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PowerUp Western New York Coalition Launches; Promotes Smart Energy Projects; State Senator Cathy Young Chairs

DUNKIRK, New York (PRWEB) July 12, 2012 - Business, civic and labor groups as well as local and state elected officials today launched a coalition to support progressive energy projects in Western New York. The coalition, “PowerUp Western New York,” broadly endorses the Energy Highway plan that Governor Cuomo announced during his 2012 State-of-the-State message, and specifically urges the State to support a project that would repower the 625 MW coal-fueled power plant in Dunkirk, New York with modern and efficient combined-cycle gas turbine (CCGT) technology.

July 12, 2012
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$50,000 STATE GRANT TO HELP CLEAN UP CHAUTAUQUA LAKE

CHAUTAUQUA LAKE -- Senator Catharine Young (R,C,I-57th District) and Assemblyman Andy Goodell (R,C-Chautauqua) announced they have secured another $50,000 state grant to help clean up Chautauqua Lake. The funding doubles the $50,000 the lawmakers obtained in the state budget that was passed in March, totaling $100,000 for this fiscal year that will be used by the Chautauqua Lake Association (CLA) to harvest invasive weeds.

July 12, 2012
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State Allocates $1 Million for East State Street Reconstruction in Olean, NY

Senator Cathy Young (R,C,I – Olean) spoke to WIVB reporters during a groundbreaking ceremony for the East State Street Reconstruction project in Olean, NY. The construction is funded through $1 million allocated by the State. Senator Young and Assemblyman Joseph Giglio strongly supported the project, which will fix significant safety issues, help economic development for businesses on the east side of Olean, and east travel for the public. The City of Olean is also investing $1.5 million toward the endeavor.

July 5, 2012
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SENATE PASSES LEGISLATION TO SAVE JOBS, CREATE MORE ECONOMIC OPPORTUNITY FOR POWER COMPANIES

ALBANY – Senator Catharine Young (R,C,I – Olean), who has been leading the fight to save the NRG plant in Dunkirk, said “significant progress” has been made through passage of a Senate bill. Legislation that would preserve local PILOT payments and keep the NRG plant operating while boosting low-cost power allocation for economic growth has cleared the state Senate, announced Senator Young.The measure, sponsored by Senator Young, is a statewide solution to transition existing power plants to cleaner energy. It requires the New York Power Authority to conduct an analysis and recommend three-year purchase power agreements with electricity generators.

June 22, 2012
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SENATE PASSES LEGISLATION PROHIBITING MISUSE OF PUBLIC ASSISTANCE FUNDS

ALBANY – Welfare benefits could not be used to buy cigarettes, beer and lottery tickets as a result of a bill co-sponsored by Senator Catharine Young (R,C,I – Olean) and passed by the state Senate today. The “Public Assistance Integrity Act” would prohibit the use of Electronic Benefit Transfer (EBT) debit cards to purchase tobacco products, alcoholic beverages and games of chance.The legislation, which is co-sponsored in the state Assembly by Assemblymen Andrew Goodell (R,C – Chautauqua), and Joseph Giglio (R,C,I – Gowanda), also would not allow EBT cash withdrawals in casinos, liquor stores or strip clubs, Senator Young said.

June 20, 2012
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The New Battlefield: Armyworms Damaging Crops, Disaster Relief Available

By Remington Whitcomb, The Post-Journal

State Sen. Cathy Young (R-Olean) and County Executive Greg Edwards gathered alongside Bruce Kidder on his farm in Jamestown Friday to discuss what action needs to be taken against the armyworm.

The armyworm is a species which is native to the southern parts of the United States. Occasionally, during the growing season, the armyworm will make its way into the northern states, however it does not overwinter here.

June 19, 2012
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NEW YORK SENATE PASSES “NEW JOBS-NY” JOB CREATION PLAN

ALBANY – Senator Catharine Young (R,C,I – 57th District) announced the state Senate passed a major jobs plan she co-sponsors that would create thousands of private sector jobs throughout the state.“The 2012 NEW JOBS-NY Job Creation Plan would generate thousands of new private sector jobs by delivering tax relief to small businesses, reducing energy costs, and enacting important fiscal reforms so we can help put more New Yorkers to work and make one state’s economy more competitive,” Senator Young said. Highlights of the plan include:

May 31, 2012
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5.22.12 "Your Voice" with Senator Catharine Young

May 22, 2012 -- Senator Catharine Young discusses NYS Power, Veterans Hall of Fame, Woman of Distinction nominee Norma Cummings

May 30, 2012
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MAYVILLE’S NORMA CUMMINGS NAMED 2012 ‘WOMAN OF DISTINCTION’ BY SENATOR CATHARINE YOUNG

ALBANY – In times of emergency, you want someone like Norma Cummingson your side. Whether it’s her family, friends or a stranger in need, shecommits her time to helping others with kindness and compassion.     In honor of her years of dedication, Senator Catharine Young (R,C,I –Olean) named Mrs. Cummings as the 2012 Woman of Distinction for the 57thNew York Senate District.     “I was very surprised when I learned I had been named this year’sWoman of Distinction. I do what I do to help – and I do the best I can fora lot of people. When I stop and look at 25 years in the fire service, theyears at the Office of Emergency Medical Services for Chautauqua County,

May 18, 2012
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SENATE PASSES DOMESTIC VIOLENCE LEGISLATION SPONSORED BY SENATOR CATHARINE YOUNG

ALBANY – Imagine you’ve been beaten or sexually assaulted by an abuser. It may have been a spouse, significant other, or another relative that harmed you, maybe even repeatedly. Now, imagine how you would feel facing your abuser in court. Currently, New York State’s Criminal Procedure Law only permits children deemed “vulnerable” by a judge to testify by closed-circuit television. Now, thanks to a bill sponsored by Senator Catharine Young (R,C,I – Olean), which has been passed in the state Senate, the law also would include “domestic violence victims” as “vulnerable” witnesses in criminal proceedings.

