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Successful Budget for New York

I am thrilled with the successes of this year’s new state budget, and wanted to give you an update on what we passed to cut taxes, grow jobs, and hold the line on state spending while making responsible investments in our future.

For the fourth straight year, working together, we passed an on-time budget that:

April 1, 2014
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Senator Young Secures $5 Million in Funding for New York State Critical Access Hospitals

Critical Access Hospitals provide vital healthcare for rural communities

ALBANY – For the second year in a row, Senator Catharine Young (R,C,I-Olean), Chair of the Legislative Commission on Rural Resources, announced that she successfully secured funding crucial to the continued operation of New York’s Critical Access Hospitals.

“These facilities serve as a healthcare lifeline for many rural communities. The people they serve are reliant on the healthcare services they provide,” said Senator Young.

April 1, 2014
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Senator Young Applauds Tax Cuts, Jobs and Economic Development in State Budget

For Release: Immediate, March 31, 2014

           ALBANY - Tax cuts to help overburdened property taxpayers, save jobs and grow the economy are some of the many highlights of the 2014-15 state budget, according to Senator Catharine Young (R,C,I - 57th District).

            “By working together, we have crafted an on-time budget that includes some of the most effective tax relief progress we have seen in quite awhile. It assists seniors and hardworking, middle class families with their suffocating property tax bills. It also makes New York a more competitive business environment for manufacturers, small businesses and farmers,” Senator Young said.

            “Making our state a more affordable place to live and work is essential to reversing the economic damage that was done to our state in 2009-10, when downstate controlled all of state government and they hiked 126 taxes by over $14 billion. We still are recovering from those irresponsible policies. The Senate coalition is working hard to turn things around by creating opportunities and empowering all New Yorkers,” Senator Young said.

March 31, 2014
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Senator Young Delivers Over $578.5 Million in School Aid

For Release: Immediate, March 30, 2014

            ALBANY - Senator Catharine Young (R,C,I-Olean) has delivered more than $578.5 million in education aid to schools across her district in the 2014-15 state budget.

            “The average education increase for my schools is 5.5 percent, higher than the statewide average of 5 percent. School aid increased by $30,305,892 in my Senate district. It is a big victory for our kids and property taxpayers,” Senator Young said.

            Education funding is the largest growth component of the budget, with a $1.1 billion increase, taking the total to more than $25 billion statewide, according to Senator Young.

March 30, 2014
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Senate Republicans Include Funding for Pothole and Road Repairs in State Budget

For Release: Immediate, March 30, 2014

            ALBANY - Record road repair funds to help local governments, including a new $40 million “Extreme Weather Assistance” pothole fund, were added successfully to the state budget by Senate Republicans, according to Senator Catharine Young (R,C,I-57th District).

            The extra transportation money was included by lawmakers in response to the unusually harsh winter which has seriously damaged roads. The pothole funding is on top of the popular Consolidated Highway Improvement Program (CHIP) which was brought to a record $438 million to help municipalities afford much-needed road maintenance.

            “Every day I hear from travelers who are upset about rough roads and the potholes that are just about everywhere. The extreme freezing and thawing cycles have heaved up pavement and caused deep craters. Poor road conditions can be a contributing factor in car crashes and can cause expensive damage to vehicles. It is a serious safety and pocketbook issue,” Senator Young said.

            The pothole fund will be distributed under the same formula as the CHIP dollars, according to Senator Young.

            The budget also includes capital road and bridge funds totaling $3.7 billion statewide.

March 30, 2014
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Senator Young Applauds Announcement of Federal Assistance for New York’s Wine and Grape Farmers

For Release: Immediate, March 28, 2014

            ALBANY - Senator Catharine M. Young (R,C,I-Olean) applauded the U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) official disaster declaration in response to the damages suffered by grape vineyards during this winter's freezing cold temperatures. Many farmers are fearing vineyards have sustained the worst damages in 20 years and federal assistance will be necessary to cover the losses.

            This winter grape growers worst fears were realized when the persistent freezing cold temperatures struck, threatening the life of grape vines and buds. The extended sub-zero temperatures caused severe damage to the plants that are the bedrock of New York's $4.8 billion wine and grape industry. Hundred of farmers stand to lose up to 90 percent of their crops, according to an estimate from Cornell Cooperative Extension.

