Catharine Young's Press releases

State Representatives Pushing For Speedy Reopening of Old Route 219 Bridge

ALBANY – Senator Catharine Young (R,C,I - Olean) will be meeting on Monday with Governor Cuomo’s office and local state representatives to advocate for the old Route 219 bridge to be reopened quickly.

The New York State Department of Transportation (DOT) closed the old Route 219 Bridge Thursday afternoon, citing structural problems found during an inspection last week. The inspection, conducted as part of a plan to rehabilitate the 50-year-old bridge, revealed a seized bearing, which DOT officials said compromised the safety of the bridge.

January 6, 2012
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Senator Young Sponsored Iran Divestment Legislation, Expected to Pass Monday

ALBANY – Senator Catharine Young (R,C,I - Olean), sponsor of a bill that would bar companies that invest in Iran’s energy industry from doing business from state and local businesses in New York, expects the legislation to pass Monday.

The Iran Divestment Act of 2012 (S5197-A), which also has support in the Assembly, is modeled after similar legislation in California. It directs the Office of General Services to create a list of people, corporations and other organizations with investments of more than $20 million in the Iranian energy sector. Those on the list would be excluded from bidding on government contracts.

January 6, 2012
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Statement from Senator Catharine Young regarding Governor Cuomo’s State of the State Address

It was heartening to hear the Governor speak about building on our successes that we accomplished in 2011. No new taxes, fiscal responsibility, mandate relief, protecting the local taxpayers and private sector job creation all are priorities of the Senate, and it is tremendous to have the Governor as a partner.

The activation of the Mandate Relief Council is something I have been pushing, and having hearings around the state to gain citizen and local government input will be invaluable and helpful in getting meaningful reforms. It fits in with our fight to change the Medicaid program to give local taxpayers relief, and I am optimistic we can get real results this session.

January 4, 2012
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FORMER GREEN BERET HONORED WITH MEDALS

OLEAN – A former Green Beret who served for two tours in the U.S. Army was honored on Thursday with long overdue awards he never received.

Sgt. Mark Close of Olean was surrounded by friends and family at a special ceremony held at Senator Catharine Young’s office where he received the Korea Defense Service Medal, the New York State Medal For Merit, and the Cold War Recognition Certificate.

“It always is a tremendous privilege to present medals to deserving veterans like Sgt. Close. As a Green Beret, Sgt. Close went through intense training in order to better protect our country. Like all veterans, he is deserving of our respect and gratitude and it is my honor to thank him for his outstanding service,” said Senator Young.

December 15, 2011
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SENATOR YOUNG VOTES TO CUT TAXES ACROSS THE BOARD

ALBANY – Senator Catharine Young (R,C,I – Olean) today voted for a $3.3 billion tax cut that will help grow jobs.

“Everyone who pays state personal income taxes gets a break no matter which tax bracket. People will keep more of their hard earned money in their paychecks,” said Senator Young.

“Small businesses and upstate manufacturers will gain much-needed tax relief so they can grow private sector jobs,” she added.

“It will help family budgets while giving a real boost to the economy,” Senator Young said.

“In fact, after these tax cuts, middle income earners will see the lowest state personal income tax in 50 years. They will have more money to spend, save or invest,” she said.

December 7, 2011
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SENATOR YOUNG BRINGS EDUCATION CHAIR TO TOUR POSSIBLE REGIONAL HIGH SCHOOL SITE

MAYVILLE - At the invitation of Senator Catharine Young, the state Senate Education Committee Chairman visited a potential regional high school site at Chautauqua Lake Central School Thursday.

Senator John Flanagan, whose committee has jurisdiction over Senator Young’s regional high school legislation, traveled from Suffolk County on Long Island to meet with local teachers, school board members and administrators.

“Senator Flanagan is a recognized leader and education policy expert. He has been very supportive of innovative ideas to help students succeed, and his willingness to journey 460 miles from the other end of the state to listen firsthand is outstanding,” Senator Young said.

December 1, 2011
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HINSDALE VETERAN RECEIVES LONG-DESERVED MEDALS POSTHUMOUSLY

PHOTO CAPTION: Senator Young presented the New York State Medal for Merit and the Conspicuous Service Star posthumously recently to the family of Hinsdale U.S. Navy veteran Loreen Briggs at a special ceremony at the American Legion Post in Hinsdale. Serving aboard a tank landing craft, Petty Officer Briggs participated in some of the most grueling fighting in the Pacific Theater including “Operation Iceberg,” the assault and occupation of Okinawa-Gunto.

