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 57thSenatorial 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 2013 Earth Day Poster Contest from my District is:
Resources is proud to have published our Spring 2013 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!
Do you love our local state parks and want to help keep them beautiful? If so, you might be interested in the second-annual I Love My Park Day on Saturday, May 4. Sponsored by Parks & Trails New York, I Love My Park Day gives volunteers from across the state a chance to help clean up, improve and beautify their local parks.
Events will be taking place at Allegany State Park, the Genesee Valley Greenway, Letchworth State Park and Midway State Park. For more information and to learn how you can help out, please visit http://www.ptny.org/ilovemypark. Hopefully you can make it!
New York State Police Major Christopher Cummings, who will be retiring soon, recently presented Senator Young with a certificate and patch in appreciation of her continued support for the New York State Police.
Like many of our law enforcement officials, Major Cummings has been such an important part of the local community, helping to keep our streets and our neighborhoods safer. Thank you for all your service and enjoy your well-deserved retirement!
Senator Young was the guest speaker at this year’s St. Bonaventure ROTC Military Ball. Pictured here with Lieutenant Colonel Michael Bianchi, Master Sergeant Steven Stites and the ROTC students, Senator Young spoke about the values and life lessons she learned during her time at St. Bonaventure University. While the ROTC program is administered at St. Bonaventure, students from Houghton College and the University of Pittsburgh at Bradford also participate.
Not only does the ROTC program provide tremendous leadership opportunities and a military training, but it is one of the main pathways to becoming a U.S. Army officer. In fact, St. Bonaventure University has produced more than 700 lieutenants for America's Army.
Senator Young stopped by a reception honoring Jeff Hatch (center), the Bemus Point Firefighter of the Year. Also pictured is Bemus Point Fire Chief Ryan Walker.
Volunteer firefighters make such an important contribution to rural communities. We can’t rely on a paid staff to support our fire departments. Instead, we rely on volunteers who drop what they are doing at a moment’s notice to help their neighbors when they are in danger. They are true heroes.
Thank you and congratulations to Jeff Hatch and thank you to all firefighters everywhere!
Here’s some exciting news coming from Chautauqua County! Sherman Central School has become a finalist in a national competition where they could win a $3,000 Lowe’s gift card to help make improvements to their theater facilities.The NBC "Smash" Make A Musical Constructed by Lowe's program selected Sherman Central School as one of its 30 finalists. The top five vote-getters will receive the gift card.Sherman Central School has big plans for the gift card, so please visit the link below to vote and help them out! http://www.makeamusical.org/smash-make-a-musical/meet-the-schools/
Senator Young recently stopped by a Good-bye Reception for Dr. John Anderson, Alfred State President, and his wife, Vivien. Back in December, President Anderson announced that he would be stepping down this spring after holding the position since 2008.
He truly was a visionary and led the school through a period of great successes. Senator Young worked closely with him on several major projects, including the Center for Organic and Sustainable Agriculture, Physical and Health Sciences building and Student Leadership Center. President Anderson’s outstanding leadership, creativity and innovation have benefitted the college and the region, and he will be sorely missed.
Funding to increase by almost $1 billion statewide, more than $19 million in the district
ALBANY - School aid is boosted by nearly $1 billion in the state budget, with schools in the 57th Senate receiving more than $19 million over last year, announced Senator Catharine Young (R,C,I-Olean).
"The Senate fought hard to increase school aid to invest in our children and give relief to the taxpayers. Funding for schools in my district will total $554,616,011 – a large share of the statewide allocation of $21.1 billion," Senator Young said.
Budget delivers substantial tax relief to families, small businesses and manufacturers
ALBANY - Senator Catharine Young (R,C,I-Olean) announced the Senate has passed a soundly balanced, fiscally responsible state budget that controls spending and provides significant tax relief to families and seniors, and reduces the tax burden on small businesses and manufacturers to help create jobs.
The Assembly plans on passing matching budget bills on Thursday.
"For the third consecutive year, the budget will be passed on time, and it includes many initiatives that are steps in the right direction to make our state a more affordable place to live, work and do business," Senator Young said.
Recently, Senator Young stopped by a birthday party for George Hall of Allegany, who just turned 105 years young! It’s amazing the number of historical events that have happened during George’s life.
George was born in Cleveland, Ohio on March 15, 1908 to Albert and Della May Hall and has lived in Allegany since he was one year old. He married his late wife Luella in 1932 and the couple enjoyed traveling together throughout the United States and Canada.
After working on a farm a year after being married, George began a new job with the WPA works project in Allegany State Park. He later worked at his uncle’s lumber business.
Budget focuses on the benefits of repowering existing electric generation facilities
ALBANY - Calling it a “major step forward,” Senator Catharine Young (R,C,I-Olean) announced that language is included in this year’s state budget that focuses on the benefits of repowering existing electric generation facilities, a development that could have a positive impact on a future of clean, reliable and affordable power for Dunkirk and all of Western New York.
Technical Sergeant Handrahan and Walter A. Bonney recognized for their military service
OLEAN – Senator Catharine Young (R,C,I- Olean) helped obtain medals for both a veteran of the air war in Europe during World War II and for the family of a World War II veteran who served in the Aleutian Islands and in Europe. The medals were presented recently.
At a ceremony at the Bolivar American Legion on March 16, the family of the late Technician Fifth Grade Walter A. Bonney received medals earned for his service during World War II as part of the Aleutian Islands Campaign and the Central Europe Campaign.
While addressing the full group of attendees at the Allegany Cattaraugus Association of School Boards’ Legislative Meeting at the Andover Central School, Senator Young touched on the State Budget process, Regional High Schools, Sequestration and school security. Additionally, there were questions concerning casinos in New York and mandate relief.
Senator Young stopped by the Allegany Cattaraugus Association of School Boards’ Legislative Meeting at the Andover Central School in Andover, NY. She spoke with Tim Bigham and Franklinville Superintendant Michelle Spasiano about some of the pressing issues that local school boards are facing.
During Senator Young’s recent visit to the Genesee Community College Rural Police Training Academy’s graduation, she also read a special proclamation honoring Dick Tiede, Assistant Director of the Rural Police Training Academy. Mr. Tiede passed away in August, 2012. With Senator Young is Brenda Tiede, Dick's wife, and members of the academy staff.
Senator Young was recently the keynote speaker at the Genesee Community College Rural Police Training Academy’s graduation. The Academy was established in 1985 as a training source for local rural Police Departments in the GLOW region, Genesee, Livingston, Orleans and Wyoming Counties, at the suggestion of area Police Chiefs and Sheriffs. The curriculum covers the same topics and materials as other Police Academies, but with a more localized approach that better suits rural communities.
Millions of women across New York State are on the verge of winning an historic victory at the State Capitol, but we need YOUR help!
The State Senate recently approved approved a landmark new "Women's Equality Package," which includes a key reform to ensure that women receive equal pay for equal work.
I was proud to vote for this package in the Senate, but our job isn't done yet. That's why I'm launching a new petition drive designed to encourage the State Assembly to take final action on these bills without delay.