March 28, 2014
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Senator Young Celebrates the Life of Buffalo Bills Owner Ralph Wilson

            ALBANY - Senator Catharine M. Young (R,C,I-Olean) co-sponsored a Senate resolution celebrating the life, and mourning the death, of Buffalo Bills owner and Western New York icon Ralph C. Wilson, Jr., who passed away on March 25, 2014.

            “All of Western New York is in mourning over the loss of a such a great man. Loyalty, integrity, and trust were the hallmarks of Ralph Wilson. He made sure that our beloved Buffalo Bills, a team that is part of the fabric of our lives, stayed in Buffalo. We are grateful to have had him for his 95 years of life,” said Senator Young.

March 27, 2014
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Senator Young Calls on Assembly Speaker to End Gap Elimination Adjustment

For Release: Immediate, March 26, 2014

            ALBANY - Senator Catharine Young (R,C,I-57th District) said she is “calling on Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver to join Senate Republicans to end the Gap Elimination Adjustment (GEA) which has taken over a billion dollars from our children’s education in school districts across the state.”

            “The Senate Republicans have been leading the charge to get rid of the GEA, which consistently is cited by school districts as their number one priority in this year’s state budget,” said Senator Young.

March 26, 2014
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Strengthening Our Schools, Supporting Our Children

Strengthening Our Schools, Supporting Our Children

Standing up for the people in our rural communities and working together to give everyone the opportunity to succeed through quality education always has been my record.

We are in intense budget negotiations and I wanted to give you an update.

The State Senate's budget plan significantly increases education aid to our rural schools.

March 21, 2014
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Senator Young Discusses the State Budget on "Your Voice"

Today, Senator Young gave an update on the State Budget process that is currently underway in Albany. Hear her discuss the important budget issues that affect our communities, including affordable housing, downtown revitalization, economic development, access to healthcare, the Elderly Pharmaceutical Insurance Coverage (EPIC) program for seniors, property tax relief, the Tuition Assistance Program (TAP) for college students, the Gap Elimination Adjustment (GEA), and her efforts on behalf of our schools.

March 18, 2014
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Senator Young Discusses Agriculture on “Your Voice”

Senator Young recently appeared on the Senate TV program “Your Voice” to discuss the huge importance of agriculture to our region and state.

Our farms and agriculture industry are the backbone of our economy, contributing more than $5.4 billion to our state every year, and few work harder or face greater challenges than our dedicated farmers.

Since her election to the State Assembly in 1998, and the State Senate in 2005, supporting and promoting agriculture has always been among Senator Young’s highest priorities. The dairy and crop industries, including maple, apple, and wine and grapes, among others, are all crucial to the economy and health of our state.

March 18, 2014
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Senator Young Meets with Mercy Flight Central

For Release: Immediate, March 17, 2014 

Member of Board of Directors Richard D. Burke Visits Albany 

            ALBANY - Richard Burke of Avon, a member of Mercy Flight Central’s Board of Directors, visited Albany recently to meet with Senator Young and other legislators and discuss the important work of the non-profit air-medical services provider based in Canandaigua.

March 17, 2014
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Army Veteran Everett C. Fortner Honored for World War II Service

For Release: Immediate, March 17, 2014

Olean Veteran Awarded Medals Earned in War

OLEAN - In recognition of his exemplary record of military service, U.S. Army veteran Everett C. Fortner of Olean has finally received the medals he earned in World War II.

During a ceremony this weekend at her office in Olean, Senator Catharine Young (R,C,I - Olean) presented U.S. Army Technician 4th Grade Fortner with the military medals that reflect his service overseas during World War II. With family and friends present, Senator Young conferred the awards and recognized Sergeant Fortner’s honorable service.

March 17, 2014
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Standing Up for Our Kids

Voting No on Regents Who Imposed Common Core

Yes for Our Kids Who Deserve Better

On behalf of the thousands of frustrated parents, students, and teachers that I represent, today I voted against confirmation of the four Board of Regents candidates that were nominated by the State Assembly.

