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Senator Young recognizes Larry Walsworth for his 50 years of service to the Nunda Volunteer Fire Department

At the recent Nunda Volunteer Fire Department dinner, Senator Young recognized Larry Walsworth for his 50 years of service to the fire department.

Larry joined the Nunda Fire Department in 1962. Over that time period, he has responded to 3,549 calls and has completed hundreds of hours of training.

He has also held many offices, including serving as Chief, 1st Assistant Chief, 2nd Assistant Chief and 2nd Captain. He has volunteered on over a dozen different committees and served on the Nunda Fire Department Board of Directors.

May 29, 2013
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Senator Young Honors Francie Potter, 2013 Woman of Distinction

Francie Potter of Allegany has helped countless organizations and groups for over 50 years

ALBANY – From the PTA and ski clubs to local colleges and historical associations, Francie Potter has done it all for a variety of groups in Allegany and Cattaraugus Counties. For that very reason, she has been selected by Senator Catharine Young (R,C,I-Olean) as the New York State Senate’s 2013 Woman of Distinction for the 57th Senate District.

May 24, 2013
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May 21, 2013 - "Your Voice" with Senator Cathy Young

In this week's segment of "Your Voice," Senator Cathy Young discusses the Dentists Across New York program; her Woman of Distinction, Francie Potter; the Annual Maple Festival in Franklinville; and the Genesee River Wilds Transit Bridge Launch Site in Belfast.

May 22, 2013
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Art Van Tyne

Lt. Col. Art Van Tyne, a World War II Veteran who served in the Pacific theater, was born in Syracuse and currently resides in Wellsville, NY.

He lived in Syracuse until his father, a chemist in Solvay, took a job running a steel mill in Northern New Jersey that was ramping up production to support the war effort. After graduating high school early, Art worked at his father’s steel mill for a year before signing up to join the U.S. Army Air Forces’ Aviation Cadet program (later the Air Force), in September of 1943.

May 20, 2013
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Committee Meeting: Housing, Construction and Community Development Meeting

Senate Standing Committee on Housing, Construction and Community Development Senator Catharine M. Young, Chair 12:30 PM, Tuesday, May 21, 2013 Room 308 LOB

May 21, 12:30 PM - 1:03 PM
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Senator Young Meets with Business Owners at the SUNY Fredonia Technology Incubator

Senator Young recently stopped by the SUNY Fredonia Technology Incubator to meet with business owners whose ideas have started to come to fruition thanks to the assistance provided by the Incubator. The business owners talked about what their businesses need to grow and how they have benefitted from the Incubator.

When the Incubator was in its developmental stages and before a shovel had ever been put in the ground, Senator Young worked with SUNY Fredonia officials to have the facility located downtown instead of on campus. This served several purposes, including helping in the revitalization of Dunkirk’s downtown and fostering a new bridge between the campus and the city.

May 16, 2013
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Francie Potter

Francie Potter has been a staple in her community since moving to Allegany in 1956 , devoting her time and talents to a wide variety of organizations. Born in Ann Arbor Michigan, Ms. Potter lived there for 20 years and attended the University of Michigan, where she met her future husband, Bob. In 1956, they moved to her husband’s hometown of Allegany so they could both help with the family business, Potter Lumber Company.  Currently, three of her six children run the business, which has been in family hands for over 100 years. 

May 13, 2013
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Forum/Town Hall: A roundtable to examine the state of New York’s rural hospitals

Senate Standing Committee on HealthChair: Senator Kemp Hannonand Legislative Commission on Rural ResourcesChair: Senator Catharine YoungRoundtable: A roundtable to examine the state of New York’s rural hospitalsPlace: Van Buren Hearing Room A, Legislative Office Building, 2nd Floor,Albany, New YorkTime: 11:30 A.M. – 1:30 P.M.Caitlin McGowan (518) 455-2632Andrew Mangini (518) 455-3563 TESTIMONY BY INVITATION ONLY

June 3, 11:30 AM - 1:30 PM
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Senator Young visits Technical Sergeant Richard Handrahan, World War II Veteran

Senator Young visited Technical Sergeant Richard Handrahan, a recent recipient of the "Southern France" campaign star and the French Legion of Honor for his service during the Operation Dragoon invasion of Southern France in August 1944. Senator Young and her office helped him obtain these awards that he earned almost 70 years ago.

Mr. Pascal Soares, France’s Honorary Consul in Buffalo, presented the award during a ceremony at the American Legion in Wellsville on March 18.

May 9, 2013
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Senate Passes Bill to Increase Access to Dentists in Underserved Communities

Measure would make dentists eligible for “Doctors Across New York”

ALBANY - Untreated oral diseases can lead to a number of health problems, some of them even life threatening, yet a severe shortage of dentists in underserved areas has left many New Yorkers without access to care, according to Senator Catharine Young (R,C,Ind-Olean), sponsor of “Dentists Across New York” which passed the state Senate yesterday.