Pictured from left to right are: Roger & Carol Snyder (son-in-law and daughter), Senator Young and Donna & David Briggs (daughter-in-law and son).

November 21, 2011
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Jack Bradley's Speech For His Son Sgt. Mark Bradley of Cuba, NY

Here is a speech delivered on Friday, November 11, 2011 by Jack Bradley, father of Marine Corps Sergeant Mark Bradley of Cuba, NY who was killed in June in Afghanistan.  Mr. Bradley gave the speech during a special Veteran’s Day ceremony in honor of his son held at Cuba Park.

 

BY JACK BRADLEY:

Good Morning Ladies and Gentlemen.  

On behalf of the family of Sgt Mark Bradley, his wonderful wife, Samantha, and my wife, Sharon, I’d like to thank you for sharing your day with us on this Veteran’s Day and allowing me to share Mark’s story.

November 14, 2011
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SENATOR YOUNG RANKED AS TOP “PRO-JOBS SUPPORTER” BY STATE BUSINESS COUNCIL

ALBANY – The Business Council of New York State has lauded Senator Catharine Young as one of the top pro-jobs supporters in the state legislature as part of its 2011 Voters’ Guide.

Senator Young was recognized for working to adopt several jobs and economic growth measures and reforms that were signed into law.

“With Governor Cuomo’s leadership, and a responsive legislature, we saw real fiscal reform, spending restraint, and progress on economic development initiatives,” said Heather Briccetti, acting-president and CEO of The Business Council.

November 14, 2011
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SEN. YOUNG RECEIVES “A” FOR SUPPORT OF LIBRARIES

OLEAN – Senator Catharine Young (R,C,I - Olean) has earned an “A” grade from the New Yorkers for Better Libraries Political Action Committee (NYLIBS-PAC) for her ongoing support of libraries in the 2011 legislative year.

Senator Young’s high grade was included in NYLIBS-PAC’s recently released “2011 Voter’s Guide” that ranks state legislators using a number of factors, including support for Library Aid in the state budget, sponsoring or co-sponsoring pro-library legislation, and voting records on library-related bills.

October 27, 2011
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EXTRA MEDICAID PAYMENT FOR COUNTIES AVERTED

OLEAN - The state will not require counties to make an extra Medicaid payment in 2012 after all, saving taxpayers millions of dollars statewide, announced Senator Catharine Young (R,C,I-Olean).

Savings total more than $1.2 million in Senator Young’s district alone. The change will reduce 2012 Medicaid costs by $610,000 for Chautauqua County, $211,000 for Cattaraugus County, $207,000 for Allegany County, and $180,000 for Livingston County.

The lawmaker had requested the state Health Department to reverse a mandate that forced the expense to be added to the counties’ upcoming budgets, even though it normally would have been booked in 2013.

October 27, 2011
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SEN. YOUNG NAMED TO FARM BUREAU’S “CIRCLE OF FRIENDS”

OLEAN – In recognition of her continued efforts to help New York State farmers grow and create jobs, Senator Catharine Young (R,C,I – Olean) has once again been honored by the New York Farm Bureau with its “Circle of Friends” recognition.

The prestigious legislative award is based upon Senator Young’s voting record on issues of importance to New York agriculture and other evidence of legislative support, including sponsorship of bills that Farm Bureau has either supported, or opposed, throughout the 2011 Legislative Session.

October 25, 2011
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I-86 BRIDGE RENAMED AFTER JAMESTOWN’S WORLD-RENOWNED NATURALIST ROGER TORY PETERSON

JAMESTOWN – The memory of Jamestown’s Roger Tory Peterson, one of the world’s best known naturalists of all time, was celebrated at a bridge christening ceremony on Friday.

State Senator Catharine Young (R,C,I – Olean), who sponsored legislation to name the bridge, Assemblyman Andrew Goodell (R,C-Chautauqua) and community leaders unveiled signs that will be placed on the Interstate 86 span over Falconer-Kimball Stand Road/County Route 138.

The dedication was held at the Roger Tory Peterson Institute of Natural History, which attracts visitors from around the country.

October 25, 2011
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CASSADAGA VOLUNTEER FIREFIGHTER HONORED 46 YEARS AFTER HIS DEATH

ALBANY –A local fallen hero finally has received statewide recognition for his service and sacrifice.

