A Written History of The Association of New York State Young Republican Clubs, Inc.
Originally Written By: James Booth of Orange County
“We are Young Republicans, we come from Up-State, Down-State, and stand united for the whole state”
- From the Declaration of Purposes and Principles
Adopted May 10, 1934 at White Plains, NY
The Early Years – 1859-1931
The Young Republican movement in New York State is almost as old as the Republican Party itself. The first record of a Young Republican Club in New York State was one that operated in New York City in 1859, just three years after the Republican Party ran John Fremont as it’s first presidential candidate. A year later the club played a role in helping elect Abraham Lincoln as the first Republican President in American history.
For a period after that there is very little about the Young Republicans. Perhaps it may have had something to do with the Civil War, and the fact that a great deal of New York’s youth were serving in that war.
It is not until 1880 that we see evidence of another Young Republican movement in the state. It was during that time that the Republican Party wasn’t too successful. It appears, historically speaking, that Young Republican groups were at their strongest during a senior party decline.
However, it was not until December 1911, when the Republican Party was fairly weakened, that we saw the modern day Young Republican movement take shape. In that year the present day New York County Young Republican Club came in to existence. The organization was formed to give young men (not women as they did not yet posses the right to vote, and when they did were segregated to a “Young Women’s Republican Club”) the ability to have a voice in the local political scene. Women were excluded from membership in the county organization as late as the mid 1970’s, and when they were finally admitted, it was because of a decline in membership. The county organization was incorporated on February 19, 1912.
The founders and future members of the New York County organization throughout the years have read as sort of a Who’s Who in Republican Politics. Some of the prominent members have included: Herbert Brownell who was elected to the New York State Assembly in the early 1930’s in a district held by the Tammany Democratic organization. He was later elected as Republican National Committee Chairman in 1944. Later on he was appointed Attorney General in the Eisenhower administration. John Foster Dulles, in which Dulles Airport in Virginia is named after was appointed Secretary of State in the Eisenhower administration. Other prominent members of the county organization included: Thomas E. Dewey Governor of the State of New York from 1943-1954, Thomas Desmond a longtime State Senator from Orange County, NY., John M. Harlan Associate Justice of the United State Supreme Court, Louis Lefkowitz New York State Attorney General from 1956-1978, John V. Lindsay, Mayor of the City of New York from 1966-1973, among many others.
The county organization was very active in the 1920’s and 30’s and would produce some of the young leaders, whom would seize the initiative and create a state organization.
The Birth of a State Organization – 1931-1932
The idea of having a state and national Young Republican organization began to take shape around 1931.
By 1932 America was feeling the grips of the Great Depression. The Republican Party was in chaos. The lassiez-faire policies of Republican President Herbert Hoover during the depression were loosing the support of the disadvantaged and starving masses. The party had already lost control of Congress, and in November of 1932, Franklin Delano Roosevelt, the Democratic governor of this state, was elected President of the United States.
The New York State Republican Committee held their convention that year in Buffalo to choose a candidate for Governor. Attending that convention were many members of the New York County Young Republicans, as well as many younger Republicans from throughout the state. Realizing that American democracy was being threatened by the depression, the young Republicans gathered at Buffalo felt it would be beneficial to pool their resources together and become one organization.
On October 2, 1932, in a vacant storefront in the old Gerron’s Building in Buffalo, the Association of New York State Young Republican Clubs was born. Attending that first meeting were: George Sibley and David Peck of New York City, Walter Mahoney, Jean Martin, John Allan, Daniel Boone, Leo Gabriel, Cornelius O’Rourke, and Ray Biondolillo all of Buffalo. Ralph Becker, Burton Meighan, Basil Filardi, and William Ross all from Westchester County. As well as, Louis Kileen of Schenectady, Roger Nash of Oswego, Wheeler Milmoe of Madison County (Future State Assemblyman), Fred Stang of Kingston, William Webb, Paul Lockwood, and George McKenzie all of Brooklyn. George H. Sibley of New York City was made acting president. Almost immediately, leaders in the senior party questioned the motives of the new youth organization.
Over the next couple of years the state association and its county chapters found a home in the Republican Party. With time, party leaders saw the advantages of a strong Young Republican organization.
A State Association Takes Shape – 1933-1949
In May of 1933, the first Annual Convention of the Association of New York State Young Republican Clubs was held in Schenectady. George Sibley was re-elected as president. John Ward of Buffalo was elected Chairman of the Board of Governors. Other officers and members of the Board of Governors (the predecessor of the modern day Executive Committee) were elected as well. At the convention the first Constitution and by-laws were written, and the association began the process of incorporation.
