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FORMER GREEN BERET HONORED WITH MEDALS

OLEAN – A former Green Beret who served for two tours in the U.S. Army was honored on Thursday with long overdue awards he never received.

Sgt. Mark Close of Olean was surrounded by friends and family at a special ceremony held at Senator Catharine Young’s office where he received the Korea Defense Service Medal, the New York State Medal For Merit, and the Cold War Recognition Certificate.

“It always is a tremendous privilege to present medals to deserving veterans like Sgt. Close. As a Green Beret, Sgt. Close went through intense training in order to better protect our country. Like all veterans, he is deserving of our respect and gratitude and it is my honor to thank him for his outstanding service,” said Senator Young.

December 15, 2011
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SENATOR YOUNG VOTES TO CUT TAXES ACROSS THE BOARD

ALBANY – Senator Catharine Young (R,C,I – Olean) today voted for a $3.3 billion tax cut that will help grow jobs.

“Everyone who pays state personal income taxes gets a break no matter which tax bracket. People will keep more of their hard earned money in their paychecks,” said Senator Young.

“Small businesses and upstate manufacturers will gain much-needed tax relief so they can grow private sector jobs,” she added.

“It will help family budgets while giving a real boost to the economy,” Senator Young said.

“In fact, after these tax cuts, middle income earners will see the lowest state personal income tax in 50 years. They will have more money to spend, save or invest,” she said.

December 7, 2011
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SENATOR YOUNG BRINGS EDUCATION CHAIR TO TOUR POSSIBLE REGIONAL HIGH SCHOOL SITE

MAYVILLE - At the invitation of Senator Catharine Young, the state Senate Education Committee Chairman visited a potential regional high school site at Chautauqua Lake Central School Thursday.

Senator John Flanagan, whose committee has jurisdiction over Senator Young’s regional high school legislation, traveled from Suffolk County on Long Island to meet with local teachers, school board members and administrators.

“Senator Flanagan is a recognized leader and education policy expert. He has been very supportive of innovative ideas to help students succeed, and his willingness to journey 460 miles from the other end of the state to listen firsthand is outstanding,” Senator Young said.

December 1, 2011
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Senator Young Tours Progress of New Sewer System in Town of Olean

 Senator Young gets a tour of the progress being made in the Town of Olean where a new sewer system is being installed that will benefit 28 homes still using aging septic systems. Funding for the project was made possible by a $600,000 Small Cities Community Development Block Grant administered by NYS Homes and Community Renewal.... Idents: l-r: Senator Young, Tom Swift of Clark Patterson Lee (project engineer) and Karl Northrup of J.D. Northrup Construction, Inc. (project contractor).

November 22, 2011
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Senator Young Cuts Ribbon for New Prospect St. Bridge in Cuba

Senator Cathy Young helped to officially open the Prospect Street Bridge in Cuba at a recent ribbon cutting ceremony. The foot bridge, which runs over Norfolk-Southern Railroad, is part of the Genesee Valley Greenway project, a 90-mile trail of open space from Rochester to Cuba. Senator Young helped to secure a $10,000 grant for the completed bridge.Photo ID: L-R: Wendy Brand, Representative for Assemblyman Joe Giglio; Cuba Mayor Tom Taylor; Senator Young; Betty Edwards, Vice President for the Cuba New York Chamber of Commerce; and Lee James, Representative for Congressman Tom Reed.

November 22, 2011
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Senator Young Joins in Ribbon Cutting for New 'Center Street Bridge'

Senator Catharine Young is joined by officials from the Seneca Nation and other local and state representatives at a recent ribbon cutting and dedication ceremony to mark the grand re-opening of the replaced bridge at Center Street and Front Avenue in Salamanca. The previously unnamed bridge, referred to as the “Center Street Bridge” was newly named after the famed Seneca statesman Chief Cornplanter.The new bridge includes areas for pedestrians, bicyclists and large vehicles.

November 22, 2011
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Senator Young Given Tour of Lutheran Social Services New 'Smartbuilding'

Sharon Hamilton (right), Vice President of Lutheran Senior Housing, and Deborah Robbins (left), Director Clinical & Sales Support for Advantage Home Telehealth, talk with Senator Young about some of the new monitoring features that are offered to residents at the new state-of-the-art senior living facilities at the Lutheran Social Services campus.A new “Smartment” building was constructed to include 14 apartments with technology built into them that can help people remain independent and lead healthier lives.

November 22, 2011
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Sen. Young Honors Long Time Library Director

Long time director of the Chautauqua-Cattaraugus Library System and the James Prendergast Library Association, Catherine Way, was presented a Senate Proclamation by Senator Catharine Young at a recent retirement party that honored Ms. Way for her 38 years of dedicated service to both organizations.

Catherine’s library career began when she was hired in 1973 as a children’s librarian at Prendergast Library. After three years in that position, she was named general services librarian for one year before serving as assistant director for Prendergast Library from 1976 to 1998, assistant director of both Prendergast Library and the Library System from 1998 until 2003; and director of both organizations for the past eight years.

November 22, 2011
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HINSDALE VETERAN RECEIVES LONG-DESERVED MEDALS POSTHUMOUSLY

PHOTO CAPTION: Senator Young presented the New York State Medal for Merit and the Conspicuous Service Star posthumously recently to the family of Hinsdale U.S. Navy veteran Loreen Briggs at a special ceremony at the American Legion Post in Hinsdale. Serving aboard a tank landing craft, Petty Officer Briggs participated in some of the most grueling fighting in the Pacific Theater including “Operation Iceberg,” the assault and occupation of Okinawa-Gunto.

