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).
Improvements coming to WCA that will increase addiction treatment services, alleviate jail overcrowding
ALBANY – Senator Catharine Young (R,C,I– Olean) has delivered a $350,000 capital grant in the state budget to establish a supportive housing program at WCA Hospital’s Jones Hill site in Jamestown.
“The new program will be a big step towards addressing the region’s opioid and heroin epidemic, placing people with addiction problems in a specialized housing facility instead of the county jail,” Senator Young said.
Record amounts for schools in the 57th Senate District
ALBANY – Record amounts of school funding will boost quality education in the 57th Senate District, according to Senator Catharine Young (R,C,I- Olean).
“Overall, my schools will receive a record investment of $582,788,622 in education aid, which is an increase of more than $32 million, or 5.9 percent, over last year. Children in my district will receive the high-quality, first class educational opportunities that they need to succeed,” Senator Young said.
Senator Young said that the restoration of the Gap Elimination Adjustment (GEA) coupled with more Foundation Aid drove more funds into her school districts.
ALBANY – Senator Catharine Young (R,C,I- Olean) declared victory over the Gap Elimination Adjustment (GEA), with it almost completely eradicated from her school districts.
“The destructive fiscal gimmick that is the GEA is almost gone from my schools, with 94.6 percent eliminated. We have restored more than $11.5 million in GEA cuts that were implemented by Democrats when they controlled the Senate in 2010,” said Senator Young.
“Senate Republicans have led the charge to get rid of the GEA that has robbed our schools of funding, and our children of learning opportunities,” she said.
Budget includes a strong investment in education, tax relief to families and small businesses, and support for rural communities
ALBANY - Senator Catharine Young (R,C,I-Olean) announced today that the Senate has begun passing a fiscally responsible state budget that controls spending, monumentally increases state support for education, and reduces the tax burden to help create jobs and grow the economy.
“For the fifth consecutive year the state’s budget will be passed on-time and will include many initiatives that make our state a more affordable place to live, work and do business. The final budget lives within a two percent spending cap and rejects unaffordable tax increases,” Senator Young said.
Bill would protect against predatory surveillance and distribution of obscene images
ALBANY – The Senate today passed legislation, sponsored by Senator Catharine Young (R,C,I- Olean), that will help combat against sexual predators capitalizing on new technology to distribute obscene images.
With constantly evolving technology, pedophiles and other predators are increasingly finding new ways to broadcast obscene images of individuals, often taken without the person’s knowledge or consent, across the internet.
"Homeowners and employers desperately need meaningful property tax relief. In order for a half percent increase in the county’s sales tax to have a chance of passing in the state Senate, there would have to be a mandatory county property tax cut written into the bill language. I am exploring the concept of putting into law a required three percent property tax levy decrease, which translates into a $2 million dollar property tax cut for the people of Chautauqua County. By making the property tax burden lighter, we can grow jobs and the economy, while giving people savings that will help their family budgets."
Funding will promote job and business growth, employee retention and promotion
ALBANY – Four Chautauqua County manufacturers will see business growth, employee retention and promotion, and potential expansion of their operations as a result of training assistance through the Workforce Development Institute (WDI), a program championed by Senator Catharine Young (R,C,I-Olean).
As part of the 2014-15 State Budget, Senator Young directly helped secure an additional $3 million for WDI, funding she is again fighting for this year. With Senator Young’s support, a total of $7 million of funding was included last year to support the mission and work of WDI.
Senator, Task Force members, will develop ways to promote private sector job growth
ALBANY – Senator Catharine Young (R,C,I–Olean) has been appointed to the Senate’s new Task Force on Workforce Development. Members of the task force will gather input from leaders in business, education, state and local governments, as well as workforce development experts, as they review existing state programs designed to support job seekers and explore new ways to boost private sector employment and create good-paying jobs.