On July 11th, 1934 the association incorporated and officially became known as the Association of New York State Young Republican Clubs, Inc. Also, on May 10th of that year the second Annual Convention was held at White Plains. Mr. Sibley was re-elected as president, and Louis Kileen of Schenectady was elected Chairman of the Board of Governors. The association adopted a “Declaration of Purposes and Principles” which outlined the association’s stand on issues concerning the state and the nation at that time.
The new association went through many growing pains in its first few years. A rift developed between conservative up-staters and moderate down-staters. This conflict reached a boiling point at the June 1935 Alexandria Bay Convention held in Jefferson County. The convention was so notable, that it made the front page of the New York Times on two occasions. The main point of friction was agreeing to certain planks in the platform. The conservative faction was victorious in their arguments. At that convention Walter J. Mahoney of Buffalo succeeded George H. Sibley of New York City as president. Paul Lockwood of New York City succeeded Louis Kileen as Chairman of the Board of Governors. A major event which also occurred at that convention was the giving of equal representation to women on the Board of Governors.
1935 also marked the founding of the Young Republican National Federation (yes we even pre-date the YRNF!!!) The national federation was founded in November of that year in Des Moines, Iowa. George Sibley, the first president of our association played a prominent role at that first meeting. Ex-President Sibley became our first National Representative (which appears to be a forerunner to the National Committeeman and woman positions) He was also designated by the YRNF to be the first “Regional Director” for the New York, New Jersey, and Delaware area. (This appears to be the predecessor of the YRNF Region I Vice Chairman position which has often been dominated by New Yorker’s.)
The 1936 Convention was held in Jamestown. Both President Mahoney and Board of Governors Chairman Lockwood were re-elected. As with every annual convention a platform outlining the association’s stand on the issues of the day was adopted. The association worked very hard on the 1936 campaign.
President Walter Mahoney was elected to the New York State Senate in November of 1936 and took office in January of 1937. As a result of his successful election, he resigned the presidency of the state association. Years later, Mr. Mahoney would become the New York State Senate Majority Leader, and a Supreme Court Justice from the 8th Judicial District. A state office building in Buffalo bears his name. Donald F. Boyle of Amsterdam served the remaining months of Mr. Mahoney’s term. Through negotiations with the Republican State Committee, President Boyle successfully secured a seat on the New York State Republican Executive Committee for the state association in 1937.
The 1937 convention was held at Syracuse. Alfred L. Simon of Ballston Spa was elected President, and Ernest D. Leet of Jamestown was elected as Chairman of the Board of Governors.
Continued advancement of women’s rights in the organization was outlined in the new Constitution and By-Laws adopted. A Vice President of the opposite sex was provided for as well as women regional Vice Chairs and Co-Vice Chairs. Florence E. Barnett of Syracuse was chosen the first female Vice President.
While we are on the subject of advancing women’s rights in the association it would be wrong to not mention the many women who played a role in the formation of our state association. Many of them traveled the state encouraging women to become politically active. Among the early female leaders in the association was Mrs. Marion Kreinheder, who served as secretary, and later vice president of the state association. Other active and notable women in the association included: Mrs. Marion Crain, Mrs. Florence Barnett Lane (mentioned above as the first female Vice President), Mrs. Violet Herron Donaldson, Mrs. Merill Meyer, Mrs. Margaret Eaton, Mrs. Caroline Bareham Dineen, and Mrs. Jeanette Anderson.
Elections were held in 1937 for Delegates to the State Constitutional Convention. Among those elected to the convention were Board of Governors Chairman Ernest Leet and former Board Chairman Paul Lockwood. 1937 also marked the election of state association President Alfred Simon as District Attorney of Saratoga County, as well as New York County Young Republican Thomas E. Dewey as DA of New York County.
The 1938 Convention was held in Niagara Falls. The Platform passed contained many recommendations to the Constitiuonal Convention, which was modernizing New York’s 1894 State Constitution. Alfred Simon was returned as President and Marion Kreinheder of Buffalo was chosen as Vice President. DeWitt C. LeFevre of Beaver Falls was chosen to chair the Board of Governors.
The Republican State Committee Convention held in 1938 included so many Young Republicans in attendance it seemed like a second meeting of the year. The convention nominated former Young Republican Thomas E. Dewey as Governor. Although he was not successful in 1938, Dewey would be elected Governor in just a few short years in 1942. Young Republicans were asked by State Committee to actively head up a first voters program to bring more young voters in to the Republican Party.
