Catharine Young's Press releases

Bill Promoting Broadband Expansion Signed into Law

Senator Young sponsored bill to speed up access to federal funds for broadband expansion

ALBANY – A bill recently signed into law will open more opportunities for broadband expansion in rural areas, a necessity for greater economic expansion, healthcare innovation, and educational investment.

Senator Catharine Young (R, I, C—Olean), Chair of the Legislative Commission on Rural Resources, sponsored the bill. It improves the process that certain broadband providers, called Incumbent Local Exchange Carriers (ILECs), go through to access federal loans designated for broadband expansion.

November 26, 2014
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Transportation Funding Secured by Senator Young for Allegany County

For Release: Immediate, November 24, 2014

Supplemental Non-Emergency Medicaid Transportation Payment of $36,287 for Allegany County

ALBANY - Elderly, disabled, and other local residents who rely on efficient public transportation options can cheer the news announced by Senator Catharine Young (R,C,I-Olean) that much needed relief for non-emergency Medicaid transportation systems is coming to Allegany County.

November 24, 2014
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Transportation Funding Secured by Senator Young for Chautauqua County

For Release: Immediate, November 24, 2014

Supplemental Non-Emergency Medicaid Transportation Payment of $79,377 for Chautauqua County

ALBANY - Elderly, disabled, and other local residents who rely on efficient public transportation options can cheer the news announced by Senator Catharine Young (R,C,I-Olean) that much needed relief for non-emergency Medicaid transportation systems is coming to Chautauqua County.

November 24, 2014
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Senator Young Presented with NYS Council for Exceptional Children's 2014 Excellence in Community Service Award

For Release: Immediate, November 21, 2014

ALBANY - The New York State Council for Exceptional Children (NYS CEC) has honored Senator Catharine Young (R,C,I-Olean) with their 2014 “Excellence in Community Service Award.”

At their 61st annual conference in Syracuse, NYS CEC President Annmarie Urso, Ph.D., officially announced Senator Young as the honoree to be recognized with this year’s prestigious award.

November 21, 2014
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Rural Healthcare Accessibility

Senator Young celebrates National Rural Health Day

ALBANY— The knowledge that adequate healthcare is readily available can provide peace of mind. Yet, access to healthcare remains a challenge for many people in New York State, especially for those living in rural areas.

“Today is National Rural Health Day,” said Senator Catharine Young (R, I, C—Olean), chair of the Legislative Commission on Rural Resources. “On this day, recognizing the importance of healthcare in rural communities, we celebrate the caregivers and organizations throughout the state who provide preventative care, emergency medical services, long-term care, and other healthcare services to people in rural areas.”

November 20, 2014
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Senator Young Presented with Award from New York Association of Conservation Districts

ALBANY - Senator Catharine Young (R, I, C–Olean), Chair of the Legislative Commission on Rural Resources, was deeply honored to accept this year’s “Appreciation Award” from the New York Association of Conservation Districts (NYACD).

NYACD represents Soil and Water Conservation Districts located in counties throughout New York State. NYACD represents and supports individual districts as they work to conserve soil, water, and other natural resources.

Senator Young was recently recognized with the honor during an award ceremony at NYACD’s annual conference in Utica, New York.

November 7, 2014
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Staff at Jones Memorial Hospital Receive Enhanced Training Through Workforce Development Institute (WDI)

For Release: Immediate, October 30, 2014

Strengthened Training and Skill Development Will Improve Hospital Services

Allegany County residents who rely on the care provided at Jones Memorial Hospital, the only full service hospital in the county, can look forward to better healthcare services. Improvements are being made as a result of training assistance provided through the Workforce Development Institute (WDI), along with the New York State Hazard Abatement Board.

“This is great news for everyone in the Wellsville region. Jones Memorial is a major employer that provides care to families and residents from all over the area. The desire at Jones Memorial to continue improving services, and equip employees with the skills and training to provide the best care possible, speaks to their vision and dedication,” said Senator Catharine Young (R,C,I-Olean).

October 29, 2014
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Olean Veteran William H. Button Honored for Service in World War II

For Release: Immediate, October 24, 2014 

U.S. Navy Veteran Receives Awards Earned 70 Years Ago

            OLEAN - In recognition of his outstanding service during World War II, United States Navy veteran William H. Button was honored and presented with long overdue medals today.

            In a ceremony at the Pines in Olean, Senator Catharine Young (R,C,I-Olean) presented Pharmacist’s Mate 3rd Class (PhM3c) Button with the military medals and awards he earned serving his country overseas seven decades ago.

October 24, 2014
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Senator Young Calls for Travel Ban as Part of Comprehensive Response to Ebola

For Release: Immediate, October 20, 2014

            Senator Catharine Young (R,I,C-Olean) is calling on President Obama to enact an immediate travel ban on passengers flying from West Africa to the United States to contain the spread of Ebola.

            “Common sense dictates that we should stop travel into the United States from Ebola-affected West African nations. Thomas Eric Duncan, the Ebola victim who passed away in Dallas, travelled to the U.S. on a commercial flight from Liberia and now the virus has infected others. Protecting lives should be our first priority. Because JFK Airport is a major international travel hub that travelers from around the world pass through, we must be especially vigilant in New York State,” said Senator Young.

October 20, 2014
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URGENT ALERT: NRG Repowering in Danger of Derailment by Outside Groups

For Release: Immediate, October 16, 2014

Public Service Commission to Meet October 23 to Review Repowering Pipeline

            With radical outside groups trying to derail the NRG repowering project, Senator Catharine Young is urging the community to come together once again to save our schools, city, and taxpayers. A Public Service Commission (PSC) forum will be held on the gas pipeline that will service the repowered NRG plant in Dunkirk, and taxpayers and residents are urged to show up and show their strong support for repowering.

October 15, 2014
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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 20, 2014
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