The Legislative Commission on Rural Resources is proud to have published our Fall 2012 edition of Rural Futures (click on the link below). We hope you find Rural Futures both interesting and informative. Please feel free to contact the Commission staff with any questions, comments or suggestions. Thank you!
ALBANY – State Senator Catharine Young (R,C,I – Olean) has been selected as one of NFIB-New York’s 2012 “Guardians of Small Business.”
The Guardian Award is the highest honor that NFIB bestows upon legislators. It was given in recognition of her voting record and support for small business issues during the legislative session.
“Small business is the life blood of our communities. They provide vital employment, services and goods on which we all rely. In a challenging economy it is especially important to pay close attention to legislation affecting small businesses,” said Senator Young.
OLEAN – “The attacks of September 11, 2001 were meant to devastate our country. Yet, despite their horrific nature, Americans have continued to show resolve as a Nation and as a People. Fear and violence could not, and will not, overcome freedom and liberty,” said Senator Catharine Young (R,C,I-Olean).
“Today, we share in the sorrows of families who lost loved ones that day. We remember the bravery of emergency responders who entered burning buildings. We recognize the efforts of everyday people who helped complete strangers. We honor those who fought back against their attackers to keep others safe from harm. We continue to hold our military service members in highest esteem for their sacrifices in the cause of freedom,” she added.
Sally Marsh holds a proclamation from Senator Young recognizing her for 41 years as coordinator of the weekly Hootenanny at Allegany State Park. The Hootenanny takes place every Thursday during the summer and started as an opportunity for park visitors to enjoy music around a campfire. The event has grown in popularity and has moved to the Quaker area Amphitheater to accommodate the hundreds of participants. Sally Marsh brings her enthusiastic love of music to the event. Her interaction with the crowd of young children, teens, parents and retirees results in hours of singing, acting, dancing and clapping. Sally is truly an ambassador of Allegany State Park (photo provided by Jo Patterson)
ALBANY – State Senator Catharine Young (R,C,I – Olean) has received high ratings from two business groups for her record to improve the economic climate and support taxpayers in New York State.
Senator Young received a 90 percent rating from The Business Council, the highest awarded in the State Senate. She also was near the top, receiving 88 percent, from Unshackle Upstate.
“In this challenging economy, we need to foster an environment where businesses want to invest in our State, where jobs are being created, and where people want to move in – not away,” said Senator Young.
HUME – Decades after leading his platoon through a harrowing World War II battle for which he earned the Congressional Medal of Honor, Lt. Col. Almond E. Fisher is being memorialized for his service to the country and to its veterans.
During a ceremony Thursday afternoon, State Highway 19 in the Town of Hume was dedicated as the "Almond E. Fisher Memorial Highway." State Senator Catharine Young (R,C,I–Olean) and State Assemblyman Daniel J. Burling (R,C-Warsaw) sponsored the legislation renaming the highway.
SHERMAN – Motorists driving on Interstate 86 will soon see new signs stating that the Route 76 bridge in Sherman is dedicated in memory of Alfred F. Jones, a tireless community advocate and public servant.
During a ceremony Monday afternoon, the Route 76 bridge crossing Interstate 86 in the Village of Sherman was dedicated as the "Alfred F. Jones Memorial Bridge." State Senator Catharine Young (R,C,I – Olean) and State Assemblyman Andrew Goodell (R,C-Chautauqua) sponsored the legislation renaming the bridge.
OLEAN – "People across the Southern Tier and the traveling public are jumping for joy at this news,” said Senator Catharine Young (R,C,I-Olean).
"Fixing I-86 is a public safety and economic priority, and I commend Gov. Cuomo and the Seneca Nation for working together to find a solution. Getting construction underway immediately will put people to work and alleviate increasingly dangerous roadway conditions. The highway literally was breaking into pieces. We couldn't be more thrilled that an agreement was reached,” said Senator Young.
Veteran Receives Overdue Medals, Certificate During American Legion Meeting
ANDOVER – Nearly 45 years after completing his time in the military, Specialist 4 John C. Harrington received well-deserved medals earned during his service to the country.
