Catharine Young's Press releases

Senate Measure Improves Safety in Residential Youth Facilities

“Renee’s Law” Expands Information Available to Those Involved in the Placement of Violent Youth

ALBANY –  The New York State Senate today passed a measure to protect the staff and occupants in group homes and other youth residential facilities. “Renee’s Law” (S2625), sponsored by Senator Catharine Young (R,C,I-Olean), increases the criminal history and other information available to those involved in residential placements for violent youth offenders so that a thorough evaluation of the youth's rehabilitation and the risk they pose to the community can be performed.

June 12, 2013
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Senate Approves Bills to Cut Red Tape that Hurts Job Creation

Berger Commission-Style Panel To Make Binding Recommendations 

ALBANY - The New York State Senate passed 14 regulatory reform bills yesterday as the first part of a major initiative, that includes statewide public forums, to identify and eliminate thousands of costly and unnecessary government regulations that inhibit job creation and drive up local property taxes. Senator Catharine Young (R,C,I-Olean) applauded the package’s passage as a win for taxpayers, and growing the economy and jobs.

June 11, 2013
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Senator Young Announces Summer Reading Program

Students can track reading progress, share with family and friends

OLEAN  – With the end of the school year in sight, many students are anxiously awaiting the summer months. To keep their skills honed and minds sharp, the New York State Senate, in conjunction with the New York State Library, has launched the Summer Reading Program for students across the State.

June 7, 2013
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Senator Young to Host Electronics Recycling Event in Falconer

Residents can get rid of old, unwanted electronics free of charge

OLEAN – Senator Catharine Young announced that she has teamed up with Sunnking and SKF Aeroengine to offer a free electronics recycling event for area residents. The event will take place on Saturday, June 22 from 9 a.m. - 2 p.m. at SKF Aeroengine, One Maroco Road, Falconer.

June 6, 2013
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Local Veteran from Wellsville joins Veterans' Hall of Fame

Art Van Tyne nominated to New York State Senate Veterans’ Hall of Fame by Senator Catharine Young

ALBANY – Lt. Col. Art Van Tyne’s outstanding record of military service and community involvement are the reasons why he was inducted into the New York State Senate Veterans' Hall of Fame as Senator Catharine Young’s 2013 nominee.

May 31, 2013
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Vacation at New York State Parks this Summer

New York has some of the most breathtaking outdoor scenery in the nation. From the peaks of the Adirondacks to the shores of Lake Erie, our state has a truly unparalleled natural beauty.

As we head into summer – and campgrounds across the state are now open – we encourage you to consider planning a trip to one of our state’s majestic parks. In our area alone, we have Allegany State Park, Conesus Lake Boat Launch, the Genesee Valley Greenway, Lake Erie State Park, Letchworth State Park, Long Point State Park on Lake Chautauqua, Midway State Park and Stony Brook State Park.

May 31, 2013
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Senator Young Honors Francie Potter, 2013 Woman of Distinction

Francie Potter of Allegany has helped countless organizations and groups for over 50 years

ALBANY – From the PTA and ski clubs to local colleges and historical associations, Francie Potter has done it all for a variety of groups in Allegany and Cattaraugus Counties. For that very reason, she has been 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.

May 24, 2013
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Senate Passes Bill to Increase Access to Dentists in Underserved Communities

Measure would make dentists eligible for “Doctors Across New York”

ALBANY - Untreated oral diseases can lead to a number of health problems, some of them even life threatening, yet a severe shortage of dentists in underserved areas has left many New Yorkers without access to care, according to Senator Catharine Young (R,C,Ind-Olean), sponsor of “Dentists Across New York” which passed the state Senate yesterday.

The legislation (S.2190) would alleviate the issue by expanding the “Doctors Across New York” program and enabling dentists to be recruited and receive incentives to work in communities with dentist shortfalls.

May 8, 2013
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Cold War Veteran Honored for his service by Senator Young

Kevin Smeal received five service awards for his time with the United States Air Force

OLEAN – Senator Catharine Young (R,C,I- Olean) today awarded five service awards to a local Air Force veteran who served a specialized role in supporting our military during the Cold War. Kevin J. Smeal was an airframe repair specialist during the 1980s, and his service and expertise was vital in helping our nation maintain its strategic readiness during the height of the Cold War.

May 6, 2013
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Get Involved: I Love My Park Day

This Saturday, May 4th, New Yorkers across the State will be gearing up to show their love for our State parks and historic sites. Volunteers are needed throughout the day to help with clean-up and beautification at various sites. To get involved or to find a site near you, please take a second to visit http://www.ptny.org/ilovemypark/findanevent.shtml.

April 30, 2013
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New York State Senate Passes Rape Victims Equality Act

Bill is backed by victims advocacy groups and the State DA’s Association

ALBANY – In a vote that protects victims and gives prosecutors the tools they need to convict violent sexual predators, the New York State Senate today passed the Rape Victims Equality Act (S.3710-C), which is sponsored by Senator Catharine Young (R,C,I-Olean). The bi-partisan bill passed with overwhelming support.

April 29, 2013
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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
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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
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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
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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 http://www.ptny.org/ilovemypark. Hopefully you can make it!

April 10, 2013
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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
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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
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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
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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
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