Catharine Young's News items

Senator Young Unveils $1.3 Billion Small Business Assistance Package

State Senator Cathy Youngand members of the Senate Majority Conference today unveiled a small business and manufacturing assistance plan that targets the biggest concerns that hold back small businesses from growing and creating new jobs. The plan would provide $490 million in assistance in the first year and almost $1.3 billion in tax relief and assistance to small businesses when fully implemented after three years.

January 9, 2007
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Senator Young: "our Job Is To Deliver Real Results"

This is a new year and a new administration and it brings a great deal of excitement about what we can accomplish together.We are facing major challenges -- the concerns families talk about at their kitchen tables are the challenges we must address in the halls of the State Capitol.Senate Republicans are up for the challenge -- we will be leading the effort to improve the quality of life for all New Yorkers.Our job in the Senate is to deliver real results on issues that matter - property tax relief, education, health care, job cre

January 5, 2007
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Senator Young Announces Funding For Aspire

Aspire of Western New York will add to its high level of service to people with developmental disabilities, thanks to a $25,000 grant obtained by State Senator Cathy Young (R,I,C-Olean). The grant will be used for the purchase of a wheelchair lift van. Aspire was experiencing problems with transportation, facilitating multiple groups of individuals in the community simultaneously in congruence with its day rehabilitation program."The purchase of the new van should increase Aspire’s capabilities and expand their services," Senator Young said.

December 27, 2006
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Preheater Breaks Ground For $15 Million Project

The project comes with help from the state, including a $1.5 million capital investment grant and benefits from the Empire Zone and Empire State Development. State leaders at the groundbreaking said the project could hit $18 million and add more jobs than expected.“This is a great day for Wellsville and a great day for the entire region,” said State Sen. Catharine Young. “An $18 million expansion is the largest we've had in this area in decades.“The employees of Alstom Air Preheater are a great example of the type of workforce we have here in Allegany County.

December 20, 2006
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Senator Young Announces Funding For Humane Society

The Humane Society of Livingston County will be able to continue with its mission of preventing cat and dog overpopulation, thanks to a $5,000 grant obtained by State Senator Cathy Young (R,I,C - Olean). The funding will enable continuation of the Humane Society’s spay and neuter program."I have long been a supporter of the Humane Society and their mission to keep our pets healthy and safe," Senator Young said.

December 18, 2006
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Senator Young Announces Funding For Catholic Charities Of Livingston County

Volunteer care and support for the elderly and disabled so they can remain living at home safely and independently just received a major boost, thanks to a $15,000 grant obtained by State Senator Cathy Young (R,I,C-Olean). Catholic Charities of Livingston County received the grant to continue its Faith in Action volunteer caregiver support program."Due to the rural nature of our region, volunteer support for our elderly and disabled is essential," Senator Young said.

December 15, 2006
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Senator Young Announces Funding For Eastside Family Ymca

The Eastside family YMCA will benefit from increased safety and additional recreational space, thanks to a $30,000 grant obtained by State Senator Cathy Young (R,I,C-Olean). The funding will be used for the construction and renovation of existing property, converting a former parking lot into a fenced-in recreation area. The parking lot will be leveled and blacktopped, surrounded by a six-foot cyclone fence, and inserted with a pair of basketball hoops.

December 15, 2006
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Financial Boost

Flooding counter-measurers and agritourism are getting a financial boost thanks to state Sen. Catharine Young. Sen. Young, R-Olean, spoke in Jamestown on Monday to announce therelease of $50,000 in state funds for three specific local projects. The first was a $20,000 member item grant for the Conewango Watershed Commission, which has worked for several yearsto clear out sections of Conewango Creek to ease drainage. Sen.Young was among the first state politicians to see the issues associated with the watershed together with the late state Sen. Patricia McGee.

December 13, 2006
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Senator Young: West Valley Lawsuit Justified

State Senator Cathy Young (R,I,C - Olean) today commented on the state lawsuit filed to ensure remediation of radioactive waste at the West Valley Demonstration Project."It’s about time," said Senator Young. "I fully support the state’s court action. The federal government must take responsibility for cleaning up West Valley.

December 11, 2006
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Senator Young Announces Funding For Cattaraugus County Code Program

State Senator Cathy Young (R,I,C - Olean) today announced a $16,000 grant for the Cattaraugus County Sheriff Community-Oriented Drug Education (CODE) program.The funding will be used to continue the operation of the CODE program in schools throughout Cattaraugus County and at special events, such as the county fair. The program helps to educate Cattaraugus County youth about the dangers of substance abuse, and also includes character and self-esteem building sessions.

