Statement from Senator Catharine Young (R,C,I – Olean) following Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s State of the State Address and Executive Budget Proposal:
“We need to keep our eye on the ball, and the primary focus during budget negotiations should be jobs, jobs and more jobs. I was happy to hear the Governor speak about small business tax relief and expansion of broadband in rural areas because both of the initiatives will bring us more opportunities. Distribution of economic development funds must benefit rural areas to ensure that every region of the state gets the attention it needs and deserves. There shouldn’t be winners and losers when it comes to job growth.
Campaign for Financial Aid Awareness Runs Through February
OLEAN – New York State Senator Catharine Young (R,C,I-Olean) is joining with the New York State Higher Education Services Corporation (HESC) to remind area high school seniors and college students about the importance of completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) through the “Start Here, Get There” campaign for financial aid awareness.
The campaign is meant to assist students, parents and guardians with the completion of the FAFSA, in order to receive the maximum benefits available through both the federal and state financial aid programs.
Statement from Senator Catharine Young (R,C,I – Olean) following today’s announcement by Governor Cuomo and the Environmental Facilities Corporation’s (EFC) Board of Directors:
“Today’s announcement that the City of Olean will receive a $19 million loan package, including $18 million interest-free, is exciting news for area taxpayers and the environment. Upgrading and maintaining the city’s wastewater treatment plant has been an ongoing issue that needed to be addressed. Improving the reliability of the treatment plant and reducing the risk of inadequately treated wastewater being discharged into the Allegheny River is essential in preserving the river as a natural resource for our community.
New Law Will Ensure Violent Mentally Ill Inmates Are Not Released Without a Mental Health Evaluation and Treatment Plan in Place
ALBANY – Senator Catharine Young (R,C,I- Olean) announced today that Governor Andrew Cuomo has signed legislation she sponsored to provide greater public protection and better treatment upon release for inmates who suffer from a mental illness. The new law will ensure that mentally ill inmates are no longer released from a state prison without a proper mental health evaluation and treatment plan being established.
AMITY – On Saturday evening, Senator Catharine Young (R,C,I- Olean) joined members of Amity Rescue Squad Inc. for their annual award recognition dinner. During the banquet, Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) Kimberly Zajicek was honored for 28 years of service.
“EMTs provide residents with critical care when seconds can mean the difference between life and death,” said Senator Young. “Kim has been a tireless leader for the squad and in the community for nearly three decades. Her dedication to both the rescue squad and her efforts as a small-business woman are laudable.”
Among Accomplishments, Boser Served As Department Chief from 1963-65
ALLEGANY – Senator Catharine Young (R,C,I- Olean) recently joined members of Allegany Engine Company and Allegany Rescue and EMS Inc. to celebrate a successful 2014. During the department’s annual awards banquet and dinner-dance, department member Jim Boser was honored for 60 years of service.
Legislation Sponsored by Senator Young Will Boost Patients Access to Healthcare
ALBANY – Senator Catharine Young (R,C,I- Olean) announced today that Governor Andrew Cuomo signed legislation she sponsored to increase access to healthcare programs for rural communities, those with limited means, and patients suffering from chronic conditions.
Funding will help Water Street Brass and Stuart Tool & Die improve operations
Two Chautauqua County manufacturers will see an increase in productivity and potential expansion of operations as a result of training assistance provided through the Workforce Development Institute (WDI), a program championed by Senator Catharine Young (R,C,I-Olean) in last year’s state budget. Water Street Brass Corporation, of Lakewood, and Stuart Tool & Die, of Falconer, were both recently approved by WDI to send employees to training that will help both manufacturers improve efficiency and operations.
ALBANY - Senator Catharine Young (R,I,C- Olean) announced today the approval of the Town of Busti’s grant application as part of the State and Municipal Facilities Program. Through the program, the Town of Busti has been awarded $50,000 for renovations to the town court, the Community/Senior Center, and town administrative offices.
Funds will assist with the renovation of the County Office Building
ALBANY - Senator Catharine Young (R,I,C- Olean) announced today that Allegany County will receive a $250,000 grant through the State and Municipal Facilities Program to assist with the conversion of space which previously served as the county’s jail facility into new office space for the other county offices.
Senator Catharine M. Young presents the French Legion of Honor Medal to Anthony “Tony” Costanzo.
JAMESTOWN – Anthony “Tony” Costanzo, United States Army (Ret.), who courageously served as a member of the First Infantry Division known as the “Big Red One” in some of the first American battles in the North African and European Theaters during World War II, recently received his decoration as a member of France’s Légion d’honneu, or Legion of Honor.
Senator Young's bill creates online learning advisory council to explore online and blended learning programs
ALBANY – Governor Cuomo has signed a bill into law authored by Senator Catharine Young (R, I, C—Olean), Chair of the Legislative Commission on Rural Resources, that will help bring more academic enrichment and opportunities to classrooms across the state.
Bills Sent to the Governor That Would Require Stronger Public Protections and Better Treatment for Released Inmates with Mental Illness
ALBANY - In wake of the recent subway murder allegedly committed this November by a violent felon recently released from prison, Senator Catharine Young and Daniel O’Donnell are urging Governor Andrew Cuomo to sign their bipartisan bill that was recently sent to his desk and would ensure mentally ill inmates are not freed without proper evaluation and treatment.
Statement from Senator Catharine Young (R,I,C- Olean) following today’s announcement by Governor Cuomo:
Governor Cuomo’s decision to ban exploration of our natural gas resources is a punch in the gut to the Southern Tier. The governor has a moral obligation to explain to the people of our region how he will alleviate rural poverty. Families desperately need jobs and economic opportunity, not government handouts. Our young people are leaving in droves because they feel they don’t have a future here. Our rural communities are dying a slow, painful, poverty-stricken death and hope is scarce.
Nearly 25 Years After His Passing Cattaraugus County Veteran Honored with Awards Earned in Service
MACHIAS - Family and friends gathered this afternoon to recognize the outstanding military service of U.S. Army veteran Robert Henry Fuller, who has finally received the military decorations he earned defending our country.
During a ceremony at the Glenn A. Pratt, Jr. American Legion Post No. 1460 in Machias, Senator Catharine Young (R,I,C-Olean) joined in presenting Private First Class Fuller’s family with the military medals he earned while serving overseas during World War II.
Sen. Young applauds WNY Regional Economic Development Council for efforts to promote economic revitalization
ALBANY - Senator Catharine Young (R,C,I - Olean) applauded today’s announcement from the Regional Economic Development Council that more than $6 million will be injected into economic development projects across Livingston, Allegany, Cattaraugus and Chautauqua Counties. Highlights from today’s announcement include $500,000 for the Livingston County Development Corporation to assist with renovation of mixed-use buildings across the county, $100,000 for Allegany County Community Opportunities and Rural Development (ACCORD) for sustainable employment training, $400,000 for Olean Business Institute, and $1,500,000 for the National Comedy Center in Jamestown.
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