Catharine Young's Press releases

Coming This Weekend: Your Chance to be a Hero

As Americans watched last week's horrific events unfold in Boston, we all witnessed countless acts of courage and selflessness.

We saw first responders, medical personnel, and law enforcement acting with great strength and real compassion during a time of crisis.
We saw neighbors helping neighbors.
We saw "ordinary" people doing truly extraordinary things.

In responding to acts of terror, natural disasters, fires or medical emergencies -- our nation has a long and proud tradition of stepping up during times of crisis.  

I encourage you to consider becoming a part of this proud tradition -- by volunteering to join your local fire department.       

April 25, 2013

Rural Resources Commission Discusses Successes from Budget, Plans Agenda for Rest of Session

ALBANY – As the Chair of the Legislative Commission on Rural Resources, Senator Catharine Young (R,C,I-Olean) announced that the bi-partisan Commission charged with addressing the needs of rural New York has chalked up several policy victories so far this year.

“Traditionally, the Rural Resources Commission has functioned as a think tank with a focus on advancing rural New York. Throughout its thirty year history, the Commission has remained a cooperative effort. It brings together the Legislature as a whole, as well as interested parties to better understand the issues rural New Yorkers face and to develop legislative solutions to best meet those needs,” said Senator Young.

April 23, 2013

Local Korean War Veteran Receives Military Medals from Senator Young

Sergeant Edwards worked on one of the military’s first ever remote-controlled tanks

April 12, 2013

I Love My Park Day - Saturday, May 4th

Do you love our local state parks and want to help keep them beautiful? If so, you might be interested in the second-annual I Love My Park Day on Saturday, May 4. Sponsored by Parks & Trails New York, I Love My Park Day gives volunteers from across the state a chance to help clean up, improve and beautify their local parks.

Events will be taking place at Allegany State Park, the Genesee Valley Greenway, Letchworth State Park and Midway State Park.  For more information and to learn how you can help out, please visit Hopefully you can make it!

April 10, 2013

State Budget Boosts Aid to Schools in 57th Senate District

Funding to increase by almost $1 billion statewide, more than $19 million in the district

ALBANY - School aid is boosted by nearly $1 billion in the state budget, with schools in the 57th Senate receiving more than $19 million over last year, announced Senator Catharine Young (R,C,I-Olean).

"The Senate fought hard to increase school aid to invest in our children and give relief to the taxpayers. Funding for schools in my district will total $554,616,011 – a large share of the statewide allocation of $21.1 billion," Senator Young said. 

March 27, 2013

Senate Passes Final Budget Bills

Budget delivers substantial tax relief to families, small businesses and manufacturers

ALBANY - Senator Catharine Young (R,C,I-Olean) announced the Senate has passed a soundly balanced, fiscally responsible state budget that controls spending and provides significant tax relief to families and seniors, and reduces the tax burden on small businesses and manufacturers to help create jobs.

The Assembly plans on passing matching budget bills on Thursday.

"For the third consecutive year, the budget will be passed on time, and it includes many initiatives that are steps in the right direction to make our state a more affordable place to live, work and do business," Senator Young said. 

March 27, 2013

Budget Language Could Help Dunkirk Repowering

Budget focuses on the benefits of repowering existing electric generation facilities

ALBANY - Calling it a “major step forward,” Senator Catharine Young (R,C,I-Olean) announced that language is included in this year’s state budget that focuses on the benefits of repowering existing electric generation facilities, a development that could have a positive impact on a future of clean, reliable and affordable power for Dunkirk and all of Western New York.

March 25, 2013

Senate Begins Passing Important Budget Bills

Sunday’s bills focused on transportation, economic development capital projects, environmental conservation, and public protection

ALBANY - Driving to achieve an early state budget, the Senate began passing budget bills on Sunday.

"The Senate is working to get the job done. I expect we will have passed all of the bills in our house by Wednesday," said Senator Catharine Young (R,C,I-Olean).

March 25, 2013

Senator Young Helps Two Local WWII Veterans Obtain Overdue Medals

Technical Sergeant Handrahan and Walter A. Bonney recognized for their military service

OLEAN – Senator Catharine Young (R,C,I- Olean) helped obtain medals for both a veteran of the air war in Europe during World War II and for the family of a World War II veteran who served in the Aleutian Islands and in Europe. The medals were presented recently.

At a ceremony at the Bolivar American Legion on March 16, the family of the late Technician Fifth Grade Walter A. Bonney received medals earned for his service during World War II as part of the Aleutian Islands Campaign and the Central Europe Campaign.

March 22, 2013

Senate Republicans Unveil “Grown in New York” to Strengthen Agriculture and Family Farms

Plan focuses on helping the State’s largest industry

ALBANY- Growing the state’s agriculture industry and helping New York’s family farms prosper is the goal of the “Grown in New York” plan, unveiled recently by Senator Catharine Young and Senator Patty Ritchie, Chair of the Senate Agriculture Committee.  The Senators were joined at a Capitol news conference by other members of the committee, as well as leaders of the New York Farm Bureau to announce a plan to strengthen the state’s $5.2 billion agriculture industry by expanding markets for New York-grown products, improving the bottom lines of family farms, and investing in the future of farming.

