Focus will be on improving prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of tick-borne diseases
ALBANY - Senator Catharine Young (R,C,I-Olean) has been appointed to the Senate’s Task Force on Lyme and Tick-Borne Diseases. The Task Force’s mission is to protect the health of New Yorkers by improving methods to prevent, diagnose, and treat Lyme and other tick-borne diseases.
Task Force members will play an active role in reviewing research, consulting with experts, and soliciting public input to develop legislation and advocate for additional resources to address the spread of Lyme disease in New York.
Legislation enforces stricter penalties, creates a program to identify potential risk
ALBANY – New Yorkers confronted with a rapidly expanding threat to their security and finances gained confidence this week after the Senate took action to make the state’s computer infrastructure among the most secure in the nation. Senator Catharine Young (R,C,I-Olean) and her colleagues passed legislation to increase penalties and reduce the risk of cyber terrorism to citizens and businesses.
Legislation introduced following State Senate Coalition’s report detailing numerous sex offenders living near Pre-K and Kindergarten programs
ALBANY – Following a comprehensive investigation by the New York State Senate Coalition that resulted in a startling report detailing numerous sex offenders living near Pre-K and Kindergarten facilities, Senator Catharine Young (R,C,I- Olean) will join fellow lawmakers to pass legislation that closes loopholes in existing laws and increases local authorities’ ability to restrict living arrangements for sex offenders.
OLEAN – Although session duties in Albany Thursday will prevent area state legislators from attending the Olean Teachers’ Association (OTA) public rally, they lauded teachers, community members, school boards reps and administrators for supporting their efforts to restore school aid.
“Regrettably, Assemblyman Joe Giglio and I will be unable to take part in the rally because of the previously set legislative calendar. We are scheduled to be voting on bills on the floor of the Senate and Assembly, and there is a joint budget hearing on public safety that will go on until very late,” said Senator Catharine Young, (R,C,I-Olean).
Legislation would require registration for violent felony offenders, create a statewide database
OLEAN – Following a tragic fire this past weekend in Cuba, New York, that cut short the life of domestic violence survivor Shannon Pepper, Senator Catharine Young (R,C,I-Olean) and Assemblyman Joseph M. Giglio (R,C,I-Gowanda) are calling for the Assembly to pass Brittany’s Law.
Statement from Senator Catharine Young (R,C,I – Olean) on the Chautauqua County Industrial Development Agency’s purchase of the former ConAgra facility in Dunkirk:
“We have been working to breathe new life into the ConAgra facility since the devastating news the company was leaving. With the IDA now in possession of the building, area residents can be assured that great care will be taken to retain a buyer who understands that job creation is paramount. I will continue to do everything in my power to assist the IDA in their efforts to quickly retain an employer so we can get people back to work.”
GEA Funding Seen As Top Budget Priority for Many Local School Districts, Senate Republicans
ALBANY - Senator Catharine Young (R,C,I-Olean) today joined members of the Senate Republican Conference to announce their plan to fully restore the Gap Adjustment Elimination (GEA) funding for local school districts in this year’s state budget.
The GEA has been repeatedly cited by local school districts as their biggest fiscal constraint. The cut was originally instituted by Senate Democrats when they controlled the chamber in 2010, over opposition by Senator Young and her Republican colleagues. Despite last year’s restorations, school districts still have an outstanding balance to return to pre-GEA funding levels.
Legislation will assist service-disabled veterans making necessary improvements to their homes
ALBANY - Today, the New York State Senate passed legislation (S.2316/A.3795) sponsored by Senator Catharine Young (R,C,I-Olean) that will assist veterans with physical challenges who need modifications to their homes in order to live independently.
The “Homes for Heroes” program will establish a fund to assist New York State’s veteran population so that they are able to live safely, comfortably and productively in the setting of their choice.
Robert Keech has been an active member of three local departments
OLEAN - Senator Catharine Young (R,C,I-Olean) recently presented a New York State Senate Proclamation to Robert Keech of Hinsdale in honor of his more than 50 years of service to fire departments in Cattaraugus County.
Statement from Senator Catharine Young (R,C,I – Olean) regarding State Environmental Protection Fund grant:
“Today’s announcement that the Town of Sparta will receive a $25,000 grant to develop a plan to protect local farmland is great news for the future of agriculture in Livingston County. Having grown up on a third-generation dairy and crops farm in Livingston County I know firsthand the vital role farming plays in our community’s heritage. Protecting the local farmland to ensure it remains productive for generations to come will be instrumental in preserving the family farm as a way of life.”
Senator Young Supports Measure to Keep Children Away from Street Gangs
ALBANY – The State Senate has passed legislation to increase community safety and empower school districts against gang activity. The legislation is the latest effort by the Senate to keep New York’s families and children safe from violence.
ALBANY - Seating Inc., a Livingston County furniture manufacturer based out of Nunda, has received upgrades to their equipment in an effort to protect employees from injury, as a result of funding provided through the Workforce Development Institute (WDI), a program championed by Senator Catharine Young (R,C,I-Olean) in last year’s state budget. The funding was used toward improvements for production workers’ stations, including a lift device for inspection, a roll storage system, and a cutting table with roll handling capabilities.
Senator Young Secured An Additional $3 Million in Last Year’s State Budget for WDI Program
ALBANY - Cutco Cutlery and the Olean Medical Group both are receiving support through the Workforce Development Institute (WDI), allowing them to provide updated training for employees in an effort to expand operations. The Workforce Development Institute is a non-profit organization championed by Senator Catharine Young (R,C,I-Olean) in last year’s state budget that works with employers across the state to provide focused technical training, purchasing support and other assistance to help employers and employees achieve professional and career growth right here in New York State.
Legislation will strengthen reporting requirements; creates a program to increase awareness among local officials
ALBANY - Senator Catharine Young (R,C,I – Olean) has announced that the state Senate has passed a package of legislation to protect communities from sexual predators by promoting greater public access to information and awareness.
Senator Catharine Young (R,C,I – Olean) will again serve in multiple leadership positions as the Chairwoman for the Senate’s Committee on Housing, Construction and Community Development and the Legislative Commission on Rural Resources. Senator Young, who serves as the Deputy Republican Conference Leader for Intergovernmental Affairs, also will serve on the Senate’s Committees on Agriculture, Children and Family Services, Environmental Conservation, Finance, Health, Insurance, Rules, Transportation, and the Select Committee on State-Native American Relations.
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.
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