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SENATE PASSES BILL TO REPEAL COSTLY MANDATE ON BUSINESS, Wage Theft Prevention Act Restricts State’s Business Environment

ALBANY – Senator Catharine Young (R,C,I – Olean) announced that the state Senate has passed legislation she co-sponsored to repeal the Wage Theft Prevention Act of 2010, a burdensome, costly mandate on every employer in the state.

The Wage Theft Prevention Act of 2010 included a requirement that each year, a written notice on wages be provided by all private sector employers to all employees. Depending on the the method of payment to the employee (hourly, salary, etc.), employers must file a different form, and are required to use a form in the primary language of each employee. The act further requires that employees confirm receipt of this notice with a  written acknowledgement that must be retained for six years.

March 2, 2012

3.1.12 "Your Voice" with Senator Catharine Young

In this week's segment  of "Your Voice," Senator Cathy Young talks about Affordable Housing, Rural Preservation & Community Protection.

March 1, 2012

Recovering Unclaimed Funds

You may be entitled to some of the over $10.5 billion in unclaimed funds in New York State.

For your protection, New York State law requires banks, insurance companies, utility companies, investment companies and many other businesses to surrender inactive accounts to the State. These accounts are known as "lost," "abandoned," or "unclaimed" funds.

February 27, 2012
February 7, 2:00 PM - 2:49 PM

Murderer, Rapist Edward Kindt Eligible for Parole February 13; Senator Catharine Young Urges Public to Help Keep Kindt Behind Bars

ALBANY – Senator Catharine Young (R,C,I – 57th District) is once again calling on residents of her district to pursue an urgent letter-writing campaign to the New York State Parole Board to help keep Edward Kindt behind bars when he becomes eligible for parole this month. At 15-years-old, Kindt was convicted of raping and brutally murdering Penny Lea Brown, of Salamanca, on Mother’s Day 1999 while she was jogging on a trail with her two dogs.

February 7, 2012

Buffalo Bills Hall of Famer and former NFL MVP running back Thurman Thomas visits the Capitol

Senator Cathy Young (right) and Senator Joe Robach (left) greet Buffalo Bills Hall of Famer and former NFL MVP running back Thurman Thomas during his visit to the Capitol on Monday, January 30. Mr. Thomas has been involved with many worthwhile charitable endeavors over the years, including former Bills' star quarterback Jim Kelly's Celebrity Auction that he held to raise funds for children with disabilities served by The ReHabilitation Center when the Bills held their training camp at St. Bonaventure University. Senator Young, who worked with Jim Kelly on the auction, thanked Mr. Thomas for his generosity and kindness.

February 2, 2012

Statement from Senator Catharine Young Regarding Governor Cuomo's Proposed Budget Address

ALBANY – Senator Catharine Young (R,C,I-Olean) said Governor Cuomo’s proposed budget is a good starting point, and she looks forward to building on his priorities.

“No new taxes or fees, reducing spending, creating private sector jobs and property tax relief also are the Senate’s priorities, and we look forward to partnering with Governor Cuomo again this year on these issues,” Senator Young said.

“The devil always is in the details, and now the state Legislature will begin the full review and negotiation process. Until we look at the numbers and read the budget language, it is difficult to assess the full impact, but it particularly is heartening to hear the Governor’s focus on fiscal responsibility, Medicaid reform and student achievement,” Senator Young said.

January 17, 2012

Senator Young Urging Governor to Help Rural Schools

ALBANY – State Senator Catharine M. Young (R,C,I-Olean) is helping spearhead an effort with other Senators who represent upstate districts, asking Governor Andrew Cuomo to give rural schools extra consideration in the upcoming state budget.

The Governor will release his 2012-13 Executive Budget proposal on January 17.

Senator Young joined 14 of her colleagues in signing the formal letter, requesting a significant boost to rural school aid.

January 11, 2012

Healthcare Providers Meet with Legislators in Albany to Discuss Statewide Telemedicine/Telehealth Network

ALBANY ¬– Access to healthcare can be life-changing, especially for individuals who may live in rural or isolated areas.

“With telemedicine and telehealth programs, that much-needed access becomes a reality, providing access to world-renowned experts and improving quality standards while alleviating the isolation of rural providers. The possibilities are endless, from literally saving lives to allowing disabled and frail elderly to stay in their homes,” said Senator Catharine Young.

January 9, 2012

State Representatives Pushing For Speedy Reopening of Old Route 219 Bridge

ALBANY – Senator Catharine Young (R,C,I - Olean) will be meeting on Monday with Governor Cuomo’s office and local state representatives to advocate for the old Route 219 bridge to be reopened quickly.

The New York State Department of Transportation (DOT) closed the old Route 219 Bridge Thursday afternoon, citing structural problems found during an inspection last week. The inspection, conducted as part of a plan to rehabilitate the 50-year-old bridge, revealed a seized bearing, which DOT officials said compromised the safety of the bridge.

