Catharine Young's Press releases

Woman of Distinction Dororthy Button Honored by State Senate

Ashford woman recognized for distinguished service and accomplishments 

OLEAN – A lifetime of service was recognized this weekend as Ashford’s Dorothy Button was honored and recognized for being a 2014 New York State Senate “Woman of Distinction.” Senator Catharine Young (R,C,I-Olean) chose Mrs. Button as the 57th Senate District’s honoree because of her long and impressive record of accomplishments that include service in the U.S. Coast Guard, years of dedicated work on behalf of fellow veterans, and decades of volunteerism as a firefighter and EMT.

September 29, 2014
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Salamanca Veteran Honored with Awards for Military Service

For Release: Immediate, September 23, 2014

U.S. Army Sgt. Stanley J. Grochowina Recognized for Outstanding Service

SALAMANCA - For his outstanding record of military service during the Cold War era and his contributions to the protection of the United States and its NATO allies, United States Army veteran Sgt. Stanley J. Grochowina was presented with honorary military medals and ribbons on Saturday.

During a special ceremony at the Salamanca Veterans Memorial Park, Senator Catharine Young (R,C,I - Olean) presented Sergeant Grochowina with the official awards conferred upon those honorees worthy of their distinction.

September 23, 2014
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Senator Young Presented with NYS Rehabilitiation Association's Public Official of the Year Award

For Release: Immediate, September 23, 2014

            Senator Young was deeply honored to accept this year’s “Public Official of the Year Award” from the New York State Rehabilitation Association (NYSRA).

            NYSRA represents 90 not-for-profit human service organizations and advocates throughout New York State who dedicate themselves to providing quality services to individuals with disabilities.

September 23, 2014
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Promoting Virtual Learning in the Classroom

Legislation creates online learning advisory council to explore online and blended learning programs

ALBANY – For many students in New York State, the classroom experience is being transformed through the development and implementation of virtual learning initiatives. While a number of schools are using these tools to provide students with access to unique courses and instruction, the lessons being learned along the way need to be applied statewide.

A bill passed in the Senate, (S.5509-C), and sponsored by Senator Catharine Young (R, I, C—Olean), Chair of the Legislative Commission on Rural Resources, calls for the creation of a statewide online and blended learning program to address this issue.

September 4, 2014
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New Law Will Better Protect Against and Treat Concussions and Traumatic Brain Injuries

For Release: Immediate, August 22, 2014

Senator Young’s Bill S.7004-A Signed into Law            

            On August 11, 2014, a bill sponsored by Senator Catharine Young (R,C,I-Olean) was signed into law to help raise awareness and treatment for traumatic brain injuries.

            Last year, on September 13, 2013, 16-year-old Westfield-Brocton football player Damon Janes collapsed on the field of play and passed away three days later.

            The terrible tragedy drew attention to the potentially mortal dangers of traumatic brain injuries and the need to further strengthen and improve how head injuries are treated and managed.

August 22, 2014
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Senator Young Receives “A” Grade From Unshackle Upstate

For Release: Immediate, August 20, 2014

          ALBANY - Senator Catharine Young (R,I,C-Olean) received a 93 percent score, one of the highest of any legislator in the state, for supporting job growth and economic revitalization initiatives that will make Upstate New York a stronger and more welcoming place to do business.

            According to Unshackle Upstate, a coalition of over 80 business and trade organizations representing 70,000 companies employing more than 1.5 million people, Senator Young is a friend of the Upstate economy and taxpayers.

August 20, 2014
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Senate Passes Legislation Supporting Soil and Water Conservation Districts

Bills include support for educational initiatives, watershed projects, and programs to combat invasive species

ALBANY – Soil and Water Conservation Districts (SWCDs) throughout New York are on the front lines of protecting the State’s natural resources, helping landowners, preventing floods, fighting the spread of invasive species, and educating the public.

Three bills sponsored and passed by Senator Catharine Young (R, I, C—Olean), Chair of the Legislative Commission on Rural Resources, provide SWCDs with additional tools they need to accomplish their ambitious mission. The first two of these bills also were passed by the Assembly and are awaiting the Governor’s signature into law.

July 29, 2014
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Legislature Passes Bill Promoting Broadband Expansion

ALBANY – Streamlining the process to access federal grant funding to expand broadband in rural areas will open the doors to more economic opportunities, healthcare innovation, and educational investment.

A bill sponsored and passed by Senator Catharine Young (R, I, C—Olean), Chair of the Legislative Commission on Rural Resources, speeds up the process that certain broadband providers, called Incumbent Local Exchange Carriers (ILECs), go through to access federal loans designated for broadband expansion. This legislation also was passed by the Assembly and is awaiting the Governor’s signature into law.

July 28, 2014
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Livingston County Rifle Bill Becomes Law

For Release: Immediate, July 22, 2014 

Senator Young, Senator Gallivan, and Assemblyman Nojay Announce Authorization of Rifle Hunting in Livingston County

Senator Catharine M. Young (R,C,I-Olean), Senator Patrick M. Gallivan (R,C,I-Elma), and Assemblyman Bill Nojay (R,I-Pittsford) announced the authorization of big game rifle hunting in Livingston County.

July 22, 2014
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Senator Young Announces Funding for Local Libraries

For Release: Immediate, July 21, 2014

Every library in district set to receive grant funding secured in 2014-15 legislative session

ALBANY - The public library often serves as the heart and center of a community, and with schools out for the summer, more children will be in and out of our community libraries every day.

 To ensure our libraries are ready and able to meet the needs and expectations of patrons, Senator Catharine Young (R,C,I-Olean) is glad to announce that every public library in her district will be receiving additional grant funding this year.