At the end of 1938, the Association of New York State Young Republican Clubs, Inc. consisted of 45,000 individual members belonging to 171 clubs in 56 of New York’s 62 counties.
The 1939 Convention was held from May 26-28, at the Hotel New Yorker, in New York City. Ernest D. Leet of Jamestown was elected President, and Marion Kreinheder was returned as Vice President. Harold C. Tipping of Scotia was elected as Chairman of the Board of Governors.
The Association of New York State Young Republican Clubs, Inc. continued to expand during the 1940’s. A great deal of progress was made under the able-bodied administrations of Presidents like, Ralph Becker. President Becker was elected as Chairman of the Young Republican National Federation in 1946 and served until 1949. He later served as Ambassador to Honduras. Also serving as President during the 1940’s were Jean Martin, Joel Mencher, Charles Hamilton, Jr, and Morrie Slifkin, later a Supreme Court Justice from the 9th Judicial District. Mailers were sent throughout the state encouraging people to join the organization, and many new county chapters were added.
Era of Prosperity – 1950-1975
The 1950’s was the start of a era of great prosperity for the state association. With the exception of the four years in which Averill Harriman was Governor, Republicans were in firm control of the state. Young Republicans took great interest in the issues facing the state and nation at the time, in fact going as far as adopting a resolution in March of 1950 approving the actions being taken by Senator Joseph McCarthy (R)-Wisconsin with regard to communists in the United States Department of State. This era of prosperity lasted until the defeat of the Republican Party in the mid-1970’s.
The 1950 State Convention was held from June 2-4 at the Berkshire Country Club in Wingdale, Dutchess County. F. Clifton White of Ithaca, was elected as President, and Wilma Seversten of New York City was selected as Vice President. Those in attendance at the convention heard from New York’s United States Senator Irving Ives.
President White would in later years serve as a leader of United States Senator Barry Goldwater’s unsuccessful 1964 Presidential campaign. White, was one of the Republican leaders of the 1960’s and 70’s that encouraged the party to become more Conservative.
The 1951 Convention was held in Troy on May 19th of that year, and saw the re-election of President White and Vice President Seversten. Those in attendance heard from State Republican Committee Chairman William L. Pfeiffer, as well as Herbert Warburton the Chairman of the Delaware State Young Republicans, and Rep. Patrick J. Hillings (R)-California. The Association passed a resolution supporting General Douglas MacArthur and condemning President Harry S. Truman for removing him from command in Korea. The Association also called on Truman to allow for strategic bombing of military bases in Manchuria in Communist China, and for allowing the forces of Nationalist China to be used in the Korean War.
Support in the state association for the candidacy of General Dwight D. Eisenhower for United States President was evident in early 1952. Following a quarterly meeting of the association in Albany in January 1952, a group known as “State Youth for Eisenhower” was established. Although it had no official connection to the association, President White said he was “very happy” about it’s establishment. The group made plans to hold a rally for Eisenhower on February 8th at Madison Square Garden in New York City. Although it seems that the association was unofficially behind Eisenhower, there appeared to be rifts with individuals in the group who were supporting the nomination of United States Senator Robert A. Taft (R)-Ohio. A warning from the Vice Chairman of State Committee, Jane H. Todd was issued at the 1952 convention, stating that rifts developing between the two sides could injure the party’s chances of electing a Republican President that year.
The 1952 Convention was held at the Totem Lodge Country Club, in Averill Park, in Rensselaer County. Carl Spad of White Plains was elected President and Sally Boehelm of Lyons was elected Vice President.
In 1953 the association called for an increase in Governor Dewey’s salary from $25,000 to $50, 000, it also called on the state to scrap it’s system of electing State Supreme Court Justices, and opt for an appointed system.
The 1953 Convention was held at the Laurels Country Club in Monticello, Sullivan County. The association heard from State Committee Chairman Pfeiffer who called on Governor Dewey to seek a fourth term. The Association also called on the Governor to seek a fourth term in a resolution adopted. Great debate over the controversial actions of Senator McCarthy took place at the convention between pro McCarthy and anti McCarthy forces. At the convention President Spad, and Vice President Boehelm were re-elected.
