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MT. MORRIS – State representatives today called Governor Cuomo’s signing of their tax abatement bill a “victory” for Livingston County that will drive economic revitalization and job growth in downtowns across the region.

Inspired by initiatives that have restored vacant storefronts and historic buildings in the Village of Mt. Morris, bringing new jobs and development, the new law will allow any local government or school district in the county to opt into a tax abatement program, incentivizing private investment in communities.

This legislation was sponsored by Senator Catharine Young (R,C,I – Olean) and Patrick Gallivan (R,C,I – Depew), and Assemblyman Daniel Burling (R,C – Warsaw).



OLEAN - The state will not require counties to make an extra Medicaid payment in 2012 after all, saving taxpayers millions of dollars statewide, announced Senator Catharine Young (R,C,I-Olean).

Savings total more than $1.2 million in Senator Young’s district alone. The change will reduce 2012 Medicaid costs by $610,000 for Chautauqua County, $211,000 for Cattaraugus County, $207,000 for Allegany County, and $180,000 for Livingston County.

The lawmaker had requested the state Health Department to reverse a mandate that forced the expense to be added to the counties’ upcoming budgets, even though it normally would have been booked in 2013.


Senator Young Urges Caution in Wake of Flooding in Chautauqua and Cattaraugus Counties

Senator Catharine Young (R,C,I-Olean) urges residents to take precautions and help local officials in the wake of recent flooding by immediately reporting any storm damage.

Although the full extent of the impact remains unclear, the flooding that has ravaged parts of Chautauqua and Cattaraugus Counties is expected to have caused millions of dollars in damages as floodwaters have poured into homes and structures, and over roads and fields.


Senator Young Announces State Funding for Dredging of Chautauqua County Harbors and Waterways

For Release: Immediate, May 23, 2014

$300,000 of State Funding for Urgent Dredging Projects

ALBANY – Senator Catharine Young (R,C,I-Olean) announced today that critically-needed dredging projects in Chautauqua County will be able to go forward thanks to $300,000 she has secured.

“With the county’s harbors and waterways in tremendous need of dredging right now, this grant is great news for taxpayers and residents. The current condition of our harbors and waterways has contributed to damaging flooding and related problems. This funding lifts a significant burden from local taxpayers, who will not have to bear the brunt of the costs yet will still be able to see these important projects completed.


Allegany County Receives $250,000 Grant To Expand County Office Space

For Release: Immediate, December 23, 2014

Funds will assist with the renovation of the County Office Building


ALBANY - Senator Catharine Young (R,I,C- Olean) announced today that Allegany County will receive a $250,000 grant through the State and Municipal Facilities Program to assist with the conversion of space which previously served as the county’s jail facility into new office space for the other county offices.



Town of Busti Set To Receive Grant to Improve Court, Senior Center and Town Offices

For Release: Immediate, December 23, 2014

Funds will assist with renovation of town hall


ALBANY - Senator Catharine Young (R,I,C- Olean) announced today the approval of the Town of Busti’s grant application as part of the State and Municipal Facilities Program. Through the program, the Town of Busti has been awarded $50,000 for renovations to the town court, the Community/Senior Center, and town administrative offices.



Senator Young Honors Local Firefighter For Over 50 Years of Service

Robert Keech has been an active member of three local departments


OLEAN - Senator Catharine Young (R,C,I-Olean) recently presented a New York State Senate Proclamation to Robert Keech of Hinsdale in honor of his more than 50 years of service to fire departments in Cattaraugus County.



Senator Young, Local Highway Superintendents Urge Greater Funding for Roads and Bridges

Call for a five-year dedicated fund and greater support for the Consolidated Highway Improvement Program


ALBANY – “Local Roads Matter” was the call to action voiced by Senator Catharine Young (R,C,I- Olean) and local Highway Superintendents during yesterday’s rally at the state Capitol.



Statement from Senator Catharine Young

"Homeowners and employers desperately need meaningful property tax relief.  In order for a half percent increase in the county’s sales tax to have a chance of passing in the state Senate, there would have to be a mandatory county property tax cut written into the bill language.  I am exploring the concept of putting into law a required three percent property tax levy decrease, which translates into a $2 million dollar property tax cut for the people of Chautauqua County.  By making the property tax burden lighter, we can grow jobs and the economy, while giving people savings that will help their family budgets."


Senators Young and Gallivan Secure Funding to Replace "Old Route 219 Bridge"

State of the art span will link Erie and Cattaraugus Counties


Senator Catharine Young (R,C,I- Olean) and Senator Patrick M. Gallivan (R-C-I, Elma) announced today they have secured $20 million to build a state of the art bridge to replace the existing span over Cattaraugus Creek along “old Route 219.” In addition, they have inserted $300,000 in the state budget to be deposited in an escrow account that will cover Cattaraugus and Erie counties’ costs for maintaining the structure for the first 22 years.