Senator Young Announces More Than $1 Million In Small Cities Funding For Chautauqua County

Catharine Young

August 31, 2006

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. This funding will help take care of these needs," said Young.

The Office for Small Cities administers the Community Development grant program, providing small municipalities across New York funding for economic development projects, housing improvements and ownership opportunities, enhancements to public facilities and strategic planning.

Through GOSC’s Annual Competitive Round, towns, villages, and cities may apply for a maximum award of $400,000 for a single purpose project, while counties and joint applicants may request up to $650,000.

A list of grants for Chautauqua county is provided below:

· Chautauqua County $300,000

Chautauqua County will use $300,000 in Small Cities funding to provide assistance to 65 income eligible households with the replacement of septic tanks, and the creation of new wells and chlorination systems.

· Town of Poland $322,900

The Town of Poland will use $322,900 in Small Cities funding to rehabilitate 12 low and moderate income households which will benefit 27 people.

· Town of Ripley $400,000

The Town of Ripley will use the $400,000 Small Cities grant to replace an undersized, deteriorating water transmission line which will allow 15 low and moderate income households to receive safe, reliable water. Residents within the water district will benefit from the elimination of potential contaminants and prevention of excessive water loss.

For more information on the GOSC, please visit the Office of Small cities website at: or call (518) 474-2057.