During a ceremony at the Allegany County American Legion Committee Meeting on Thursday, Senator Catharine Young (R,C,I – Olean) presented Spec. 4 Harrington with the National Defense Service Medal, the Korean Defense Service Medal and a Cold War Recognition Certificate.
OLEAN – Opportunities for economic development, job growth and waterfront revitalization are increasing with the addition of the Allegheny River and the Cattaraugus Creek to New York State’s list of Designated Inland Waterways.
State Senator Catharine Young (R,C,I – Olean) sponsored legislation that was signed last week by Governor Cuomo designating both bodies of water as official inland waterways. With the additions to the list, communities on these bodies of water are now eligible to apply for grants through the Local Waterfront Revitalization Program and other similar programs.
DUNKIRK, New York (PRWEB) July 12, 2012 - Business, civic and labor groups as well as local and state elected officials today launched a coalition to support progressive energy projects in Western New York. The coalition, “PowerUp Western New York,” broadly endorses the Energy Highway plan that Governor Cuomo announced during his 2012 State-of-the-State message, and specifically urges the State to support a project that would repower the 625 MW coal-fueled power plant in Dunkirk, New York with modern and efficient combined-cycle gas turbine (CCGT) technology.
CHAUTAUQUA LAKE -- Senator Catharine Young (R,C,I-57th District) and Assemblyman Andy Goodell (R,C-Chautauqua) announced they have secured another $50,000 state grant to help clean up Chautauqua Lake. The funding doubles the $50,000 the lawmakers obtained in the state budget that was passed in March, totaling $100,000 for this fiscal year that will be used by the Chautauqua Lake Association (CLA) to harvest invasive weeds.
OLEAN – When Sergeant First Class Glenn Treaster stopped by Senator Catharine Young’s office in Olean to inquire about military medals, he had no idea he would be receiving so many awards. “When I learned about the medals, I thought, ‘You’ve got to be kidding.’ To me, this is awesome. I am getting something I didn’t know I had coming. I’m being honored. I’m on top of the world,” Sergeant Treaster said.
On May 17, Senator Cathy Young presented a resolution to the Chautauqua Lake Central School Thunderbirds Football Team, recognizing the team for capturing Chautauqua Lake’s first ever Section VI Class DD Championship on November 3, 2011. The team defeated the Clymer Central School Pirates 14-0 at Ralph Wilson Stadium in Orchard Park.
Senator Cathy Young took part in the Livingston County Office of the Aging’s 32nd Annual Seniorama on May 19, 2012 to acknowledge the lifetime contributions of seniors throughout the county. Senator Young congratulated New York State Citizens of the Year (l-r) Alice Acomb, Marilyn Gilbert, Mary Kay Hammond, and Ethel Miller during the. Over the last 32 years, the four honorees collectively volunteered 10,000 hours to For the Health of It, Noyes Memorial Hospital’s health screening program.
Senator Cathy Young congratulated (l-r) Pam Cooper, Ella Shields, Noelle Chamberlain, Pastor Marc Chamberlain, Gwen Cooper, Allegany County Vice Chairman Dwight Fanton, Aubri Edwards, and Bradley Cooper on the grand opening of Paw Impressions Animal Rescue in Wellsville on Saturday, May 19. Ms. Cooper opened the rescue shelter with a $50,000 grant she received from Pepsi.
BOLIVAR – Specialist 5 Thomas Jordan had no idea he deserved medals for his service in the Army until he spoke with long-time friend and recent medal recipient Boatswain’s Mate (BM), Third Class Daniel Little. “Dan Little, who already received medals from Senator Young, was in the Navy and said something about the Korean Defense Medal. He thought I might be eligible to receive it, told me to send my DD-214 to the Senator’s office and they would research it. That’s how it all began,” Spec. 5 Jordan said. “I would have never pursued the medal if it hadn’t been for Dan. He started it, and that’s how this all took place,” he added.
On May 11, Senator Young joined members of the community to honor Charles A. Ried posthumously for his dedicated service to The ReHabilitation Center of Cattaraugus County as one of its founders and a board member for 54 years. Mr. Ried's family, (from left) Barbara Ried (daughter), James Ried (son), and Bernadette Ried (wife) attended the ceremony, which renamed The ReHabilitation Center in Mr. Ried's honor.
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