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Olean Native Dana Whittaker Posthumously Honored in Medal Ceremony

For Release: Immediate, December 7, 2013

Family of Dana F. Whittaker Receives Awards for Military Service

HINSDALE - In recognition of his honorable record of military service, U.S. Army veteran Dana Floyd Whittaker has finally received the decorations he deserves.

During a ceremony at the Norton-Chambers American Legion Post in Hinsdale this afternoon, Senator Catharine Young (R,C,I–Olean) presented to the family of Specialist 5 Dana F. Whittaker the military medals he earned by serving overseas. After being contacted by the Whittaker family, Senator Young worked to ensure the honorable service of this local veteran was duly recognized and he received the long overdue awards his service to our country warrants.

December 7, 2013

Thanksgiving Essays and Contributions

Dear Participant, 

Thank you for your wonderful contribution to the Thanksgiving Day Creative Celebration. We received outstanding poems, essays, and artwork that exemplify the creativity of New York State’s young people. 

December 6, 2013

Senate Republicans Call for Reform, Simplification, and Reduction of Taxes

For Release: Immediate, November 22, 2013

Tax Policy Review & Reform Initiative Outlines Goals for 2014 

Senator Catharine Young (R,C,I - Olean) and her Senate Republican colleagues issued a comprehensive report on state taxes this week that calls for reforming, simplifying, and reducing personal income taxes, business taxes, estate taxes, and local property taxes. This sweeping plan, the Tax Policy Review & Reform Initiative, makes detailed and far-reaching proposals for reducing the burden on New York’s taxpayers, and supports enacting a permanent two-percent state spending cap with surplus revenues dedicated to cutting taxes.

November 22, 2013

Save Elmira Psychiatric Center!

As you may know, Governor Cuomo has announced plans to shut down inpatient services and diminish the overall role of the Elmira Psychiatric Center beginning next year.

In July, the Governor announced a planned statewide reorganization of the State Office of Mental Health (OMH). The plan called for shutting down nine psychiatric hospitals throughout New York next year, including the Elmira Psychiatric Center, which will be merged into a regional center in Buffalo.

The Elmira Psychiatric Center is an important regional asset, serving the entire Southern Tier, Finger Lakes, and Western New York. It has a strong record of being one of the State's most efficient, innovative, high quality, cost effective, and successful providers of mental health services. It is an irreplaceable center that has been a source for accessible, compassionate care for patients, and a first responder providing treatment for those in need.

I am joining with other local leaders, Elmira Psychiatric Center administrators and staff, patients and their families, and other concerned citizens to rally public support for saving the Center.

November 22, 2013

Improving Home Energy Efficiency

Senator Young encourages families to take actions to enhance comfort and reduce energy costs

ALBANY— Snowy weather and brisk winds have already begun their annual journey across New York State’s landscape. It’s the beginning of a season where homes require greater energy consumption, and that means higher costs paid by families to heat their homes.

November 13, 2013

Father and Son Honored in Veterans Day Medal Ceremony

For Release: Immediate, November 11, 2013

Jesse Skinner Sr. and Jesse Skinner Jr. Receive Awards for Military Service

OLEAN - Recognizing their outstanding records of military service, U.S. Army veterans Jesse Skinner Jr. and his late father Jesse Skinner Sr. have finally received the military decorations they deserve.

During a ceremony at Jamestown Community College’s Dresser Rand Training & Conference Center in Olean today, Senator Catharine Young (R,C,I – Olean) presented Sergeant First Class Jesse Skinner Jr. with the military medals he and his late father, Private First Class Jesse Skinner Sr., earned while serving overseas. After being contacted by the Skinner family, Senator Young worked to ensure the honorable service of these two veterans was duly recognized and they received the long overdue awards their service warrants.

November 11, 2013

Kathleen Hamed Honored for Work at Olean Senior Center

For Release: Immediate, October 31, 2013

Presented with New York State Senate Proclamation for Her Service

OLEAN - In recognition of her years of devoted service to local seniors, Director of the Olean Senior Center Kathleen Hamed was presented with a proclamation from State Senator Catharine Young (R,C,I-Olean).

