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Senate co-leader Dean Skelos named a Western New York lawmaker Monday to lead the Senate Republican Campaign Committee.
Sen. Cathy Young (R-Olean) takes over from Sen. Tom Libous (R-Binghamton), who recently disclosed he’s undergoing a second round of chemotherapy to battle cancer.
Young becomes the first woman to run the SRCC. Libous, a long-time influential senator, hasn't said whether he will run for re-election.
“As SRCC chair, Senator Young will build on our already strong efforts to elect candidates in every region and every corner of this state, and she will be an articulate voice for a renewed and strengthened New York Republican Party,” Skelos said in a statement. “I look forward to working with her to grow our party for the future, so we can continue to deliver for hardworking taxpayers, create new jobs and help middle-class families make ends meet.”
As Young takes over, Republicans will be trying to win back an outright Senate majority in 2014. Currently, they are outnumbered in the chamber, 33-30. But under an unprecedented power-sharing deal brokered by Skelos, four breakaway Dems joined with the GOP to form a “majority coalition” to control the chamber; a fifth Democrat, Sen. Simcha Felder (D-Brooklyn), also joined the GOP conference.