Catharine Young's Press releases

Senator Young Announces Signing of Legislation Promoting Lake Erie Wine Country Tourism

For Release: Immediate, September 30, 2013

Law officially renames the Chautauqua Wine Trail the “Lake Erie Wine Country Trail”

ALBANY – Senator Catharine Young (R,C,I-Olean) announced that Governor Cuomo has signed legislation passed by the State Legislature this year that officially affirms the name change of the Chautauqua Wine Trail to the “Lake Erie Wine Country Trail,” the group’s preferred title for marketing and promotional efforts since 2010.

Following the passage of Senate Bill 3923B/Assembly Bill 5721B this year, the legislation sponsored by Senator Young and Assemblyman Andrew Goodell (R,C-Chautauqua) was then delivered to the Governor and has now been signed into law.

October 7, 2013
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Senator Young Announces State Funding for Rail Upgrades in Livingston County

For Release: Immediate, September 30, 2013

Rail lines to receive $3,877,662 of grant funding for track rehabilitation and improvements

ALBANY – Senator Catharine Young (R,C,I-Olean) has announced that track rehabilitation and upgrade projects in Livingston County have received substantial grant funding from the New York State Passenger and Freight Rail Assistance Program totaling over $3.8 million.

A grant of $3,719,908 for Rochester and Southern Railroad, Inc. will provide for the rehabilitation of rail lines stretching from Caledonia to Dansville, allowing for faster track speeds and greater utilization.

October 7, 2013
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"John Stow Vietnam Veterans and MIA Memorial Bridge" Dedicated in Town of North Harmony

Bridge Across I-86 Honors Vietnam Veterans and All Soldiers Missing in Action

STOW - In recognition of the service of Marine Private First Class John L. Stow, and all those soldiers who served in Vietnam or have gone Missing in Action fighting for our country, the State Route 394 bridge crossing Interstate 86 in the Town of North Harmony and hamlet of Stow was today named the “John Stow Vietnam Veterans and MIA Memorial Bridge.”

During a ceremony at the Hadley House in Stow, Senator Catharine Young (R,C,I – Olean) and Assemblyman Andrew Goodell (R,C – Chautauqua) joined family, friends, and local officials in unveiling the new sign memorializing native son John Stow, who was killed in Vietnam while serving with the U.S. Marines, on February 13, 1968, at the age of just 18. In addition to Stow, the currently unnamed bridge, which is fittingly located so close to the Veterans Memorial Bridge passing over Chautauqua Lake, will serve as an additional memorial to all American soldiers who served in Vietnam, as well as all those who have gone Missing in Action overseas.

September 14, 2013
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Senator Young Announces State Funding for Chautauqua Lake Cleanup Efforts

ALBANY – Senator Catharine Young (R,C,I-Olean) announced today that she has secured $100,000 to battle invasive species in Chautauqua Lake.

Following the $100,000 of funding that Senator Young secured for the Chautauqua Lake Association (CLA) last year, this year’s additional $100,000 grant will help support the CLA’s aquatic weed control initiatives.

“Chautauqua Lake is an economic engine that brings millions of tourism dollars that grow our small businesses and enhance our tax base. The recreational benefits provided by the lake enhance our quality of life, so having a healthy and vibrant lake is very important to our community,” she said.

September 9, 2013
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Senator Young Honors Three Bolivar Veterans in Medal Ceremony

Gerald Lynn Bonney, Ronald Scutt, and Leo Francis Coyle Receive Awards For Military Service

BOLIVAR - Recognizing their outstanding records of military service in Europe, Korea, and Vietnam, three local veterans have finally received the military decorations they earned by their service.

During a ceremony at the Kenyon Andrus American Legion in Bolivar today, Senator Catharine Young (R,C,I – Olean) presented Sergeant First Class Gerald Lynn Bonney and Specialist 4th Grade Ronald Scutt with the military medals they earned while serving in Vietnam and Korea, respectively. Senator Young also posthumously honored Private First Class Leo Francis Coyle for his service in Europe during World War II. After being contacted by the veterans and their families, Senator Young was instrumental in obtaining the long overdue awards.

