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Young Joins Colleagues To Pass Landmark Legislation Ensuring Women's Equality

Senate’s Women’s Equality Agenda Includes Senator Young’s Bill Allowing Domestic Violence Victims to File for Temporary Orders of Protection Electronically
ALBANY – Senator Catharine Young (R,C,I- Olean) today joined her colleagues in the Senate to unanimously pass an historic package of legislation known as the Women’s Equality Agenda.

January 12, 2015

Telehealth Services Will Improve Healthcare Coverage For The Most Needy Of Patients

Legislation Sponsored by Senator Young Will Boost Patients Access to Healthcare


ALBANY – Senator Catharine Young (R,C,I- Olean) announced today that Governor Andrew Cuomo signed legislation she sponsored to increase access to healthcare programs for rural communities, those with limited means, and patients suffering from chronic conditions.


January 8, 2015

Senator Catharine Young Takes Oath Of Office

Begins Her Fifth Full Term Representing The Southern Tier


OLEAN – On January 2, Senator Catharine Young (R,C,I- Olean) took her oath of office to begin her fifth full term serving the residents of Allegany, Cattaraugus, Chautauqua, and Livingston Counties.


January 7, 2015

Chautauqua County Manufacturers Receive A Boost Through Workforce Development Institute

Funding will help Water Street Brass and Stuart Tool & Die improve operations


Two Chautauqua County manufacturers will see an increase in productivity and potential expansion of operations as a result of training assistance provided through the Workforce Development Institute (WDI), a program championed by Senator Catharine Young (R,C,I-Olean) in last year’s state budget. Water Street Brass Corporation, of Lakewood, and Stuart Tool & Die, of Falconer, were both recently approved by WDI to send employees to training that will help both manufacturers improve efficiency and operations.


January 7, 2015

Senator Young Warns Area Residents To Be Vigilant Against Ongoing IRS Phone Scam

Area residents have already contacted the Senator’s office after receiving a scam call


ALBANY - Senator Catharine Young (R,I,C- Olean) is warning area residents to be on the lookout in response to an ongoing phone scam that has already plagued several local residents.


January 6, 2015

New Year, New Measures to Help Grow New York

With the start of the New Year upon us, a number of new initiatives and program aimed at boosting New York’s economy and establishing greater protections for residents are taking effect.

Among the new initiatives that have already taken effect are efforts to boost employment for members of the disabled community, provide assistance for local veterans, and a program to protect minors from identity theft.

The Workers with Disabilities Tax Credit Program will be available to business owners who employ individuals with developmental disabilities. The credit equals 15 percent of the wages for qualified full-time employees who work at least 30 hours per week, and 10 percent for qualified part-time employees who work at least eight hours per week.

January 6, 2015

Town of Busti Set To Receive Grant to Improve Court, Senior Center and Town Offices

For Release: Immediate, December 23, 2014

Funds will assist with renovation of town hall


ALBANY - Senator Catharine Young (R,I,C- Olean) announced today the approval of the Town of Busti’s grant application as part of the State and Municipal Facilities Program. Through the program, the Town of Busti has been awarded $50,000 for renovations to the town court, the Community/Senior Center, and town administrative offices.


December 23, 2014

Allegany County Receives $250,000 Grant To Expand County Office Space

For Release: Immediate, December 23, 2014

Funds will assist with the renovation of the County Office Building


ALBANY - Senator Catharine Young (R,I,C- Olean) announced today that Allegany County will receive a $250,000 grant through the State and Municipal Facilities Program to assist with the conversion of space which previously served as the county’s jail facility into new office space for the other county offices.


December 23, 2014

Senator Catharine Young Urging Governor Cuomo to Sign S.7818 So That Mentally Ill Released From Prison Like Ismaaiyl Brinsley Receive Treatment

For Release: Immediate, December 22, 2014

“Police Officers Particularly Are Targets Of Former Inmates Who Have Axes To Grind”


December 22, 2014




Senator Catharine M. Young presents the French Legion of Honor Medal to Anthony “Tony” Costanzo.

JAMESTOWN – Anthony “Tony” Costanzo, United States Army (Ret.), who courageously served as a member of the First Infantry Division known as the “Big Red One” in some of the first American battles in the North African and European Theaters during World War II, recently received his decoration as a member of France’s Légion d’honneu, or Legion of Honor.


December 22, 2014

Bill Promoting Virtual Learning Signed into Law

Senator Young's bill creates online learning advisory council to explore online and blended learning programs

ALBANY – Governor Cuomo has signed a bill into law authored by Senator Catharine Young (R, I, C—Olean), Chair of the Legislative Commission on Rural Resources, that will help bring more academic enrichment and opportunities to classrooms across the state.

