Saturday, April 9, 2016

Cattaraugus County man to challenge Cathy Young for State Senate

Democrat Lee Hyson, 33, of South Valley, announced Friday he will run for the 57th State Senate seat held by State Sen. Catharine M. Young, R-Olean. The 57th State Senate District encompasses Chautauqua, Cattaraugus and Allegany counties, and the lower portion of Livingston County. “I fully appreciate the opportunity to represent this important district and will work hard to promote its interests,” Hyson said. “I stand with the people of the Southern Tier in the 57th District who deserve someone who is hard-working, intelligent, loyal, and knows and cares about the people.” Hyson grew up and attended school in Salamanca. In 2005, he earned his bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from Cleveland’s Case Western Reserve University. An expert in geotechnical operations, he has a broad background in business and the private sector. When not working as an engineer, Hyson is an avid outdoorsman and proponent of strengthening this region’s tourist economy. “I will bring a fresh perspective to state politics,” he said in announcing his candidacy. “All sides need to collaborate to solve problems in ways that are affordable, but do not sacrifice the quality of services government delivers to create strong communities.” Hyson said, “Our people — especially the younger generations — need to be empowered, and made to feel that they have a voice in what happens in this area. I will work enthusiastically with all our communities to ensure the voice of the Southern Tier is heard in Albany.” He added, “I will focus on our local issues, including finding ways to undertake the heroin epidemic ravaging our communities. I will focus on these issues until they are resolved.”