Senator Young Working On Creating Main Street Centers

April 8, 2016
ALBANY, NY – State Senator Cathy Young is working on getting a program going that will help main streets and downtowns.
Sen. Young wants to start up what she calls a “Main Street Center” an office out of Albany that would help downtowns throughout the state. The Main Street Center would be a part of the state’s Division of Housing and Community Renewal
“For many years, Mount Morris was a bustling place of commerce, but over time the downtown area started to decline in a big way. Since 2007, local and state officials have worked with members of the community, business owners and others to advance a revitalization strategy that has built on the areas existing resources to renew the community’s main street. Now the community’s irreplaceable historic buildings are thriving with small businesses whose owners take pride in their businesses, and beautiful apartments that are home to people of all ages,” Senator Young said.
“Mount Morris’ success has been built on the village and county’s expert use of the tax abatement program to inspire development. By establishing a Main Street Development Center at the statewide level, we can bring the successes of Livingston County to other areas in Western New York and beyond, and expand revitalization to many more towns and villages. By revitalizing main streets across our state, we can bring more economic opportunities to everyone,” she said.