Catharine Young has stepped down as chair of the New York Senate Committee on Housing, Construction and Community Development, but will continue to serve as a committee member.
Today, Young was appointed chair of the Finance Committee by temporary President and Senate Majority Leader John Flanagan, who replaced the disgraced Dean Skelos last year. In December, Skelos and his son Adam were found guilty of all eight criminal charges against them, and are currently awaiting sentencing (maximum 130 years). Dean Skelos appointed Young to her position as chair of the Housing Committee back in 2011. Young had publicly defended Skelos after the charges were announced, and was later touted as a possible replacement Majority Leader.
As chair of the Finance Committee, Young will have an incredible amount of influence over New York’s $150 billion budget.