This Veterans Day, let us remember our heroic servicemen and women who deserve our deepest respect, gratitude, and all of our support.
As your State Senator, standing up for our veterans is one of my greatest responsibilities and highest priorities.
One of my most important missions this year was addressing the disproportionately high unemployment rate for veterans. Our veterans are the most underutilized workforce in the country. Recent figures reveal that unemployment rates among post-9/11 disabled veterans are at about ten percent, significantly higher than the national average.
As we approach Veterans Day, I urge you to take time to honor our nation’s heroes who have so valiantly served.
Our area is blessed to be home to some incredible men and women who have served our country with honor and distinction.
It is particularly important that we express our sincere thanks and heartfelt gratitude to our World War II and Korean War veterans. Sadly, their ranks grow smaller with each passing year, which is why it’s so important that we thank them now.
On Senate TV earlier this year, I spoke about the many hometown heroes who served our country so honorably and talked about issues important to our veterans.
ALBANY - Senator Catharine Young (R, I, C–Olean), Chair of the Legislative Commission on Rural Resources, was deeply honored to accept this year’s “Appreciation Award” from the New York Association of Conservation Districts (NYACD).
NYACD represents Soil and Water Conservation Districts located in counties throughout New York State. NYACD represents and supports individual districts as they work to conserve soil, water, and other natural resources.
Senator Young was recently recognized with the honor during an award ceremony at NYACD’s annual conference in Utica, New York.
Strengthened Training and Skill Development Will Improve Hospital Services
Allegany County residents who rely on the care provided at Jones Memorial Hospital, the only full service hospital in the county, can look forward to better healthcare services. Improvements are being made as a result of training assistance provided through the Workforce Development Institute (WDI), along with the New York State Hazard Abatement Board.
“This is great news for everyone in the Wellsville region. Jones Memorial is a major employer that provides care to families and residents from all over the area. The desire at Jones Memorial to continue improving services, and equip employees with the skills and training to provide the best care possible, speaks to their vision and dedication,” said Senator Catharine Young (R,C,I-Olean).
U.S. Navy Veteran Receives Awards Earned 70 Years Ago
OLEAN - In recognition of his outstanding service during World War II, United States Navy veteran William H. Button was honored and presented with long overdue medals today.
In a ceremony at the Pines in Olean, Senator Catharine Young (R,C,I-Olean) presented Pharmacist’s Mate 3rd Class (PhM3c) Button with the military medals and awards he earned serving his country overseas seven decades ago.
Senator Catharine Young (R,I,C-Olean) is calling on President Obama to enact an immediate travel ban on passengers flying from West Africa to the United States to contain the spread of Ebola.
“Common sense dictates that we should stop travel into the United States from Ebola-affected West African nations. Thomas Eric Duncan, the Ebola victim who passed away in Dallas, travelled to the U.S. on a commercial flight from Liberia and now the virus has infected others. Protecting lives should be our first priority. Because JFK Airport is a major international travel hub that travelers from around the world pass through, we must be especially vigilant in New York State,” said Senator Young.
Public Service Commission to Meet October 23 to Review Repowering Pipeline
With radical outside groups trying to derail the NRG repowering project, Senator Catharine Young is urging the community to come together once again to save our schools, city, and taxpayers. A Public Service Commission (PSC) forum will be held on the gas pipeline that will service the repowered NRG plant in Dunkirk, and taxpayers and residents are urged to show up and show their strong support for repowering.
October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month and a good time for women to take the opportunity to be screened for breast, as well as ovarian and colorectal, cancer. Because early detection can save lives, I encourage women to consult with their physician, learn more about the risks of cancer, and develop a plan for getting screened regularly.
Great strides have been made in the early detection and treatment of breast cancer in recent years. Today, many diagnosed women are living longer, healthier lives. But the fight against this deadly disease is far from over.
Ashford woman recognized for distinguished service and accomplishments
OLEAN – A lifetime of service was recognized this weekend as Ashford’s Dorothy Button was honored and recognized for being a 2014 New York State Senate “Woman of Distinction.” Senator Catharine Young (R,C,I-Olean) chose Mrs. Button as the 57th Senate District’s honoree because of her long and impressive record of accomplishments that include service in the U.S. Coast Guard, years of dedicated work on behalf of fellow veterans, and decades of volunteerism as a firefighter and EMT.
This Sunday marks a very special day – Gold Star Mothers Day.
As part of our commitment to never forget the men and women who made the ultimate sacrifice in protecting our freedoms, please remember to join our nation on Sunday in remembering the strength and sacrifice of its Gold Star Mothers.
Heroin and opioid abuse has been a terrible scourge in our communities.
We took action in the State Senate this year to tackle the problem, forming an active task force, holding 18 heavily productive forums across the state, and passing a comprehensive package of legislation to protect our communities and families.
U.S. Army Sgt. Stanley J. Grochowina Recognized for Outstanding Service
SALAMANCA - For his outstanding record of military service during the Cold War era and his contributions to the protection of the United States and its NATO allies, United States Army veteran Sgt. Stanley J. Grochowina was presented with honorary military medals and ribbons on Saturday.
During a special ceremony at the Salamanca Veterans Memorial Park, Senator Catharine Young (R,C,I - Olean) presented Sergeant Grochowina with the official awards conferred upon those honorees worthy of their distinction.
Today, we remember all of those who perished 13 years ago in the September 11th attacks on the World Trade Center, the Pentagon, and Flight 93. Our thoughts especially turn to those who lost loved ones on that tragic morning and continue to live with the loss every day.
As we commemorate the lives of those lost and honor their memory, we continue to be inspired by the many amazing stories of sacrifice and love showed that day. So many brave individuals found themselves in the midst of the attacks and chose to put their own safety and well-being to the side in order to help others.
Legislation creates online learning advisory council to explore online and blended learning programs
ALBANY – For many students in New York State, the classroom experience is being transformed through the development and implementation of virtual learning initiatives. While a number of schools are using these tools to provide students with access to unique courses and instruction, the lessons being learned along the way need to be applied statewide.
A bill passed in the Senate, (S.5509-C), and sponsored by Senator Catharine Young (R, I, C—Olean), Chair of the Legislative Commission on Rural Resources, calls for the creation of a statewide online and blended learning program to address this issue.
The Legislative Commission on Rural Resources is proud to have published our Summer-Fall 2014 Rural Futures Edition (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!
ALBANY - Senator Catharine Young (R,I,C-Olean) received a 93 percent score, one of the highest of any legislator in the state, for supporting job growth and economic revitalization initiatives that will make Upstate New York a stronger and more welcoming place to do business.
According to Unshackle Upstate, a coalition of over 80 business and trade organizations representing 70,000 companies employing more than 1.5 million people, Senator Young is a friend of the Upstate economy and taxpayers.
Black bears are an important and natural part of our environment, and their population in New York is growing. As the number of bears increases, sightings in our area are becoming increasingly common and the likelihood of interaction with people inevitably rises.
Recent sightings of bears in the town of Stockton in Chautauqua County was just reported here.
With an estimated 6,000 to 8,000 bears in New York's woods and forests, it is important to know how to avoid bears and how to react if you come in contact with a bear.
Black bear attacks on humans are extremely rare. However, damage to property is much more common.
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.