Catharine Young's Press releases

SENATE PASSES BILL TO PREVENT CYBERBULLYING

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.  

June 20, 2012
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SENATE PASSES LEGISLATION PROHIBITING MISUSE OF PUBLIC ASSISTANCE FUNDS

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.

June 20, 2012
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SENATE PASSES “I-STOP” TO REDUCE PRESCRIPTION DRUG ABUSE

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.

June 12, 2012
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SENATOR YOUNG ANNOUNCES PROGRESS WITH AID TO LOCAL GRAPE GROWERS

ALBANY – In the wake of devastating weather-related damage to local fruit crops, Senator Catharine Young (R,C,I – Olean) announced significant progress has been made this week with obtaining a federal disaster relief declaration, and with the introduction of a bill to provide tax credits to farmers faced with crop losses.Senator Young organized 22 other Senators to ask Governor Andrew Cuomo’s help for growers across the state whose crops were damaged by freezing temperatures. As a result, Governor Cuomo has sent a letter to the US Department of Agriculture asking for a disaster declaration.

June 11, 2012
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SENATE PASSES LEGISLATION TO INCREASE ACCESS TO QUALITY HEALTHCARE

ALBANY – Senator Catharine Young (R,C,I - 57th District) announced today that the Senate passed legislation that will increase the access to quality healthcare through technological advancements for rural patients throughout the state.The bill also passed the state Assembly and will be sent to Governor Cuomo for signature. The legislation amends the public health law, and grants hospital privileges to providers of telemedicine services by allowing for the credentialing of health care professionals offering the services. “The changes proposed to New York’s law would be more consistent with federal rules by removing an unnecessary regulatory obstacle that prevents small, rural hospitals from offering beneficial services like telemedicine,” Senator Young said.

June 11, 2012
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NEW YORK SENATE PASSES “NEW JOBS-NY” JOB CREATION PLAN

ALBANY – Senator Catharine Young (R,C,I – 57th District) announced the state Senate passed a major jobs plan she co-sponsors that would create thousands of private sector jobs throughout the state.“The 2012 NEW JOBS-NY Job Creation Plan would generate thousands of new private sector jobs by delivering tax relief to small businesses, reducing energy costs, and enacting important fiscal reforms so we can help put more New Yorkers to work and make one state’s economy more competitive,” Senator Young said. Highlights of the plan include:

May 31, 2012
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MAYVILLE’S NORMA CUMMINGS NAMED 2012 ‘WOMAN OF DISTINCTION’ BY SENATOR CATHARINE YOUNG

ALBANY – In times of emergency, you want someone like Norma Cummingson your side. Whether it’s her family, friends or a stranger in need, shecommits her time to helping others with kindness and compassion.     In honor of her years of dedication, Senator Catharine Young (R,C,I –Olean) named Mrs. Cummings as the 2012 Woman of Distinction for the 57thNew York Senate District.     “I was very surprised when I learned I had been named this year’sWoman of Distinction. I do what I do to help – and I do the best I can fora lot of people. When I stop and look at 25 years in the fire service, theyears at the Office of Emergency Medical Services for Chautauqua County,

May 18, 2012
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SENATE PASSES DOMESTIC VIOLENCE LEGISLATION SPONSORED BY SENATOR CATHARINE YOUNG

ALBANY – Imagine you’ve been beaten or sexually assaulted by an abuser. It may have been a spouse, significant other, or another relative that harmed you, maybe even repeatedly. Now, imagine how you would feel facing your abuser in court. Currently, New York State’s Criminal Procedure Law only permits children deemed “vulnerable” by a judge to testify by closed-circuit television. Now, thanks to a bill sponsored by Senator Catharine Young (R,C,I – Olean), which has been passed in the state Senate, the law also would include “domestic violence victims” as “vulnerable” witnesses in criminal proceedings.

May 8, 2012
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SENATOR YOUNG VOTES FOR LEGISLATION TO PREVENT SEX ABUSE

ALBANY – Senator Catharine Young (R,C,I – Olean) announced the passage of legislation that aims to prevent sexual predators from gaining access to potential victims and to assist law enforcement in tracking the offenders’ locations.

“Today, the Senate passed eight bills that, among other initiatives, increase the amount of information collected and disseminated about sexual offenders, change the reporting requirements for the Sexual Offender Registration Act (SORA), and addresses the recidivism rates among sexual offenders. Predators are released into society on a daily basis, and every piece of legislation is critical in protecting our children and communities,” Senator Young said.

May 1, 2012
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SENATOR CATHARINE YOUNG APPLAUDS THE COMPLETION OF A SECOND CONSECUTIVE ON-TIME NEW YORK STATE BUDGET

ALBANY – Senator Catharine Young (R,C,I – 57th District) announced the state budget is passed – and it is early. “The Senate worked together with the Assembly and Governor Cuomo to pass an early budget that achieves the Senate Republicans’ goals of reducing state spending with no new taxes and creating new private sector jobs. The 2012-13 budget also includes mandate relief that will ease the burden on our taxpayers,” Senator Young said.

April 10, 2012
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SENATOR CATHARINE YOUNG ANNOUNCES ADDITIONAL SCHOOL AID IN 2012-13 BUDGET

            ALBANY – Schools in the 57th Senate District will be boosted with increases totaling nearly $22.2 million, or an average 4.37 percent, in additional aid from the state, announced Senator Catharine Young, (R,C,I-Olean).

            Statewide, total education aid is increased by $805 million over last year in the state budget. The 45 schools in the 57th Senate District, which includes all of Chautauqua, Cattaraugus, Allegany and half of Livingston counties, will receive more than half a billion dollars, totaling $530,802,964 in state assistance. 

