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Senator Young Announces Funding for Local Libraries

For Release: Immediate, July 21, 2014

Every library in district set to receive grant funding secured in 2014-15 legislative session

ALBANY - The public library often serves as the heart and center of a community, and with schools out for the summer, more children will be in and out of our community libraries every day.

 To ensure our libraries are ready and able to meet the needs and expectations of patrons, Senator Catharine Young (R,C,I-Olean) is glad to announce that every public library in her district will be receiving additional grant funding this year.

July 21, 2014
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Visit the Fair This Summer

The local county fair is a proud and longstanding American tradition, and this summer there are a number of fairs in our area for you and your family to enjoy.

Rodeos, demolition derbies, monster truck shows, 4-H and FFA exhibits and shows, live music, rides and games, and truck and horse pulls are just some of the many attractions on offer.

Below is information on the dates and locations of the fairs in Chautauqua, Cattaraugus, Allegany, and Livingston Counties, as well as the Great New York State Fair in Syracuse.

For a full schedule of events at each fair, visit the links below.

July 15, 2014
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Senator Young Passes Bill to Improve Transportation for People with Developmental Disabilities

For Release: Immediate, June 20, 2014

Senate Bill 7798 Would Assist Developmentally Disabled Individuals in Rural Areas

ALBANY - Transportation for people with developmental disabilities can be a difficult challenge, especially in rural areas. Senator Catharine Young (R,C,I,-Olean) has announced the state Senate’s passage of legislation to improve the transportation services available.

June 20, 2014
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Senate Passes Bill to Ensure Treatment Plans for Dangerous Parolees with Mental Illness

For Release: Immediate, June 20, 2014

Bill Would Require Better Treatment for Released Inmates with Mental Illness

ALBANY - On June 1, 2014, 6-year-old P.J. Avitto and 7-year-old Mikayla Capers were in an elevator in their Brooklyn housing complex when they were both viciously stabbed. P.J. was killed while Mikayla was seriously injured.

Two days earlier, 18-year-old nursing student Tanaya Copeland was fatally stabbed more than 30 times while walking in Brooklyn.

And on June 4, 2014, a 53-year-old man was stabbed in a Manhattan subway station.

June 20, 2014
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Senate Passes Telehealth Bill

Bill creates more opportunities for New York patients to use telehealth and telemedicine services  

ALBANY – Telehealth and telemedicine have the potential to transform access to healthcare throughout the state, particularly in rural areas where access and availability remain prominent concerns. A bill passed recently in the New York State Senate (S.7852) would improve access to telehealth and telemedicine services for residents throughout the state.

The bill is sponsored by Senator Catharine Young (R, I, C—Olean). It provides patients throughout the state with the ability to utilize telehealth and telemedicine technologies for services that would otherwise only be covered in-person.

June 18, 2014
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Children and Families in Chautauqua County to Receive Additional Family Court Judge

For Release: Immediate, June 18, 2014

Senate and Assembly Reach Agreement on Allocation of New Family Court Judges

ALBANY - To address a record number of cases, Chautauqua County will have an additional Family Court judge to alleviate a huge backlog.

After sponsoring legislation to elect an additional judge to relieve the overwhelming caseload in Chautauqua County Family Court, Senator Catharine Young (R,C,I-Olean) announced today that an agreement has been reached between the state Senate and Assembly to double the county’s number of Family Court judges from one to two.

June 18, 2014
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Senate Passes Bill to Close Brooklyn Child-Stabber Loophole

For Release: Immediate, June 16, 2014

Bill Would Amend Kendra's Law to Require Mental Health Evaluations for Inmates with Mental Illness

The New York State Senate passed legislation today, S.2225D, sponsored by Senator Cathy Young (R-I-C, Olean), that would amend “Kendra’s Law” to require all inmates with mental illness be given a psychiatric evaluation to see if Kendra’s Law is appropriate, before they are released. This crucial bill would apply to inmates such as Daniel St. Hubert – a paranoid schizophrenic with a history of violence who refused treatment in prison, was released without counseling or medication, and days later allegedly stabbed two young children, killing one and injuring the other, in Brooklyn.

June 16, 2014
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Precision Agriculture Bill Passed in State Senate

ALBANY – Senator Catharine Young (R, I, C–Olean), Chair of the Legislative Commission on Rural Resources, has passed legislation allowing New York’s farmers to continue a long history of developing and using innovative technology to grow and strengthen the agricultural industry in the State. The bill, (S.6543-B), calls for an assessment of precision agriculture in the state, including a review of rural broadband availability and usage.

June 16, 2014
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Senate Passes Legislation Allowing Community Benefit Projects to Receive Help from Prison Work Release Programs

For Release: Immediate, June 16, 2014

The New York State Senate today passed legislation (S2204A), sponsored by Senator Cathy Young (R-I-C, Olean), that would expand work release programs to allow eligible inmates, deemed not to be dangerous, to help with not-for-profit organizations and public service projects. The bill utilizes this work force productively to help communities while giving inmates job-training opportunities.

June 16, 2014
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Senator Young Secures Funding for Successful Manufacturing and Job Training Programs

For Release: Immediate, June 16, 2014

$3 Million for the Workforce Development Institute Manufacturing Initiative

ALBANY - A $3 million grant secured by Senator Catharine Young (R,C,I-Olean) will help workers develop the job skills they need to be successful through the Workforce Development Institute (WDI).

The grant will support the creation of manufacturing jobs and support training programs that help workers to either improve their position or transition into other jobs after layoffs. This funding is dedicated specifically to manufacturing initiatives and is in addition to $4 million received by the WDI for all of the important work they do to promote employment initiatives across the state.

