Catharine Young is a former Republican member of the New York State Senate, representing District 57 from 2006 to 2019. Young stepped down on February 28, 2019, to take a leadership position at the Center of Excellence for Food and Agriculture at Cornell AgriTech. She served as assistant majority whip in 2015.
Young served as member/majority whip for the Cattaraugus County Legislature. She also served in the New York State Assembly from 1998 to 2005. During this time, she served as assistant minority leader pro tempore.
Young attended the State University of New York-Fredonia and earned her B.A. in mass communication from Saint Bonaventure University. When she served in the state legislature, her professional experience included working as a news reporter and as a teacher of leadership and communication. She previously worked as director of communications and development for a rehabilitation center. She served as a Major in the Civil Air Patrol for the United States Air Force.