I wanted to give you a quick update on our progress in making New York State a more affordable place to live and work.
For far too long, high property taxes have made it tough for hardworking families to balance their household budgets, and seniors to afford to stay in their homes.
High property taxes not only strain family finances, they also hurt our economy and cost us jobs. That’s why property tax relief is one of my top priorities as your state Senator.
We are achieving positive results.
Our historic property tax cap is putting the brakes on runaway property tax increases. We also have reduced government spending, and reformed pension and Medicaid mandates on local governments to rein in the property tax burden.
New Yorkers are always willing to lend a helping hand to those in need. But we don’t like seeing taxpayer money being wasted.
That’s why I co-sponsored “The Public Assistance Integrity Act”, which will prohibit welfare recipients from misusing Electronic Benefits Transfer Cards (EBTs). Under Senate Bill 7671 there would be no more free cigarettes, alcohol, strip clubs or lottery tickets for welfare card users.
Low-cost power will help spur growth for the Livingston County business
OLEAN – Senator Catharine Young (R,C,I- Olean) joined Governor Andrew M. Cuomo in announcing the most recent round of ReChargeNY Power Allocations. American Rock Salt Company LLC of Mt. Morris has been given a total recharge award of 2,650 kilowatts for business expansion in Livingston County.
ALBANY – State Senator Catharine Young (R,C,I – Olean) has been selected as one of NFIB-New York’s 2012 “Guardians of Small Business.”
The Guardian Award is the highest honor that NFIB bestows upon legislators. It was given in recognition of her voting record and support for small business issues during the legislative session.
“Small business is the life blood of our communities. They provide vital employment, services and goods on which we all rely. In a challenging economy it is especially important to pay close attention to legislation affecting small businesses,” said Senator Young.
OLEAN – “The attacks of September 11, 2001 were meant to devastate our country. Yet, despite their horrific nature, Americans have continued to show resolve as a Nation and as a People. Fear and violence could not, and will not, overcome freedom and liberty,” said Senator Catharine Young (R,C,I-Olean).
“Today, we share in the sorrows of families who lost loved ones that day. We remember the bravery of emergency responders who entered burning buildings. We recognize the efforts of everyday people who helped complete strangers. We honor those who fought back against their attackers to keep others safe from harm. We continue to hold our military service members in highest esteem for their sacrifices in the cause of freedom,” she added.
ALBANY – State Senator Catharine Young (R,C,I – Olean) has received high ratings from two business groups for her record to improve the economic climate and support taxpayers in New York State.
Senator Young received a 90 percent rating from The Business Council, the highest awarded in the State Senate. She also was near the top, receiving 88 percent, from Unshackle Upstate.
“In this challenging economy, we need to foster an environment where businesses want to invest in our State, where jobs are being created, and where people want to move in – not away,” said Senator Young.
HUME – Decades after leading his platoon through a harrowing World War II battle for which he earned the Congressional Medal of Honor, Lt. Col. Almond E. Fisher is being memorialized for his service to the country and to its veterans.
During a ceremony Thursday afternoon, State Highway 19 in the Town of Hume was dedicated as the "Almond E. Fisher Memorial Highway." State Senator Catharine Young (R,C,I–Olean) and State Assemblyman Daniel J. Burling (R,C-Warsaw) sponsored the legislation renaming the highway.
SHERMAN – Motorists driving on Interstate 86 will soon see new signs stating that the Route 76 bridge in Sherman is dedicated in memory of Alfred F. Jones, a tireless community advocate and public servant.
During a ceremony Monday afternoon, the Route 76 bridge crossing Interstate 86 in the Village of Sherman was dedicated as the "Alfred F. Jones Memorial Bridge." State Senator Catharine Young (R,C,I – Olean) and State Assemblyman Andrew Goodell (R,C-Chautauqua) sponsored the legislation renaming the bridge.
OLEAN – "People across the Southern Tier and the traveling public are jumping for joy at this news,” said Senator Catharine Young (R,C,I-Olean).
"Fixing I-86 is a public safety and economic priority, and I commend Gov. Cuomo and the Seneca Nation for working together to find a solution. Getting construction underway immediately will put people to work and alleviate increasingly dangerous roadway conditions. The highway literally was breaking into pieces. We couldn't be more thrilled that an agreement was reached,” said Senator Young.
Veteran Receives Overdue Medals, Certificate During American Legion Meeting
ANDOVER – Nearly 45 years after completing his time in the military, Specialist 4 John C. Harrington received well-deserved medals earned during his service to the country.
During a ceremony at the Allegany County American Legion Committee Meeting on Thursday, Senator Catharine Young (R,C,I – Olean) presented Spec. 4 Harrington with the National Defense Service Medal, the Korean Defense Service Medal and a Cold War Recognition Certificate.
OLEAN – Opportunities for economic development, job growth and waterfront revitalization are increasing with the addition of the Allegheny River and the Cattaraugus Creek to New York State’s list of Designated Inland Waterways.
