Senator Young recently appeared on the Senate TV program “Your Voice” to discuss the huge importance of agriculture to our region and state.
Our farms and agriculture industry are the backbone of our economy, contributing more than $5.4 billion to our state every year, and few work harder or face greater challenges than our dedicated farmers.
Since her election to the State Assembly in 1998, and the State Senate in 2005, supporting and promoting agriculture has always been among Senator Young’s highest priorities. The dairy and crop industries, including maple, apple, and wine and grapes, among others, are all crucial to the economy and health of our state.
Senator Young recently appeared on the Senate TV program “Your Voice” to discuss her efforts to save Lake Shore Hospital, protect access to quality community healthcare, and restore our state’s economy.
Last month, more than 1,200 people came out to the Rally to Save Lake Shore and raise their voices in support of keeping the hospital open. They were heard all the way to Albany as we delivered a strong, unified message in support of protecting emergency care, ensuring access to vital health services, and preserving the hundreds of jobs provided by Lake Shore.
Jobs and economic opportunities are paramount, and the Governor’s focus on making New York a more affordable place to live and work is right on target. Many of his proposals to make our state’s economy more competitive mirror the Senate’s initiatives. Manufacturing jobs especially drive the Upstate economy, and reducing manufacturing and small business taxes and eliminating utility taxes on employers and residential consumers are key.
Property tax relief continues to be a top concern of my constituents, and the Governor spoke extensively about reducing the suffocating property tax burden, which is something I fully support. I look forward to fully analyzing the specifics of his proposals through upcoming budget hearings.
Senate Bill 2803-B Would Provide Opportunities for Service-Disabled Veterans
ALBANY - Businesses owned by disabled veterans would achieve preference for procuring state contracts in a bill cosponsored by Senator Catharine Young (R, C, I-Olean).
The NY Jobs for Heroes program mirrors a successful federal initiative and would establish in New York State a three percent contract set-aside for service-disabled veteran businesses in obtaining state contracting and subcontracting opportunities.
“We owe it to our veterans to increase the job opportunities available to them. Too many come home after serving our country only to be unable to find gainful employment. For those who have sustained service-connected disabilities, the debt we owe is even greater. This important bill is one way we can ensure they can come home to New York and have opportunities to thrive as they return to civilian life,” said Senator Young.
Thank you to everyone who took the time to join us on Saturday in rallying to save our hospital! I sincerely thank you all. With the incredible showing at the rally and your continued support, we have hope we can save Lake Shore Hospital! Keep the pressure on!
For the second year in a row, I am proud to report that the New York State Senate passed its Women's Equality Agenda, a momentous package of bills to further protect and ensure the rights of women in New York.
These landmark measures will empower women and break down barriers that perpetuate violence, discrimination, and inequality.
Unbelievably though, the State Assembly left Albany without even bothering to vote on these important bills, and they can't become law until the Assembly acts. We need YOUR help to move the Assembly to action!
In this week's segment of "Your Voice," Senator Cathy Young discusses the Dentists Across New York program; her Woman of Distinction, Francie Potter; the Annual Maple Festival in Franklinville; and the Genesee River Wilds Transit Bridge Launch Site in Belfast.
In this week's segment of "Your Voice," Senator Cathy Young discusses school bus safety legislation and local events in the district including the Town of Portland's 200th anniversary, a meeting with the Genesee Valley Conservancy, a tour of Pioneer Central School, and a visit with graduates of a computer class for senior citizens.
In this week's segment of "Your Voice," Senator Cathy Young discusses how the state budget affects farming and agriculture, recent successes and priorities for the Legislative Commission on Rural Resources, and events in the district.
“So God Made a Farmer,” a speech by Paul Harvey, was made famous by this Dodge Ram Super Bowl advertisement. The speech was originally given by Harvey at a Future Farmers of America convention in 1978. I hope all of you view it for the first time or view it again. It is an excellent representation of what makes the American farmer so special. I am proud to have so many farms in my district and I am always amazed by their hard work and dedication. Thank you to all farmers throughout my district, New York State and America.
Video from the May 17, 2012 Regional High School Roundtable discussion that took place at Jamestown Community College. Students, parents, teachers, school administrators, elected officials and others participated in the event.
Millions of women across New York State are on the verge of winning an historic victory at the State Capitol, but we need YOUR help!
The State Senate recently approved approved a landmark new "Women's Equality Package," which includes a key reform to ensure that women receive equal pay for equal work.
I was proud to vote for this package in the Senate, but our job isn't done yet. That's why I'm launching a new petition drive designed to encourage the State Assembly to take final action on these bills without delay.