March 11, 2014
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Senator Young Calls for State Funding Increase for Local Roads Maintenance

For Release: Immediate, March 10, 2014

CHIPS Funding Will Help to Reduce the Burden on Local Taxpayers 

            ALBANY - Senator Catharine Young (R, C, I-Olean) joins local highway superintendents from across New York State in calling for increased funding for the Consolidated Local Street and Highway Improvement Program (CHIPS). The CHIPS program is designed to alleviate the local tax burden by helping municipal governments meet costly infrastructure needs.

            “The potholes this year are terrible - probably the worst we’ve seen. The roads are crumbling because of the unusually harsh, sub-zero temperatures and repeated thawing,” Senator Young said.

March 10, 2014
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Senator Young Joins Senate Colleagues in Unveiling Plan to Support Young Farmers

For Release: Immediate, March 7, 2014

“Young Farmers NY” Will Support the Next Generation of Family Farmers

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ALBANY - Senator Young and her Senate colleagues unveiled the new “Young Farmers NY” program this week, which will help support and encourage the next generation of farmers.

“Agriculture is the backbone of our state’s economy, contributing more than $5.4 billion every year, and few work harder or face greater challenges than our dedicated farmers. We owe it to them and to the next generation of aspiring farmers and agricultural leaders to enact the Young Farmers NY program and support them in their enthusiastic desire to help strengthen the farms that power our state’s economy,” said Senator Young.

March 7, 2014
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Senator Young Introduces Legislation to Increase Employment Opportunities for People with Developmental Disabilities

For Release: Immediate, February 27, 2014

Senate Bill 6640 Supports Integrated Work Centers for Job Seekers with Developmental Disabilities

ALBANY - Senator Catharine Young (R,C,I - Olean) has introduced legislation that will help New Yorkers with developmental disabilities to keep their current jobs while also creating important employment opportunities for future job seekers.

Recent federal and state announcements have revealed that sheltered workshops employing individuals with developmental disabilities, as they now exist, will close. Senator Young’s bill provides a means for these sheltered workshops to transition into qualified employment centers that can continue to employ people with developmental disabilities, while also providing tax incentives to encourage additional employment.

February 27, 2014
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Senator Young Discusses Lake Shore Hospital on “Your Voice”

Senator Young recently appeared on the Senate TV program “Your Voice” to discuss her efforts to save Lake Shore Hospital, protect access to quality community healthcare, and restore our state’s economy.

Last month, more than 1,200 people came out to the Rally to Save Lake Shore and raise their voices in support of keeping the hospital open.  They were heard all the way to Albany as we delivered a strong, unified message in support of protecting emergency care, ensuring access to vital health services, and preserving the hundreds of jobs provided by Lake Shore.

February 21, 2014
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Marine Corps Veteran Russell H. Mayes Posthumously Honored for World War II Service

For Release: Immediate, February 20, 2014

Livingston County Veteran Honored with Awards Ten Years After His Passing

MOUNT MORRIS - In recognition of his outstanding record of military service, U.S. Marine Corps veteran Russell H. Mayes has finally received the military decorations he deserves.

During a ceremony on Tuesday, February 18, at the Mount Morris VFW Post No. 547, Senator Catharine Young (R,C,I - Olean) joined in presenting Marguerite Mayes with the military medals her late husband earned while serving overseas during World War II. With numerous family and friends present, as well as Livingston County Veterans Service Agency Director Frank Hollister, Senator Young was on hand to recognize Corporal Mayes’ honorable service and present the long overdue awards his service merits.

February 20, 2014
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Senate Passes Public Assistance Integrity Act to Crack Down on Welfare Abuse

Reforms to EBT Debit Cards Will Qualify New York for Federal Funding

            ALBANY - With only weeks left to meet a federal deadline requiring changes that will clamp down on fraud in New York’s public assistance system, Senator Catharine Young (R,C,I-Olean) and her Senate colleagues passed the Public Assistance Integrity Act (Senate Bill 966) today. The reforms will prevent recipients of public assistance from making Electronic Benefit Transfer (EBT) card withdrawals at liquor stores, casinos, and strip clubs, helping to prevent wasteful and unnecessary purchases, while keeping New York State in compliance with federal requirements.

February 4, 2014
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