A heated State Convention took place in 1954, once again being held at the Laurels Country Club in Monticello. The contest was between Carl Gitlitz of Binghamton the Chairman of the Board of Governors, and William Malone of Troy the association Treasurer, and who had the support of outgoing President Spad, and former President White, and supposedly Governor Dewey himself. This was the first contest for the presidency in six years, and both campaigns were in high gear, with loudspeakers, palm cards, buttons, and even people dressed up in baby elephant costumes. In the end Carl Gitlitz defeated William Malone for the Presidency.
In 1955, the association met in convention in Monticello once again. Those in attendance re-elected President Gitlitz, heard from Attorney General Jacob Javits, and supported the candidacy of fellow New Yorker Charles Mc Whorter for YRNF Chairman at the National Convention on June 15-19 in Detroit, Michigan. At a quarterly meeting held that year in Syracuse the association heard from former President, and State Senate Majority Leader Walter J. Mahoney. The association called upon the membership to add 50 new clubs, and 10,000 new members in time for the 1956 elections. It commended State Committee Chairman L. Judson Morehouse for the creation of the “alternate Committeeman” position, which is giving more young people an opportunity to participate in local GOP committees.
On June 2, 1956 Young Republicans once again gathered at the Laurels Country Club in Monticello, for what initially appeared was going to be another contested election. However, one of the candidates, Benjamin A. Gilman of Middletown, the association’s National Committeeman, and current longtime United States Representative from the 20th Congressional District stepped aside in favor of association Treasurer Howard Ludington, Jr. of Rochester. At the convention 400 delegates heard once again from Attorney General Jacob Javits, and elected Howard Ludington as President
On May 25th, 1957 YR’s met at Schroon Manor in Schroon Lake, in Essex County for the Annual Convention. At the convention Howard Ludington was returned as President, and the association re-elected Shirley Steinberg of Albany as Vice President. Those in attendance heard from State Committee Chairman, L. Judson Morehouse.
On May 24th, 1958 the association returned to Schroon Manor, in Schroon Lake for the 1958 Convention. At the convention delegates elected Norbert Noel of White Plains, as President, and Mrs. Charles Hogg, of Buffalo, Vice President.
On May 23, 1959 the association met in convention at the Sha-Wan-Ga Lodge in Highview, near Bloomingburg, in Sullivan County. Breaking with tradition the association did not back incumbent President Norbert Noel, but instead chose Joseph F. X. Nowicki of Pearl River. Noel, was reportedly ousted because he did not actively support the campaign of Governor Nelson Rockefeller, elected the previous November. Nowicki, who was legal counsel, to Lt. Governor Malcolm Wilson, a former Young Republican, was trusted more by the Rockefeller palace guard. The association also came down hard on Bronx County Republican Chairman Herman Winner, who was actively trying to crush the West Bronx Young Republican Club. At the convention Young Republicans gathered heard from United States Senator from New York Kenneth B. Keating.
As the Association moved in to the 1960’s President Joseph F. X. Nowicki served as an Assemblyman from Rockland County. In 1961 Arthur M. Richardson of Rochester was elected President. In November 1961 the Association hosted a Leadership Conference in Yonkers, in which 300 YR’s attended. Attending the event were Lt. Governor Malcolm Wilson, and Westchester County Executive Edwin G. Michaelian.
In 1962, the state association made history with the election of Jean McKee of New York City as the first female president in association history.
On May 26, 1963, the association met in Lake Placid, for the Annual Convention, and re-elected Ms. McKee president. A resolution congratulating Governor Rockefeller on his recent marriage was passed, and the 600 delegates present heard from State Committee Chairman Fred A. Young.
On May 23, 1964 the association met in convention in Niagara Falls, and elected Brooklyn attorney Francis V. Elias president of the association. In 1964 the club claimed a total individual membership of 25, 000 YR’s across the state.
On May 15, 1965 the association gathered in Livingston Manor in Sullivan County to re-elect President Elias, and listen to Governor Rockefeller tout Rep. John Lindsay (R)-New York, the party’s candidate for Mayor of the City of New York. In 1965, the association had 40,000 individual members across the state.
The association gathered at the Windmere Hotel in Livingston Manor for the 1966 convention on May 21st of that year. At the convention the second woman president the association has ever had was elected. Mary Ann Knauss of Livingston was elected, along with Joseph Goldstein of East Meadow for Vice President. The association endorsed Governor Rockefeller for a third term. The Governor was present and spoke at the opening banquet. 500 delegates were present from the association’s 250 clubs.
