In Honor Of Earth Week, Senate Passes Senator Young's Legislation To Protect And Preserve Our Environment

Comprehensive legislative package passed to protect natural resources, promote energy conservation, create green jobs, and increase ecotourism


ALBANY – Two pieces of legislation sponsored by Senator Catharine Young (R,C,I – Olean) to protect and preserve our natural environment were included in a comprehensive package of bills that passed the state Senate this week in honor of Earth Week.


April 22, 2015

Senator Young Secures $150,000 Grant To Assist With Renovations to Bradner Stadium

SAM grant funding will help the City of Olean with the next phase of renovations to the facility


ALBANY – Senator Catharine Young (R,C,I – Olean) announced today that she has secured a $150,000 grant to assist the City of Olean with completion of the renovation and rehabilitation of Bradner Stadium.


The city will receive the new grant, made available through the State & Municipal Facilities Capital Program (SAM), to complete the rehabilitation and improvement of the historic stadium which currently plays home to athletic teams from the Olean City School District, the Jamestown Community College Jaguars’ soccer team, the Olean Oilers, and the Southern Tier Diesel.


April 21, 2015

Spring Is Here: Be Sure To Be Tick Free

Thankfully, Spring finally is here but it also means that ticks are hatching. Recently several area people visited me to share their personal stories about battling Lyme disease. As a member of the Senate's Lyme disease task force, I want everyone to be safe, healthy and aware of how to protect themselves and their families.

Here's helpful information from the state Health Department.

April 20, 2015


Dear Students,Thank you for your wonderful contribution to the New York State Senate’s Earth Day Poster Contest.  This year we received many outstanding posters that exemplify the creativity of the young people in the 57th Senatorial District. Each entry from my District displayed tremendous originality and vision as well as obvious concern for the ecological future of our communities and our state.  I am proud of your work and that of your classmates, and encourage you to continue to study and learn more about the serious challenges that face our environment.I am pleased to announce that the winner of the 2015 Earth Day Poster Contest from my District is: Angelina Cutler6th GradeKeshequa Central School

April 10, 2015

Senator Young Applauds Record Local Transportation Funding In State Budget

$488 Million for Local Highways, Roads, and Bridges


ALBANY - Record funding to help local governments repair roads and bridges, including a $50 million Extreme Winter Recovery Fund, was included in the recently passed 2015-16 State Budget, according to Senator Catharine Young (R,C,I,-Olean).


“This funding is great news for our local governments and taxpayers. Many of the roads, bridges, and highways throughout our community are showing signs of wear and are in need of maintenance and repairs. This influx of CHIPS and Extreme Winter Recovery funding will keep New York State moving, enhance public safety, and reduce the heavy financial burden infrastructure maintenance and repairs can have on area taxpayers,” said Senator Young.

April 7, 2015

State Budget Includes Transition Planning for Individuals with Disabilities who Work in Sheltered Workshops

ALBANY – For individuals with developmental disabilities, the challenges inherent in moving from a sheltered workshop to community employment are quite daunting. To address this issue, Senator Catharine Young (R,C,I-Olean), Chair of the Legislative Commission on Rural Resources, included an initiative in the state budget to develop a detailed transition plan for these individuals.

April 6, 2015

Senators Young and Gallivan Secure Funding to Replace "Old Route 219 Bridge"

State of the art span will link Erie and Cattaraugus Counties


Senator Catharine Young (R,C,I- Olean) and Senator Patrick M. Gallivan (R-C-I, Elma) announced today they have secured $20 million to build a state of the art bridge to replace the existing span over Cattaraugus Creek along “old Route 219.” In addition, they have inserted $300,000 in the state budget to be deposited in an escrow account that will cover Cattaraugus and Erie counties’ costs for maintaining the structure for the first 22 years.


April 2, 2015

Senator Young Secures Economic Development Funding For Her Region

Budget includes $1.5 billion for the Upstate Revitalization Program, $400 million for transformative investment programs, $500 million to support the expansion of broadband availability and $5 million for the Workforce Development Institute


ALBANY – Senator Catharine Young (R,C,I – Olean) announced today that communities across her region will have access to economic development funding included in this year’s state budget.


Among the positive investments included in the final budget were $1.5 billion for the Upstate Revitalization Initiative, $400 million for transformative investment programs, $500 million to support the statewide expansion of broadband access, and $5 million for the Workforce Development Institute.


April 1, 2015

Senator Young Secures Funding in the State Budget to Expand Dental Care in Rural Areas

ALBANY – Senator Catharine Young (R,C,I-Olean), Chair of the Legislative Commission on Rural Resources, successfully secured $500,000 in the state budget supporting two programs that address the critical need for dental care in rural areas of New York State.

“Improving access to dental care will have dramatic positive effects on the health and well-being of children and adults living in underserved rural areas. These areas face unique challenges of availability and access to dental care, often a direct result of geographic distance and lack of providers,” said Senator Young.