“Our veterans deserve our deepest appreciation and gratitude. The men being honored today selflessly left their homes and families to bravely serve their country a world away from everything and everyone they knew and loved. These men represent two generations of proud Americans who upheld the highest traditions of our armed forces,” said Senator Young.

September 7, 2013
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Senator Young Announces Funding For Libraries

Additional grant funding secured in the 2013-14 legislative session set for disbursement

ALBANY - Senator Catharine Young (R,C,I-Olean) announced that libraries in her district will begin receiving additional funding that she secured during this year’s legislative session.

Every library in Senator Young’s district will receive $6,800 disbursed through the State Education Department (SED).

August 30, 2013
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Participants Needed For "Old McDonald Had a Farm" World Record Attempt at Allegany State Park

Record-Setting Crowd to Sing the Classic Nursery Rhyme at Sally Marsh Hootenanny this Saturday

ALLEGANY STATE PARK – For the past 42 summers and counting, visitors have always been able to count on a Hootenanny with Sally Marsh at Allegany State Park every Thursday evening. Each summer, scores continue to come out to the park’s Quaker Amphitheater to sing and dance as Sally plays her songs.

Now, loyal fans and park visitors can be a part of history by helping Sally set a record, according to Senator Catharine Young.

August 15, 2013
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Senator Young Honors Woman of Distinction Francie Potter

Allegany resident honored for over 50 years of service and community involvement

ALLEGANY – From the PTA and ski clubs to local colleges and historical associations, Francie Potter has devoted herself to public service in Allegany and Cattaraugus Counties through a multitude of groups and organizations. For her decades of selfless service, she was selected by Senator Catharine Young (R,C,I-Olean) as the New York State Senate’s 2013 Woman of Distinction for the 57th Senate District.

August 15, 2013
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Senator Young Honors Portville World War II Veteran for Appointment to French Legion of Honor

Herman White of Portville Honored for Service in Liberating France

Recognizing his outstanding record of military service during World War II and his contributions to the liberation of France in 1944-45, United States Army Air Forces Sergeant Herman E. White of Portville has received the honor of appointment to France’s National Order of the Legion of Honor.

At a reception held this afternoon in Bradford, Pennsylvania, Senator Catharine Young (R,C,I - Olean) presented Sergeant White with the official medal conferred upon honorees inducted into the Legion of Honor.

August 8, 2013
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Wellsville World War II Veteran Honored for Induction into Veterans' Hall of Fame

Art Van Tyne Joins New York State Senate Veterans’ Hall of Fame

WELLSVILLE – Recognizing his outstanding record of military service, a distinguished civilian career, and decades of community involvement, Lt. Col. Art Van Tyne of Wellsville was inducted into the New York State Senate Veterans' Hall of Fame as Senator Catharine Young’s 2013 nominee.

Because Lt. Col. Van Tyne was unable to attend the induction ceremony held in Albany in May, he was honored with a reception held this afternoon at the Morrison Hayes American Legion Post No. 702 in Wellsville.

August 1, 2013
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Announcement of Landmark Agreement Between the State and Seneca Nation Held in Salamanca

SALAMANCA – It has been 35 years since a Governor has personally visited Salamanca with good news, according to state Senator Catharine Young (R,C,I - Olean).

Governor Hugh Carey drove a bulldozer to break ground for Route 17 – now Interstate 86 – in Salamanca during July of 1978.

Today, Governor Andrew Cuomo ended the long, dry spell by making a joint appearance with Seneca Nation of Indians President Barry Snyder, Sr. in front of an enthusiastic crowd at the Salamanca City Central School District. The leaders announced $350 million in casino revenue payments by the Senecas to the state and local governments - welcome news to a community that has been struggling financially.

July 31, 2013
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Olean World War II Navy Veteran John Capito Honored in Medal Ceremony

Veteran Receives Awards for Service Aboard USS Plunkett (DD 431)

OLEAN – Just over 70 years after joining the U.S. Navy, Petty Officer 3rd Class John P. Capito received the military decorations he earned for his service as a signalman aboard a destroyer during World War II.