March 12, 2013

Senate Republicans Unveil Family Tax Relief Act

Plan Would Increase Tax Credits to Help Struggling Middle Class Families, Restore STAR Property Tax Rebate Checks for Millions of New Yorkers

March 5, 2013

New York State Senate Announces Earth Day Contest

Statewide Earth Day Poster Contest Promotes Environmental Awareness

OLEAN – Senator Catharine Young (R,C,I- Olean) today called for local student entries for the New York State Senate’s Earth Day Poster Contest, a statewide competition that encourages student awareness of environmental issues.

March 1, 2013

Senator Young Presents Medals to Two Local Veterans

Dorothy Button and Thomas Threadgill were honored for their dedicated service

SALAMANCA – Senator Catharine Young (R,C,I- Olean) recently awarded service medals to two distinguished veterans at the Cattaraugus County American Legion Family Testimonial Dinner held at Salamanca American Legion Post #535. Yeoman First Class Dorothy Button received the Medal for Merit, which is based on a U.S. Coast Guard Achievement Medal. Technical Sergeant Thomas Threadgill was given the New York State Medal for Merit, the Republic of Korea War Service Medal and a special commemorative medal from the Taiwanese government.

February 14, 2013

Senator Young Joins Senate Republicans To Call on Governor To Remove Utility Tax Surcharge Extension From Executive Budget

High utility costs remain an obstacle to economic growth and job creation

ALBANY - Senator Catharine Young (R,C,I-Olean) joined Senate Republican Leader Dean Skelos, members of the Senate Republican Conference and leaders of statewide business organizations to urge Governor Cuomo to remove the proposed extension of the utility tax surcharge from his Executive Budget. The 18-a surcharge, which has increased utility bills for every ratepayer in the state, is scheduled to expire on March 31, 2014.  The Governor’s proposed five-year extension would cost businesses and consumers a total of almost $3 billion.

February 5, 2013

Senator Young Announces New Civil Service Test

The Department of Corrections and Community Supervision is seeking correction officers

 OLEAN – Senator Catharine Young (R,C,I-Olean) joined the Department of Corrections and Community Supervision in announcing that a New York State Department of Civil Service test will be administered on April 13, 2013 as part of a correction officer recruitment effort. The deadline for filing for the examination is February 25, 2013.

January 29, 2013

Senator Young Receives Award from NFIB/NY for Pro-Small Business Track Record

Seen as a champion for small businesses all across the state

ALBANY – Senator Catharine Young (R,C,I-Olean) has received the “Guardian Award” from the New York Chapter of the National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB/NY). The award is a testament to the Senator’s pro-business attitudes in working to revitalize the upstate economy and bring jobs to her district and the state. Only 10 legislators in the entire state received this prestigious honor, according to NFIB/NY.

January 23, 2013

Senator Young Responds to Governor Cuomo's Executive Budget Address

“The commitment to no new taxes and the focus on economic growth are welcome features of the Governor’s budget proposal. Our hardworking, overburdened taxpayers cannot afford tax hikes, and we must continue to reduce the cost of doing business in the state so that our economy is competitive. We should continue to prioritize jobs and economic opportunities, which is what our families need and want,” said Senator Catharine Young (R,C,I-Olean).

January 22, 2013

Senator Young Presents Posthumous Medal to Local WWII Veteran

First Lieutenant Wicks was part of several combat missions and was a POW for many months

DANSVILLE – Senator Catharine Young (R,C,I- Olean) awarded four service medals today to the family of the late First Lieutenant Robert W. Wicks, who courageously fought during World War II. First Lieutenant Wicks’ family will be receiving the Prisoner of War Medal, the Good Conduct Medal, the American Campaign Medal and the World War II Victory Medal. The ceremony took place at the Daniel Goho American Legion Post #87 in Dansville.

January 22, 2013

Senator Young Responds to Governor Cuomo's State of the State Address

Encouraged by Cuomo’s pledge to not raise taxes, promote business growth

ALBANY – Senator Catharine Young (R,C,I-Olean) said she was encouraged by Governor Cuomo’s State of the State address’ focus on restoring the Upstate economy by concentrating on job growth, workforce training, no new taxes, infrastructure investment and incentives for business.

“Not raising taxes or fees is critical to making our state more competitive so more jobs can be created. We need to get people back to work, create good-paying jobs to sustain our families, and have career opportunities for our young people so they can stay after they graduate,” she said.

January 10, 2013

Senator Young Announces Local Job Creation Projects to Receive State Funding

Area Projects Among Winners of Regional Economic Development Council Awards

            Senator Catharine Young (R,C,I-Olean) today announced that 19 job creation projects in the 57th Senate District will receive critically important state funds through the second round of Regional Economic Development Council awards.

December 20, 2012
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