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Agriculture Remains Critical to Local Economy

Statement from Senator Catharine Young (R,C,I – Olean) regarding State Environmental Protection Fund grant:


“Today’s announcement that the Town of Sparta will receive a $25,000 grant to develop a plan to protect local farmland is great news for the future of agriculture in Livingston County. Having grown up on a third-generation dairy and crops farm in Livingston County I know firsthand the vital role farming plays in our community’s heritage. Protecting the local farmland to ensure it remains productive for generations to come will be instrumental in preserving the family farm as a way of life.”

February 6, 2015

Senate Passes Legislation To Empower Communities Against Criminal Activity

Senator Young Supports Measure to Keep Children Away from Street Gangs



ALBANY – The State Senate has passed legislation to increase community safety and empower school districts against gang activity. The legislation is the latest effort by the Senate to keep New York’s families and children safe from violence.


February 3, 2015

Seating Inc. Receives Assistance Through The Workforce Development Institute

Funding will help protect employees from injury


ALBANY - Seating Inc., a Livingston County furniture manufacturer based out of Nunda, has received upgrades to their equipment in an effort to protect employees from injury, as a result of funding provided through the Workforce Development Institute (WDI), a program championed by Senator Catharine Young (R,C,I-Olean) in last year’s state budget. The funding was used toward improvements for production workers’ stations, including a lift device for inspection, a roll storage system, and a cutting table with roll handling capabilities.


January 29, 2015

REM-tronics Inc. Receives Funding Through The Workforce Development Institute

Support will help improve productivity and quality


January 29, 2015

Two Olean Employers Receive Support Through The Workforce Development Institute

Senator Young Secured An Additional $3 Million in Last Year’s State Budget for WDI Program


ALBANY - Cutco Cutlery and the Olean Medical Group both are receiving support through the Workforce Development Institute (WDI), allowing them to provide updated training for employees in an effort to expand operations. The Workforce Development Institute is a non-profit organization championed by Senator Catharine Young (R,C,I-Olean) in last year’s state budget that works with employers across the state to provide focused technical training, purchasing support and other assistance to help employers and employees achieve professional and career growth right here in New York State.


January 29, 2015

Young Joins Colleagues To Pass Legisaltion Aimed At Protecting Communities From Sexual Predators

Legislation will strengthen reporting requirements; creates a program to increase awareness among local officials

ALBANY - Senator Catharine Young (R,C,I – Olean) has announced that the state Senate has passed a package of legislation to protect communities from sexual predators by promoting greater public access to information and awareness. 

January 28, 2015

Winter Is Here, Get Out And Enjoy It!

It may be winter, but that doesn’t mean you can’t be having fun in Western New York. While it’s chilly outside, you can keep warm by burning down the slopes at some of our great local ski resorts.


The I Ski NY program is a great initiative that encourages residents and visitors alike to take advantage of New York’s incredible outdoor adventures. By visiting the I Ski NY website you can learn about special lift ticket deals, the “ISKINY Free for Kids Passport Program,” and ski-and-stay deals for local resorts and destinations across the state. You can even get real-time reports on conditions at the resorts by visiting


January 28, 2015

Young Named Chair of Senate Committee on Housing, Construction, and Community Development, Legislative Commission on Rural Resources

Will Be an Active Member on Ten Senate Committees



Senator Catharine Young (R,C,I – Olean) will again serve in multiple leadership positions as the Chairwoman for the Senate’s Committee on Housing, Construction and Community Development and the Legislative Commission on Rural Resources. Senator Young, who serves as the Deputy Republican Conference Leader for Intergovernmental Affairs, also will serve on the Senate’s Committees on Agriculture, Children and Family Services, Environmental Conservation, Finance, Health, Insurance, Rules, Transportation, and the Select Committee on State-Native American Relations.


January 26, 2015

Senator Young Discusses New Laws and the Start of the New Legislative Session on "Your Voice"

Senator Cathy Young discusses the first actions of the 2015 legislative session. Infrastructure improvements like the Route 219 expansion project remains a priority for her. Senator Young talks about education, and virtual learning, and the need for broadband in rural areas. Her telehealth bill is now law as well as the bill she sponsored to improve mental health treatment and public protection.

January 23, 2015


Statement from Senator Catharine Young (R,C,I – Olean) following Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s State of the State Address and Executive Budget Proposal:


“We need to keep our eye on the ball, and the primary focus during budget negotiations should be jobs, jobs and more jobs. I was happy to hear the Governor speak about small business tax relief and expansion of broadband in rural areas because both of the initiatives will bring us more opportunities. Distribution of economic development funds must benefit rural areas to ensure that every region of the state gets the attention it needs and deserves. There shouldn’t be winners and losers when it comes to job growth.


January 21, 2015

Senator Young Partners With The Higher Education Services Corporation To Remind Area High School Seniors, College Students To Complete The FAFSA

Campaign for Financial Aid Awareness Runs Through February


OLEAN – New York State Senator Catharine Young (R,C,I-Olean) is joining with the New York State Higher Education Services Corporation (HESC) to remind area high school seniors and college students about the importance of completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) through the “Start Here, Get There” campaign for financial aid awareness.


The campaign is meant to assist students, parents and guardians with the completion of the FAFSA, in order to receive the maximum benefits available through both the federal and state financial aid programs.


January 20, 2015

Environment, City Taxpayers Will Both See Benefits From New Loan Package

Statement from Senator Catharine Young (R,C,I – Olean) following today’s announcement by Governor Cuomo and the Environmental Facilities Corporation’s (EFC) Board of Directors:



“Today’s announcement that the City of Olean will receive a $19 million loan package, including $18 million interest-free, is exciting news for area taxpayers and the environment. Upgrading and maintaining the city’s wastewater treatment plant has been an ongoing issue that needed to be addressed. Improving the reliability of the treatment plant and reducing the risk of inadequately treated wastewater being discharged into the Allegheny River is essential in preserving the river as a natural resource for our community.


January 15, 2015

Bill Sponsored By Senator Young Will Improve Mental Health Treatment, Increase Public Protection

New Law Will Ensure Violent Mentally Ill Inmates Are Not Released Without a Mental Health Evaluation and Treatment Plan in Place


ALBANY – Senator Catharine Young (R,C,I- Olean) announced today that Governor Andrew Cuomo has signed legislation she sponsored to provide greater public protection and better treatment upon release for inmates who suffer from a mental illness. The new law will ensure that mentally ill inmates are no longer released from a state prison without a proper mental health evaluation and treatment plan being established.


January 14, 2015

Senator Young Honors Amity Rescue Squad Member Kimberly Zajicek for 28 Years of Service

AMITY – On Saturday evening, Senator Catharine Young (R,C,I- Olean) joined members of Amity Rescue Squad Inc. for their annual award recognition dinner. During the banquet, Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) Kimberly Zajicek was honored for 28 years of service.


“EMTs provide residents with critical care when seconds can mean the difference between life and death,” said Senator Young. “Kim has been a tireless leader for the squad and in the community for nearly three decades. Her dedication to both the rescue squad and her efforts as a small-business woman are laudable.”


January 13, 2015

Senator Young Congratulates Allegany Engine Company Member Jim Boser for 60 Years of Service

Among Accomplishments, Boser Served As Department Chief from 1963-65


ALLEGANY – Senator Catharine Young (R,C,I- Olean) recently joined members of Allegany Engine Company and Allegany Rescue and EMS Inc. to celebrate a successful 2014. During the department’s annual awards banquet and dinner-dance, department member Jim Boser was honored for 60 years of service.


January 13, 2015

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