ALBANY – “Always keeping busy” has been the life philosophy for Henry Lindquist, a Bolivar resident who turned 100 this past week. Repairing and restoring antique clocks and cars, woodworking and welding are just a few of the passions that have helped him live out this philosophy over the last century.
On Saturday, Senator Catharine Young (R,C,I- Olean) joined Mr. Lindquist, along with his friends and family, for a very special birthday celebration.
Residents can dispose of old, unwanted electronics, free of charge
OLEAN – Senator Catharine Young (R,C,I–Olean) announced today that she will be partnering with e-recycler Sunnking, Time Warner Cable, and the State University of New York at Fredonia’s Sustainability Committee to offer a free e-recycling event for area residents. The event will take place on Saturday, April 18, from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at Fredonia’s Services Complex, located on Ring Road on the Fredonia campus.
Rural dentistry pilot program will increase access to dental care for students
ALBANY – Senator Catharine Young (R,C,I-Olean) said she is thrilled that the $250,000 she secured in last year’s state budget has expanded children’s dental services across the Southern Tier.
A ribbon cutting at Cuba-Rushford Elementary School on Friday celebrated the widening of the Rural Dentistry Pilot Program that is operated by the University at Buffalo School of Dental Medicine.
Senator Young, Chair of the Legislative Commission on Rural Resources, worked with University at Buffalo Dean Michael Glick to help ensure that children in Allegany, Cattaraugus, and Chautauqua Counties’ rural communities receive the dental care they need.
ALBANY – Senator Catharine Young (R,C,I-Olean), Chair of the Legislative Commission on Rural Resources, is fighting to save sheltered workshops as an employment choice for people with disabilities.
Senator Young, who has introduced Senate Bill 3893-A, says the issue is personal to her.
“For 15 years before I was elected to state office, I worked at the ReHabilitation Center in Cattaraugus County where I saw people with disabilities thrive at the agency’s workshop, SubCon Industries. They had a deep sense of pride and self worth from working, and they loved earning a paycheck,” said Senator Young.
Statement from Senator Catharine Young (R,C,I – Olean) on the passage of the Trafficking Victims Protection and Justice Act:
“Today’s passage of the anti-human trafficking legislation by the Assembly is a positive step for the health and safety of all New York’s women. For nearly two years my Senate Republican colleagues and I have been calling on the Assembly’s downstate leadership to follow our lead and put progress ahead of politics. By finally doing what’s right for New York’s women, the new Assembly Speaker has shown a willingness to work together to get results on the critical issues before our state.
Senator Young, colleagues’ present plan that eases tax burden, supports students, and invests in programs to create good-paying jobs
ALBANY – Senator Catharine Young (R,C,I- Olean) will join members of the Senate Republican Majority this week to advance the “Brighter Future” budget plan, a plan that continues New York on the path to a fifth consecutive on-time budget. Highlights of the “Brighter Future” plan include the most property tax relief for homeowners in state history, historic support for students, and a significant investment in the state’s infrastructure.
New Leadership position will include greater responsibilities
ALBANY – Senator Catharine Young (R,C,I-Olean) today was named the Assistant Senate Majority Whip. The new leadership position will increase her responsibilities as a member of the Senate Republican Majority’s Leadership Team and better position her to advocate for policies important to her constituents.
Package will ensure greater availability of products, increase farmer’s ability to market goods, and develop the next generation of farmers
ALBANY – With rising demand for fresh, local goods, the Senate will include the “Grown in New York” initiative in their one-house budget resolution. The program will provide funding to key sectors of the state’s agriculture industry.
By helping to develop the next generation of New York’s young farmers, promoting the preservation and growth of farmland, and empowering farmers to reach more homes and families with their goods, the Senate aims to build on past successes.
Contest aims to promote environmental awareness around the 45th Anniversary of Earth Day
ALBANY - Senator Catharine Young (R,C,I-Olean) is encouraging local students to take part in the New York State Senate’s 2015 Earth Day Poster Contest, a statewide competition to encourage awareness of environmental issues.
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