July 21, 2014
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Senator Young Passes Bill to Improve Transportation for People with Developmental Disabilities

For Release: Immediate, June 20, 2014

Senate Bill 7798 Would Assist Developmentally Disabled Individuals in Rural Areas

ALBANY - Transportation for people with developmental disabilities can be a difficult challenge, especially in rural areas. Senator Catharine Young (R,C,I,-Olean) has announced the state Senate’s passage of legislation to improve the transportation services available.

June 20, 2014
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Senate Passes Bill to Ensure Treatment Plans for Dangerous Parolees with Mental Illness

For Release: Immediate, June 20, 2014

Bill Would Require Better Treatment for Released Inmates with Mental Illness

ALBANY - On June 1, 2014, 6-year-old P.J. Avitto and 7-year-old Mikayla Capers were in an elevator in their Brooklyn housing complex when they were both viciously stabbed. P.J. was killed while Mikayla was seriously injured.

Two days earlier, 18-year-old nursing student Tanaya Copeland was fatally stabbed more than 30 times while walking in Brooklyn.

And on June 4, 2014, a 53-year-old man was stabbed in a Manhattan subway station.

June 20, 2014
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Senate Passes Telehealth Bill

Bill creates more opportunities for New York patients to use telehealth and telemedicine services  

ALBANY – Telehealth and telemedicine have the potential to transform access to healthcare throughout the state, particularly in rural areas where access and availability remain prominent concerns. A bill passed recently in the New York State Senate (S.7852) would improve access to telehealth and telemedicine services for residents throughout the state.

The bill is sponsored by Senator Catharine Young (R, I, C—Olean). It provides patients throughout the state with the ability to utilize telehealth and telemedicine technologies for services that would otherwise only be covered in-person.

June 18, 2014
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Children and Families in Chautauqua County to Receive Additional Family Court Judge

For Release: Immediate, June 18, 2014

Senate and Assembly Reach Agreement on Allocation of New Family Court Judges

ALBANY - To address a record number of cases, Chautauqua County will have an additional Family Court judge to alleviate a huge backlog.

After sponsoring legislation to elect an additional judge to relieve the overwhelming caseload in Chautauqua County Family Court, Senator Catharine Young (R,C,I-Olean) announced today that an agreement has been reached between the state Senate and Assembly to double the county’s number of Family Court judges from one to two.

June 18, 2014
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Senate Passes Bill to Close Brooklyn Child-Stabber Loophole

For Release: Immediate, June 16, 2014

Bill Would Amend Kendra's Law to Require Mental Health Evaluations for Inmates with Mental Illness

The New York State Senate passed legislation today, S.2225D, sponsored by Senator Cathy Young (R-I-C, Olean), that would amend “Kendra’s Law” to require all inmates with mental illness be given a psychiatric evaluation to see if Kendra’s Law is appropriate, before they are released. This crucial bill would apply to inmates such as Daniel St. Hubert – a paranoid schizophrenic with a history of violence who refused treatment in prison, was released without counseling or medication, and days later allegedly stabbed two young children, killing one and injuring the other, in Brooklyn.

June 16, 2014
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Precision Agriculture Bill Passed in State Senate

ALBANY – Senator Catharine Young (R, I, C–Olean), Chair of the Legislative Commission on Rural Resources, has passed legislation allowing New York’s farmers to continue a long history of developing and using innovative technology to grow and strengthen the agricultural industry in the State. The bill, (S.6543-B), calls for an assessment of precision agriculture in the state, including a review of rural broadband availability and usage.

June 16, 2014
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Senate Passes Legislation Allowing Community Benefit Projects to Receive Help from Prison Work Release Programs

For Release: Immediate, June 16, 2014

The New York State Senate today passed legislation (S2204A), sponsored by Senator Cathy Young (R-I-C, Olean), that would expand work release programs to allow eligible inmates, deemed not to be dangerous, to help with not-for-profit organizations and public service projects. The bill utilizes this work force productively to help communities while giving inmates job-training opportunities.

June 16, 2014
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Senator Young Secures Funding for Successful Manufacturing and Job Training Programs

For Release: Immediate, June 16, 2014

$3 Million for the Workforce Development Institute Manufacturing Initiative

ALBANY - A $3 million grant secured by Senator Catharine Young (R,C,I-Olean) will help workers develop the job skills they need to be successful through the Workforce Development Institute (WDI).

The grant will support the creation of manufacturing jobs and support training programs that help workers to either improve their position or transition into other jobs after layoffs. This funding is dedicated specifically to manufacturing initiatives and is in addition to $4 million received by the WDI for all of the important work they do to promote employment initiatives across the state.

June 16, 2014
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Senate Passes Bill to Better Protect Against and Treat Concussions and Traumatic Brain Injuries

For Release: Immediate, June 13, 2014

Senator Young's Bill S.7004-A Passes Senate

ALBANY - This week, a bill sponsored by Senator Catharine Young (R,C,I-Olean) passed the State Senate to strengthen and improve the treatment and management of traumatic brain injuries.

“A traumatic brain injury, especially for a child, can have serious debilitating consequences and sometimes even lead to death. This tragedy happens far too often in our state and around the country, which is why these changes are so important. With the improvements provided in this bill, we can help prevent more critical injuries and the devastation they can bring to a family,” said Senator Young.

June 13, 2014
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Senator Young Cheers Announcement of PSC Approval to Repower NRG Dunkirk

For Release: Immediate, June 12, 2012

Public Service Commission Approves Repowering Proposal

ALBANY – Citing the “quadfecta of benefits,” PSC Chair Audrey Zibelman led the unanimous Public Service Commissioners’ vote of approval today to repower the coal-fired Dunkirk NRG plant into a clean, environmentally-friendly 435 megawatt natural gas facility.

The project’s green light by the regulatory agency caps a several year long struggle to gain support to save the generator from closing.

June 12, 2014
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