Pictured from left to right are: Roger & Carol Snyder (son-in-law and daughter), Senator Young and Donna & David Briggs (daughter-in-law and son).

November 21, 2011
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Jack Bradley's Speech For His Son Sgt. Mark Bradley of Cuba, NY

Here is a speech delivered on Friday, November 11, 2011 by Jack Bradley, father of Marine Corps Sergeant Mark Bradley of Cuba, NY who was killed in June in Afghanistan.  Mr. Bradley gave the speech during a special Veteran’s Day ceremony in honor of his son held at Cuba Park.

 

BY JACK BRADLEY:

Good Morning Ladies and Gentlemen.  

On behalf of the family of Sgt Mark Bradley, his wonderful wife, Samantha, and my wife, Sharon, I’d like to thank you for sharing your day with us on this Veteran’s Day and allowing me to share Mark’s story.

November 14, 2011
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SENATOR YOUNG RANKED AS TOP “PRO-JOBS SUPPORTER” BY STATE BUSINESS COUNCIL

ALBANY – The Business Council of New York State has lauded Senator Catharine Young as one of the top pro-jobs supporters in the state legislature as part of its 2011 Voters’ Guide.

Senator Young was recognized for working to adopt several jobs and economic growth measures and reforms that were signed into law.

“With Governor Cuomo’s leadership, and a responsive legislature, we saw real fiscal reform, spending restraint, and progress on economic development initiatives,” said Heather Briccetti, acting-president and CEO of The Business Council.

November 14, 2011
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Share Your Ideas For A Stronger Economy

Job creation and growing our economy are the most important challenges facing communities throughout Upstate New York. Thanks to a renewed spirit of cooperation in Albany, coupled with a heavy emphasis on economic development, New York is headed in the right direction. During this year’s legislative session, I worked in partnership with Governor Cuomo to cut state spending, hold the line on taxes and put forward constructive job creating incentives.  The positive steps we have taken include:

November 9, 2011
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Senator Young Helps to Open Prospect Street Bridge in Cuba

Senator Cathy Young helped to officially open the Prospect Street Bridge in Cuba at a recent ribbon cutting ceremony. The foot bridge, which runs over Norfolk-Southern Railroad, is part of the Genesee Valley Greenway project, a 90-mile trail of open space from Rochester to Cuba. Senator Young helped to secure a $10,000 grant for the completed bridge.

Photo ID: L-R: Wendy Brand, Representative for Assemblyman Joe Giglio; Cuba Mayor Tom Taylor; Senator Young; Betty Edwards, Vice President for the Cuba New York Chamber of Commerce; and Lee James, Representative for Congressman Tom Reed.

November 3, 2011
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November 2, 2011
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SEN. YOUNG RECEIVES “A” FOR SUPPORT OF LIBRARIES

OLEAN – Senator Catharine Young (R,C,I - Olean) has earned an “A” grade from the New Yorkers for Better Libraries Political Action Committee (NYLIBS-PAC) for her ongoing support of libraries in the 2011 legislative year.

Senator Young’s high grade was included in NYLIBS-PAC’s recently released “2011 Voter’s Guide” that ranks state legislators using a number of factors, including support for Library Aid in the state budget, sponsoring or co-sponsoring pro-library legislation, and voting records on library-related bills.

October 27, 2011
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EXTRA MEDICAID PAYMENT FOR COUNTIES AVERTED

OLEAN - The state will not require counties to make an extra Medicaid payment in 2012 after all, saving taxpayers millions of dollars statewide, announced Senator Catharine Young (R,C,I-Olean).

Savings total more than $1.2 million in Senator Young’s district alone. The change will reduce 2012 Medicaid costs by $610,000 for Chautauqua County, $211,000 for Cattaraugus County, $207,000 for Allegany County, and $180,000 for Livingston County.

The lawmaker had requested the state Health Department to reverse a mandate that forced the expense to be added to the counties’ upcoming budgets, even though it normally would have been booked in 2013.

October 27, 2011
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REVIVING ROUTE 219 PROJECT FOCUS OF LEGISLATIVE ROUNDTABLE

BUFFALO – A completed Route 219 corridor would transform the economic potential for Western New York was the consensus among panelists who spoke at a special roundtable on Thursday that focused on finding solutions to complete the north-south expressway project.

Senator Catharine Young (R,C,I – Olean), joined by a delegation of bi-partisan lawmakers from Western New York, hosted the “Route 219: Road to Our Future” forum at the Mahoney State Office Building to hear from key transportation, labor, tourism, logistics, education, banking, and health care officials on expanding the route.

October 25, 2011
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SEN. YOUNG NAMED TO FARM BUREAU’S “CIRCLE OF FRIENDS”

OLEAN – In recognition of her continued efforts to help New York State farmers grow and create jobs, Senator Catharine Young (R,C,I – Olean) has once again been honored by the New York Farm Bureau with its “Circle of Friends” recognition.

The prestigious legislative award is based upon Senator Young’s voting record on issues of importance to New York agriculture and other evidence of legislative support, including sponsorship of bills that Farm Bureau has either supported, or opposed, throughout the 2011 Legislative Session.

October 25, 2011
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