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Celebrate Women's History Month

March is Women’s History Month; a good time to reflect on the contributions of women to our state and nation’s history. Take the opportunity to learn more about the inspiring New York women whose lives continue to influence and teach us, like Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Eleanor Roosevelt, Susan B. Anthony, Sojourner Truth, and Harriet Tubman.

March 21, 2014
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Happy Thanksgiving!

Proclaiming the first national day of thanksgiving, George Washington declared on October 3, 1789, that today Americans observe “a day of public thanksgiving and prayer, to be observed by acknowledging with grateful hearts the many and signal favors of Almighty God, especially by affording them an opportunity peaceably to establish a form of government for their safety and happiness.” I warmly wish you and your loved ones a wonderful Thanksgiving holiday!

November 28, 2013
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November 11, 2013
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Senator Young met with recent graduates of Generations-On Line Senior Computer Training

Senator Young stopped by to meet the recent graduates of Generations-On Line Senior Computer Training, a computer class geared toward seniors who want to keep up with the newest technology. The class was held at the Olean One Stop in the New York State Department of Labor offices, and the program was administered by the Chautauqua County Office for the Aging

Computers and exploring the Internet can be intimidating for some, and this class taught basic computer skills to its eager-to-learn students. The students all had different reasons for wanting to get online – some just want to explore the Internet, while others want to Skype with relatives and see pictures of their grandchildren.

June 5, 2013
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Senator Young honored David Ries at the Houghton Volunteer Fire Department Dinner

Senator Young attended the Houghton Volunteer Fire Department Dinner to help honor David Ries, an ambulance driver who will be retiring at the end of the year after 18 years of service. David Ries is pictured in the center, with Fire Chief Dave Edwards joining him and Senator Young.

David joined the Houghton Volunteer Fire Department in December 1995 as an ambulance driver. He has driven many thousands of miles while responding to more than 1,400 calls and has given approximately 3,500 hours of his own time in service to others in his vital role.

June 4, 2013
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Senator Young attended a ribbon cutting for the Genesee River Wilds Transit Bridge Launch Site

Senator Young recently attended a ribbon cutting for the Genesee River Wilds Transit Bridge Launch Site in Belfast.

The new area provides access for kayaks and canoes, has ample parking and also boasts an informational kiosk. This location has the potential to become a recreation hot spot for those who want to get outside and enjoy what nature has to offer.

Pictured with Senator Young are Dr. Allen Kerkeslager, Genesee River Wilds Co-Founder; Curt Crandall, Chairman of the Allegany County Legislature; William Hart, Genesee River Wilds Board President and Co-Founder; and Assemblyman Joe Giglio.

June 3, 2013
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Senator Young touring the high school at Pioneer Central School District

Bradley Fontaine talks with Senator Young about the tractor he is working on. The school has partnered with local businesses so the students can learn equipment repair. Also, older tractors and equipment have been donated to the school for the students’ use.

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May 30, 2013
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Senator Young touring the high school at Pioneer Central School District

Dakota Pingrey explains how maple syrup is graded. The Future Farmers of America at Pioneer Central School produced over 40 gallons of syrup this year.

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Senator Young recently toured the high school at Pioneer Central School District to view some of the new learning experiences for the students. The district, which includes parts of Allegany, Cattaraugus, Erie and Wyoming Counties, has expanded its offerings past the traditional courses, adding programs that teach aquaculture, engine and tractor repair and introductions into specialized fields like the maple industry. The common thread is that all of these are industries that produce employment opportunities in the area.

May 30, 2013
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Senator Young touring the high school at Pioneer Central School District

Senator Young talks with Future Farmers of America student Kala Nickerson about the tilapia being raised at the school.

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Senator Young recently toured the high school at Pioneer Central School District to view some of the new learning experiences for the students. The district, which includes parts of Allegany, Cattaraugus, Erie and Wyoming Counties, has expanded its offerings past the traditional courses, adding programs that teach aquaculture, engine and tractor repair and introductions into specialized fields like the maple industry. The common thread is that all of these are industries that produce employment opportunities in the area.

May 30, 2013
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Senator Young touring the high school at Pioneer Central School District

Tech students Jordan Schutte, Devin Williams and Jacob Logel show off their projects.

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Senator Young recently toured the high school at Pioneer Central School District to view some of the new learning experiences for the students. The district, which includes parts of Allegany, Cattaraugus, Erie and Wyoming Counties, has expanded its offerings past the traditional courses, adding programs that teach aquaculture, engine and tractor repair and introductions into specialized fields like the maple industry. The common thread is that all of these are industries that produce employment opportunities in the area.

May 30, 2013
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Senator Young touring the high school at Pioneer Central School District

Senator Young talks with tech teachers Larry Cook and Don Kress and Superintendant Dr. Sharon Huff.

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Senator Young recently toured the high school at Pioneer Central School District to view some of the new learning experiences for the students. The district, which includes parts of Allegany, Cattaraugus, Erie and Wyoming Counties, has expanded its offerings past the traditional courses, adding programs that teach aquaculture, engine and tractor repair and introductions into specialized fields like the maple industry. The common thread is that all of these are industries that produce employment opportunities in the area.

May 30, 2013
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Senator Young recognizes Larry Walsworth for his 50 years of service to the Nunda Volunteer Fire Department

At the recent Nunda Volunteer Fire Department dinner, Senator Young recognized Larry Walsworth for his 50 years of service to the fire department.

