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Sen. Young Leads Effort for Public Safety and Humane Treatment for Those with Severe Mental Illness


Senator Young Renews Call for Strengthening Kendra's Law in Wake of Latest Subway Tragedy in New York City

A similar murder in 1999 was the catalyst for the original bill

ALBANY – Senator Catharine Young (R,C,I- Olean) is again calling for strengthening Kendra’s Law, a law that was put in place to help people with mental illness receive outpatient treatment, after a deranged man killed a Queens resident by pushing him in front of an oncoming subway near Times Square. Ki Suk Han, 58, died on Monday.


Senator Young Again Renews Call for Strengthening Kendra's Law

People with severe mental illness are falling through the cracks

ALBANY - Following the wake of the tragic massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut, Senator Catharine Young (R,C,I-Olean) has renewed her call for strengthening New York’s Kendra’s Law to ensure people with mental illness receive proper treatment, and vowed to push her legislation when session convenes in January.

“Obviously, Adam Lanza was a deeply disturbed person who needed help.  There is no other explanation for why he would murder 20 angelic children and the six adults who were trying to protect them,” Senator Young said.


Senate Passes Bill to Close Brooklyn Child-Stabber Loophole

For Release: Immediate, June 16, 2014

Bill Would Amend Kendra's Law to Require Mental Health Evaluations for Inmates with Mental Illness

The New York State Senate passed legislation today, S.2225D, sponsored by Senator Cathy Young (R-I-C, Olean), that would amend “Kendra’s Law” to require all inmates with mental illness be given a psychiatric evaluation to see if Kendra’s Law is appropriate, before they are released. This crucial bill would apply to inmates such as Daniel St. Hubert – a paranoid schizophrenic with a history of violence who refused treatment in prison, was released without counseling or medication, and days later allegedly stabbed two young children, killing one and injuring the other, in Brooklyn.


Senate Passes Bill to Ensure Treatment Plans for Dangerous Parolees with Mental Illness

For Release: Immediate, June 20, 2014

Bill Would Require Better Treatment for Released Inmates with Mental Illness

ALBANY - On June 1, 2014, 6-year-old P.J. Avitto and 7-year-old Mikayla Capers were in an elevator in their Brooklyn housing complex when they were both viciously stabbed. P.J. was killed while Mikayla was seriously injured.

Two days earlier, 18-year-old nursing student Tanaya Copeland was fatally stabbed more than 30 times while walking in Brooklyn.

And on June 4, 2014, a 53-year-old man was stabbed in a Manhattan subway station.


Senator Catharine Young Urging Governor Cuomo to Sign S.7818 So That Mentally Ill Released From Prison Like Ismaaiyl Brinsley Receive Treatment

For Release: Immediate, December 22, 2014

“Police Officers Particularly Are Targets Of Former Inmates Who Have Axes To Grind”



Bill Sponsored By Senator Young Will Improve Mental Health Treatment, Increase Public Protection

New Law Will Ensure Violent Mentally Ill Inmates Are Not Released Without a Mental Health Evaluation and Treatment Plan in Place


ALBANY – Senator Catharine Young (R,C,I- Olean) announced today that Governor Andrew Cuomo has signed legislation she sponsored to provide greater public protection and better treatment upon release for inmates who suffer from a mental illness. The new law will ensure that mentally ill inmates are no longer released from a state prison without a proper mental health evaluation and treatment plan being established.



Senator Young Discusses New Laws and the Start of the New Legislative Session on "Your Voice"

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.