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State Legislators Applaud Citizens' Involvement To Restore School Aid

OLEAN – Although session duties in Albany Thursday will prevent area state legislators from attending the Olean Teachers’ Association (OTA) public rally, they lauded teachers, community members, school boards reps and administrators for supporting their efforts to restore school aid.


“Regrettably, Assemblyman Joe Giglio and I will be unable to take part in the rally because of the previously set legislative calendar. We are scheduled to be voting on bills on the floor of the Senate and Assembly, and there is a joint budget hearing on public safety that will go on until very late,” said Senator Catharine Young, (R,C,I-Olean).


February 24, 2015

Following The Tragic Death of Shannon Pepper, Young, Giglio Call For Passage of Brittany's Law

Legislation would require registration for violent felony offenders, create a statewide database



OLEAN – Following a tragic fire this past weekend in Cuba, New York, that cut short the life of domestic violence survivor Shannon Pepper, Senator Catharine Young (R,C,I-Olean) and Assemblyman Joseph M. Giglio (R,C,I-Gowanda) are calling for the Assembly to pass Brittany’s Law.


February 23, 2015

Chautauqua County IDA’S Purchase of ConAgra Facility A Positive Step

Statement from Senator Catharine Young (R,C,I – Olean) on the Chautauqua County Industrial Development Agency’s purchase of the former ConAgra facility in Dunkirk:


“We have been working to breathe new life into the ConAgra facility since the devastating news the company was leaving. With the IDA now in possession of the building, area residents can be assured that great care will be taken to retain a buyer who understands that job creation is paramount. I will continue to do everything in my power to assist the IDA in their efforts to quickly retain an employer so we can get people back to work.”



February 20, 2015

Senator Young joins "Your Voice" to Discuss Protections Against Sexual Predators, Juvenile Justice Reforms, and Education Funding

During this edition of "Your Voice,” Senator Catharine Young (R,C,I- Olean) discusses legislation to protect communities from sexual predators, juvenile justice reforms proposed in the Executive Budget, education funding and the Gap Elimination Adjustment (GEA).


February 12, 2015

Senator Young Calls For The Restoration Of The Gap Elimination Adjustment (GEA) Funding

Senator Catharine Young joins members of the Senate Republican Conference to announce their plan to fully restore the Gap Elimination Adjustment (GEA) funding for local school districts in the 2015-16 state budget.

February 11, 2015

Young: Restoration of GAP Elimination Adjustment Gets Top Mark For 2015-16 State Budget

GEA Funding Seen As Top Budget Priority for Many Local School Districts, Senate Republicans


ALBANY - Senator Catharine Young (R,C,I-Olean) today joined members of the Senate Republican Conference to announce their plan to fully restore the Gap Adjustment Elimination (GEA) funding for local school districts in this year’s state budget.


The GEA has been repeatedly cited by local school districts as their biggest fiscal constraint. The cut was originally instituted by Senate Democrats when they controlled the chamber in 2010, over opposition by Senator Young and her Republican colleagues. Despite last year’s restorations, school districts still have an outstanding balance to return to pre-GEA funding levels.


February 10, 2015

Senate Passes "Homes for Heroes" Program

Legislation will assist service-disabled veterans making necessary improvements to their homes


ALBANY - Today, the New York State Senate passed legislation (S.2316/A.3795) sponsored by Senator Catharine Young (R,C,I-Olean) that will assist veterans with physical challenges who need modifications to their homes in order to live independently.


The “Homes for Heroes” program will establish a fund to assist New York State’s veteran population so that they are able to live safely, comfortably and productively in the setting of their choice.


February 10, 2015

Senator Young Honors Local Firefighter For Over 50 Years of Service

Robert Keech has been an active member of three local departments


OLEAN - Senator Catharine Young (R,C,I-Olean) recently presented a New York State Senate Proclamation to Robert Keech of Hinsdale in honor of his more than 50 years of service to fire departments in Cattaraugus County.


February 9, 2015

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