During this week's edition of "Your Voice with Senator Catharine Young," the Senator discussed her support for a permanent extension of the property tax cap. The property tax cap has saved Western New Yorkers approximately $450 million since it was implemented four years ago. The Senator also shares some additional efforts she has put forward to reduce the tax burden on local residents and ease the mandated costs incurred in municipal and school budgets.
Senator Young also discussed Renee’s Law and Kendra’s Laws, two pieces of legislation she sponsors, that passed the state Senate this week.
During this week's edition of "Your Voice with Senator Catharine Young," she discussed the impact the 2015-16 State Budget will have on seniors in our community. The budget includes funding for many key programs seniors rely upon every day. These include:
- $27.8 million for Community Services for the Elderly Program;
- $26.6 million for Alzheimer’s programs;
-$945,000 for Lifespan for Elderly Abuse, Education and Outreach;
- $172,000 for the New York Foundation for Seniors Home Sharing and Respite; and
During this week’s appearance on “Your Voice with Senator Catharine Young,” the Senator discussed some of the positive results for her district in the 2015-16 State Budget. This year’s budget makes a strong investment in rural broadband service, provides record levels of funding for our local schools and includes significant tax relief for local property tax payers.
Along with an update on the on-going State Budget process, Senator Catharine Young (R,C,I- Olean) discusses her efforts to protect employment opportunities for people with developmental disabilities, the recent expansion of the rural dentistry program and a local resident who recently celebrated his 100th birthday on this week’s edition of “Your Voice.”
During her most recent appearance on “Your Voice,” Senator Catharine Young (R,C,I-Olean) discussed the Senate’s one-house budget resolution, known as “Brighter Future,” as well as the on-going Joint Budget Subcommittees and her support for education in this year’s state budget.
Last week, the Senate passed their budget resolution. The Senate’s plan continues New York on the path to a fifth consecutive on-time budget while providing property tax relief for homeowners, strong support for students, and a significant investment in the state’s infrastructure.
On this week’s edition of “Your Voice,” Senator Catharine Young (R,C,I-Olean) discusses the Senate’s efforts to protect children and families from sex offenders, education reforms and the need for greater education funding, expansion of telehealth services, and her support for reducing taxes.
Following a comprehensive investigation by the New York State Senate Coalition that resulted in a startling report detailing numerous sex offenders living near Pre-K and Kindergarten facilities, the state Senate passed legislation that closes loopholes in existing laws and increases local authorities’ ability to restrict living arrangements for sex offenders. Earlier this year, the Senate also passed a package of seven bills to keep communities safe from sexual predators.
On this week’s edition of “Your Voice,” Senator Catharine Young (R,C,I-Olean) discusses the 2015 Public Budget Hearings and the need for passage of Brittany’s Law.
During this year’s budget negotiations, Senator Young will continue her efforts to support sheltered workshops for those with developmental disabilities, the Workforce Development Institute, and local libraries.
Senator Young also discusses the tragic passing of domestic violence survivor Shannon Pepper and the ability to honor Shannon’s memory by passing Brittany’s Law to save other from becoming victims.
During this edition of "Your Voice,” Senator Catharine Young (R,C,I- Olean) discusses legislation to protect communities from sexual predators, juvenile justice reforms proposed in the Executive Budget, education funding and the Gap Elimination Adjustment (GEA).
Senator Catharine Young joins members of the Senate Republican Conference to announce their plan to fully restore the Gap Elimination Adjustment (GEA) funding for local school districts in the 2015-16 state budget.
On the latest edition of "Your Voice," Senator Young discusses the importance of the Women's Equality Agenda, the first package of legislation taken up in the 2015 Session by the Senate. The package passed with unanimous bipartisan support and included eight key components aimed at protecting, promoting and empowering the women of New York State. Among the provisions that passed the Senate was a bill sponsored by Senator Young to protect victims of domestic violence.
Senator Cathy Young discusses the first actions of the 2015 legislative session. Infrastructure improvements like the Route 219 expansion project remains a priority for her. Senator Young talks about education, and virtual learning, and the need for broadband in rural areas. Her telehealth bill is now law as well as the bill she sponsored to improve mental health treatment and public protection.
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!
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.