“Leaving my job in the Senate – a job that I love – has not been an easy decision and it is bittersweet,” Young said. “I have put my energy, heart and soul into working hard for my district and getting results, and as I travel throughout the region from Ripley to Livonia and everywhere in between, the progress we have made is visible.”
She sponsored legislation to create the New York State Council on Food Policy, of which she was also a member, and chaired the Legislative Commission on Rural Resources. Within her district, Young helped expand many food and agriculture businesses including Fieldbrook Foods and Nuovo Castelli Cheese.
Young expressed gratitude for her time in public office, saying the decision to accept her new role wasn’t an easy one.
“It was a very challenging decision to leave my service in the New York State Senate because I care so deeply about the people and issues facing my district,” she said. “However, this new role will provide me with more direct opportunities to make progress in one of the industries that is closest to my heart.
“I grew up on a dairy farm,” Young added, “and know firsthand some of the challenges that those in the food and agriculture industry face and the opportunities that innovation, technology and business partnerships can bring to the industry. I am thrilled to continue making a difference in this new and enhanced statewide capacity.”
Young said she is excited to join the Cornell University family: “I have had the privilege to work with Cornell University on a multitude of projects, especially as Agriculture chair and Senate Finance chair and as a former ex-officio member of the College of Veterinary Medicine Advisory Council. Cornell is a world leader in agriculture and a natural fit for pursuing the mission of the Center of Excellence.”