Dorothy Button and Thomas Threadgill were honored for their dedicated service
SALAMANCA – Senator Catharine Young (R,C,I- Olean) recently awarded service medals to two distinguished veterans at the Cattaraugus County American Legion Family Testimonial Dinner held at Salamanca American Legion Post #535. Yeoman First Class Dorothy Button received the Medal for Merit, which is based on a U.S. Coast Guard Achievement Medal. Technical Sergeant Thomas Threadgill was given the New York State Medal for Merit, the Republic of Korea War Service Medal and a special commemorative medal from the Taiwanese government.
High utility costs remain an obstacle to economic growth and job creation
ALBANY - Senator CatharineYoung (R,C,I-Olean) joined Senate Republican Leader Dean Skelos, members of the Senate Republican Conference and leaders of statewide business organizations to urge Governor Cuomo to remove the proposed extension of the utility tax surcharge from his Executive Budget. The 18-a surcharge, which has increased utility bills for every ratepayer in the state, is scheduled to expire on March 31, 2014. The Governor’s proposed five-year extension would cost businesses and consumers a total of almost $3 billion.
The Department of Corrections and Community Supervision is seeking correction officers
OLEAN – Senator Catharine Young (R,C,I-Olean) joined the Department of Corrections and Community Supervision in announcing that a New York State Department of Civil Service test will be administered on April 13, 2013 as part of a correction officer recruitment effort. The deadline for filing for the examination is February 25, 2013.
Seen as a champion for small businesses all across the state
ALBANY – Senator Catharine Young (R,C,I-Olean) has received the “Guardian Award” from the New York Chapter of the National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB/NY). The award is a testament to the Senator’s pro-business attitudes in working to revitalize the upstate economy and bring jobs to her district and the state. Only 10 legislators in the entire state received this prestigious honor, according to NFIB/NY.
“The commitment to no new taxes and the focus on economic growth are welcome features of the Governor’s budget proposal. Our hardworking, overburdened taxpayers cannot afford tax hikes, and we must continue to reduce the cost of doing business in the state so that our economy is competitive. We should continue to prioritize jobs and economic opportunities, which is what our families need and want,” said Senator Catharine Young (R,C,I-Olean).
First Lieutenant Wicks was part of several combat missions and was a POW for many months
DANSVILLE – Senator Catharine Young (R,C,I- Olean) awarded four service medals today to the family of the late First Lieutenant Robert W. Wicks, who courageously fought during World War II. First Lieutenant Wicks’ family will be receiving the Prisoner of War Medal, the Good Conduct Medal, the American Campaign Medal and the World War II Victory Medal. The ceremony took place at the Daniel Goho American Legion Post #87 in Dansville.
Encouraged by Cuomo’s pledge to not raise taxes, promote business growth
ALBANY – Senator Catharine Young (R,C,I-Olean) said she was encouraged by Governor Cuomo’s State of the State address’ focus on restoring the Upstate economy by concentrating on job growth, workforce training, no new taxes, infrastructure investment and incentives for business.
“Not raising taxes or fees is critical to making our state more competitive so more jobs can be created. We need to get people back to work, create good-paying jobs to sustain our families, and have career opportunities for our young people so they can stay after they graduate,” she said.
Area Projects Among Winners of Regional Economic Development Council Awards
Senator Catharine Young (R,C,I-Olean) today announced that 19 job creation projects in the 57th Senate District will receive critically important state funds through the second round of Regional Economic Development Council awards.
People with severe mental illness are falling through the cracks
ALBANY - Following the wake of the tragic massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut, Senator Catharine Young (R,C,I-Olean) has renewed her call for strengthening New York’s Kendra’s Law to ensure people with mental illness receive proper treatment, and vowed to push her legislation when session convenes in January.
“Obviously, Adam Lanza was a deeply disturbed person who needed help. There is no other explanation for why he would murder 20 angelic children and the six adults who were trying to protect them,” Senator Young said.
Private First Class Taft served our nation during the Invasion of Normandy and the Battle of the Bulge
LIVONIA – Senator Catharine Young (R,C,I- Olean) awarded a New York State Conspicuous Service Cross Medal today to the family of Private First Class Mortimer Taft, who bravely served his county during World War II and passed away in 1969. The ceremony took place at the packed Harrison-Lee American Legion Post #283 in Livonia, NY.
A similar murder in 1999 was the catalyst for the original bill
ALBANY – Senator Catharine Young (R,C,I- Olean) is again calling for strengthening Kendra’s Law, a law that was put in place to help people with mental illness receive outpatient treatment, after a deranged man killed a Queens resident by pushing him in front of an oncoming subway near Times Square. Ki Suk Han, 58, died on Monday.
