Veterans Receive Awards for Service in Liberation of France
OLEAN – Nearly 70 years after the liberation of France, two Olean veterans have received awards from the French Republic for their part in the defeat of Nazi Germany.
During a ceremony at her office in Olean on Armed Forces Day, May 17, Senator Catharine Young (R,C,I – Olean) joined Mr. Pascal Soares, Honorary French Consul of New York, in presenting medals to U.S. Navy Petty Officer 3rd Class John P. Capito and U.S. Army Staff Sgt. William Zuckerman in recognition of their outstanding service.
$300,000 of State Funding for Urgent Dredging Projects
ALBANY – Senator Catharine Young (R,C,I-Olean) announced today that critically-needed dredging projects in Chautauqua County will be able to go forward thanks to $300,000 she has secured.
“With the county’s harbors and waterways in tremendous need of dredging right now, this grant is great news for taxpayers and residents. The current condition of our harbors and waterways has contributed to damaging flooding and related problems. This funding lifts a significant burden from local taxpayers, who will not have to bear the brunt of the costs yet will still be able to see these important projects completed.
Senator Catharine Young (R,C,I-Olean) urges residents to take precautions and help local officials in the wake of recent flooding by immediately reporting any storm damage.
Although the full extent of the impact remains unclear, the flooding that has ravaged parts of Chautauqua and Cattaraugus Counties is expected to have caused millions of dollars in damages as floodwaters have poured into homes and structures, and over roads and fields.
Ashford resident honored for distinguished service and accomplishments
ALBANY – For a lifetime of service, Town of Ashford resident Dorothy Button was honored today as a New York State Senate 2014 “Woman of Distinction.” Senator Catharine Young (R,C,I-Olean) selected Mrs. Button as the 57th Senate District’s honoree for her long and distinguished record of accomplishments that include service in the U.S. Coast Guard, years of dedicated work on behalf of fellow veterans, and decades of volunteerism as a firefighter and EMT.
Senate Bill 6865/Assembly Bill 9135 Signed into Law
Sets Aside Six Percent of State Contracts for Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Businesses
ALBANY - Today, Governor Cuomo signed into law legislation (S.6865/A.9135) passed by the New York State Senate and Assembly and co-sponsored by Senator Catharine Young (R,C,I-Olean) that will award more state contracts to disabled veterans who have been injured while honorably serving our country.
ALBANY - At the State of New York Police Officers Memorial today, Senator Young joined in honoring New York’s brave police officers who in the last year made the ultimate sacrifice and lost their lives in the line of duty.
New State Budget Reflects Strong Commitment to Seniors
ALBANY - Senator Catharine Young (R,C,I-Olean) highlighted a number of important initiatives included in the recently passed state budget that will help New York’s seniors.
“Seniors in our state have spent their lives raising their families, enriching our communities, and working to power our state’s economy. At the same time, they have saved for retirement and responsibly prepared for their golden years. Now, because of burdensome taxes and high costs of living, many retirees and seniors on fixed incomes are having difficulty staying in their homes here in New York after they’ve retired.
Changes to EBT Card System Will Crack Down on Abuse
ALBANY - Senator Catharine Young (R,C,I-57th District) said she has great news to report to the 2,360 taxpayers from her district who contacted her in support of curbing Electronic Benefit Transfer (EBT) cards from being used to pay for liquor, strippers, and gambling.
"People's voices in support of welfare reform were heard all the way to Albany, and we are making progress towards implementing common sense policies that provide support to those who truly need help while stopping welfare fraud and waste," she said.
Senator Young's push to stifle EBT misuse resulted in legislation she co-sponsored being included in the recently-passed final state budget.
Residents can get rid of old, unwanted electronics free of charge
OLEAN – Senator Catharine Young (R,C,I-Olean) announced that she has teamed up with e-recycler Sunnking, Time Warner Cable, and student volunteers from the Frewsburg High School Science Squad in offering a free e-recycling event for area residents. The event will take place on Saturday, April 12, from 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. at Frewsburg High School, 26 Institute Street, Frewsburg.
Critical Access Hospitals provide vital healthcare for rural communities
ALBANY – For the second year in a row, Senator Catharine Young (R,C,I-Olean), Chair of the Legislative Commission on Rural Resources, announced that she successfully secured funding crucial to the continued operation of New York’s Critical Access Hospitals.
“These facilities serve as a healthcare lifeline for many rural communities. The people they serve are reliant on the healthcare services they provide,” said Senator Young.
ALBANY - Tax cuts to help overburdened property taxpayers, save jobs and grow the economy are some of the many highlights of the 2014-15 state budget, according to Senator Catharine Young (R,C,I - 57th District).
“By working together, we have crafted an on-time budget that includes some of the most effective tax relief progress we have seen in quite awhile. It assists seniors and hardworking, middle class families with their suffocating property tax bills. It also makes New York a more competitive business environment for manufacturers, small businesses and farmers,” Senator Young said.
