State Senator Catharine "Cathy" Young (R,I,C - Olean) today announced that she has formed the Wine and Grape Caucus, a statewide, bipartisan caucus of state legislators."The wine and grape business in the State of New York is a success story of economic development, with tremendous growth in tourism and jobs," said Senator Young. "Our state ranks third in the country in grape and wine production which created more than $6 billion in economic activity last year, with more than 30,000 full time jobs.
The lines of communication between multiple communities have been opened to provide greater service, thanks to a $20,000 grant obtained by State Senator Catharine "Cathy" Young (R,I,C - Olean) for the United Way of Cattaragus County, Inc.The funding will be used for the continued operations of Project 2-1-1, a pilot program developing a rural telecommunications sub-hub in conjunction with the United Ways of Cattaraugus and Chautauqua Counties. "Project 2-1-1 is a tremendous program that provides valuable services," Senator Young said.
ALBANY - Property taxpayers should be big winners because of an unprecedented boost in state aid to local governments, Senator Catharine Young (R,I,C-Olean) announced today.Cities in her 57th Senate District will receive more than a 24 percent state aid increase, and town and village funding will rise by 20 percent under a budget agreement between the Senate and the Assembly."This increase is huge. Nothing close to it has ever happened since the state began local revenue sharing several decades ago.
State Senator Catharine "Cathy" Young (R,I,C - Olean) today announced the New York State Senate has passed a comprehensive package of legislation that would greatly enhance the ability of state and local governments, businesses, and New York citizens to prepare and respond to any type of catastrophic event, whether man-made or natural. The legislation would require counties to put preparedness plans into place, establish standards for evacuating and sheltering nursing homes during emergencies, and increasing penalties for individuals who tamper with power plants.
ALBANY- A bill commemorating November 12 as Elizabeth Cady Stanton day in New York State is another step closer to becoming law.Senator Catharine Young (R,I,C-Olean) announced unanimous Senate passage of her bill to honor the tireless advocate and social reformer for women’s rights, including the right to vote. The bill also has passed the Assembly and will be submitted to Governor George Pataki for consideration."The contributions to America by this courageous and dedicated woman cannot be overstated.
The magic of reading was celebrated on Dr. Suess’s birthday last week. School children across my Senate district took part in reading the author’s famous and beloved works by participating in Read Across America Day. Implemented by the National Education Association, this day is a vehicle to promote reading.
State Senator Catharine "Cathy" Young (R,I,C - Olean) today announced a $25,000 state grant to benefit Allegany ARC. The funding will provide for purchase and installation of sensory swings and lift equipment for people with disabilities. The swings allow for multiple therapeutic uses associated with Pervasive Developmental Disorder and autism, and provide many types of sensory input. The lifts will assist those in wheelchairs as well as prevent work injuries among staff."I was very pleased to obtain funding for this new equipment," Senator Young said.
The City of Olean’s annual state revenue sharing has gone up 79% since 1995 and would increase $182,549 under the Governor’s proposal, totaling about $1.8 million this year, according to Senator Catharine Young and Assemblyman Joseph Giglio.A total of more than $14 million has gone to Olean over the past ten years."The State has had a strong commitment to communities such as Olean and I’m striving to strengthen funding by increasing aid," said Senator Young. "We’re working through the state budget process right now and our goal is to ensure Olean gets a boost.
State Senate Agriculture Chair Catharine "Cathy" Young (R,I,C - Olean) today announced her intentions to join forces with the New York State Farm Bureau in opposing a federal initiative "that could kill dairy operations throughout the State."Senate Majority members are urging the New York State congressional delegation to block the federal proposal that would impose a 3-cent tax per hundredweight of milk, a 5 percent cut to all crop payments including to the Milk Income Loss Contract program, and calls for changes in the way the Department of Agriculture sets dairy support prices wh
New York State is in active negotiations with Dresser Rand, now that the union vote is over, according to Senator Catharine Young and Assemblyman Joseph Giglio."I’m very relieved that the outcome was positive, said Senator Cathy Young (R,I,C - Olean).
The City of Olean has been approved to receive an advance payment on its local revenue sharing from New York State, announced Senator Catharine Young (R,I,C - Olean).An infusion of $875,000 will solve the short-term crisis that would have triggered layoffs in the police, and possibly the fire and public works departments because payroll could not be met.The state payment was due to the City in March, but intervention by Senator Young speeded up the process.
"Governor Pataki’s focus on tax cuts, especially property tax cuts, was a welcome part of the State of the State address. Our families and senior citizens are suffocating under an overwhelming tax burden, and eliminating the marriage penalty tax, giving a $500 heating fuel tax credit, and cutting the income tax rate are top priorities."People are suffering because of monstrous property taxes, and the Governor announced his commitment to enhancing the STAR school property tax relief program and giving rebate checks directly to homeowners.
Polly-Jan Bobseine Of Cattaraugus Selected As Airman Of The YearState Senator Catharine "Cathy" Young (R,I,C - Olean) today announced her plans to honor Senior Airman Polly-Jan Bobseine of Cattaraugus with a New York State Senate Resolution proclaiming her recent prestigious award from the United States Air Force Air Combat Command as Airman of the Year for 2005.Senior Airman Bobseine is currently stationed in northern Iraq with the 823rd Security Forces Squadron.
A personal income tax reduction that will save New York taxpayers almost $1 billion, an expansion and reform of the state’s lobbying laws, and a measure to bring New York State into compliance with the federal Help America Vote Act (HAVA), highlight the list of new State laws that will take effect on January 1, 2006.Personal Income Tax ReductionsA tax reduction that will save New York taxpayers nearly $1 billion will go into effect on January 1, 2006.
State Senator Cathy Young (R,I,C - Olean) today announced the induction of George V. Baker from Great Valley, a highly decorated U.S. Army World War II veteran and former prisoner of war, as one of the first members of the newly established New York State Veterans Hall of Fame.The first-of-its-kind online Hall of Fame is designed to pay tribute to New Yorkers whose gallantry in the U.S. Armed Forces is complemented by their service to the community and significant accomplishments as a civilian.
State Senator Cathy Young (R,I,C - Olean) today dedicated Route 19 between Scio and Wellsville in Allegany County as the "William C. Hennessy Memorial Highway" in honor of the late Commissioner William C. Hennessy. Commissioner Hennessy, a native son of Scio and a graduate of Wellsville Central High School, served as Commissioner of the Department of Transportation from 1977 to 1982."Commissioner Hennessy was an ardent supporter of Allegany County and made certain that Allegany County concerns were well represented in Albany," said Senator Young. "The "William C.
State Senator Catharine "Cathy" 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. In addition to state funds, NYSCA also receives annual support from the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA), a federal agency. "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.
On Sunday, October 23, 2005, State Senator Cathy Young (R,I,C - Olean) announced her initiative to increase public safety at Zoar Valley Multiple Use Area, a popular recreational area in northern Cattaraugus County. "Zoar Valley is a gorgeous, wild natural area," said Senator Young. "Its spectacular beauty and ruggedness makes it alluring to people, but at the same time, it is extremely dangerous.
State Senator Catharine "Cathy" Young (R,I,C - Olean) today announced that Governor George Pataki has signed the Chautauqua County sales tax bill, which will decrease the county sales tax on clothing and footwear priced under $110. "I’ve been fighting to enact this legislation for the past several months and I was very pleased to guide it through the Senate," Senator Young said.
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