State Senator Catharine Young (R,C,I – Olean) sponsored legislation that was signed last week by Governor Cuomo designating both bodies of water as official inland waterways. With the additions to the list, communities on these bodies of water are now eligible to apply for grants through the Local Waterfront Revitalization Program and other similar programs.
DUNKIRK, New York (PRWEB) July 12, 2012 - Business, civic and labor groups as well as local and state elected officials today launched a coalition to support progressive energy projects in Western New York. The coalition, “PowerUp Western New York,” broadly endorses the Energy Highway plan that Governor Cuomo announced during his 2012 State-of-the-State message, and specifically urges the State to support a project that would repower the 625 MW coal-fueled power plant in Dunkirk, New York with modern and efficient combined-cycle gas turbine (CCGT) technology.
CHAUTAUQUA LAKE -- Senator Catharine Young (R,C,I-57th District) and Assemblyman Andy Goodell (R,C-Chautauqua) announced they have secured another $50,000 state grant to help clean up Chautauqua Lake. The funding doubles the $50,000 the lawmakers obtained in the state budget that was passed in March, totaling $100,000 for this fiscal year that will be used by the Chautauqua Lake Association (CLA) to harvest invasive weeds.
OLEAN – When Sergeant First Class Glenn Treaster stopped by Senator Catharine Young’s office in Olean to inquire about military medals, he had no idea he would be receiving so many awards. “When I learned about the medals, I thought, ‘You’ve got to be kidding.’ To me, this is awesome. I am getting something I didn’t know I had coming. I’m being honored. I’m on top of the world,” Sergeant Treaster said.
BOLIVAR – Specialist 5 Thomas Jordan had no idea he deserved medals for his service in the Army until he spoke with long-time friend and recent medal recipient Boatswain’s Mate (BM), Third Class Daniel Little. “Dan Little, who already received medals from Senator Young, was in the Navy and said something about the Korean Defense Medal. He thought I might be eligible to receive it, told me to send my DD-214 to the Senator’s office and they would research it. That’s how it all began,” Spec. 5 Jordan said. “I would have never pursued the medal if it hadn’t been for Dan. He started it, and that’s how this all took place,” he added.
PORTVILLE – When Cody Perkins went to his friend’s house to play, he had no idea he would help avert a potentially devastating tragedy. Around 4 p.m. on May 23, while 10-year-olds Cody Perkins and Matthew Snyder played in a cornfield near Matthew’s aunt’s house on Route 417, the boys heard a shot fired. Cody took cover, and when he looked up, he saw Matthew was bleeding and immediately took action.
ALBANY – Senator Catharine Young (R,C,I – Olean), who has been leading the fight to save the NRG plant in Dunkirk, said “significant progress” has been made through passage of a Senate bill. Legislation that would preserve local PILOT payments and keep the NRG plant operating while boosting low-cost power allocation for economic growth has cleared the state Senate, announced Senator Young.The measure, sponsored by Senator Young, is a statewide solution to transition existing power plants to cleaner energy. It requires the New York Power Authority to conduct an analysis and recommend three-year purchase power agreements with electricity generators.
ALBANY – Senator Catharine Young (R,C,I – 57th District) announced that the state Senate passed legislation to further protect students who are bullied or cyberbullied. The bill, which clarifies and expands existing law, creates guidelines for school districts to develop policies and procedures to address the problem of cyberbullying. “This legislation provides our schools with the necessary tools to address a terrible problem. Social media such as Facebook, and text messaging have escalated bullying to an extreme level, sometimes with tragic consequences. We need to ensure our schools are safe so our students can have a positive environment for learning and development,” Senator Young said.
ALBANY – Welfare benefits could not be used to buy cigarettes, beer and lottery tickets as a result of a bill co-sponsored by Senator Catharine Young (R,C,I – Olean) and passed by the state Senate today. The “Public Assistance Integrity Act” would prohibit the use of Electronic Benefit Transfer (EBT) debit cards to purchase tobacco products, alcoholic beverages and games of chance.The legislation, which is co-sponsored in the state Assembly by Assemblymen Andrew Goodell (R,C – Chautauqua), and Joseph Giglio (R,C,I – Gowanda), also would not allow EBT cash withdrawals in casinos, liquor stores or strip clubs, Senator Young said.
ALBANY – Senator Catharine Young (R,C,I – Olean) announced that the state Senate passed legislation to curb the escalating problem of prescription drug abuse.The bill (S7637), co-sponsored by Senator Young, makes a significant change to the way prescription drugs are distributed and monitored in New York. “This legislation seeks to prevent deaths from abuse and overdoses of prescription drugs, particularly painkillers by providing ‘real time’ prescription tracking, which supplies more information to doctors and pharmacists. It puts us one step closer to reversing the numbers of deaths caused by prescription drug abuse, which has devastated families and lives throughout the state, including my district,” Senator Young said.
Millions of women across New York State are on the verge of winning an historic victory at the State Capitol, but we need YOUR help!
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.
I was proud to vote for this package in the Senate, but our job isn't done yet. That's why I'm launching a new petition drive designed to encourage the State Assembly to take final action on these bills without delay.