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.
OCFS asked to review records for any calls prior to the death of Nayla Hodnett
ALBANY – With the perpetrator still at-large following a year-long investigation into the tragic passing of Nayla Hodnett, Senator Catharine M. Young (R,C,I-Olean) is doing her part to help raise awareness about the case and bring new details to light.
In a letter to the Acting Commissioner of the State’s Office of Children and Family Services (OCFS), Senator Young has asked Commissioner Sheila Poole to review the records of the State’s Central Register of Child Abuse and Maltreatment regarding allegations or incidents of possible abuse to Nayla prior to her passing.
Senator Young nominated Wally Higgins for his courageous service to the nation
ALBANY – This week Wallace C. Higgins, a decorated World War-II veteran and longtime resident of Allegany County, was inducted into the New York State Senate's Veterans' Hall of Fame.
As part of the state Senate's annual Veterans' Hall of Fame Ceremony, Senator Catharine Young (R,C,I-Olean) nominated Mr. Higgins, known to many as “Wally,” to be recognized for his service to the nation.
Bridge will be dedicated in memory of Susan Foster Myers
ALBANY – Susan Foster Myers, a former Councilwoman on the Board of the Town of Friendship and a former Allegany County Legislator, will soon be posthumously honored for her efforts to improve life in Allegany County and across the region.
This week, Senator Catharine Young (R,C,I-Olean) helped guide legislation that will name the bridge that crosses State Route 275 over Interstate 86 in Susan’s honor.
“Domestic Violence Protection Act – Brittany’s Law” will protect others from becoming victims
ALBANY – If a violent offender registry had been in place, perhaps Shannon Pepper would be alive today. Shannon, the victim of the most brutal domestic violence attack in Cattaraugus County history, tragically died in an accidental fire this past February. Her abuser, Anthony Nevone, had a prior record which he hid from Shannon.
Linda Randolph, the mother of Shannon Pepper; Senator Catharine Young (R,C,I-Olean) and Assemblyman Joseph Giglio (R,I,C-Gowanda) joined the family of murder victims at the Capitol today to call on the state Assembly to act on the “Domestic Violence Protection Act – Brittany’s Law.”
Senator submits comments to the State Education Department
ALBANY – During this year’s State Budget negotiations, Senator Catharine Young (R,C,I- Olean) and her colleagues fought hard to ensure that teachers, parents, and education advocates were given a voice in setting education policy for the state. As a direct result of their efforts, the State Education Department (SED) is now holding a public comment period as they begin to develop new standards for the state’s teacher and principal evaluation systems.
Legislation will allow domestic violence victims to testify via close-circuit television
ALBANY – According to the Bureau of Justice Statistics’ National Crime Victimization Survey, only about 48 percent of all violent victimizations are reported to police. Today, the state Senate passed legislation, authored by Senator Catharine Young (R,C,I- Olean), that will provide stronger protections for victims of domestic violence in order to encourage them to report their abuse to the authorities.
“Every nine seconds a woman in the United States is assaulted or beaten and according to studies 84 percent of women visiting hospital emergency rooms for domestic violence were injured by their intimate partners,” said Senator Young.
Recognized for her service and accomplishments in higher education
ALBANY – For her distinguished career in the field of higher education, Dr. Shirley A. Mullen, President, Houghton College, was honored this week as a New York State Senate 2015 “Woman of Distinction.” Senator Catharine Young (R,C,I-Olean) selected Dr. Mullen as the 57th Senate District’s honoree for her long and distinguished record in higher education and community outreach.
ALBANY – One in five women and one in 71 men will be the victim of sexual assault or sexual harassment during their lifetime according to the National Sexual Violence Resource Center (NSVRC).
With concern for the victims of this predatory behavior in mind, Senator Catharine Young (R,C,I – Olean) and Assemblyman Joseph Giglio (R,I,C-Gowanda) have passed a resolution (J.1504/K.425) proclaiming April as Sexual Assault Awareness Month and are encouraging people to use the resolution as motivation to create safer environments in the workplace, the community and the world.
ALBANY – Much-needed public transportation is scarce in rural areas, but Senator Catharine Young (R,C,I-Olean), Chair of the Legislative Commission on Rural Resources, is taking action to address this shortage in New York State.
“Due to the lack of comprehensive public transportation systems in Upstate New York, many service providers have established their own transportation systems to meet the needs of the individuals they serve. However, there is tremendous opportunity to improve the efficiency, reach, and cost effectiveness of these systems by coordinating with other organizations that have their own transportation needs,” said Senator Young.