April 1, 2015

Agriculture Industry Gets Big Boost In The State Budget

Strengthens connections between local farmers and consumers 

ALBANY – Agriculture, a cornerstone industry in New York State and economic driver in the region, will receive strong support in this year’s state budget, according to Senator Catharine Young (R,C,I- Olean). 

April 1, 2015

State Budget Addresses Local Opioid Crisis

Improvements coming to WCA that will increase addiction treatment services, alleviate jail overcrowding


ALBANY – Senator Catharine Young (R,C,I– Olean) has delivered a $350,000 capital grant in the state budget to establish a supportive housing program at WCA Hospital’s Jones Hill site in Jamestown.


“The new program will be a big step towards addressing the region’s opioid and heroin epidemic, placing people with addiction problems in a specialized housing facility instead of the county jail,” Senator Young said.


March 31, 2015

Senator Young Secures Over $582 Million in Education Aid

Record amounts for schools in the 57th Senate District


ALBANY – Record amounts of school funding will boost quality education in the 57th Senate District, according to Senator Catharine Young (R,C,I- Olean).


“Overall, my schools will receive a record investment of $582,788,622 in education aid, which is an increase of more than $32 million, or 5.9 percent, over last year. Children in my district will receive the high-quality, first class educational opportunities that they need to succeed,” Senator Young said.


Senator Young said that the restoration of the Gap Elimination Adjustment (GEA) coupled with more Foundation Aid drove more funds into her school districts.


March 31, 2015

Senator Young Declares Victory Over the Gap Elimination Adjustment

Schools have 94.6 percent GEA restoration


ALBANY – Senator Catharine Young (R,C,I- Olean) declared victory over the Gap Elimination Adjustment (GEA), with it almost completely eradicated from her school districts.


“The destructive fiscal gimmick that is the GEA is almost gone from my schools, with 94.6 percent eliminated. We have restored more than $11.5 million in GEA cuts that were implemented by Democrats when they controlled the Senate in 2010,” said Senator Young.


“Senate Republicans have led the charge to get rid of the GEA that has robbed our schools of funding, and our children of learning opportunities,” she said.


March 31, 2015

Senate Begins Passage of Fiscally Responsible State Budget

Budget includes a strong investment in education, tax relief to families and small businesses, and support for rural communities


ALBANY - Senator Catharine Young (R,C,I-Olean) announced today that the Senate has begun passing a fiscally responsible state budget that controls spending, monumentally increases state support for education, and reduces the tax burden to help create jobs and grow the economy.


“For the fifth consecutive year the state’s budget will be passed on-time and will include many initiatives that make our state a more affordable place to live, work and do business. The final budget lives within a two percent spending cap and rejects unaffordable tax increases,” Senator Young said.


March 30, 2015

Legislation Passed To Help Law Enforcement Keep Pace with Evolving Technology

Bill would protect against predatory surveillance and distribution of obscene images


ALBANY – The Senate today passed legislation, sponsored by Senator Catharine Young (R,C,I- Olean), that will help combat against sexual predators capitalizing on new technology to distribute obscene images.


With constantly evolving technology, pedophiles and other predators are increasingly finding new ways to broadcast obscene images of individuals, often taken without the person’s knowledge or consent, across the internet.


March 30, 2015

Statement from Senator Catharine Young

"Homeowners and employers desperately need meaningful property tax relief.  In order for a half percent increase in the county’s sales tax to have a chance of passing in the state Senate, there would have to be a mandatory county property tax cut written into the bill language.  I am exploring the concept of putting into law a required three percent property tax levy decrease, which translates into a $2 million dollar property tax cut for the people of Chautauqua County.  By making the property tax burden lighter, we can grow jobs and the economy, while giving people savings that will help their family budgets."

March 27, 2015

Committee Meeting: Housing, Construction and Community Development Meeting

Senate Standing Committee on Housing, Construction and Community Development  Senator Catharine M. Young, Chair  11:30 AM, Monday, March 30, 2015  Room 308 LOB

March 30, 11:44 AM - 11:59 AM

March 25, 2015 - Your Voice with Senator Catharine Young

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.”


March 25, 2015

Chautauqua County Manufacturers Receive Funding Through Workforce Development Institute

Funding will promote job and business growth, employee retention and promotion



ALBANY – Four Chautauqua County manufacturers will see business growth, employee retention and promotion, and potential expansion of their operations as a result of training assistance through the Workforce Development Institute (WDI), a program championed by Senator Catharine Young (R,C,I-Olean).


As part of the 2014-15 State Budget, Senator Young directly helped secure an additional $3 million for WDI, funding she is again fighting for this year. With Senator Young’s support, a total of $7 million of funding was included last year to support the mission and work of WDI.


March 24, 2015

Senator Young Appointed to Senate's Workforce Development Task Force

Senator, Task Force members, will develop ways to promote private sector job growth


ALBANY – Senator Catharine Young (R,C,I–Olean) has been appointed to the Senate’s new Task Force on Workforce Development. Members of the task force will gather input from leaders in business, education, state and local governments, as well as workforce development experts, as they review existing state programs designed to support job seekers and explore new ways to boost private sector employment and create good-paying jobs.


March 24, 2015