Farmers Refundable Tax Credit Passes Senate

ALBANY - A bill State Senator Catharine Young (R,I,C - Olean) sponsored to allow farmers to receive an investment tax credit (ITC) as a fully refundable credit has passed the State Senate and referred to the Assembly for consideration.

The bipartisan measure S.2036, provides that excess investment tax credit amounts may be refundable to operators of a farm operation.

"Given the enormous economic impact that agriculture has on the economy of this State, we must do everything we can to ensure that our farm operations are strong," said Senator Young.

June 21, 2007

Historic Preservation Loan Program Bill Passes Senate

ALBANY - A bill to establish a revolving loan fund for historic preservation projects has passed the Senate announced State Senator Catharine Young (R,I,C - Olean). The measure, sponsored by Senator Young was passed unanimously.The bill, S.406 directs the Commissioner of the Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation to establish a historic preservation revolving loan fund."Many communities do not have the resources available to engage in the preservation of local historic sites," said Senator Young.

June 20, 2007

Senator Young Announces Funding For Girl Scouts Of Southwestern New York

The Girl Scouts of Southwestern New York will soon benefit from major upgrades to Camp Timbercrest in Randolph, thanks to a $150,000 grant obtained by State Senator Catharine Young (R,I,C-Olean). The money is being used for a full winterization and modernization of the facilities. Since its construction 40 years ago, Camp Timbercrest was never winterized and lacks modern bathroom facilities.

June 6, 2007

Senator Young Appointed To NYS Council On Food Policy

State Senator Cathy Young (R,I,C - Olean) today announced her appointment to the Statewide Council on Food Policy. The Council was created by Executive Order to coordinate policies to promote Agriculture, Health and Nutrition.The Council will make recommendations to the Governor on state regulations, legislation and budget proposals regarding food policy to ensure a coordinated and comprehensive inter-agency approach to state food policy issues.

May 31, 2007

Senate Passes Bill Expanding And Enhancing Dna Database

ALBANY - State Senator Cathy Young today voted for legislation that would expand the State’s DNA database to include samples from every person convicted of a crime. The bill will also improve the methods for collection and preservation of DNA evidence and extend the statute of limitations for cases based on DNA evidence.Last year the Senate achieved a historic expansion of the DNA databank with the enactment of a law which for the first time included samples from criminals convicted of all felonies and the most common misdemeanors.

May 22, 2007

Senate Delivers On Promise Of Relief To Dairy Farmers

Checks are in the mail to provide relief to New York’s strapped dairy farmers, thanks to a $30 million Dairy Assistance Program that was spearheaded and championed by the state Senate Republican Majority during this year’s state budget.

May 11, 2007

Senate Plan Would Double Senior Citizen Property Tax Rebates

State Senator Cathy Young (R,I,C - Olean) today announced a plan to double the size of direct property tax rebate checks for senior citizen homeowners. The Senate is introducing a bill that would return about $200 million to senior citizens. Funds for the increased senior rebate checks would come from higher-than-projected State revenues realized at end of the 2006-07 state fiscal year.The Senate budget proposed tripling property tax rebate checks for all homeowners, including seniors.

May 1, 2007

Senate Passes Domestic Violence Package

In observance of National Crime Victims’ Rights Week, State Senator Cathy Young (R,I,C - Olean) and members of the New York State Senate today passed a comprehensive package of legislation aimed at protecting victims of domestic violence.Senate action on the legislation was announced at a Capitol news conference where members of the Senate Majority were joined by Mrs. New York State 2007 Lori Donaudy of Smithtown, Long Island. A former victim of domestic abuse, Lori’s platform as Mrs.

April 24, 2007


101-year-old Rose Morat Brutally Mugged In NewYork


April 19, 2007