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Local Veteran from Wellsville joins Veterans' Hall of Fame

Art Van Tyne nominated to New York State Senate Veterans’ Hall of Fame by Senator Catharine Young

ALBANY – Lt. Col. Art Van Tyne’s outstanding record of military service and community involvement are the reasons why he was inducted into the New York State Senate Veterans' Hall of Fame as Senator Catharine Young’s 2013 nominee.

May 31, 2013
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Vacation at New York State Parks this Summer

New York has some of the most breathtaking outdoor scenery in the nation. From the peaks of the Adirondacks to the shores of Lake Erie, our state has a truly unparalleled natural beauty.

As we head into summer – and campgrounds across the state are now open – we encourage you to consider planning a trip to one of our state’s majestic parks. In our area alone, we have Allegany State Park, Conesus Lake Boat Launch, the Genesee Valley Greenway, Lake Erie State Park, Letchworth State Park, Long Point State Park on Lake Chautauqua, Midway State Park and Stony Brook State Park.

May 31, 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, June 4, 2013 Room 308 LOB

June 4, 12:30 PM - 12:37 PM
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Senator Young touring the high school at Pioneer Central School District

Bradley Fontaine talks with Senator Young about the tractor he is working on. The school has partnered with local businesses so the students can learn equipment repair. Also, older tractors and equipment have been donated to the school for the students’ use.

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May 30, 2013
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Senator Young touring the high school at Pioneer Central School District

Dakota Pingrey explains how maple syrup is graded. The Future Farmers of America at Pioneer Central School produced over 40 gallons of syrup this year.

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Senator Young recently toured the high school at Pioneer Central School District to view some of the new learning experiences for the students. The district, which includes parts of Allegany, Cattaraugus, Erie and Wyoming Counties, has expanded its offerings past the traditional courses, adding programs that teach aquaculture, engine and tractor repair and introductions into specialized fields like the maple industry. The common thread is that all of these are industries that produce employment opportunities in the area.

May 30, 2013
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Senator Young touring the high school at Pioneer Central School District

Senator Young talks with Future Farmers of America student Kala Nickerson about the tilapia being raised at the school.

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Senator Young recently toured the high school at Pioneer Central School District to view some of the new learning experiences for the students. The district, which includes parts of Allegany, Cattaraugus, Erie and Wyoming Counties, has expanded its offerings past the traditional courses, adding programs that teach aquaculture, engine and tractor repair and introductions into specialized fields like the maple industry. The common thread is that all of these are industries that produce employment opportunities in the area.

May 30, 2013
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Senator Young touring the high school at Pioneer Central School District

Tech students Jordan Schutte, Devin Williams and Jacob Logel show off their projects.

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Senator Young recently toured the high school at Pioneer Central School District to view some of the new learning experiences for the students. The district, which includes parts of Allegany, Cattaraugus, Erie and Wyoming Counties, has expanded its offerings past the traditional courses, adding programs that teach aquaculture, engine and tractor repair and introductions into specialized fields like the maple industry. The common thread is that all of these are industries that produce employment opportunities in the area.

May 30, 2013
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Senator Young touring the high school at Pioneer Central School District

Senator Young talks with tech teachers Larry Cook and Don Kress and Superintendant Dr. Sharon Huff.

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Senator Young recently toured the high school at Pioneer Central School District to view some of the new learning experiences for the students. The district, which includes parts of Allegany, Cattaraugus, Erie and Wyoming Counties, has expanded its offerings past the traditional courses, adding programs that teach aquaculture, engine and tractor repair and introductions into specialized fields like the maple industry. The common thread is that all of these are industries that produce employment opportunities in the area.

May 30, 2013
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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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