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New York Soldiers Serving in Kuwait

Three hundred soldiers from the New York Army National Guard's 642nd Aviation Support Battalion, which includes soldiers from the armories in Dunkirk and Olean, were deployed to Kuwait in December.

The New York National Guard recently posted photos of our honorable service men and women during a helicopter refueling operation. Among those pictured doing us proud is Sgt. Nicolaw Smith of Olean.

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January 16, 2014
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Senator Young Joins Senate Colleagues in Urging Passage of "Jobs for Heroes" Program

For Release: Immediate, January 14, 2014

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.

January 14, 2014
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Rally to Save Lake Shore Hospital

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!

January 13, 2014
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Rally to Save Lake Shore Hospital: Saturday, Jan. 11th, 12:30PM!

The news that UPMC is trying to close Lakeshore Hospital has delivered a terrible blow to our community, and we have been working hard to turn the situation around.

We urgently need your help.

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Letter to Community

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Rally Flyer

January 7, 2014
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Senator Young to Hold Rally to Save Lake Shore Hospital

For Release: Immediate, January 3, 2014

Urging the Community to Attend in Force

IRVING - Senator Catharine Young (R,C,I-57th Senate District) announced today that she is organizing a rally to save Lake Shore Hospital at Silver Creek High School on Saturday, January 11 at 12:30 p.m.

The public is strongly urged to come to show their support, she said.

Senator Young said that Assemblymen Andrew Goodell and Joseph Giglio are co-hosting the event. Senator Mark Grisanti, Assemblyman David DiPietro, Congressman Tom Reed, Chautauqua County Executive Vince Horrigan, and County Legislator George Borrello also will take part. The Seneca Nation of Indians, whose Cattaraugus Territory is adjacent to Lake Shore Hospital, will have a large presence. Medical personnel, emergency first responders, employees, labor and the community at large are expected to be out in force.

January 4, 2014
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Cattaraugus County Veteran Franklin R. West Honored in Medal Ceremony

For Release: Immediate, January 4, 2014

U.S. Army Sgt. Franklin R. West Receives Awards for Military Service During World War II

LITTLE VALLEY - In recognition of his outstanding record of military service, U.S. Army veteran Franklin R. West has finally received the military decorations he deserves.

During a ceremony at the Little Valley VFW Post today, Senator Catharine Young (R,C,I - Olean) presented Sergeant West with the military medals he earned while serving overseas during World War II. After being contacted by the West family, Senator Young worked to ensure that Sergeant West’s honorable service was duly recognized and he received the long overdue awards his service merits.

“The incredible story of Sergeant Franklin West’s service is an inspiration, and I am honored to be able to take part in recognizing him today. For his willingness to put himself on the line for us in World War II and bear the wounds of battle for our sake, he deserves our utmost respect and thanks. May the prestigious awards he receives today serve as a constant reminder for us of the price of freedom and those who have bravely defended it,” said Senator Young.

January 4, 2014
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Jamestown World War II Veteran Basil J. Spitale Honored with Appointment to French Legion of Honor

For Release: Immediate, January 1, 2014

U.S. Army Pfc. Basil J. Spitale Honored for Service in Liberating France

JAMESTOWN - For his outstanding record of military service during World War II and his contributions to the liberation of France in 1944-45, United States Army veteran Basil J. Spitale has received the honor of appointment to France’s National Order of the Legion of Honor.

January 1, 2014
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2013 Community Questionnaire

YOUR OPINION COUNTS!

Dear Neighbor:

Soon, the Legislative Session will be underway in Albany.

As your State Senator, hearing your views is very important to me. The below questionnaire is your opportunity to let your voice be heard and to express your opinion on important issues facing our state and community.

Thank you for taking the time to participate. Please remember my office is always available to assist you and your family.

Additionally, you can contact me at any time via email to share your thoughts and opinions on issues important to you.

December 23, 2013
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Repowering of Dunkirk Announced

For Release: Immediate, December 15, 2013

DUNKIRK – State Senator Catharine Young (R,C,I - Olean) today enthusiastically cheered the announced repowering of the NRG coal-fired plant to a clean, natural gas electricity generating facility.

“It’s a Christmas miracle. Everyone is bursting with joy because Governor Cuomo’s announcement is the best gift ever for the greater Dunkirk community. Not only has Dunkirk been saved from disaster, but we have a bright future now,” Senator Young said.

December 17, 2013
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Olean Native Dana Whittaker Posthumously Honored in Medal Ceremony

For Release: Immediate, December 7, 2013

Family of Dana F. Whittaker Receives Awards for Military Service

HINSDALE - In recognition of his honorable record of military service, U.S. Army veteran Dana Floyd Whittaker has finally received the decorations he deserves.

