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Personal Details

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.

Elections

2018

Young also ran in the 2018 election as a Conservative Party, Independence Party, and Reform Party candidate.

General election
General election for New York State Senate District 57

Incumbent Catharine Young (R) won election in the general election for New York State Senate District 57 on November 6, 2018.

Candidate
%
Votes

Catharine Young (R)
99.6
78,364
Other/Write-in votes
0.4
320

Total votes: 78,684
(100% precincts reporting)
Democratic primary election

No Democratic candidates ran in the primary.

Republican primary election
Republican primary for New York State Senate District 57

Incumbent Catharine Young advanced from the Republican primary for New York State Senate District 57 on September 13, 2018.

Candidate

Catharine Young (R)

2016

Elections for the New York State Senate took place in 2016. The primary election took place on September 13, 2016, and the general election was held on November 8, 2016. The filing deadline for major party candidates was July 14, 2016. The filing deadline for independent candidates was August 23, 2016.

Incumbent Catharine Young defeated Lee Hyson in the New York State Senate District 57 general election.
New York State Senate, District 57 General Election, 2016
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
Republican Green check mark transparent.png Catharine Young Incumbent 82.98% 93,320
Democratic Lee Hyson 17.02% 19,136
Total Votes 112,456
Source: New York Board of Elections

Lee Hyson ran unopposed in the New York State Senate District 57 Democratic primary.
New York State Senate, District 57 Democratic Primary, 2016
Party Candidate
Democratic Green check mark transparent.png Lee Hyson (unopposed)
Hyson also ran on the Working Families and Women's Equality Party tickets.
Incumbent Catharine Young ran unopposed in the New York State Senate District 57 Republican primary.
New York State Senate, District 57 Republican Primary, 2016
Party Candidate
Republican Green check mark transparent.png Catharine Young Incumbent (unopposed)
Young also ran on the Conservative, Independence, and Reform Party tickets.

2014

Elections for the New York State Senate took place in 2014. A primary election took place on September 9, 2014. The general election took place November 4, 2014. The signature filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in this election was July 10, 2014. Incumbent Catharine Young was unopposed in the Republican primary. Young also ran on the Conservative Party and Independence Party of New York State tickets. Young was unchallenged in the general election.

2012

Young ran in the 2012 election for New York State Senate District 57. She ran unopposed in the Republican primary on September 13, 2012. She also ran on the Conservative Party and Independence Party of New York State tickets. Young was unchallenged in the general election, which took place on November 6, 2012.

New York State Senate, District 57, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
Republican Green check mark transparent.pngCatharine Young Incumbent 100% 93,254
Total Votes 93,254

2010

Young ran in the 2010 election for New York State Senate District 57. She was unopposed in the September 14 Republican primary. She defeated Michael McCormick (D) in the November 2 general election.

New York State Senate, General Election Results, District 57 (2010)
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Catharine Young (R) 67,212
Michael McCormick (D) 12,121

2008

On November 4, 2008, Catharine Young won the election for New York State Senate, District 57 with 82,766 votes.

Young raised $299,647 for her campaign.

New York State Senate, District 57 (2008)
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Catharine Young (R) 82,766
Christopher Schaeffer (D) 23,400