OLEAN - State Sen. Catharine Young (R,C,I- Olean) received an "A" rating from the New Yorkers for Better Libraries PAC, an arm of the New York Library Association. In its 2012 Voter's Guide: The Library Advocate's Guide to the Voting Records of the New York State Legislature, Sen. Young received a score of 110 which equates to an "A" using their grading scale.
"It has always been important to me to help and promote our local libraries," said Sen. Young. "They are cultural and art centers, located in each community, that can transport residents from ancient history to modern day through written words, music and videos. I've always done everything I can to secure much-needed funding to keep our libraries open and serving our communities. Their importance cannot be understated as they host events for seniors and after-school programs for students and often serve as research centers for persons looking for jobs."
According to the Association's website, "scores are calculated based on library aid in the state budget; sponsorship of library priority legislation; recorded votes on library legislation, and letters of support (in the Assembly). The grading scale is based on the number of total points each legislature receives in each category."
The full Voter Guide can be assessed online at www.nyla.org/images/nyla/documents/LibraryVotingGuide-2012.pdf.