During a ceremony at the War Veterans Park in Olean today, Senator Catharine Young (R,C,I – Olean) presented Petty Officer 3rd Class Capito with the medals that were due to him. After being contacted by his family, Senator Young was instrumental in obtaining the awards.

July 13, 2013
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Senator Young Announces Bus Shuttles to NRG Hearing for Dunkirk Residents

Urges Concerned Citizens to Utilize Shuttles and Come to Public Hearing at SUNY Fredonia

Senator Catharine Young (R, I, C - Olean) has announced that a free shuttle service will be provided beginning at 5:30 p.m. to SUNY Fredonia’s Williams Center and back so that local residents, especially senior citizens, will have transportation to and from the (PSC) hearing on Monday, July 15.

SUNY Fredonia also will have parking available for attendees who wish to drive their own vehicles.

July 12, 2013
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Wellsville World War II Army Veteran Honored Posthumously

Family received awards earned for service in the Philippines and Japan 

WELLSVILLE – The family of a United States Army veteran who courageously served as an infantryman in some of the most difficult battles in the Pacific Theater during World War II recently received the military decorations he earned during his service.

June 28, 2013
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Senator Young Announces Public Service Commission to Hold Public Hearing on NRG Repowering

Urges All Concerned Citizens to Attend Public Hearing at SUNY Fredonia on July 15 at 6:00PM

Saying it is “a great victory for taxpayers and the community,” Senator Catharine Young (R,C,I-Olean) announced that concerned citizens will be granted the opportunity to have their voices heard about the future of the NRG power plant during a public hearing at SUNY Fredonia about the competing NRG and National Grid proposals currently under review by the Public Service Commission.

June 28, 2013
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Senate Passes Virtual Learning Bill

Bill creates online learning advisory committee to explore online and blended learning 

ALBANY— A bill passed in the Senate (S.5509-A), and sponsored by Senator Catharine Young (R, I, C—Olean),  would help rural school districts dramatically increase course offerings for students by taking steps toward the creation of a statewide online and blended learning program.

Online and blended learning initiatives, often referred to as virtual learning, provide schools with cost-effective opportunities to use technology to offer students access to courses otherwise not available.

June 24, 2013
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Senate Gives Final Passage to Bill to Protect OPWDD from Funding Cuts

ALBANY - The New York State Senate recently gave final passage to legislation (S4777D), co-sponsored by Senator Catharine Young (R,C,I- Olean), that would protect providers of services for people with disabilities from devastating state funding cuts.

The legislation would appropriate up to $90 million, or as much as is needed, to the Office for People with Developmental Disabilities (OPWDD) to protect providers from funding reductions if recommended savings measures fall short of projections.

“This victory was hard fought, but well worth the battle. We must stand up for the state’s most vulnerable citizens. The Senate was able to restore some of the cuts in the state budget, and remained persistent until these vital organizations could remain fully-funded. Agencies will not be forced to cut or reduce programs that are crucial to people with disabilities,” said Senator Young.

June 20, 2013
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Senate Passes Public Assistance Integrity Act

Legislation Would Curb Abuse of Public Assistance

ALBANY - The New York State Senate has passed the “Public Assistance Integrity Act,” co-sponsored by Senator Catharine Young (R,C,I- Olean), that would prohibit welfare recipients from using cash assistance for tobacco, alcoholic beverages, lottery tickets or gambling.

“Temporary public assistance is supposed to help people get back on their feet as they work to become self-sufficient. Unfortunately, far too many individuals are abusing the program that is intended for groceries and other necessities. It is time to cut down on the blatant misuse of these funds,” said Senator Young.

June 19, 2013
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Senators Young and Hannon Lead Effort to Help Rural Hospitals

ALBANY— Many of New York’s rural hospitals are in danger of closing unless policy changes are made to strengthen them, according to Senator Catharine Young (R, I, C—Olean), who recently led a roundtable discussion with experts from across upstate to brainstorm solutions.

The session was a joint endeavor between Senator Young, Chair of the Commission on Rural Resources, and Senator Kemp Hannon (R, C, I—Garden City), Chair of the Senate Health Committee.

June 18, 2013
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