“The Senate began 2015 by immediately passing legislation to guarantee equal pay in the workplace, provide victims of domestic violence greater protections and address the other important components that make up our Women’s Equality Agenda. While a number of these items still need to be passed by the Assembly, it is a positive sign that they finally have acted on the issue of equal pay for equal work.
The CARE Act ensures caregivers are involved in and educated about their loved one’s medical needs
ALBANY – With more and more Americans requiring long term care each year, Senator Catharine Young (R,C,I – Olean) and her Senate colleagues this week moved to ensure family caregivers receive consultation in the treatment of a loved one, as well as training to assist with post-release care tasks.
The CARE Act is an important step toward improving the quality of care for patients when they are released from the hospital, and will help cut down on the estimated $17 billion in Medicare funds spent each year nationally on hospital readmissions.
Comprehensive legislative package passed to protect natural resources, promote energy conservation, create green jobs, and increase ecotourism
ALBANY – Two pieces of legislation sponsored by Senator Catharine Young (R,C,I – Olean) to protect and preserve our natural environment were included in a comprehensive package of bills that passed the state Senate this week in honor of Earth Week.
SAM grant funding will help the City of Olean with the next phase of renovations to the facility
ALBANY – Senator Catharine Young (R,C,I – Olean) announced today that she has secured a $150,000 grant to assist the City of Olean with completion of the renovation and rehabilitation of Bradner Stadium.
The city will receive the new grant, made available through the State & Municipal Facilities Capital Program (SAM), to complete the rehabilitation and improvement of the historic stadium which currently plays home to athletic teams from the Olean City School District, the Jamestown Community College Jaguars’ soccer team, the Olean Oilers, and the Southern Tier Diesel.
$488 Million for Local Highways, Roads, and Bridges
ALBANY - Record funding to help local governments repair roads and bridges, including a $50 million Extreme Winter Recovery Fund, was included in the recently passed 2015-16 State Budget, according to Senator Catharine Young (R,C,I,-Olean).
“This funding is great news for our local governments and taxpayers. Many of the roads, bridges, and highways throughout our community are showing signs of wear and are in need of maintenance and repairs. This influx of CHIPS and Extreme Winter Recovery funding will keep New York State moving, enhance public safety, and reduce the heavy financial burden infrastructure maintenance and repairs can have on area taxpayers,” said Senator Young.
ALBANY – For individuals with developmental disabilities, the challenges inherent in moving from a sheltered workshop to community employment are quite daunting. To address this issue, Senator Catharine Young (R,C,I-Olean), Chair of the Legislative Commission on Rural Resources, included an initiative in the state budget to develop a detailed transition plan for these individuals.
State of the art span will link Erie and Cattaraugus Counties
Senator Catharine Young (R,C,I- Olean) and Senator Patrick M. Gallivan (R-C-I, Elma) announced today they have secured $20 million to build a state of the art bridge to replace the existing span over Cattaraugus Creek along “old Route 219.” In addition, they have inserted $300,000 in the state budget to be deposited in an escrow account that will cover Cattaraugus and Erie counties’ costs for maintaining the structure for the first 22 years.
Budget includes $1.5 billion for the Upstate Revitalization Program, $400 million for transformative investment programs, $500 million to support the expansion of broadband availability and $7 million for the Workforce Development Institute
ALBANY – Senator Catharine Young (R,C,I – Olean) announced today that communities across her region will have access to economic development funding included in this year’s state budget.
Among the positive investments included in the final budget were $1.5 billion for the Upstate Revitalization Initiative, $400 million for transformative investment programs, $500 million to support the statewide expansion of broadband access, and $7 million for the Workforce Development Institute.
ALBANY – Senator Catharine Young (R,C,I-Olean), Chair of the Legislative Commission on Rural Resources, successfully secured $500,000 in the state budget supporting two programs that address the critical need for dental care in rural areas of New York State.
“Improving access to dental care will have dramatic positive effects on the health and well-being of children and adults living in underserved rural areas. These areas face unique challenges of availability and access to dental care, often a direct result of geographic distance and lack of providers,” said Senator Young.
Strengthens connections between local farmers and consumers
ALBANY – Agriculture, a cornerstone industry in New York State and economic driver in the region, will receive strong support in this year’s state budget, according to Senator Catharine Young (R,C,I- Olean).
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The State Senate recently approved approved a landmark new "Women's Equality Package," which includes a key reform to ensure that women receive equal pay for equal work.
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