Tuesday, January 12, 2016

Sen. Catharine Young's dual roles drawing criticism

Here is the second item from my "Albany Insider" column from Monday's editions:

Senate Majority Leader John Flanagan’s selection of Sen. Catherine Young to head the powerful Finance Committee has raised eyebrows among fellow Republicans.

That’s because Young also heads the Senate GOP's campaign and fundraising operation.


Sen. Catharine Young

Sen. Catharine Young

Here is the second item from my "Albany Insider" column from Monday's editions:

Senate Majority Leader John Flanagan’s selection of Sen. Catherine Young to head the powerful Finance Committee has raised eyebrows among fellow Republicans.

That’s because Young also heads the Senate GOP's campaign and fundraising operation.

A prominent Republican operative called the appointment "idiocy," particularly at a time when prosecutors have focused attention on how Albany operates.

"In this environment, it's practically an invitation to conflict," the operative said. "So she meets with the (Real Estate Board of New York) during the day to discuss policy and then says let’s meet down the street an hour later to discuss donations? It's ridiculous."

One Senate Republican said he and a number of colleagues are also concerned and believe Young should step down from the campaign committee.

“The potential for conflict of interest or perceived conflict of interest is far too great,” the senator said. “It’s not just prosecutors but the press. Everything in the budget goes through the Finance Committee and reporters will look to see the connections to donors.”

A Senate GOP official insisted that “there’s no issues whatsoever.”

klovett@nydailynews.com

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