Senator Young and Assemblyman Goodell dedicate bridge to Robert H. Jackson
JAMESTOWN – Senator Catharine Young (R,C,I- Olean) was joined by Assemblyman Andy Goodell (R,C,I- Jamestown) at a ceremony to name the Interstate 86 bridge which crosses over Strunk Road in the Town of Ellicott as the "Robert H. Jackson Memorial Bridge." Today’s ceremony took place at the Robert H. Jackson Center, located at 305 East Fourth Street in Jamestown, New York.
Bridge will commemorate all veterans in Jamestown and Chautauqua County
JAMESTOWN – Senator Catharine Young (R,C,I- Olean) was joined by Assemblyman Andy Goodell (R,C,I- Chautauqua County), local officials, community leaders and decorated veterans at a formal ceremony to dedicate the Jamestown Veterans Memorial Bridge.The West Third Street Bridge over Steele Street and the Chadakoin River in Jamestown will now honor all who served our nation.
The Interstate 86 bridge over North Main Street in Ellicott is now the Lucille Ball – Desi Arnaz Memorial Bridge
JAMESTOWN – Senator Catharine Young (R,C,I- Olean) was joined by Assemblyman Andy Goodell (R,C- Chautauqua County) at a formal ceremony to name the Interstate 86 bridge over North Main Street in Ellicott the “Lucille Ball – Desi Arnaz Memorial Bridge.” At an event earlier today at the Lucille Ball Desi Arnaz Center for Comedy, community leaders and local elected officials were present as the new sign was unveiled to the public.
The $10,000 to be used by MAST for manufacturing training for workforce
OLEAN – Senator Catharine Young (R,C,I- Olean) applauded Dresser-Rand on its 100 year anniversary in Olean, and visited their facility as they presented a $10,000 check to the “Dream It, Do It” campaign, which will be used by the Manufacturers Association of the Southern Tier (MAST) for workforce training. Dresser-Rand’s check presentation coincided with “Manufacturing Day.”
The Interstate 86 bridge over Route 305 in Cuba now named for Sergeant Mark Bradley
CUBA – Senator Catharine Young (R,C,I- Olean) was joined by Assemblyman Joseph M. Giglio (R,C,I- Gowanda) to dedicate the Interstate 86 bridge over Route 305 in Cuba as the Sergeant Mark Bradley Memorial Bridge. Sergeant Bradley, a native of Cuba, died from injuries sustained from an improvised exploding device in Afghanistan. Bradley enlisted in the United States Marine Corps in January of 2004 after graduating from Cuba-Rushford High School in 2003. He passed away on June 16, 2011, at the Bethesda Naval Hospital after being seriously injured on June 3, 2011.
Corporal Carlo and the family of Private First Class Daversa receive medals to acknowledge their service to our country
JAMESTOWN – Senator Catharine Young (R,C,I- Olean) awarded medals today to two deserving, local veterans during a Medal Presentation Ceremony at City Hall in Jamestown. Private First Class Armand “Chico” Daversa, who received the medals posthumously, and Corporal Peter Carlo were honored for their years of service and dedication to the nation.
Proposal would allow the coal-fueled plant to run on cleaner, more-efficient natural gas
OLEAN – Senator Catharine Young (R,C,I- Olean), Chair of the PowerUpWNY Coalition, was joined by other members of the coalition in launching a petition drive today to gather support for NRG Energy, Inc.’s proposed Dunkirk Repowering Project. The group is seeking approval from the state to replace the existing coal-fueled power plant with a brand new, state-of-the-art natural gas power plant. If approved by the state, the new plant would produce cleaner energy, create up to 500 jobs and provide energy and resources to attract more businesses to the area.
I wanted to give you a quick update on our progress in making New York State a more affordable place to live and work.
For far too long, high property taxes have made it tough for hardworking families to balance their household budgets, and seniors to afford to stay in their homes.
High property taxes not only strain family finances, they also hurt our economy and cost us jobs. That’s why property tax relief is one of my top priorities as your state Senator.
We are achieving positive results.
Our historic property tax cap is putting the brakes on runaway property tax increases. We also have reduced government spending, and reformed pension and Medicaid mandates on local governments to rein in the property tax burden.
Millions of women across New York State are on the verge of winning an historic victory at the State Capitol, but we need YOUR help!
The State Senate recently approved approved a landmark new "Women's Equality Package," which includes a key reform to ensure that women receive equal pay for equal work.
I was proud to vote for this package in the Senate, but our job isn't done yet. That's why I'm launching a new petition drive designed to encourage the State Assembly to take final action on these bills without delay.