State Senator Catharine Young (R,I,C-Olean) said that "a good first step" has been taken by the U.S. Department of Energy’s awarding of a partial cleanup contract at West Valley Demonstration Project (WVDP), but she urged DOE to put in place a plan that entirely cleans up the site for the sake of the community and the environment."Having the contract in place with this newly-formed company, West Valley Environmental Services, is a step forward because it’s a four-year agreement. We’ve been living with year-to-year contracts that have hindered long-term planning.
ALBANY - A bill State Senator Catharine Young (R,I,C - Olean) sponsored to allow farmers to receive an investment tax credit (ITC) as a fully refundable credit has passed the State Senate and referred to the Assembly for consideration.
The bipartisan measure S.2036, provides that excess investment tax credit amounts may be refundable to operators of a farm operation.
"Given the enormous economic impact that agriculture has on the economy of this State, we must do everything we can to ensure that our farm operations are strong," said Senator Young.
ALBANY - A bill to establish a revolving loan fund for historic preservation projects has passed the Senate announced State Senator Catharine Young (R,I,C - Olean). The measure, sponsored by Senator Young was passed unanimously.The bill, S.406 directs the Commissioner of the Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation to establish a historic preservation revolving loan fund."Many communities do not have the resources available to engage in the preservation of local historic sites," said Senator Young.
The Girl Scouts of Southwestern New York will soon benefit from major upgrades to Camp Timbercrest in Randolph, thanks to a $150,000 grant obtained by State Senator Catharine Young (R,I,C-Olean). The money is being used for a full winterization and modernization of the facilities. Since its construction 40 years ago, Camp Timbercrest was never winterized and lacks modern bathroom facilities.
State Senator Cathy Young (R,I,C - Olean) today announced her appointment to the Statewide Council on Food Policy. The Council was created by Executive Order to coordinate policies to promote Agriculture, Health and Nutrition.The Council will make recommendations to the Governor on state regulations, legislation and budget proposals regarding food policy to ensure a coordinated and comprehensive inter-agency approach to state food policy issues.
ALBANY - State Senator Cathy Young today voted for legislation that would expand the State’s DNA database to include samples from every person convicted of a crime. The bill will also improve the methods for collection and preservation of DNA evidence and extend the statute of limitations for cases based on DNA evidence.Last year the Senate achieved a historic expansion of the DNA databank with the enactment of a law which for the first time included samples from criminals convicted of all felonies and the most common misdemeanors.
Checks are in the mail to provide relief to New York’s strapped dairy farmers, thanks to a $30 million Dairy Assistance Program that was spearheaded and championed by the state Senate Republican Majority during this year’s state budget.
State Senator Cathy Young (R,I,C - Olean) today announced a plan to double the size of direct property tax rebate checks for senior citizen homeowners. The Senate is introducing a bill that would return about $200 million to senior citizens. Funds for the increased senior rebate checks would come from higher-than-projected State revenues realized at end of the 2006-07 state fiscal year.The Senate budget proposed tripling property tax rebate checks for all homeowners, including seniors.
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The State Senate recently approved approved a landmark new "Women's Equality Package," which includes a key reform to ensure that women receive equal pay for equal work.
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