Cassadaga Firefighter Kenneth Francis Schunk, who died in the line of duty 46 years ago, recently was lauded during a ceremony at the Fallen Firefighters Memorial Wall at the State Capital.

Chautauqua County Fire Coordinator Julius Leone Jr. spearheaded the effort to have Mr. Schunk’s name added to the Memorial Wall.

Mr. Schunk, born on February 1, 1926, was a member of the Cassadaga Volunteer Fire Department from March 1955 until January 24, 1965, serving as fire chief for several years.

October 21, 2011
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REVIVING ROUTE 219 PROJECT FOCUS OF LEGISLATIVE ROUNDTABLE

BUFFALO – A completed Route 219 corridor would transform the economic potential for Western New York was the consensus among panelists who spoke at a special roundtable on Thursday that focused on finding solutions to complete the north-south expressway project.

Senator Catharine Young (R,C,I – Olean), joined by a delegation of bi-partisan lawmakers from Western New York, hosted the “Route 219: Road to Our Future” forum at the Mahoney State Office Building to hear from key transportation, labor, tourism, logistics, education, banking, and health care officials on expanding the route.

October 20, 2011
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REVIVING ROUTE 219 PROJECT FOCUS OF LEGISLATIVE ROUNDTABLE

BUFFALO – A completed Route 219 corridor would transform the economic potential for Western New York was the consensus among panelists who spoke at a special roundtable on Thursday that focused on finding solutions to complete the north-south expressway project.

Senator Catharine Young (R,C,I – Olean), joined by a delegation of bi-partisan lawmakers from Western New York, hosted the “Route 219: Road to Our Future” forum at the Mahoney State Office Building to hear from key transportation, labor, tourism, logistics, education, banking, and health care officials on expanding the route.

October 20, 2011
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HINSDALE RESIDENT’S GRANDFATHER HONORED 90 YEARS AFTER HIS DEATH

Senator Catharine Young and Hinsdale residents Jeff and Susan VanDeCar stand near the Fallen Firefighters Memorial Wall in Albany on Tuesday with other members of the VanDeCar family. Almost 90 years after fighting a fire that took his life, Jeff’s grandfather, Charles H. VanDeCar, was officially inducted and included among the 2,366 names that are etched on the Memorial Wall.

October 14, 2011
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SEN. YOUNG WORKING TO REDUCE TAXPAYERS’ COSTS

ALBANY –Saying it would bring immediate taxpayer savings and mandate relief, state Senator Catharine Young (R,C,I-Olean) is calling on Governor Andrew Cuomo to reverse a decision that forces an extra weekly Medicaid payment from counties in 2012.

Counties make a weekly payment to the state Department of Health (DOH) on every Monday to fund its share of Medicaid. In 2012, there will be 53 Mondays, rather than the normal 52, and the state DOH is requesting that the counties submit an extra check.

In Senator Young’s district, the result would cause the 2012 Medicaid cost to county taxpayers to increase by $207,000 in Allegany, $211,000 in Cattaraugus, $600,000 in Chautauqua, and $180,000 in Livingston. Statewide, it would cost local taxpayers millions of dollars.

October 14, 2011
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SEN. YOUNG SUPPORTS LEGISLATION TO REQUIRE EYE EXAMS FOR NY DRIVERS

ALBANY – While the New York State Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) continues to investigate the merits of allowing drivers to “self-certify” vision-tests, Senator Catharine Young (R,C,I – Olean) is questioning the legality behind the policy change and already has introduced legislation that would make vision tests mandatory.

DMV announced recently that it would no longer require eye exams for drivers wishing to renew their licenses. DMV unveiled a new Internet application they said would increase customer service and allow drivers to self-certify that they meet vision requirements, the same way they do with other medical issues.

October 7, 2011
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GOV. CUOMO SIGNS BILL TO PROMOTE MAIN STREET GROWTH IN LIVINGSTON COUNTY

MT. MORRIS – State representatives today called Governor Cuomo’s signing of their tax abatement bill a “victory” for Livingston County that will drive economic revitalization and job growth in downtowns across the region.

Inspired by initiatives that have restored vacant storefronts and historic buildings in the Village of Mt. Morris, bringing new jobs and development, the new law will allow any local government or school district in the county to opt into a tax abatement program, incentivizing private investment in communities.

This legislation was sponsored by Senator Catharine Young (R,C,I – Olean) and Patrick Gallivan (R,C,I – Depew), and Assemblyman Daniel Burling (R,C – Warsaw).

September 29, 2011
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