“Making our state a more affordable place to live and work is essential to reversing the economic damage that was done to our state in 2009-10, when downstate controlled all of state government and they hiked 126 taxes by over $14 billion. We still are recovering from those irresponsible policies. The Senate coalition is working hard to turn things around by creating opportunities and empowering all New Yorkers,” Senator Young said.
ALBANY - Senator Catharine Young (R,C,I-Olean) has delivered more than $578.5 million in education aid to schools across her district in the 2014-15 state budget.
“The average education increase for my schools is 5.5 percent, higher than the statewide average of 5 percent. School aid increased by $30,305,892 in my Senate district. It is a big victory for our kids and property taxpayers,” Senator Young said.
Education funding is the largest growth component of the budget, with a $1.1 billion increase, taking the total to more than $25 billion statewide, according to Senator Young.
ALBANY - Record road repair funds to help local governments, including a new $40 million “Extreme Weather Assistance” pothole fund, were added successfully to the state budget by Senate Republicans, according to Senator Catharine Young (R,C,I-57th District).
The extra transportation money was included by lawmakers in response to the unusually harsh winter which has seriously damaged roads. The pothole funding is on top of the popular Consolidated Highway Improvement Program (CHIP) which was brought to a record $438 million to help municipalities afford much-needed road maintenance.
“Every day I hear from travelers who are upset about rough roads and the potholes that are just about everywhere. The extreme freezing and thawing cycles have heaved up pavement and caused deep craters. Poor road conditions can be a contributing factor in car crashes and can cause expensive damage to vehicles. It is a serious safety and pocketbook issue,” Senator Young said.
The pothole fund will be distributed under the same formula as the CHIP dollars, according to Senator Young.
The budget also includes capital road and bridge funds totaling $3.7 billion statewide.
ALBANY - Senator Catharine M. Young (R,C,I-Olean) applauded the U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) official disaster declaration in response to the damages suffered by grape vineyards during this winter's freezing cold temperatures. Many farmers are fearing vineyards have sustained the worst damages in 20 years and federal assistance will be necessary to cover the losses.
This winter grape growers worst fears were realized when the persistent freezing cold temperatures struck, threatening the life of grape vines and buds. The extended sub-zero temperatures caused severe damage to the plants that are the bedrock of New York's $4.8 billion wine and grape industry. Hundred of farmers stand to lose up to 90 percent of their crops, according to an estimate from Cornell Cooperative Extension.
ALBANY - Senator Catharine M. Young (R,C,I-Olean) co-sponsored a Senate resolution celebrating the life, and mourning the death, of Buffalo Bills owner and Western New York icon Ralph C. Wilson, Jr., who passed away on March 25, 2014.
“All of Western New York is in mourning over the loss of a such a great man. Loyalty, integrity, and trust were the hallmarks of Ralph Wilson. He made sure that our beloved Buffalo Bills, a team that is part of the fabric of our lives, stayed in Buffalo. We are grateful to have had him for his 95 years of life,” said Senator Young.
ALBANY - Senator Catharine Young (R,C,I-57th District) said she is “calling on Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver to join Senate Republicans to end the Gap Elimination Adjustment (GEA) which has taken over a billion dollars from our children’s education in school districts across the state.”
“The Senate Republicans have been leading the charge to get rid of the GEA, which consistently is cited by school districts as their number one priority in this year’s state budget,” said Senator Young.
Member of Board of Directors Richard D. Burke Visits Albany
ALBANY - Richard Burke of Avon, a member of Mercy Flight Central’s Board of Directors, visited Albany recently to meet with Senator Young and other legislators and discuss the important work of the non-profit air-medical services provider based in Canandaigua.
OLEAN - In recognition of his exemplary record of military service, U.S. Army veteran Everett C. Fortner of Olean has finally received the medals he earned in World War II.
During a ceremony this weekend at her office in Olean, Senator Catharine Young (R,C,I - Olean) presented U.S. Army Technician 4th Grade Fortner with the military medals that reflect his service overseas during World War II. With family and friends present, Senator Young conferred the awards and recognized Sergeant Fortner’s honorable service.
CHIPS Funding Will Help to Reduce the Burden on Local Taxpayers
ALBANY - Senator Catharine Young (R, C, I-Olean) joins local highway superintendents from across New York State in calling for increased funding for the Consolidated Local Street and Highway Improvement Program (CHIPS). The CHIPS program is designed to alleviate the local tax burden by helping municipal governments meet costly infrastructure needs.
“The potholes this year are terrible - probably the worst we’ve seen. The roads are crumbling because of the unusually harsh, sub-zero temperatures and repeated thawing,” Senator Young said.
ALBANY - Senator Young and her Senate colleagues unveiled the new “Young Farmers NY” program this week, which will help support and encourage the next generation of farmers.
“Agriculture is the backbone of our state’s economy, contributing more than $5.4 billion every year, and few work harder or face greater challenges than our dedicated farmers. We owe it to them and to the next generation of aspiring farmers and agricultural leaders to enact the Young Farmers NY program and support them in their enthusiastic desire to help strengthen the farms that power our state’s economy,” said Senator Young.
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