December 8, 2006
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Alfred Village Hall Grant Announced

State Senator Cathy Young (R,I,C - Olean) today announced a $50,000 state grant for restoration of the Village Hall in Alfred.The grant assists with the expenses associated with the purchase and installation of an elevator and metal exit stairs for the Village Hall."I was pleased to obtain the necessary funding for the ongoing restoration project," said Senator Young. "Ensuring safety and accessibility for Alfred residents is essential for the Village to provide important services for their citizens, and I’m proud to play a part in it.

November 3, 2006
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Senator Young Announces Funding For St. Bonaventure University

The Regina A. Quick Center for the Arts at St. Bonaventure University will become a major cultural resource for all school children in the Southern Tier, thanks to a grant announced today by State Senator Catharine "Cathy" Young (R,I,C - Olean).The funding will be used for contract services, equipment and supplies needed for the ArtMobile, a mobile arts education unit (a reconfigured passenger bus) that will provide more flexible access to morerural students as part of the Center’s Arts Education Initiative.

September 8, 2006
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Senator Young Announces More Than $1 Million In Small Cities Funding For Chautauqua County

State Senator Cathy Young (R,I,C - Olean) today announced grants to help create jobs, provide affordable housing, and enhance public services in Chautauqua county. The Governor's Office for Small Cities (GOSC) Community Development Program funding will support community projects in the Southern Tier county. "It’s important to try to improve the quality of life of the citizens of the county, and region in general," said Senator Young. "Clean and accessible water, reliable septic systems and decent affordable housing are basic human needs that must be addressed.

August 31, 2006
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Senator Young Announces Arts Grants

State Senator Catharine Young (R,I,C - Olean) today joined with the New York State Council on the Arts (NYSCA) in announcing local assistance grants. NYSCA's annual appropriation for grants and operations are received from the Governor and the Legislature each fiscal year. "Providing funding for the arts is essential to preserve and expand the rich and diverse cultural resources and heritage of New York’s citizens," said Senator Young. "The grants given out touch every age group throughout the Senate District.

August 4, 2006
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Senator Young Announces New Funding For Agri-tourism

ALBANY - Senate Agriculture Chair Catharine Young (R,I,C-Olean) announced up to $50,000 in matching state funds will be available for food and farm-related tourism projects across New York State."Agriculture is our top industry in New York, and tourism is second. Agri-tourism marries these two industries and strengthens them both. The opportunity for economic growth for our small businesses and our communities is outstanding," Senator Young said.The $1 million agri-tourism initiative was added to the state budget this year by the Senate Majority, Senator Young said.

July 31, 2006
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Senators Say Troopers Need To Be Better Armed

ALBANY - In the wake of recent shootings of state police, two state senators are pushing a bill that increases troopers’ firepower to .45 caliber guns.Senators Cathy Young (R,I,C-Olean) and George H. Winner (R-Elmira) have introduced legislation that requires upgrading to a .45 caliber model that would be determined by the Superintendent of State Police. Currently, troopers are assigned Glock Model 17s, which are 9mm guns."Criminals are using very powerful weapons against our troopers, and it is time the state arms our law enforcement more appropriately.

June 19, 2006
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Senate Disabilities Awareness Day "achiever" Honored

State Senator Catharine "Cathy" Young (R,I,C - Olean) today honored Theresa Simon from Olean with one of this year’s New York State Senate’s Achievers' Award.

May 23, 2006
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Senate And Assembly Reach Agreement On Gas Tax Cap

Senator Cathy Young today announced that the Legislature has reached agreement on a plan to provide New Yorkers with relief from high gas prices by capping and reducing the sales taxes on gasoline.The agreement would save New Yorkers as much as $450 million annually at the pump by capping the sales taxes at $2 per gallon. The bill would cap the State sales taxes on gas at 8-cents per gallon, effectively freezing the tax at the $2 per gallon rate.

May 10, 2006
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Senator Young Announces Annual Mother's Day Mammography Campaign

State Senator Catharine "Cathy" Young (R,I,C Olean) has joined the campaign to encourage women to get annual mammograms. She joined other legislators, television and print media in announcing that Mother's Day will be the jumping off point for this annual campaign to combat breast cancer."This is such an important program for all women to take part in. Experts say that early detection is the best tool we have to fight breast cancer.

May 1, 2006
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Senator Young Launches On-line Petition In Support Of The Buffalo Bills

You may have heard about the Buffalo Bills' situation on the TV news or read about it in the newspaper. I've started an on-line petition to allow my constituents a chance to show their support for keeping the Buffalo Bills in Western New York.

April 25, 2006
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