June 16, 2014
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Senate Passes Bill to Better Protect Against and Treat Concussions and Traumatic Brain Injuries

For Release: Immediate, June 13, 2014

Senator Young's Bill S.7004-A Passes Senate

ALBANY - This week, a bill sponsored by Senator Catharine Young (R,C,I-Olean) passed the State Senate to strengthen and improve the treatment and management of traumatic brain injuries.

“A traumatic brain injury, especially for a child, can have serious debilitating consequences and sometimes even lead to death. This tragedy happens far too often in our state and around the country, which is why these changes are so important. With the improvements provided in this bill, we can help prevent more critical injuries and the devastation they can bring to a family,” said Senator Young.

June 13, 2014
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Senator Young Cheers Announcement of PSC Approval to Repower NRG Dunkirk

For Release: Immediate, June 12, 2012

Public Service Commission Approves Repowering Proposal

ALBANY – Citing the “quadfecta of benefits,” PSC Chair Audrey Zibelman led the unanimous Public Service Commissioners’ vote of approval today to repower the coal-fired Dunkirk NRG plant into a clean, environmentally-friendly 435 megawatt natural gas facility.

The project’s green light by the regulatory agency caps a several year long struggle to gain support to save the generator from closing.

June 12, 2014
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Strengthening Women's Rights in New York

From the time of Susan B. Anthony and Elizabeth Cady Stanton, New York State has had a long and proud history as a national leader with respect to women's rights.

Building upon this legacy, the State Senate took action today on two bills designed to further protect and enhance the rights of women in New York.

June 12, 2014
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Senate Passes Bill to Make Residential Youth Facilities Safer

For Release: Immediate, June 11, 2014

"Renee's Law" Helps Protect Staff and Youth in Residential Placements

The New York State Senate today passed a measure to protect the staff and youth in group homes and other youth residential facilities. “Renee’s Law” (S2625B), sponsored by Senator Catharine Young (R-I-C, Olean), increases the criminal history and other information available to those involved in residential placements for violent youth offenders so that a thorough evaluation of the youth's rehabilitation and the risk they pose to the community can be performed.

June 11, 2014
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Senate Passes Bill to Increase Access to Dentists in Underserved Communities

For Release: Immediate, June 11, 2014

Measure would make dentists eligible for "Doctors Across New York"

ALBANY - Oral diseases left untreated can lead to a number of health problems, some of which can even be 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,I-Olean), sponsor of “Dentists Across New York” which passed the State Senate today.

The legislation, S.2190-B, would alleviate the problem by expanding the successful “Doctors Across New York” program and enabling dentists to be recruited and receive incentives to work in communities lacking dentists.

June 11, 2014
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Senate Takes Action in the Fight Against Heroin and Opioid Addiction

In towns and cities throughout our state, the scourge of heroin and opioid addiction is spreading among our communities, taking young lives, and destroying once promising futures.

That's why I am pleased to report that the State Senate is taking action by passing critical legislation to protect our communities and families from these destructive and deadly drugs.

June 11, 2014
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State Senate Passes Tax Relief Package




For Release: Immediate, June 10, 2014

Legislation Would Encourage Business Growth and Job Creation

ALBANY - Senator Catharine Young (R,C,I-Olean) and the New York State Senate today passed seven bills to provide tax relief to businesses, encourage historic preservation projects, reduce energy taxes, protect forestland, provide tax benefits to disabled veterans, and help teachers who purchase school supplies.

June 11, 2014
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State Senate Passes Legislation to Fight Heroin and Opioid Addiction

For Release:   Immediate, June 9, 2014 

Legislation Cosponsored by Senator Young Will Enhance Treatment and Prevention

            ALBANY - After the successful joint heroin and opioid addiction forum hosted by Senator Catharine M. Young (R,C,I - Olean) and the Seneca Nation of Indians, the State Senate passed 23 bills to battle the alarming rise in the use of heroin and opioids that has claimed lives and devastated families across New York State.

            “We received great local input at our forum and much of this information is reflected in the bills we passed. Families who have been torn apart by heroin and opioid addiction spoke about changes that are needed to get this epidemic under control. Prevention, treatment, and enforcement all need to be tackled. Our legislation will make a real difference for those struggling with addiction,” said Senator Young.

June 9, 2014
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Senator Cathy Young and the Seneca Nation of Indians Join Together to Fight Heroin and Opioid Addiction

For Release: Immediate, June 4, 2014

Forum in Irving Tackles Addiction Treatment and Prevention

            IRVING - Make no mistake - the heroin and opioid epidemic has hit Western New York. Families across the state and nation have been devastated by the deadly effects of addiction, and communities in Chautauqua County, Cattaraugus County, the Seneca territories, and the entire surrounding region have not been exempt from the negative impact.

June 4, 2014
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Olean Native and World War II Hero Louis Zamperini Inducted into New York State Senate Veterans’ Hall of Fame

For Release: Immediate, June 2, 2014 

Recognized as One of New York’s Great Veterans 

            ALBANY - In recognition of his incredible life of perseverance and survival, U.S. Army Air Forces Captain Louis Zamperini was recently inducted into the New York State Senate Veterans’ Hall of Fame as Senator Catharine Young’s 2014 nominee.

            The New York State Senate Veterans’ Hall of Fame was created in 2005 to honor those veterans who have distinguished themselves in their valiant military service and continue to devote themselves to serving their neighbors, communities, and country - criteria Captain Zamperini exemplifies.

June 2, 2014
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