Catharine Young's Press releases

Property Tax Relief A Win For Families And Homeowners

Statement from Senator Catharine Young (R,C,I- Olean):

 

“Extending the property tax cap for four more years is a victory for our taxpayers and the economy. The tax cap has been a smashing success, stopping out-of-control tax hikes. The cap has given residents a certainty they need and deserve – allowing them to better manage their finances, provide for their children, and make ends meet. Now, they will have this sense of stability for another four years.

 

June 25, 2015
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Action Taken to Address Lyme and Tick-Borne Disease Crisis

Focus is on improving prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of tick-borne diseases

 

ALBANY – Improvements to the methods of preventing, diagnosing, and treating Lyme and other tick-borne diseases, along with legislation to help stop the spread of the deer tick population, recently passed the state Senate.

 

The legislative package was the result of work done by the Senate’s Task Force on Lyme and Tick-Borne Diseases, to which Senator Catharine Young (R,C,I- Olean) was appointed earlier this year, and is aimed at addressing the rising public health crisis.

 

June 24, 2015
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Senate Passes Bill to Expand Access to Telehealth Services

Bill adds occupational and physical therapists as eligible telehealth providers

ALBANY – Legislation passed recently by the State Senate, and championed by Senator Catharine Young (R,C,I-Olean), Chair of the Legislative Commission on Rural Resources, opens the door to telehealth options for physical and occupational therapy. It is an important step in the process of increasing healthcare availability for individuals in rural and remote areas.

Senate bill 5733 updates state law to allow occupational and physical therapists to provide services as telehealth practitioners, expanding access to care for individuals throughout New York State. This legislation was also passed by the Assembly and is awaiting the Governor’s signature into law.

June 24, 2015
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Progress Ahead for Former J.N. Adam Developmental Center

Recently-passed legislation directs the state to produce a report on the best uses for the property

 

ALBANY – The long-vacant J.N. Adam site could soon see progress toward development following action by the state Legislature.

 

June 24, 2015
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Spherical Block Gets a Boost With Support From The Workforce Development Institute

Funding will promote business growth, likely create eight new jobs in the next three years

 

ALBANY – Spherical Block, LLC, an Allegany County manufacturer, expects to see job growth and expanded operations as a result of funding assistance provided through the Workforce Development Institute (WDI), a program championed by Senator Catharine Young (R,C,I-Olean).

 

As part of the 2015-16 State Budget, Senator Young personally advocated for the restoration of funding that supports the mission of the Workforce Development Institute following Governor Cuomo’s proposal to eliminate the program. The enacted budget restored $5 million in funding for the program.

 

June 23, 2015
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Western New York Southtowns Scenic Byway Set to Expand into Cattaraugus County

Expansion of the byway will promote economic development and community pride

 

ALBANY – The Western New York Southtowns Scenic Byway (WNYSSB), which currently runs through the Towns of Aurora, Boston, Colden, Concord, East Aurora, Orchard Park and Springville, will soon be expanding into Cattaraugus County. Another 37 miles of roadway will be added to the existing byway corridor, bring added attention to northern Cattaraugus County’s resources, thus increasing community pride and boosting the local economy by promoting cultural, historic, and recreational tourism.

 

June 18, 2015
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New E-Communications Legisaltion Promotes Government Efficiency

Local governments will now be able to distribute proposed laws electronically

 

ALBANY – Legislation passed by the State Legislature will improve government efficiency and save local taxpayers money.

 

Under Senate bill 3018A, sponsored by Senator Catharine Young (R,C,I– Olean) and Assemblyman Joseph Giglio (R,C,I-Gowanda), local governments will now have the ability to deliver proposed laws to members of the legislative body by email. The measure is intended as a way to save local taxpayers money while also helping municipalities become more efficient.

 

June 18, 2015
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Hero First Responders Honored By The State Senate

Four members of the Nunda Fire Department Awarded New York State Senate Liberty Medal

 

ALBANY – Four member of the Nunda Fire Department who went above and beyond the call of duty in saving the lives of three community members were honored this week as the State Senate passed resolutions designating them as recipients of the New York State Senate Liberty Medal. Nunda Fire Department Chief Robert Walker, First Assistant Chief Travis Rawleigh, First Lieutenant Travis Deiter and Truck Captain Steve Gelser were each honored for their efforts to rescue three victims from an early morning fire on March 27, 2015, at a home on Parker Road in Portage.

 

June 16, 2015
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Telehealth Services To Expand To Include Dental Care

Legislation Sponsored by Senator Young Will Boost Patients Access to Needed Dental Services

 

ALBANY – New Yorkers, especially those who live in rural communities, will soon have greater access to medical care, especially specialists who focus on unique diseases, and faster, more convenient treatment options. Under the new legislation, authored by Senator Catharine Young (R,C,I – Olean), telehealth services, which were opened earlier this year in New York, will now be expanded to include dental healthcare professionals.

 

June 16, 2015
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Chautauqua County Manufacturers Receive Funding Through Workforce Development Institute

Funding will promote job and business growth, employee retention and promotion

 

ALBANY – Two Chautauqua County manufacturers will be able to retain and promote existing employees, and potentially expand operations, as a result of funding provided through the Workforce Development Institute (WDI), a program championed by Senator Catharine Young (R,C,I-Olean).

