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Senator Catharine Young Announces 2015 Earth Day Poster Contest

Contest aims to promote environmental awareness around the 45th Anniversary of Earth Day



ALBANY - Senator Catharine Young (R,C,I-Olean) is encouraging local students to take part in the New York State Senate’s 2015 Earth Day Poster Contest, a statewide competition to encourage awareness of environmental issues.


March 6, 2015

Senator Young, Local Highway Superintendents Urge Greater Funding for Roads and Bridges

Call for a five-year dedicated fund and greater support for the Consolidated Highway Improvement Program


ALBANY – “Local Roads Matter” was the call to action voiced by Senator Catharine Young (R,C,I- Olean) and local Highway Superintendents during yesterday’s rally at the state Capitol.


March 5, 2015

Senator Catharine Young Provides a State Budget Update, Calls for Passage of Brittany's Law on "Your Voice"

On this week’s edition of “Your Voice,” Senator Catharine Young (R,C,I-Olean) discusses the 2015 Public Budget Hearings and the need for passage of Brittany’s Law.


During this year’s budget negotiations, Senator Young will continue her efforts to support sheltered workshops for those with developmental disabilities, the Workforce Development Institute, and local libraries.


Senator Young also discusses the tragic passing of domestic violence survivor Shannon Pepper and the ability to honor Shannon’s memory by passing Brittany’s Law to save other from becoming victims.

March 2, 2015

Young Appointed To Senate Task Force on Lyme and Tick-Borne Diseases

Focus will be on improving prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of tick-borne diseases


ALBANY - Senator Catharine Young (R,C,I-Olean) has been appointed to the Senate’s Task Force on Lyme and Tick-Borne Diseases. The Task Force’s mission is to protect the health of New Yorkers by improving methods to prevent, diagnose, and treat Lyme and other tick-borne diseases.


Task Force members will play an active role in reviewing research, consulting with experts, and soliciting public input to develop legislation and advocate for additional resources to address the spread of Lyme disease in New York.


February 27, 2015

Senate Takes Lead on Combating Cyber Terrorism

Legislation enforces stricter penalties, creates a program to identify potential risk


ALBANY – New Yorkers confronted with a rapidly expanding threat to their security and finances gained confidence this week after the Senate took action to make the state’s computer infrastructure among the most secure in the nation. Senator Catharine Young (R,C,I-Olean) and her colleagues passed legislation to increase penalties and reduce the risk of cyber terrorism to citizens and businesses.


February 26, 2015

Greater Local Control, Closure of Loopholes Highlighted By Senate Report on Sex Offenders

Legislation introduced following State Senate Coalition’s report detailing numerous sex offenders living near Pre-K and Kindergarten programs


ALBANY – Following a comprehensive investigation by the New York State Senate Coalition that resulted in a startling report detailing numerous sex offenders living near Pre-K and Kindergarten facilities, Senator Catharine Young (R,C,I- Olean) will join fellow lawmakers to pass legislation that closes loopholes in existing laws and increases local authorities’ ability to restrict living arrangements for sex offenders.


February 25, 2015

State Legislators Applaud Citizens' Involvement To Restore School Aid

OLEAN – Although session duties in Albany Thursday will prevent area state legislators from attending the Olean Teachers’ Association (OTA) public rally, they lauded teachers, community members, school boards reps and administrators for supporting their efforts to restore school aid.


“Regrettably, Assemblyman Joe Giglio and I will be unable to take part in the rally because of the previously set legislative calendar. We are scheduled to be voting on bills on the floor of the Senate and Assembly, and there is a joint budget hearing on public safety that will go on until very late,” said Senator Catharine Young, (R,C,I-Olean).


February 24, 2015

Following The Tragic Death of Shannon Pepper, Young, Giglio Call For Passage of Brittany's Law

Legislation would require registration for violent felony offenders, create a statewide database



OLEAN – Following a tragic fire this past weekend in Cuba, New York, that cut short the life of domestic violence survivor Shannon Pepper, Senator Catharine Young (R,C,I-Olean) and Assemblyman Joseph M. Giglio (R,C,I-Gowanda) are calling for the Assembly to pass Brittany’s Law.


February 23, 2015

Chautauqua County IDA’S Purchase of ConAgra Facility A Positive Step

Statement from Senator Catharine Young (R,C,I – Olean) on the Chautauqua County Industrial Development Agency’s purchase of the former ConAgra facility in Dunkirk:


“We have been working to breathe new life into the ConAgra facility since the devastating news the company was leaving. With the IDA now in possession of the building, area residents can be assured that great care will be taken to retain a buyer who understands that job creation is paramount. I will continue to do everything in my power to assist the IDA in their efforts to quickly retain an employer so we can get people back to work.”



