
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Creating Jobs, Revitalizing Our Economy

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.

April 29, 2014
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A Budget that Works for Seniors

New York’s seniors have spent their lives raising their families, enriching our communities, and working to power our state’s economy. At the same time, they were saving for retirement and preparing for their golden years. Now, because of burdensome taxes and high costs of living, many retirees and seniors on fixed incomes are having difficulty remaining in their homes in New York after they’ve retired.

April 28, 2014
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