Catharine Young's Blog entries

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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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 13, 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 20, 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 10, 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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Save Elmira Psychiatric Center!

As you may know, Governor Cuomo has announced plans to shut down inpatient services and diminish the overall role of the Elmira Psychiatric Center beginning next year.

In July, the Governor announced a planned statewide reorganization of the State Office of Mental Health (OMH). The plan called for shutting down nine psychiatric hospitals throughout New York next year, including the Elmira Psychiatric Center, which will be merged into a regional center in Buffalo.

The Elmira Psychiatric Center is an important regional asset, serving the entire Southern Tier, Finger Lakes, and Western New York. It has a strong record of being one of the State's most efficient, innovative, high quality, cost effective, and successful providers of mental health services. It is an irreplaceable center that has been a source for accessible, compassionate care for patients, and a first responder providing treatment for those in need.

I am joining with other local leaders, Elmira Psychiatric Center administrators and staff, patients and their families, and other concerned citizens to rally public support for saving the Center.

November 22, 2013
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September is National Preparedness Month

September is National Preparedness Month. The American Red Cross encourages all households to get ready for the next emergency or disaster, which can strike quickly and often without warning. Visit the American Red Cross' website to make sure you're prepared: www.redcross.org/prepare

September 16, 2013
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Stop Telemarketer Calls and Get Rid of Junk Mail

No one likes receiving unwanted sales calls or wasteful junk mail. I want to remind you how you can put an end to junk mail and annoying telemarketer calls.

August 26, 2013
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Vote for Sherman Central School in a national competition to win a $3,000 Lowe’s gift card!

Here’s some exciting news coming from Chautauqua County! Sherman Central School has become a finalist in a national competition where they could win a $3,000 Lowe’s gift card to help make improvements to their theater facilities.The NBC "Smash" Make A Musical Constructed by Lowe's program selected Sherman Central School as one of its 30 finalists. The top five vote-getters will receive the gift card.Sherman Central School has big plans for the gift card, so please visit the link below to vote and help them out! http://www.makeamusical.org/smash-make-a-musical/meet-the-schools/

April 3, 2013
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SEASON'S GREETINGS FROM SENATOR YOUNG

Dear Friend,

‘Tis the season for decorating, shopping, writing cards, wrapping, baking and other tasks that make us all extremely busy, but I hope you are able to find joy and peace by spending quality time with your loved ones.

It is a time to give, reflect and feel grateful, and I want you to know how much I sincerely treasure the honor of being your state Senator. You may have heard me say over the past couple years that we need to change the direction of the state so that we can have hope, opportunity and prosperity once again. The great news is that we accomplished a great deal during 2011, and now I feel a tremendous amount of optimism. Although we have much further to go, finally, the state is headed in the right direction.

December 23, 2011
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November 2, 2011
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CORRECTION

Please note the following correction:

I recently sent out a mailer to sportsmen giving details on the 2011 hunting and trapping seasons.

October 21, 2011
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Flood Relief Assistance Contact Information

Here are some numbers to direct people in Chautauqua Co. to get help depending on what you may need:- If your home was damaged or destroyed, you should contact DSS in Dunkirk (716-363-3500) as well as Chautauqua Opportunities (716-363-3333).- If you are Seniors and need to be relocated due to unsafe conditions, you should contact one of the local offices for Office of the Aging. The Dunkirk office is 716-366-4465 (ask for Katie Finch).

August 11, 2009
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Very Enlightening Editorial on Reform

POST JOURNAL
Democrats Must Govern With Grace

POSTED: July 19, 2009
  

We hope we can take it as good news that the state Senate has, after a lot of kicking and screaming, agreed to be more fair to the people of New York, more democratic in the way it operates and more open so that we can all see the promises of reform fulfilled.

July 20, 2009
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