Senator Young has an established record of civic, professional and volunteer achievements.
Elected to the Senate in 2005, she immediately took on a leadership post as Chair of the Senate Standing Committee on Agriculture, working to strengthen New York State’s top industry. She also Co-Chaired the Administrative Regulations Review Commission, focused on reducing regulations and red tape that impede job growth.
Currently, Senator Young Chairs the Senate Standing Committee on Housing, Construction and Community Development, which works to develop legislation to help revitalize communities; assist families in buying and preserving their homes; and create safe, affordable rental housing. She also Chairs the Legislative Commission on Rural Resources that is dedicated to creating policies that will boost economic revitalization and strengthen rural communities throughout Upstate.
Senator Young also serves active roles as a member of the Finance Committee, Transportation Committee, Health Committee, Insurance Committee, Agriculture Committee, Environmental Conservation Committee, and Children and Family Services Committee.
Senator Young also has taken on numerous assignments, including the Nursing Shortage Task Froce, Task Force on the State of New York Agriculture, Sex Crimes and Women and Children Task Force, Task Force on the New York State Juvenile Justice System Reform, the Task Force on Educational Standards, the Legislative Sportsmen’s Caucus, the New York State Armed Forces Legislative Caucus, and the Legislative Women’s. She also founded the Legislative Wine and Grape Caucus to grow the industry, and serves on the New York State Council on Food Policy.
She previously served in the State Assembly from 1999 until her election to the Senate. As a member of the Assembly, she was named to several top leadership positions, including Assistant Minority Leader Pro Tempore. She also served on the Cattaraugus County Legislature, serving in a leadership post as Majority Whip, and was a member of the Cattaraugus County Board of Health.
Senator Young has become a recognized voice on tax relief, economic growth, job creation and government reform, and has authored numerous laws to protect families.
Senator Young grew up on a third-generation dairy and crops farm in Livingston County and for several years has been recognized by the New York State Farm Bureau for her support of agricultural issues. She attended SUNY Fredonia and graduated magna cum laude from St. Bonaventure University with a major in Mass Communication. Senator Young is also a major in the Civil Air Patrol.
Her many honors include the Fredonia College Foundation Distinguished Service Award, United University Professions’ 2008 Friend of SUNY award, Alfred University’s J. Henry Smith Distinguished Public Service Award, and Business First’s 40 Under Forty recognition. She was also named a Paul Harris Fellow by the Olean Rotary Club.
She lives in Olean with her family.