The legislation (S.2190) would alleviate the issue by expanding the “Doctors Across New York” program and enabling dentists to be recruited and receive incentives to work in communities with dentist shortfalls.

May 8, 2013
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May 7, 2013 - "Your Voice" with Senator Cathy Young

In this week's segment of "Your Voice," Senator Cathy Young discusses school bus safety legislation and local events in the district including the Town of Portland's 200th anniversary, a meeting with the Genesee Valley Conservancy, a tour of Pioneer Central School, and a visit with graduates of a computer class for senior citizens.

May 8, 2013
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Cold War Veteran Honored for his service by Senator Young

Kevin Smeal received five service awards for his time with the United States Air Force

OLEAN – Senator Catharine Young (R,C,I- Olean) today awarded five service awards to a local Air Force veteran who served a specialized role in supporting our military during the Cold War. Kevin J. Smeal was an airframe repair specialist during the 1980s, and his service and expertise was vital in helping our nation maintain its strategic readiness during the height of the Cold War.

May 6, 2013
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Senator Young meets with members of the Genesee Valley Conservancy

Senator Young recently met with members of the Genesee Valley Conservancy. They thanked her for her support and gave the Senator an update on their efforts. Currently, the Conservancy has approximately 14,000 acres protected through a number of easements and preserves. The open spaces that they protect help keep our area beautiful for all outdoor enthusiasts and nature lovers.

Pictured with Senator Young are Boardmembers Joyce Wechsler, Myrtle Merritt (President), Gail McGuire, Sheila Chanler and Executive Director Benjamin Gajewski.

May 3, 2013
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April 30, 2013 - "Your Voice" with Senator Cathy Young

In this week's segment of "Your Voice," Senator Cathy Young discusses library funding, the SUNY Fredonia Technology Incubator and local events in the district.

May 1, 2013
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New York State Senate Passes Rape Victims Equality Act

Bill is backed by victims advocacy groups and the State DA’s Association

ALBANY – In a vote that protects victims and gives prosecutors the tools they need to convict violent sexual predators, the New York State Senate today passed the Rape Victims Equality Act (S.3710-C), which is sponsored by Senator Catharine Young (R,C,I-Olean). The bi-partisan bill passed with overwhelming support.

April 29, 2013
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Commemorating the 200th Anniversary of the Town of Portland

Senator Young helped commemorate an important milestone in the Town of Portland as they recently celebrated their 200th Anniversary! A special dinner was attended by community members, and town officials re-enacted the first board meeting.

With a history going back to the Holland Land Company Purchase, the Town of Portland was officially established on April 9, 1813. It initially included the present-day Towns of Westfield and Ripley, which were later subdivided from the Town of Portland.

The first settler in Portland was Captain James Dunn, a Revolutionary War soldier who moved his wife and six children to the area in 1805. The home he built in 1806 became a center for the town, including holding the first church services in town.

April 29, 2013
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Senator Young Visits the New Office and Archives Building for the Almond Historical Society

Recently, the Almond Historical Society invited Senator Young to visit their new office and archives building. The Almond Historical Society serves an important role in our community by helping to preserve the history and memories that make our towns special.

They are holding an Open House to showcase their new offices at the Hagadorn House on Sunday, May 5, from 2 p.m. – 5 p.m.

Pictured with Senator Young are Lee & Donna Ryan, Doris Montgomery, Lillian Hanks, Barbara Bernstein, Karl Grantier, Wayne Kellogg, Kitty Baker, Mike Baker and Cindy Banker.

April 26, 2013
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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, April 29, 2013 Room 308 LOB

April 29, 11:30 AM - 11:45 AM
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Coming This Weekend: Your Chance to be a Hero

As Americans watched last week's horrific events unfold in Boston, we all witnessed countless acts of courage and selflessness.

We saw first responders, medical personnel, and law enforcement acting with great strength and real compassion during a time of crisis.
We saw neighbors helping neighbors.
We saw "ordinary" people doing truly extraordinary things.

In responding to acts of terror, natural disasters, fires or medical emergencies -- our nation has a long and proud tradition of stepping up during times of crisis.  

I encourage you to consider becoming a part of this proud tradition -- by volunteering to join your local fire department.       

April 25, 2013
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April 23, 2013 - "Your Voice" with Senator Cathy Young

In this week's segment of "Your Voice," Senator Cathy Young discusses how the state budget affects farming and agriculture, recent successes and priorities for the Legislative Commission on Rural Resources, and events in the district.

April 24, 2013
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