Stunned would be the perfect word to describe New Yorkers over the recent resignation of a state senator.
New York state Sen. Cathy Young has resigned her post to work at Cornell University.
Neither her supporters or her fellow senators thought for a moment that Sen. Young will be giving up her seat. But when Cornell came calling, it probably seemed like a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity that couldn’t be passed up.
Young announced her resignation on Thursday.
She will be working at Cornell University leading the Center of Excellence for Food and Agriculture at Cornell AgriTech.
The loss is significant for both the voters and her fellow Senators.
Young has a stellar reputation of backing her fellow conservatives as well as sticking up for her constituents.
In other words, she epitomizes what it means to be voted into office to represent citizens of this country.
“We are all kind of shocked and we are in the beginning stages of evaluating who would run to best represent the district,” fellow state senator Andy Goodell said of Young’s resignation.
He added: “No doubt she will be sorely missed. She has made a lot of contributions to her district. Someone is going to have huge shoes to fill.”
How things are going to work to fill her seat at this point has not been made clear.
Goodell has already starting to reach out to individuals to see what type of interest there is for her seat.
Gov. Andrew Cuomo has yet to say if he will call for a special election to fill the remainder of her term.
If Cuomo does go that route, election officials will only have up to a 90-day window to poll the vote.
Young officially steps down on March 10 and will start at her new position the following day.