January 6, 2012

Senator Young Sponsored Iran Divestment Legislation, Expected to Pass Monday

ALBANY – Senator Catharine Young (R,C,I - Olean), sponsor of a bill that would bar companies that invest in Iran’s energy industry from doing business from state and local businesses in New York, expects the legislation to pass Monday.

The Iran Divestment Act of 2012 (S5197-A), which also has support in the Assembly, is modeled after similar legislation in California. It directs the Office of General Services to create a list of people, corporations and other organizations with investments of more than $20 million in the Iranian energy sector. Those on the list would be excluded from bidding on government contracts.

January 6, 2012

Statement from Senator Catharine Young regarding Governor Cuomo’s State of the State Address

It was heartening to hear the Governor speak about building on our successes that we accomplished in 2011. No new taxes, fiscal responsibility, mandate relief, protecting the local taxpayers and private sector job creation all are priorities of the Senate, and it is tremendous to have the Governor as a partner.

The activation of the Mandate Relief Council is something I have been pushing, and having hearings around the state to gain citizen and local government input will be invaluable and helpful in getting meaningful reforms. It fits in with our fight to change the Medicaid program to give local taxpayers relief, and I am optimistic we can get real results this session.

January 4, 2012


OLEAN – A former Green Beret who served for two tours in the U.S. Army was honored on Thursday with long overdue awards he never received.

Sgt. Mark Close of Olean was surrounded by friends and family at a special ceremony held at Senator Catharine Young’s office where he received the Korea Defense Service Medal, the New York State Medal For Merit, and the Cold War Recognition Certificate.

“It always is a tremendous privilege to present medals to deserving veterans like Sgt. Close. As a Green Beret, Sgt. Close went through intense training in order to better protect our country. Like all veterans, he is deserving of our respect and gratitude and it is my honor to thank him for his outstanding service,” said Senator Young.

December 15, 2011


ALBANY – Senator Catharine Young (R,C,I – Olean) today voted for a $3.3 billion tax cut that will help grow jobs.

“Everyone who pays state personal income taxes gets a break no matter which tax bracket. People will keep more of their hard earned money in their paychecks,” said Senator Young.

“Small businesses and upstate manufacturers will gain much-needed tax relief so they can grow private sector jobs,” she added.

“It will help family budgets while giving a real boost to the economy,” Senator Young said.

“In fact, after these tax cuts, middle income earners will see the lowest state personal income tax in 50 years. They will have more money to spend, save or invest,” she said.

December 7, 2011


MAYVILLE - At the invitation of Senator Catharine Young, the state Senate Education Committee Chairman visited a potential regional high school site at Chautauqua Lake Central School Thursday.

Senator John Flanagan, whose committee has jurisdiction over Senator Young’s regional high school legislation, traveled from Suffolk County on Long Island to meet with local teachers, school board members and administrators.

“Senator Flanagan is a recognized leader and education policy expert. He has been very supportive of innovative ideas to help students succeed, and his willingness to journey 460 miles from the other end of the state to listen firsthand is outstanding,” Senator Young said.

December 1, 2011


PHOTO CAPTION: Senator Young presented the New York State Medal for Merit and the Conspicuous Service Star posthumously recently to the family of Hinsdale U.S. Navy veteran Loreen Briggs at a special ceremony at the American Legion Post in Hinsdale. Serving aboard a tank landing craft, Petty Officer Briggs participated in some of the most grueling fighting in the Pacific Theater including “Operation Iceberg,” the assault and occupation of Okinawa-Gunto.

Pictured from left to right are: Roger & Carol Snyder (son-in-law and daughter), Senator Young and Donna & David Briggs (daughter-in-law and son).

November 21, 2011

Jack Bradley's Speech For His Son Sgt. Mark Bradley of Cuba, NY

Here is a speech delivered on Friday, November 11, 2011 by Jack Bradley, father of Marine Corps Sergeant Mark Bradley of Cuba, NY who was killed in June in Afghanistan.  Mr. Bradley gave the speech during a special Veteran’s Day ceremony in honor of his son held at Cuba Park.



Good Morning Ladies and Gentlemen.  

On behalf of the family of Sgt Mark Bradley, his wonderful wife, Samantha, and my wife, Sharon, I’d like to thank you for sharing your day with us on this Veteran’s Day and allowing me to share Mark’s story.

November 14, 2011


ALBANY – The Business Council of New York State has lauded Senator Catharine Young as one of the top pro-jobs supporters in the state legislature as part of its 2011 Voters’ Guide.

Senator Young was recognized for working to adopt several jobs and economic growth measures and reforms that were signed into law.

“With Governor Cuomo’s leadership, and a responsive legislature, we saw real fiscal reform, spending restraint, and progress on economic development initiatives,” said Heather Briccetti, acting-president and CEO of The Business Council.

November 14, 2011
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