February 20, 2015

Senator Young joins "Your Voice" to Discuss Protections Against Sexual Predators, Juvenile Justice Reforms, and Education Funding

During this edition of "Your Voice,” Senator Catharine Young (R,C,I- Olean) discusses legislation to protect communities from sexual predators, juvenile justice reforms proposed in the Executive Budget, education funding and the Gap Elimination Adjustment (GEA).


February 12, 2015

Senator Young Calls For The Restoration Of The Gap Elimination Adjustment (GEA) Funding

Senator Catharine Young joins members of the Senate Republican Conference to announce their plan to fully restore the Gap Elimination Adjustment (GEA) funding for local school districts in the 2015-16 state budget.

February 11, 2015

Young: Restoration of GAP Elimination Adjustment Gets Top Mark For 2015-16 State Budget

GEA Funding Seen As Top Budget Priority for Many Local School Districts, Senate Republicans


ALBANY - Senator Catharine Young (R,C,I-Olean) today joined members of the Senate Republican Conference to announce their plan to fully restore the Gap Adjustment Elimination (GEA) funding for local school districts in this year’s state budget.


The GEA has been repeatedly cited by local school districts as their biggest fiscal constraint. The cut was originally instituted by Senate Democrats when they controlled the chamber in 2010, over opposition by Senator Young and her Republican colleagues. Despite last year’s restorations, school districts still have an outstanding balance to return to pre-GEA funding levels.


February 10, 2015

Senate Passes "Homes for Heroes" Program

Legislation will assist service-disabled veterans making necessary improvements to their homes


ALBANY - Today, the New York State Senate passed legislation (S.2316/A.3795) sponsored by Senator Catharine Young (R,C,I-Olean) that will assist veterans with physical challenges who need modifications to their homes in order to live independently.


The “Homes for Heroes” program will establish a fund to assist New York State’s veteran population so that they are able to live safely, comfortably and productively in the setting of their choice.


February 10, 2015

Senator Young Honors Local Firefighter For Over 50 Years of Service

Robert Keech has been an active member of three local departments


OLEAN - Senator Catharine Young (R,C,I-Olean) recently presented a New York State Senate Proclamation to Robert Keech of Hinsdale in honor of his more than 50 years of service to fire departments in Cattaraugus County.


February 9, 2015

Agriculture Remains Critical to Local Economy

Statement from Senator Catharine Young (R,C,I – Olean) regarding State Environmental Protection Fund grant:


“Today’s announcement that the Town of Sparta will receive a $25,000 grant to develop a plan to protect local farmland is great news for the future of agriculture in Livingston County. Having grown up on a third-generation dairy and crops farm in Livingston County I know firsthand the vital role farming plays in our community’s heritage. Protecting the local farmland to ensure it remains productive for generations to come will be instrumental in preserving the family farm as a way of life.”

February 6, 2015

Senate Passes Legislation To Empower Communities Against Criminal Activity

Senator Young Supports Measure to Keep Children Away from Street Gangs



ALBANY – The State Senate has passed legislation to increase community safety and empower school districts against gang activity. The legislation is the latest effort by the Senate to keep New York’s families and children safe from violence.


February 3, 2015

Seating Inc. Receives Assistance Through The Workforce Development Institute

Funding will help protect employees from injury


ALBANY - Seating Inc., a Livingston County furniture manufacturer based out of Nunda, has received upgrades to their equipment in an effort to protect employees from injury, as a result of funding provided through the Workforce Development Institute (WDI), a program championed by Senator Catharine Young (R,C,I-Olean) in last year’s state budget. The funding was used toward improvements for production workers’ stations, including a lift device for inspection, a roll storage system, and a cutting table with roll handling capabilities.


January 29, 2015

REM-tronics Inc. Receives Funding Through The Workforce Development Institute

Support will help improve productivity and quality


January 29, 2015

Two Olean Employers Receive Support Through The Workforce Development Institute

Senator Young Secured An Additional $3 Million in Last Year’s State Budget for WDI Program


ALBANY - Cutco Cutlery and the Olean Medical Group both are receiving support through the Workforce Development Institute (WDI), allowing them to provide updated training for employees in an effort to expand operations. The Workforce Development Institute is a non-profit organization championed by Senator Catharine Young (R,C,I-Olean) in last year’s state budget that works with employers across the state to provide focused technical training, purchasing support and other assistance to help employers and employees achieve professional and career growth right here in New York State.


January 29, 2015

Young Joins Colleagues To Pass Legisaltion Aimed At Protecting Communities From Sexual Predators

Legislation will strengthen reporting requirements; creates a program to increase awareness among local officials

ALBANY - Senator Catharine Young (R,C,I – Olean) has announced that the state Senate has passed a package of legislation to protect communities from sexual predators by promoting greater public access to information and awareness. 

January 28, 2015