May 8, 2012
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5.1.12 "Your Voice" with Senator Catharine Young

Senator Young Discusses Youth Leadership Recognition, Frewburgh HS Visit, Propert Tax Relief, Welfare Reform, Quicker Tax Returns

May 2, 2012
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SENATOR YOUNG VOTES FOR LEGISLATION TO PREVENT SEX ABUSE

ALBANY – Senator Catharine Young (R,C,I – Olean) announced the passage of legislation that aims to prevent sexual predators from gaining access to potential victims and to assist law enforcement in tracking the offenders’ locations.

“Today, the Senate passed eight bills that, among other initiatives, increase the amount of information collected and disseminated about sexual offenders, change the reporting requirements for the Sexual Offender Registration Act (SORA), and addresses the recidivism rates among sexual offenders. Predators are released into society on a daily basis, and every piece of legislation is critical in protecting our children and communities,” Senator Young said.

May 1, 2012
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4.18.12 "Your Voice" with Senator Catharine Young

Apr 18, 2012 -- Senator Catharine Young discusses this year's on-time budget, education funding, and Autism Awareness.

April 18, 2012
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Jamestown Native Celebrates Her 100th Birthday with Senator Cathy Young

Senator Cathy Young presented Emogene Swanson with a Senate Proclamation honoring her 100th birthday during WJTN FM's Saturday Breakfast Party at Friendly's in Jamestown on Saturday April 7th. Born on April 10, 1912, in Jamestown, Emogene Swanson is a daughter of Sophie and Albin Frankson; she was raised with her four brothers and one sister and later married Alvin Swanson. The couple was married for 67 years.

Also celebrating birthdays were Eleanor Cowing, who turned 95 years old, and Helen Cronk and Kermit Johnson, who both turned 80.

On a side note, the Saturday Breakfast Party is one of the longest running, live audience participation programs in the country.  The show was started in 1946 and is currently hosted by Dennis Webster.

April 11, 2012
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SENATOR CATHARINE YOUNG APPLAUDS THE COMPLETION OF A SECOND CONSECUTIVE ON-TIME NEW YORK STATE BUDGET

ALBANY – Senator Catharine Young (R,C,I – 57th District) announced the state budget is passed – and it is early. “The Senate worked together with the Assembly and Governor Cuomo to pass an early budget that achieves the Senate Republicans’ goals of reducing state spending with no new taxes and creating new private sector jobs. The 2012-13 budget also includes mandate relief that will ease the burden on our taxpayers,” Senator Young said.

April 10, 2012
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SENATOR CATHARINE YOUNG ANNOUNCES ADDITIONAL SCHOOL AID IN 2012-13 BUDGET

            ALBANY – Schools in the 57th Senate District will be boosted with increases totaling nearly $22.2 million, or an average 4.37 percent, in additional aid from the state, announced Senator Catharine Young, (R,C,I-Olean).

            Statewide, total education aid is increased by $805 million over last year in the state budget. The 45 schools in the 57th Senate District, which includes all of Chautauqua, Cattaraugus, Allegany and half of Livingston counties, will receive more than half a billion dollars, totaling $530,802,964 in state assistance. 

March 29, 2012
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Frewsburg Central School District Visits the Capitol

ALBANY - Senator Catharine Young addresses high school students from Frewsburg Central School. The students traveled over six hours to tour the Capitol and visit session on Tuesday.

March 28, 2012
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SENATOR CATHARINE YOUNG PLEASED WITH REINSTATEMENT OF SALES TAX “EXEMPTION”

ALBANY – Senator Catharine Young (R,C,I – 57th District) is applauding the restoration of a long-awaited state sales tax exemption for all clothes and shoes less than $110.

Sales tax varies by state with New York setting its state sales tax at four percent. Counties receive at least an additional three percent of sales tax. The state will now exempt its portion of the sales tax, which Senator Young said has been in place for far too long.

March 27, 2012
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LEGISLATION CO-SPONSORED BY SENATOR CATHARINE YOUNG AIMS TO BOOST LOCAL AGRICULTURAL PURCHASES

ALBANY – The New York State Senate passed the “Buy From the Backyard Act,” a bill co-sponsored by Senator Catharine Young (R,C,I-57th District), which promotes the purchase of food grown or produced locally. “’Buy From the Backyard’ encourages investment in New York’s agriculture and demonstrates our state’s commitment to the products grown, produced and harvested in our area. It reinforces the importance of supporting our local, hardworking farmers and aims to grow our economy,” said Senator Young.

March 20, 2012
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SENATOR CATHARINE YOUNG ANNOUNCES ONE-HOUSE BUDGET RESOLUTION PASSES SENATE

ALBANY – The Senate passed a one-house budget resolution today that features initiatives to achieve job creation and economic growth, tax relief, Medicaid reform, and school aid restoration, announced Senator Catharine Young (R,C,I – Olean).

The plan keeps spending growth under two percent and is less than what was proposed in Governor Andrew Cuomo’s $132.5 billion budget proposal.

“Our priorities reflect the priorities that people have told us they want and need. This plan is fiscally responsible, yet addresses urgent issues in a positive and productive way,” said Senator Young.

Highlights of the resolution include:

March 12, 2012
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