At the Olean Senior Center’s Harvest Luncheon on Tuesday afternoon, friends, coworkers, and members of the community gathered to thank Kathy for her commitment to helping seniors. Ms. Hamed’s work at the Senior Center has done more than just allow seniors to benefit from the extensive and valuable services offered, but has also helped foster a personalized approach that helps seniors receive the care and relationships they need.

October 31, 2013

Governor Signs Important Pro-Farmer Legislation Supported by Senator Young

For Release: Immediate, October 23, 2013

Legislation supporting farmers signed on the heels of Farm Bureau’s naming of Senator Young to its "Circle of Friends"

ALBANY - Following the recent naming of Senator Catharine Young to the New York Farm Bureau’s prestigious 2013 “Circle of Friends,” New York’s farmers scored a major victory in the fight to keep taxes down when Senator Young’s two percent cap on annual agricultural land assessments legislation was signed into law.

October 24, 2013

Bountiful Apples

Celebrate fall by visiting New York orchards and farms 

ALBANY — With an especially plentiful crop this year, families and individuals in New York are celebrating autumn by enjoying the crisp bite of the state fruit – the apple.

“Last year’s fruit crops, including apples, were devastated by a combination of unseasonably warm spring weather that was followed by freezing temperatures,” said Senator Catharine Young (R, I, C—Olean), chair of the Legislative Commission on Rural Resources. “After facing such a difficult year in 2012, this year’s harvest demonstrates the resilience of our apple growers throughout the state.”

October 15, 2013

Three Western New York Firefighters Among Those Honored at New York State Fallen Firefighters Memorial

For Release: Immediate, October 8, 2013

Ronald J. Keddie, Michael J. Chiapperini, Tomasz M. Kaczowka, and Six Other Firefighters Posthumously Honored in Memorial Ceremony Held in Albany

ALBANY - Today, three Western New York firefighters, and six more from throughout New York State, who lost their lives in the line of duty were honored at the New York State Fallen Firefighters Memorial. With family, friends, and hundreds of firefighters there to pay their respects, Lieutenant Governor Robert J. Duffy led a ceremony in adding the names of nine fallen firefighters to the memorial.

“Firefighters from across the state came to pay tribute to the service and sacrifice of these individuals. We must never forget the fact that our first responders risk their lives every day, and for that we are eternally grateful,” said Senator Catharine M. Young (R,C,I-Olean), who attended the ceremony to memorialize the nine brave firefighters honored.

October 8, 2013

Former Sheridan Fire Chief and Commissioner Ronald J. Keddie to be Added to New York State Fallen Firefighters Memorial

For Release: Immediate, October 4, 2013

Nine Firefighters To Be Posthumously Honored in Memorial Ceremony Held in Albany

ALBANY - Recognizing his sacrifice and a lifetime of service on behalf of his neighbors and community, Sheridan firefighter Ronald J. Keddie and the names of eight other firefighters from across the state who made the ultimate sacrifice will be unveiled on the New York State Fallen Firefighters Memorial on Tuesday, October 8 in Albany.

October 7, 2013

Senator Young Announces Signing of Legislation Promoting Lake Erie Wine Country Tourism

For Release: Immediate, September 30, 2013

Law officially renames the Chautauqua Wine Trail the “Lake Erie Wine Country Trail”

ALBANY – Senator Catharine Young (R,C,I-Olean) announced that Governor Cuomo has signed legislation passed by the State Legislature this year that officially affirms the name change of the Chautauqua Wine Trail to the “Lake Erie Wine Country Trail,” the group’s preferred title for marketing and promotional efforts since 2010.

Following the passage of Senate Bill 3923B/Assembly Bill 5721B this year, the legislation sponsored by Senator Young and Assemblyman Andrew Goodell (R,C-Chautauqua) was then delivered to the Governor and has now been signed into law.

October 7, 2013

Senator Young Announces State Funding for Rail Upgrades in Livingston County

For Release: Immediate, September 30, 2013

Rail lines to receive $3,877,662 of grant funding for track rehabilitation and improvements

ALBANY – Senator Catharine Young (R,C,I-Olean) has announced that track rehabilitation and upgrade projects in Livingston County have received substantial grant funding from the New York State Passenger and Freight Rail Assistance Program totaling over $3.8 million.

