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New state and congressional district lines expected tomorrow, Cathy Young tells the Sun

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The long-time NY Senator is watching very closely

By Andrew Harris

A nice talk today with Cathy revealed that she expects the “special master,” charged with constructing the new state and congressional districts to reveal a preliminary draft on Monday May 16.

That draft will dictate the future of New York State politics, and Cathy Young’s next move. She didn’t mince words about her considerations:

“I miss public service. I’m taking a very serious look at that congressional seat but to be honest I really can’t make a decision until we know more about the new lines.”

Young explained that in the history of re-districting, this scenario with a special master is typical for the last few decades. Also typical is that the special master has rarely changed the lines in any substantial way.

Cathy, a lifelong Republican, served as a Assemblywoman and Senator in NYS government until 2019. Her career was noted by her busy schedule of events, her responsiveness to constituents and local governments, and her dedication to the agricultural community.

Since her time in NY government, Young has been with Cornell University continuing her work in the agriculture sector. Her official title at Cornell is the “Executive Director, New York State Center of Excellence for Food and Agriculture, Cornell AgriTech.” As Cathy explained today, that role is focused on helping NY farmers succeed in a competitive and challenging market.

“I’m very happy at Cornell and it offers some great opportunities to help grow NY’s ag economy.”

Like many others in New York, Cathy is anxiously awaiting the results of the special master’s work. Other state politicians have also expressed interest in the seat. Claudia Tenney has made several appearances in Allegany County and our current state Senator George Borrello made it clear he was also interested.

Former Congressman Tom Reed abruptly resigned the seat last week with over six months left on his term. Reed had already announced that he would not seek re-election after accusations of ungentlemanly behavior surfaced.

Stay tuned to the Sun for news on the special master’s draft expected sometime Monday May 16.

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