December 19, 2014

Senator Young and Assembly Member O'Donnell Call on Governor to Sign Legislation in Wake of Recent Subway Murder

For Release: Immediate, December 18, 2014

Bills Sent to the Governor That Would Require Stronger Public Protections and Better Treatment for Released Inmates with Mental Illness

ALBANY - In wake of the recent subway murder allegedly committed this November by a violent felon recently released from prison, Senator Catharine Young and Daniel O’Donnell are urging Governor Andrew Cuomo to sign their bipartisan bill that was recently sent to his desk and would ensure mentally ill inmates are not freed without proper evaluation and treatment.

December 18, 2014

Cuomo's Ban on Hydraulic Fracturing Will Perpetuate Rural Poverty

For Release: Immediate, December 17, 2014

Statement from Senator Catharine Young (R,I,C- Olean) following todays announcement by Governor Cuomo:

Governor Cuomo’s decision to ban exploration of our natural gas resources is a punch in the gut to the Southern Tier. The governor has a moral obligation to explain to the people of our region how he will alleviate rural poverty. Families desperately need jobs and economic opportunity, not government handouts. Our young people are leaving in droves because they feel they don’t have a future here. Our rural communities are dying a slow, painful, poverty-stricken death and hope is scarce.

December 18, 2014

U.S. Army Veteran Robert Henry Fuller Posthumously Honored for Service in World War II

For Release: Immediate, December 13, 2014

Nearly 25 Years After His Passing Cattaraugus County Veteran Honored with Awards Earned in Service

MACHIAS - Family and friends gathered this afternoon to recognize the outstanding military service of U.S. Army veteran Robert Henry Fuller, who has finally received the military decorations he earned defending our country.

During a ceremony at the Glenn A. Pratt, Jr. American Legion Post No. 1460 in Machias, Senator Catharine Young (R,I,C-Olean) joined in presenting Private First Class Fuller’s family with the military medals he earned while serving overseas during World War II.

December 13, 2014

Giving is Receiving this Holiday Season

As we gather with friends and family during the holiday season, it is important to remember those less fortunate in our communities. Many of our neighbors remain in difficult circumstances and rely upon the generosity and charity of others during financially trying times of the year. Fortunately, our region is blessed with a number of upstanding charitable organizations and individuals who work hard each day to assist community members in need.

December 12, 2014

Regional Economic Development Council Awards Inject Over $6 Million into Local Economy

For Release: Immediate, December 11, 2014

Sen. Young applauds WNY Regional Economic Development Council for efforts to promote economic revitalization

ALBANY - Senator Catharine Young (R,C,I - Olean) applauded today’s announcement from the Regional Economic Development Council that more than $6 million will be injected into economic development projects across Livingston, Allegany, Cattaraugus and Chautauqua Counties. Highlights from today’s announcement include $500,000 for the Livingston County Development Corporation to assist with renovation of mixed-use buildings across the county, $100,000 for Allegany County Community Opportunities and Rural Development (ACCORD) for sustainable employment training, $400,000 for Olean Business Institute, and $1,500,000 for the National Comedy Center in Jamestown.

December 11, 2014

Senator Young Honored with Community Action Award from The Resource Center and TRC Foundation

For Release: Immediate, December 5, 2014

Senator Cathy Young was given the great honor of receiving the annual “Community Action Award” from The Resource Center and TRC Foundation in a special presentation held at their Dunkirk location yesterday afternoon.

“To be presented with this award from The Resource Center and TRC Foundation is an honor that I truly and profoundly appreciate. They do wonderful work serving our communities and providing the care and services that people with disabilities need and deserve. The real recognition goes to everyone at The Resource Center and TRC Foundation who work every day to help and support them,” said Senator Young.

December 5, 2014

Cuba Memorial Hospital Receives $3.3 Million in Support from New York State

For Release: Immediate, December 4, 2014

Funding follows designation as a Critical Access Hospital

CUBA- Senator Catharine M. Young (R,I,C- Olean) announced great news for the region following Cuba Memorial Hospital’s completion of the hospital’s final mortgage payment. The mortgage payment comes as a result of the hospital receiving state support of just over $3.3 million under its designation as a Critical Access Hospital.

December 4, 2014

Home Energy Assistance to Stay Warm this Winter

As temperatures drop this winter, many local residents may need heating assistance to stay warm during the cold months, especially seniors on fixed incomes.

You may know someone in need so I am hoping you can pass this information along.

Our communities are made strong by our many caring and devoted neighbors who look out for one another. With many of our family, friends, and neighbors working hard but still struggling to afford their utility bills, or retired and on a fixed income, it is important that they know help is available to meet this most basic need.

Seniors on fixed incomes whose finances are already stretched thin are among those most in need who may not be aware of their options.

December 3, 2014

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.

The submissions received are remarkable in what they represent – showing gratitude and respect for family, friends, our troops fighting overseas, and many other important subjects and activities. I am humbled and honored to see the inspiring contributions in response to such a meaningful and profound question: “What are you thankful for?”

December 2, 2014