Catharine Young's Blog entries

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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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 12, 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 22, 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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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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New State Budget: Rebuilding Our Roads, Highways, and Bridges

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.

April 14, 2014
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Successful Budget for New York

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:

April 1, 2014
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Strengthening Our Schools, Supporting Our Children

Strengthening Our Schools, Supporting Our Children

Standing up for the people in our rural communities and working together to give everyone the opportunity to succeed through quality education always has been my record.

We are in intense budget negotiations and I wanted to give you an update.

The State Senate's budget plan significantly increases education aid to our rural schools.

March 21, 2014
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Senator Young Discusses the State Budget on "Your Voice"

Today, Senator Young gave an update on the State Budget process that is currently underway in Albany. Hear her discuss the important budget issues that affect our communities, including affordable housing, downtown revitalization, economic development, access to healthcare, the Elderly Pharmaceutical Insurance Coverage (EPIC) program for seniors, property tax relief, the Tuition Assistance Program (TAP) for college students, the Gap Elimination Adjustment (GEA), and her efforts on behalf of our schools.

March 18, 2014
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Standing Up for Our Kids

Voting No on Regents Who Imposed Common Core

Yes for Our Kids Who Deserve Better

On behalf of the thousands of frustrated parents, students, and teachers that I represent, today I voted against confirmation of the four Board of Regents candidates that were nominated by the State Assembly.

March 11, 2014
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Rally to Save Lake Shore Hospital: Saturday, Jan. 11th, 12:30PM!

The news that UPMC is trying to close Lakeshore Hospital has delivered a terrible blow to our community, and we have been working hard to turn the situation around.

We urgently need your help.

File: 
Letter to Community

File: 
Rally Flyer

January 7, 2014
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