Democrats Choose Austin Morgan to Replace State Senator Cathy Young

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Austin T. Morgan

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The County Democratic Chairs of Chautauqua, Cattaraugus, Allegany & Livingston

Political newcomer Austin T. Morgan of Cattaraugus County is the Democratic Party leadership’s choice to replace former Senator Cathy Young as the 57th State Senate District representative in Albany.

The County Democratic Chairs of Chautauqua, Cattaraugus, Allegany and Livingston met and interviewed candidates this past week for the November 5, 2019 special election to fill Young’s seat.

A 22-year old Cornell University Spring of 2019 candidate for graduation with degree in Human Development, Morgan resides in Freedom.

Morgan is currently the co-president and former client manager of Cornell Productions, a student run company that employs 40-student workers. The company designs venue event layouts and cost estimates for its clients. Morgan also has worked as a substitute teacher and as a one-on-one teacher aide with special needs students. Session assistant and legislative analyst in 2018 with NYS Senator Leroy Comrie-D, NYC.

“Morgan is 22 going on 40,” said Chautauqua County Democratic Chair Norman P. Green.

“He is one of those rare people who walks into a room and instantly gets your attention,” said Cattaraugus County Democratic Chair Frank Puglisi.

“Morgan will immediately have power and access as a new majority caucus member in the New York State Senate. It makes great economic sense for our region in the new reality of NY politics to elect a young man who will gain seniority in the majority over the coming decades,” said Livingston County Democratic Chair Judith Hunter.

“His command of the issues facing the 57 th State Senate district amazes me. He is extremely intelligent and articulate. Morgan represents the future of our party. We are proud to back him for this office,” said Allegany Democratic Chair Mike McCormick.

The four county chairs said that the next task for County Committee members to circulate a qualifying designating petition to get Morgan on the ballot.