Larry joined the Nunda Fire Department in 1962. Over that time period, he has responded to 3,549 calls and has completed hundreds of hours of training.

He has also held many offices, including serving as Chief, 1st Assistant Chief, 2nd Assistant Chief and 2nd Captain. He has volunteered on over a dozen different committees and served on the Nunda Fire Department Board of Directors.

May 29, 2013
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Senator Young Meets with Business Owners at the SUNY Fredonia Technology Incubator

Senator Young recently stopped by the SUNY Fredonia Technology Incubator to meet with business owners whose ideas have started to come to fruition thanks to the assistance provided by the Incubator. The business owners talked about what their businesses need to grow and how they have benefitted from the Incubator.

When the Incubator was in its developmental stages and before a shovel had ever been put in the ground, Senator Young worked with SUNY Fredonia officials to have the facility located downtown instead of on campus. This served several purposes, including helping in the revitalization of Dunkirk’s downtown and fostering a new bridge between the campus and the city.

May 16, 2013
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Senator Young visits Technical Sergeant Richard Handrahan, World War II Veteran

Senator Young visited Technical Sergeant Richard Handrahan, a recent recipient of the "Southern France" campaign star and the French Legion of Honor for his service during the Operation Dragoon invasion of Southern France in August 1944. Senator Young and her office helped him obtain these awards that he earned almost 70 years ago.

Mr. Pascal Soares, France’s Honorary Consul in Buffalo, presented the award during a ceremony at the American Legion in Wellsville on March 18.

May 9, 2013
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Senator Young meets with members of the Genesee Valley Conservancy

Senator Young recently met with members of the Genesee Valley Conservancy. They thanked her for her support and gave the Senator an update on their efforts. Currently, the Conservancy has approximately 14,000 acres protected through a number of easements and preserves. The open spaces that they protect help keep our area beautiful for all outdoor enthusiasts and nature lovers.

Pictured with Senator Young are Boardmembers Joyce Wechsler, Myrtle Merritt (President), Gail McGuire, Sheila Chanler and Executive Director Benjamin Gajewski.

May 3, 2013
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Commemorating the 200th Anniversary of the Town of Portland

Senator Young helped commemorate an important milestone in the Town of Portland as they recently celebrated their 200th Anniversary! A special dinner was attended by community members, and town officials re-enacted the first board meeting.

With a history going back to the Holland Land Company Purchase, the Town of Portland was officially established on April 9, 1813. It initially included the present-day Towns of Westfield and Ripley, which were later subdivided from the Town of Portland.

The first settler in Portland was Captain James Dunn, a Revolutionary War soldier who moved his wife and six children to the area in 1805. The home he built in 1806 became a center for the town, including holding the first church services in town.

April 29, 2013
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Senator Young Visits the New Office and Archives Building for the Almond Historical Society

Recently, the Almond Historical Society invited Senator Young to visit their new office and archives building. The Almond Historical Society serves an important role in our community by helping to preserve the history and memories that make our towns special.

They are holding an Open House to showcase their new offices at the Hagadorn House on Sunday, May 5, from 2 p.m. – 5 p.m.

Pictured with Senator Young are Lee & Donna Ryan, Doris Montgomery, Lillian Hanks, Barbara Bernstein, Karl Grantier, Wayne Kellogg, Kitty Baker, Mike Baker and Cindy Banker.

April 26, 2013
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Ground breaking for an expanded emergency department at the Nicholas H. Noyes Memorial Hospital in Dansville

Senator Young (center) is joined by (R-L) Rufus Judson, the President of Pike Construction; Todd Martin of Gardner Plus Architects; Amy Pollard, the President and CEO of Noyes Health; and Marilyn Moore, the Board Chairperson of the Noyes Memorial Hospital.----------------------------------------------------------------------

Ground has been broken for an expanded emergency department at the Nicholas H. Noyes Memorial Hospital in Dansville.

The existing space is over 40 years old and only 3,000 square feet. Once the new emergency department is complete, it will be 10,000 square feet, more than three times the size of the current building. It also will improve the privacy and comfort of patients and the working conditions for the staff.

April 23, 2013
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Noyes officials, elected officials and community leaders participate in the ceremonial ground breaking for the new emergency room at Noyes Memorial Hospital

The full group of Noyes officials, elected officials and community leaders participate in the ceremonial ground breaking for the new emergency room.-----------------------------------------------------------------

Ground has been broken for an expanded emergency department at the Nicholas H. Noyes Memorial Hospital in Dansville.

The existing space is over 40 years old and only 3,000 square feet. Once the new emergency department is complete, it will be 10,000 square feet, more than three times the size of the current building. It also will improve the privacy and comfort of patients and the working conditions for the staff.

April 23, 2013
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Senator Young and Amy Pollard, the President and CEO of Noyes Health, discuss the new emergency room before a ground breaking at Noyes Memorial Hospital

Senator Young and Amy Pollard, the President and CEO of Noyes Health, discuss the new emergency room at a press conference before the ground breaking.

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Ground has been broken for an expanded emergency department at the Nicholas H. Noyes Memorial Hospital in Dansville.

The existing space is over 40 years old and only 3,000 square feet. Once the new emergency department is complete, it will be 10,000 square feet, more than three times the size of the current building. It also will improve the privacy and comfort of patients and the working conditions for the staff.

April 23, 2013
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