Catharine Young's Press releases

Senate Begins Passage of Fiscally Responsible State Budget

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.


March 30, 2015

Legislation Passed To Help Law Enforcement Keep Pace with Evolving Technology

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.


March 30, 2015

Statement from Senator Catharine Young

"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."

March 27, 2015

Chautauqua County Manufacturers Receive Funding Through Workforce Development Institute

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.


March 24, 2015

Senator Young Appointed to Senate's Workforce Development Task Force

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.


March 24, 2015

Senator Young Honors Local Centenarian Henry Lindquist

Lindquist turned 100 on March 18, 2015


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.


March 23, 2015

Senator Young Partners with Time Warner Cable, Sunnking, and Fredonia to Host "Spring Cleaning" E-recycling Event

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.


March 23, 2015

Senator Young Announces Expansion of Rural Dentistry Pilot Program

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.

March 20, 2015

Senator Young Introduces Legislation Protecting Employment Opportunities for People with Developmental Disabilities

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.

March 18, 2015

Assembly Passage of Anti-Human Trafficking Legislation a Positive Step For Women Across New York

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.


March 16, 2015

“Brighter Future" Budget Plan A Boost For All New Yorkers

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.


March 11, 2015

Young Named Assistant Senate Majority Whip

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.


March 9, 2015

Young, Colleagues Launch "Grown In New York” to Support New York's Family Farms

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.


March 6, 2015

Senator Catharine Young Announces 2015 Earth Day Poster Contest

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.


March 6, 2015

Senator Young, Local Highway Superintendents Urge Greater Funding for Roads and Bridges

Call for a five-year dedicated fund and greater support for the Consolidated Highway Improvement Program


ALBANY – “Local Roads Matter” was the call to action voiced by Senator Catharine Young (R,C,I- Olean) and local Highway Superintendents during yesterday’s rally at the state Capitol.


March 5, 2015

Young Appointed To Senate Task Force on Lyme and Tick-Borne Diseases

Focus will be on improving prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of tick-borne diseases


ALBANY - Senator Catharine Young (R,C,I-Olean) has been appointed to the Senate’s Task Force on Lyme and Tick-Borne Diseases. The Task Force’s mission is to protect the health of New Yorkers by improving methods to prevent, diagnose, and treat Lyme and other tick-borne diseases.


Task Force members will play an active role in reviewing research, consulting with experts, and soliciting public input to develop legislation and advocate for additional resources to address the spread of Lyme disease in New York.


February 27, 2015

Senate Takes Lead on Combating Cyber Terrorism

Legislation enforces stricter penalties, creates a program to identify potential risk


ALBANY – New Yorkers confronted with a rapidly expanding threat to their security and finances gained confidence this week after the Senate took action to make the state’s computer infrastructure among the most secure in the nation. Senator Catharine Young (R,C,I-Olean) and her colleagues passed legislation to increase penalties and reduce the risk of cyber terrorism to citizens and businesses.


February 26, 2015

Greater Local Control, Closure of Loopholes Highlighted By Senate Report on Sex Offenders

Legislation introduced following State Senate Coalition’s report detailing numerous sex offenders living near Pre-K and Kindergarten programs


ALBANY – Following a comprehensive investigation by the New York State Senate Coalition that resulted in a startling report detailing numerous sex offenders living near Pre-K and Kindergarten facilities, Senator Catharine Young (R,C,I- Olean) will join fellow lawmakers to pass legislation that closes loopholes in existing laws and increases local authorities’ ability to restrict living arrangements for sex offenders.


February 25, 2015

State Legislators Applaud Citizens' Involvement To Restore School Aid

OLEAN – Although session duties in Albany Thursday will prevent area state legislators from attending the Olean Teachers’ Association (OTA) public rally, they lauded teachers, community members, school boards reps and administrators for supporting their efforts to restore school aid.


“Regrettably, Assemblyman Joe Giglio and I will be unable to take part in the rally because of the previously set legislative calendar. We are scheduled to be voting on bills on the floor of the Senate and Assembly, and there is a joint budget hearing on public safety that will go on until very late,” said Senator Catharine Young, (R,C,I-Olean).


February 24, 2015

Following The Tragic Death of Shannon Pepper, Young, Giglio Call For Passage of Brittany's Law

Legislation would require registration for violent felony offenders, create a statewide database



OLEAN – Following a tragic fire this past weekend in Cuba, New York, that cut short the life of domestic violence survivor Shannon Pepper, Senator Catharine Young (R,C,I-Olean) and Assemblyman Joseph M. Giglio (R,C,I-Gowanda) are calling for the Assembly to pass Brittany’s Law.


February 23, 2015
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