LITTLE VALLEY — Former State Sen. Catharine Young has won a judgement for $100,000 against the Senate Republican Campaign Committee over a 2014 loan to the group.
State Supreme Court Judge Dennis E. Ward filed his decision on Monday in the case of Cathy Young For Senate v. Senate Republican Campaign Committee.
Young, who resigned from the Senate in March 2019 to become executive director of the Center For Excellence in Food and Agriculture at Cornell University, said she filed the lawsuit Feb. 25, after the SRCC did not respond to her requests that the balance of the $150,000 loan be repaid.
Young made the loan to the SRCC on Oct. 30, 2014. She said she had made previous loans to the Senate Republican Campaign Committee and had been repaid.
The SRCC on March 13, 2015, repaid $25,000 to the Cathy Young For Senate campaign committee. On April 29, 2015, another $25,000 loan repayment was made by the Senate Republican Campaign Committee.
Ward noted in his 15-page decision that the $150,000 Young paid to the committee was listed as a loan in elections finance documents.
“Since that time, no further payments from SRCC have been received by CYFS,” Ward wrote in his decision. The SRCC, Ward noted, said nothing is owed because the loan “has since been converted to a contribution by action of law.”
Young’s committee, Ward said, “has presented admissible evidence of the existence of a loan anong with evidence of at least partial repayment.” The defendants “have not presented countervailing factual evidence.”
The Senate Republican Campaign Committee noted in its response to Young’s lawsuit that she became chairman of the SRCC on Aug. 5, 2013.
“There are no genuine issues of fact as to the existence of a loan from CYFS to SRCC with a remaining principal balance of $100,000 due and owing upon the demand made by CYFS,” Ward wrote.
Young told the Times Herald on Thursday that she had reached out to the SRCC, but received no reply.
“This court decision is a complete and total victory, with the judge concluding as a matter of both law and fact that this was a loan that must be repaid,” Young said. “In this case, the truth won.”
Young thanked the court “for its thorough consideration of the facts and issues presented in this case.”
She added: “While this chapter is now officially closed, I am grateful for the opportunity to continue fighting for the growth and prosperity of Upstate New York and our agricultural industry and I look forward to building upon the successes I achieved as a member of the Cattaraugus County Legislature, State Assembly and State Senate.”
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