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REVIVING ROUTE 219 PROJECT FOCUS OF LEGISLATIVE ROUNDTABLE

BUFFALO – A completed Route 219 corridor would transform the economic potential for Western New York was the consensus among panelists who spoke at a special roundtable on Thursday that focused on finding solutions to complete the north-south expressway project.

Senator Catharine Young (R,C,I – Olean), joined by a delegation of bi-partisan lawmakers from Western New York, hosted the “Route 219: Road to Our Future” forum at the Mahoney State Office Building to hear from key transportation, labor, tourism, logistics, education, banking, and health care officials on expanding the route.

October 25, 2011
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SEN. YOUNG NAMED TO FARM BUREAU’S “CIRCLE OF FRIENDS”

OLEAN – In recognition of her continued efforts to help New York State farmers grow and create jobs, Senator Catharine Young (R,C,I – Olean) has once again been honored by the New York Farm Bureau with its “Circle of Friends” recognition.

The prestigious legislative award is based upon Senator Young’s voting record on issues of importance to New York agriculture and other evidence of legislative support, including sponsorship of bills that Farm Bureau has either supported, or opposed, throughout the 2011 Legislative Session.

October 25, 2011
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I-86 BRIDGE RENAMED AFTER JAMESTOWN’S WORLD-RENOWNED NATURALIST ROGER TORY PETERSON

JAMESTOWN – The memory of Jamestown’s Roger Tory Peterson, one of the world’s best known naturalists of all time, was celebrated at a bridge christening ceremony on Friday.

State Senator Catharine Young (R,C,I – Olean), who sponsored legislation to name the bridge, Assemblyman Andrew Goodell (R,C-Chautauqua) and community leaders unveiled signs that will be placed on the Interstate 86 span over Falconer-Kimball Stand Road/County Route 138.

The dedication was held at the Roger Tory Peterson Institute of Natural History, which attracts visitors from around the country.

October 25, 2011
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CORRECTION

Please note the following correction:

I recently sent out a mailer to sportsmen giving details on the 2011 hunting and trapping seasons.

October 21, 2011
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CASSADAGA VOLUNTEER FIREFIGHTER HONORED 46 YEARS AFTER HIS DEATH

ALBANY –A local fallen hero finally has received statewide recognition for his service and sacrifice.

Cassadaga Firefighter Kenneth Francis Schunk, who died in the line of duty 46 years ago, recently was lauded during a ceremony at the Fallen Firefighters Memorial Wall at the State Capital.

Chautauqua County Fire Coordinator Julius Leone Jr. spearheaded the effort to have Mr. Schunk’s name added to the Memorial Wall.

Mr. Schunk, born on February 1, 1926, was a member of the Cassadaga Volunteer Fire Department from March 1955 until January 24, 1965, serving as fire chief for several years.

October 21, 2011
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REVIVING ROUTE 219 PROJECT FOCUS OF LEGISLATIVE ROUNDTABLE

BUFFALO – A completed Route 219 corridor would transform the economic potential for Western New York was the consensus among panelists who spoke at a special roundtable on Thursday that focused on finding solutions to complete the north-south expressway project.

Senator Catharine Young (R,C,I – Olean), joined by a delegation of bi-partisan lawmakers from Western New York, hosted the “Route 219: Road to Our Future” forum at the Mahoney State Office Building to hear from key transportation, labor, tourism, logistics, education, banking, and health care officials on expanding the route.

October 20, 2011
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HINSDALE RESIDENT’S GRANDFATHER HONORED 90 YEARS AFTER HIS DEATH

Senator Catharine Young and Hinsdale residents Jeff and Susan VanDeCar stand near the Fallen Firefighters Memorial Wall in Albany on Tuesday with other members of the VanDeCar family. Almost 90 years after fighting a fire that took his life, Jeff’s grandfather, Charles H. VanDeCar, was officially inducted and included among the 2,366 names that are etched on the Memorial Wall.

October 14, 2011
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SEN. YOUNG WORKING TO REDUCE TAXPAYERS’ COSTS

ALBANY –Saying it would bring immediate taxpayer savings and mandate relief, state Senator Catharine Young (R,C,I-Olean) is calling on Governor Andrew Cuomo to reverse a decision that forces an extra weekly Medicaid payment from counties in 2012.

Counties make a weekly payment to the state Department of Health (DOH) on every Monday to fund its share of Medicaid. In 2012, there will be 53 Mondays, rather than the normal 52, and the state DOH is requesting that the counties submit an extra check.

In Senator Young’s district, the result would cause the 2012 Medicaid cost to county taxpayers to increase by $207,000 in Allegany, $211,000 in Cattaraugus, $600,000 in Chautauqua, and $180,000 in Livingston. Statewide, it would cost local taxpayers millions of dollars.

October 14, 2011
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SEN. YOUNG SUPPORTS LEGISLATION TO REQUIRE EYE EXAMS FOR NY DRIVERS

ALBANY – While the New York State Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) continues to investigate the merits of allowing drivers to “self-certify” vision-tests, Senator Catharine Young (R,C,I – Olean) is questioning the legality behind the policy change and already has introduced legislation that would make vision tests mandatory.

DMV announced recently that it would no longer require eye exams for drivers wishing to renew their licenses. DMV unveiled a new Internet application they said would increase customer service and allow drivers to self-certify that they meet vision requirements, the same way they do with other medical issues.

