Young to be part of Chamber event

Retired state Sen. Cathy Young will return to Chautauqua County April 12.

OBSERVER Staff Report

The Chautauqua County Chamber of Commerce has announced that both Assemblyman Andrew Goodell and recently retired State Sen. Catharine Young will be speakers for the chamber’s annual State Legislative Breakfast on Friday, April 12.

Chamber President and CEO Todd Tranum said, “We are very excited that Cathy can join us as it will be an opportunity to hear her perspective on opportunities for the southern tier as part of her new role as Director of the Center of Excellence for Food and Agriculture at Cornell AgriTech, and to discuss the New York State budget and proposed legislation.”

Young served the residents of the 57th State Senate District for fourteen years until she stepped down March 11. Assemblyman Goodell continues to serve the 150th State Assembly District.

Tranum added, “This Chamber forum has always been a chance for our members to meet with our elected representatives. It has been a place where we could discuss state budget and other policy issues as they relate to the business community and to the people of Chautauqua County. This year’s event will also provide us with a chance to say ‘thank you’ to Senator Young for her time and dedication to the people and communities she has served with distinction for many years.”

John D’Agostino, OBSERVER publisher, will once again be moderator for our event. Audience members will have an opportunity to submit questions for both of our guest speakers.

The Chamber State Legislative Breakfast will be held at 8:30 a.m. at the Lakewood Rod & Gun Club, 433 East Terrace Avenue, Lakewood. It is sponsored by Chautauqua Institution, Jamestown Community College, Jamestown Mattress Company, Media One Radio Group, Nestle Purina PetCare, OBSERVER, The Post-Journal, Serta Mattress Company, The SUNY Fredonia Division of Advancement & Engagement, UPMC Chautauqua, and Webb?s Year-Round Resort. The cost is $18 for Chamber members or $21 for non-members. Advance registration is requested by April 5. To register, please call the Chamber at 366-6200 or 484-1101 or sign up through our online calendar at