 

June 16, 2015
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Volunteer First Responders Get Support from Senator Young

Legislation expresses appreciation for volunteer firefighters and emergency medical technicians

 

ALBANY – In communities across Western New York and beyond, volunteer firefighters and emergency medical technicians serve on the front lines of public safety, answering the sound of the alarm, in response to fire, medical emergency or natural disaster.

 

In recognition of this selfless sacrifice to our communities, Senator Catharine Young (R,C,I – Olean) and her colleagues recently passed several measures to provide additional tax and education benefits to those who serve.

 

June 16, 2015
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Young: For The Sake of the Mentally Ill, Public Safety Kendra's Law Must Be Made Permanent

Bill would provide greater protection for the public, increase needed medical care for mentally ill

 

ALBANY – Over and over, the tragic results of people with untreated, serious psychiatric disorders falling through the cracks and inflicting harm on themselves and their communities has been felt across our state and the nation. In light of another near-tragic subway incident, Senator Catharine Young (R,C,I- Olean) and her Senate colleagues this week passed legislation that would strengthen Kendra’s Law, and are now urging the Assembly to act.

 

June 11, 2015
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Senator Young, Colleagues Offer Support For New York's Family Farms

Initiatives strengthen connections between local farmers and consumers

 

ALBANY – Providing the tools and incentives needed for success, the State Senate this week continued their ongoing effort to ensure that New York’s vibrant agriculture sector remains a cornerstone of the state’s economy.

 

As part of the Senate’s efforts to ensure the heritage of family farming continues from generation to generation, legislation sponsored by Senator Catharine Young (R,C,I- Olean) was approved to help plan and develop new avenues for farmers to market their goods.

 

June 11, 2015
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Statement from Senator Catharine Young on Old Route 219 Bridge Replacement

“I applaud the Cattaraugus County Legislature for giving the green light for the old Route 219 bridge replacement. Construction of a new state-of-the-art bridge will be extremely beneficial to Western New York because it will stimulate economic growth by creating new, good-paying jobs and providing greater access to broadband service, preserve the local economy, and give residents on both sides of the Cattaraugus Creek access to emergency care and shopping they need and deserve.”

 

June 10, 2015
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Senator Young Dedicates Highway To Honor Local Veterans

Legislation passed by the Senate will designate portions of State Route 15A in Livingston County to honor local veterans

 

ALBANY – Paying tribute to veterans in Livingston County, Senator Catharine Young (R,C,I – Olean) passed legislation this week that will designate portions of State Route 15A as the Springwater Veterans Memorial Highway and the Livonia Veterans Memorial Highway.

 

This nearly nine mile stretch of the highway will now serve as a salute to American service members, past and present, hailing from the Towns of Springwater and Livonia and remind travelers of the sacrifices made on their behalf.

 

June 9, 2015
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“New York Gun Owners Finally Have Some Reason For Optimism”

Legislation sponsored by Senator Young passed with bi-partisan support to restore rights of lawful gun owners

 

ALBANY – Lauding several common sense SAFE Act reforms co-sponsored by Senator Catharine Young (R,C,I- Olean) that were passed by the state Senate yesterday as a “meaningful step in the right direction,” the National Rifle Association (NRA) is calling on the state Assembly to take action.

 

June 9, 2015
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Senator Young Recognizes Angelina Cutler as the Winner of Her 2015 Earth Day Poster Contest

NUNDA – Demonstrating their creativity and commitment to a future with a clean environment, students from across Livingston, Allegany, Cattaraugus and Chautauqua Counties recently submitted their original artworks to show what Earth Day meant to them.

 

The contest, sponsored by Senator Catharine Young (R,C,I-Olean), was based around the theme of “Reduce, Reuse, Recycle” and attracted the participation of well over 100 local students. Angelina Cutler, a sixth grade student at Keshequa Central School, was this year’s winner.

 

June 3, 2015
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Senator Young Continues Fight for Property Tax Relief

Legislation passed by the Senate continues progress made in this year’s state budget

 

ALBANY – The Senate passed several measures yesterday to continue their fight for property tax relief.

 

Among those bills, the Senate passed legislation (S3019), sponsored by Senator Catharine Young (R,C,I – Olean), that would create incentives for counties to investigate and prosecute Medicaid fraud. Upon a successful fraud conviction, the local government would receive 100 percent of their local share of the original overpayment. Since the local share on some judgments may be very small, the local governments would be guaranteed at least 10 percent of any recovery, including settlements.

 

June 2, 2015
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Senate Passes Legislation to Increase Access to Dental Care In Underserved Communities

Measure would add dental services to the “Doctors Across New York” program

 

ALBANY – Untreated oral diseases which can lead to serious health consequences and even life threatening medical emergencies, and a severe shortage of dentists in underserved areas, are the target of the “Dentists Across New York” legislation authored by Senator Catharine Young (R,C,I-Olean) that recently passed the State Senate.

 

May 28, 2015
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Senator Young Launches "Keep The Cap" Campaign

Encourages residents to sign her petition by visiting bit.ly/KeepTheCap

 

ALBANY – Implemented just a few short years ago, the property tax cap has helped families, seniors and businesses gain a sense of security and consistency in their budget.

 

But with the prospects of the cap expiring, Senator Catharine M. Young (R,C,I-Olean) has launched an online petition to garner support for the Senate Republican Majority’s effort to make the property tax cap permanent.

 

May 22, 2015
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