October 7, 2011
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GOV. CUOMO SIGNS BILL TO PROMOTE MAIN STREET GROWTH IN LIVINGSTON COUNTY

MT. MORRIS – State representatives today called Governor Cuomo’s signing of their tax abatement bill a “victory” for Livingston County that will drive economic revitalization and job growth in downtowns across the region.

Inspired by initiatives that have restored vacant storefronts and historic buildings in the Village of Mt. Morris, bringing new jobs and development, the new law will allow any local government or school district in the county to opt into a tax abatement program, incentivizing private investment in communities.

This legislation was sponsored by Senator Catharine Young (R,C,I – Olean) and Patrick Gallivan (R,C,I – Depew), and Assemblyman Daniel Burling (R,C – Warsaw).

September 29, 2011
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Senator Young kicks off the seventh annual Cuba Garlic Festival


Senator Young helped kick off the opening ceremonies for the seventh annual Cuba Garlic Festival with help from Curt Crandall (far right), Chairman of the Allegany Board of Legislators. Bill and JoAnn Farrell (both in costume holding staffs), who have lived in Cuba for more than 40 years, were named the King & Queen to preside over this year's festival. Gabby Dutton and Joe Hughes also donned garlic costumes to show their support for the spirit of the festival. The two day festival featured all things garlic with vendors and visitors from all over the region and beyond.

September 20, 2011
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JAMESTOWN WWII VET INDUCTED INTO SENATE’S VETERANS’ HALL OF FAME

JAMESTOWN – Jamestown resident Anthony “Tony” J. Costanzo has earned a special place of distinction in recognition of his meritorious military service during WWII and his tireless advocacy on behalf of his fellow veterans.

Senator Catharine Young (R,C,I – Olean) hosted a special ceremony at the Vietnam Veterans Chapter #865 in Jamestown on Friday to induct Tony as a member of the 2011 New York State Senate Veterans’ Hall of Fame.

"It is my honor to recognize Tony who has lived a life of service not only to his country but to his community as well. He embodies the definition of a true American hero and is the exact type of individual this Hall of Fame was created to honor," said Senator Young.

September 19, 2011
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STATEMENT FROM SENATOR YOUNG ON 10th ANNIVERSARY OF 9/11

“Looking back and remembering the horrible events of 9/11, it is hard to believe that it was only 10 years ago when our country came under attack by terrorists who brought hate and death from the skies.

The memories and emotions from that day are so easy to go back to. The images of planes disappearing into the Twin Towers, of smoke clouds rolling down the streets of lower Manhattan, of photos hung by family members of their missing, all are permanently etched into our memories and will never be erased.

Like most Americans, I also remember the way people all across the nation, regardless of creed or race, joined in their support of the nearly 3,000 people who perished and to those who lost their loved ones.

September 9, 2011
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WESTFIELD’S HELEN BARAN NAMED ‘WOMAN OF DISTINCTION’

WESTFIELD – Westfield’s Helen Baran, co-owner of Baran Vineyards, President of the Concord Grape Belt Heritage Association, and successful area realtor, was named a 2011 Woman of Distinction Thursday, an honor bestowed by the New York State Senate.

Helen was nominated for the honor by Senator Catharine Young (R,C,I – Olean) who hosted a special ceremony attended by family and friends on Thursday at Noble Winery in Westfield.

“People like Helen Baran make our communities a better place and help others become successful in their lives. She enthusiastically supports her community, and is an effective ambassador for many worthy causes. Her hard work and determination has earned her this recognition and I can’t think of anyone more deserving,” said Senator Young.

September 1, 2011
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SEN. YOUNG ANNOUNCES AFFORDABLE HOUSING BILLS SIGNED INTO LAW

 

            OLEAN - Governor Cuomo recently signed a pair of bills sponsored by Senator Catharine Young (R,C,I – Olean) that will assure the continuation and expansion of affordable housing opportunities for communities across the state.

August 30, 2011
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AMITY HIGHWAY & BRIDGE REDEDICATED IN HONOR OF LOCAL MEDAL OF HONOR RECIPIENT

AMITY – On Thursday, Medal of Honor recipient Corporal Jason Dunham was honored by over a hundred family, friends, elected officials, military personnel and veterans during a special road and bridge dedication ceremony spearheaded by Senator Catharine Young (R,C,I-Olean).

August 25, 2011
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Brocton breaks ground on wastewater facility expansion

August 24, 2011
By DIANE R. CHODAN OBSERVER Staff Writer , The OBSERVER

August 24, 2011
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AGRICULTURAL ASSESSMENT PROGRAM EXTENDED TO LAND USED FOR CORN & HAY BALE MAZES

                OLEAN - A new measure that extends the state’s agriculture assessment program to portions of farm land used for amusements, such as corn and hay bale mazes, was recently signed into law by Governor Cuomo, according the bill’s sponsor Senator Catharine Young (R,C,I – Olea

August 22, 2011
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STATEMENT FROM SENATOR YOUNG REGARDING SIGNING OF "SUNY 2020"

OLEAN –  “There is no more urgent need than to grow the economy, and create jobs to get people back to work and have career opportunities so our youth don't have to leave after they graduate.  SUNY 2020 fuels an economic engine that will help turn our state around. We will be better able to compete in the global marketplace through technology and innovation while keeping SUNY tuition rational and affordable,” said Senator Catharine Young (R,C,I-Olean).

August 9, 2011
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CHAUTAUQUA COUNTY RIFLE BILL PASSED

OLEAN- Chautauqua joined 36 other upstate counties in allowing rifle hunting for big game deer and bear, when Governor Cuomo signed the legislation recently.

August 8, 2011
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