March 29, 2012
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SENATOR CATHARINE YOUNG PLEASED WITH REINSTATEMENT OF SALES TAX “EXEMPTION”

ALBANY – Senator Catharine Young (R,C,I – 57th District) is applauding the restoration of a long-awaited state sales tax exemption for all clothes and shoes less than $110.

Sales tax varies by state with New York setting its state sales tax at four percent. Counties receive at least an additional three percent of sales tax. The state will now exempt its portion of the sales tax, which Senator Young said has been in place for far too long.

March 27, 2012
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LEGISLATION CO-SPONSORED BY SENATOR CATHARINE YOUNG AIMS TO BOOST LOCAL AGRICULTURAL PURCHASES

ALBANY – The New York State Senate passed the “Buy From the Backyard Act,” a bill co-sponsored by Senator Catharine Young (R,C,I-57th District), which promotes the purchase of food grown or produced locally. “’Buy From the Backyard’ encourages investment in New York’s agriculture and demonstrates our state’s commitment to the products grown, produced and harvested in our area. It reinforces the importance of supporting our local, hardworking farmers and aims to grow our economy,” said Senator Young.

March 20, 2012
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SENATOR CATHARINE YOUNG ANNOUNCES ONE-HOUSE BUDGET RESOLUTION PASSES SENATE

ALBANY – The Senate passed a one-house budget resolution today that features initiatives to achieve job creation and economic growth, tax relief, Medicaid reform, and school aid restoration, announced Senator Catharine Young (R,C,I – Olean).

The plan keeps spending growth under two percent and is less than what was proposed in Governor Andrew Cuomo’s $132.5 billion budget proposal.

“Our priorities reflect the priorities that people have told us they want and need. This plan is fiscally responsible, yet addresses urgent issues in a positive and productive way,” said Senator Young.

Highlights of the resolution include:

March 12, 2012
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SENATOR YOUNG ANNOUNCES 2012 NEW JOBS-NY JOB CREATION PLAN

ALBANY – Senator Catharine Young (R,C,I – Olean) is co-sponsoring a major job creation plan that will be passed in the state Senate’s budget resolution next week.  The 2012 NEW JOBS-NY Job Creation Plan includes significant tax relief to encourage the creation of new private sector jobs, measures to control state spending and ensure fiscal responsibility, and to protect taxpayers, according to Senator Young.

March 7, 2012
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SENATE PASSES BILL TO REPEAL COSTLY MANDATE ON BUSINESS, Wage Theft Prevention Act Restricts State’s Business Environment

ALBANY – Senator Catharine Young (R,C,I – Olean) announced that the state Senate has passed legislation she co-sponsored to repeal the Wage Theft Prevention Act of 2010, a burdensome, costly mandate on every employer in the state.

The Wage Theft Prevention Act of 2010 included a requirement that each year, a written notice on wages be provided by all private sector employers to all employees. Depending on the the method of payment to the employee (hourly, salary, etc.), employers must file a different form, and are required to use a form in the primary language of each employee. The act further requires that employees confirm receipt of this notice with a  written acknowledgement that must be retained for six years.

March 2, 2012
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Recovering Unclaimed Funds

You may be entitled to some of the over $10.5 billion in unclaimed funds in New York State.

For your protection, New York State law requires banks, insurance companies, utility companies, investment companies and many other businesses to surrender inactive accounts to the State. These accounts are known as "lost," "abandoned," or "unclaimed" funds.

February 27, 2012
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Murderer, Rapist Edward Kindt Eligible for Parole February 13; Senator Catharine Young Urges Public to Help Keep Kindt Behind Bars

ALBANY – Senator Catharine Young (R,C,I – 57th District) is once again calling on residents of her district to pursue an urgent letter-writing campaign to the New York State Parole Board to help keep Edward Kindt behind bars when he becomes eligible for parole this month. At 15-years-old, Kindt was convicted of raping and brutally murdering Penny Lea Brown, of Salamanca, on Mother’s Day 1999 while she was jogging on a trail with her two dogs.

February 7, 2012
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Get the Facts on the 2012-13 Executive Budget Plan

Governor Andrew Cuomo has just unveiled his new Executive Budget Proposal -- marking the beginning of the State Budget negotiation and adoption process for the 2012-2013 Fiscal Year.  Last year, the Senate passed an on-time budget that achieved our critically important goals of controlling spending, avoiding tax increases and helping to create new private sector jobs.  This year, we will look to build upon this progress by passing an on-time, fiscally responsible budget that keeps our State moving in the right direction.We encourage you to visit this section of our website on a regular basis to learn more about the Governor's new budget proposal, and to stay up-to-date on new developments as the budget review and approval process moves forward. 

January 24, 2012
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Statement from Senator Catharine Young Regarding Governor Cuomo's Proposed Budget Address

ALBANY – Senator Catharine Young (R,C,I-Olean) said Governor Cuomo’s proposed budget is a good starting point, and she looks forward to building on his priorities.

“No new taxes or fees, reducing spending, creating private sector jobs and property tax relief also are the Senate’s priorities, and we look forward to partnering with Governor Cuomo again this year on these issues,” Senator Young said.

“The devil always is in the details, and now the state Legislature will begin the full review and negotiation process. Until we look at the numbers and read the budget language, it is difficult to assess the full impact, but it particularly is heartening to hear the Governor’s focus on fiscal responsibility, Medicaid reform and student achievement,” Senator Young said.

January 17, 2012
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