A grant of $3,719,908 for Rochester and Southern Railroad, Inc. will provide for the rehabilitation of rail lines stretching from Caledonia to Dansville, allowing for faster track speeds and greater utilization.

October 7, 2013

Fall Rural Futures Newsletter 2013

Rural Resources is proud to have published our Fall 2013 edition of Rural Futures (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!


Fall Rural Futures Newsletter 2013

September 30, 2013

Strengthening Women's Rights in New York

For the second year in a row, I am proud to report that the New York State Senate passed its Women's Equality Agenda, a momentous package of bills to further protect and ensure the rights of women in New York.

These landmark measures will empower women and break down barriers that perpetuate violence, discrimination, and inequality.

Unbelievably though, the State Assembly left Albany without even bothering to vote on these important bills, and they can't become law until the Assembly acts. We need YOUR help to move the Assembly to action!

September 18, 2013

Join the Equal Pay for Women Campaign

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.

September 18, 2013

September is National Preparedness Month

September is National Preparedness Month. The American Red Cross encourages all households to get ready for the next emergency or disaster, which can strike quickly and often without warning. Visit the American Red Cross' website to make sure you're prepared:

September 16, 2013

"John Stow Vietnam Veterans and MIA Memorial Bridge" Dedicated in Town of North Harmony

Bridge Across I-86 Honors Vietnam Veterans and All Soldiers Missing in Action

STOW - In recognition of the service of Marine Private First Class John L. Stow, and all those soldiers who served in Vietnam or have gone Missing in Action fighting for our country, the State Route 394 bridge crossing Interstate 86 in the Town of North Harmony and hamlet of Stow was today named the “John Stow Vietnam Veterans and MIA Memorial Bridge.”

During a ceremony at the Hadley House in Stow, Senator Catharine Young (R,C,I – Olean) and Assemblyman Andrew Goodell (R,C – Chautauqua) joined family, friends, and local officials in unveiling the new sign memorializing native son John Stow, who was killed in Vietnam while serving with the U.S. Marines, on February 13, 1968, at the age of just 18. In addition to Stow, the currently unnamed bridge, which is fittingly located so close to the Veterans Memorial Bridge passing over Chautauqua Lake, will serve as an additional memorial to all American soldiers who served in Vietnam, as well as all those who have gone Missing in Action overseas.

September 14, 2013

Senator Young Announces State Funding for Chautauqua Lake Cleanup Efforts

ALBANY – Senator Catharine Young (R,C,I-Olean) announced today that she has secured $100,000 to battle invasive species in Chautauqua Lake.

Following the $100,000 of funding that Senator Young secured for the Chautauqua Lake Association (CLA) last year, this year’s additional $100,000 grant will help support the CLA’s aquatic weed control initiatives.

“Chautauqua Lake is an economic engine that brings millions of tourism dollars that grow our small businesses and enhance our tax base. The recreational benefits provided by the lake enhance our quality of life, so having a healthy and vibrant lake is very important to our community,” she said.

September 9, 2013

Senator Young Honors Three Bolivar Veterans in Medal Ceremony

Gerald Lynn Bonney, Ronald Scutt, and Leo Francis Coyle Receive Awards For Military Service

BOLIVAR - Recognizing their outstanding records of military service in Europe, Korea, and Vietnam, three local veterans have finally received the military decorations they earned by their service.

During a ceremony at the Kenyon Andrus American Legion in Bolivar today, Senator Catharine Young (R,C,I – Olean) presented Sergeant First Class Gerald Lynn Bonney and Specialist 4th Grade Ronald Scutt with the military medals they earned while serving in Vietnam and Korea, respectively. Senator Young also posthumously honored Private First Class Leo Francis Coyle for his service in Europe during World War II. After being contacted by the veterans and their families, Senator Young was instrumental in obtaining the long overdue awards.

“Our veterans deserve our deepest appreciation and gratitude. The men being honored today selflessly left their homes and families to bravely serve their country a world away from everything and everyone they knew and loved. These men represent two generations of proud Americans who upheld the highest traditions of our armed forces,” said Senator Young.

September 7, 2013