During a ceremony at the Norton-Chambers American Legion Post in Hinsdale this afternoon, Senator Catharine Young (R,C,I–Olean) presented to the family of Specialist 5 Dana F. Whittaker the military medals he earned by serving overseas. After being contacted by the Whittaker family, Senator Young worked to ensure the honorable service of this local veteran was duly recognized and he received the long overdue awards his service to our country warrants.

December 7, 2013
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Thanksgiving Essays and Contributions

Dear Participant, 

Thank you for your wonderful contribution to the Thanksgiving Day Creative Celebration. We received outstanding poems, essays, and artwork that exemplify the creativity of New York State’s young people. 

December 6, 2013
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Happy Thanksgiving!

Proclaiming the first national day of thanksgiving, George Washington declared on October 3, 1789, that today Americans observe “a day of public thanksgiving and prayer, to be observed by acknowledging with grateful hearts the many and signal favors of Almighty God, especially by affording them an opportunity peaceably to establish a form of government for their safety and happiness.” I warmly wish you and your loved ones a wonderful Thanksgiving holiday!

November 28, 2013
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Senate Republicans Call for Reform, Simplification, and Reduction of Taxes

For Release: Immediate, November 22, 2013

Tax Policy Review & Reform Initiative Outlines Goals for 2014 

Senator Catharine Young (R,C,I - Olean) and her Senate Republican colleagues issued a comprehensive report on state taxes this week that calls for reforming, simplifying, and reducing personal income taxes, business taxes, estate taxes, and local property taxes. This sweeping plan, the Tax Policy Review & Reform Initiative, makes detailed and far-reaching proposals for reducing the burden on New York’s taxpayers, and supports enacting a permanent two-percent state spending cap with surplus revenues dedicated to cutting taxes.

November 22, 2013
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Save Elmira Psychiatric Center!

As you may know, Governor Cuomo has announced plans to shut down inpatient services and diminish the overall role of the Elmira Psychiatric Center beginning next year.

In July, the Governor announced a planned statewide reorganization of the State Office of Mental Health (OMH). The plan called for shutting down nine psychiatric hospitals throughout New York next year, including the Elmira Psychiatric Center, which will be merged into a regional center in Buffalo.

The Elmira Psychiatric Center is an important regional asset, serving the entire Southern Tier, Finger Lakes, and Western New York. It has a strong record of being one of the State's most efficient, innovative, high quality, cost effective, and successful providers of mental health services. It is an irreplaceable center that has been a source for accessible, compassionate care for patients, and a first responder providing treatment for those in need.

I am joining with other local leaders, Elmira Psychiatric Center administrators and staff, patients and their families, and other concerned citizens to rally public support for saving the Center.

November 22, 2013
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Improving Home Energy Efficiency

Senator Young encourages families to take actions to enhance comfort and reduce energy costs

ALBANY— Snowy weather and brisk winds have already begun their annual journey across New York State’s landscape. It’s the beginning of a season where homes require greater energy consumption, and that means higher costs paid by families to heat their homes.

November 13, 2013
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Father and Son Honored in Veterans Day Medal Ceremony

For Release: Immediate, November 11, 2013

Jesse Skinner Sr. and Jesse Skinner Jr. Receive Awards for Military Service

OLEAN - Recognizing their outstanding records of military service, U.S. Army veterans Jesse Skinner Jr. and his late father Jesse Skinner Sr. have finally received the military decorations they deserve.

During a ceremony at Jamestown Community College’s Dresser Rand Training & Conference Center in Olean today, Senator Catharine Young (R,C,I – Olean) presented Sergeant First Class Jesse Skinner Jr. with the military medals he and his late father, Private First Class Jesse Skinner Sr., earned while serving overseas. After being contacted by the Skinner family, Senator Young worked to ensure the honorable service of these two veterans was duly recognized and they received the long overdue awards their service warrants.

November 11, 2013
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November 11, 2013
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Kathleen Hamed Honored for Work at Olean Senior Center

For Release: Immediate, October 31, 2013

Presented with New York State Senate Proclamation for Her Service

OLEAN - In recognition of her years of devoted service to local seniors, Director of the Olean Senior Center Kathleen Hamed was presented with a proclamation from State Senator Catharine Young (R,C,I-Olean).

At the Olean Senior Center’s Harvest Luncheon on Tuesday afternoon, friends, coworkers, and members of the community gathered to thank Kathy for her commitment to helping seniors. Ms. Hamed’s work at the Senior Center has done more than just allow seniors to benefit from the extensive and valuable services offered, but has also helped foster a personalized approach that helps seniors receive the care and relationships they need.

October 31, 2013
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