Young Republicans once again returned to the Windmere Hotel in Livingston Manor for the 1967 Convention, which saw the re-election of Mary Ann Knauss, who defeated Borden R. Webb of Levittown by a resounding vote of 203 to 82. Also elected was Julian Cohan of White Plains as Vice President.
1968 saw the election of Joseph Bruno of Glens Falls as President, he was followed by David Scanlon, Douglas Worth, Joseph Forstadt, who went on to serve as YRNF Region 2 Vice Chair, and Guy “Clay” Maitland. As the 1970’s progressed the fortunes of the Republican Party in New York State which had been so high for the past 2 decades began to wane. The Watergate Scandal seriously hurt Republicans in the 1974 election, and Governor Malcolm Wilson, who had replaced Governor Rockefeller the year earlier, was defeated, and Republicans lost control of the State Assembly. Young Republicans in New York City were practically defunct by 1975, hurt by Mayor John Lindsay’s defection to the Democrats. Many YR’s who wanted to keep their jobs in the Lindsay Administration were forced to leave the Republican Party as well. The beginning of what would be 20 dark years of Democratic control of New York State had begun…..and the most successful era in the state association’s history had come to an end.
Keeping Hope in Dark Times – 1976-1994
The late 1970’s an 1980’s were tough times for Republicans in New York State. A failed push by former Assembly Speaker Perry Duryea to win back the Governorship for Republicans in 1978, continued a slide which would reach rock bottom with the 1990 Governor campaign of Pierre Rinfret. Leading the association during these tough times were Erik Joh, Guy T. Parisi, Christian Braunlich, Vincent J. Noto, Ron Devine, Roy Tabita, John Ciampoli, and Kevin Bartnett, who served as Vice Chairmen-at-Large from 1991-1993 for the Young Republican National Federation under Enid Greene’s administration.
The association held two anniversary celebrations during this time, one at the 1979 convention held at Dunhams’ Bay Lodge in Lake George, to celebrate the 45th Anniversary of the association. A Fiftieth Anniversary dinner was held under the administration of Vincent Noto, and was held on May 22, 1982 at the Rye Town Hilton in Rye, New York. Former association President F. Clifton White was the guest speaker.
The early 1990’s brought some silver lining in the dark clouds. The first two years of President Bill Clinton’s scandalous and ineffective administration would help Republicans gain control of the U.S. House of Representatives for the first time in forty years. Republicans were also successful in winning back control of the United State Senate. Most important of all we ended 20 years of Democratic control of the governor’s position.
And of course, the Young Republicans were there to help make the election of George E. Pataki as governor happen. Leading the association in the early 1990’s were Daniel Issacs, Todd W. McIntyre, and Lorraine Campbell who went on to serve as Secretary of the Young Republican National Federation from 1995-1997 in Larry Wayne Kidwell’s administration.
A Young Republican Renaissance – 1995-2001
The administration of President Salavatore Calise of Brooklyn began the resurgence of the Young Republican Movement in New York State. Mailers were often sent throughout the state encouraging more individuals to become involved in the association. Fundraisers often named after New York Republican alumni such as Teddy Roosevelt and Mayor La Guardia were held.
On September 20, 1997 Young Republicans gathered in Saratoga Springs for one of the most heated conventions in recent state association history. At a convention which lasted a good portion of the day, Steven M. Neuhaus a law student from Orange County and his “Leadership 97” ticket won election over the ticket of Vice President Tim Kolpien of Stueben County. That evening, those in attendance heard from former state association President Joe Bruno the present day Majority Leader of the New York State Senate.
The Association of New York State Young Republican Clubs, Inc. entered the 21st Century ready to tackle the tough issues that await us in the coming years. Under the leadership of Chairman Steven M. Neuhaus, the association has become strong once again. New County chapters have been formed, a web site was created, and changes to the by-laws were made to ensure effective government. The new by-laws, which took effect at the 1997 Saratoga Springs convention, changed the title of President to Chairman. The state association continued to make strides in electing individuals to office in the Young Republican National Federation. In 1997 former State Vice President Robert Smith was elected Secretary of the YRNF for Monica Samuels’ administration. He served in that position until the new administration of Kevin McCarthy was elected in 1999. At that national convention 1st Vice Chairman of the state association Karl Brabenec was elected YRNF Region 1 Vice Chairman and served in that capacity until 2001.
When elected, Brabenec replaced fellow New Yorker Kim Morella who had been serving for the previous two years. Matthew Sciarrino of Richmond County, the then Chief of Staff of the state association served as Parliamentarian and Assistant Counsel of the YRNF. In 2005 Matthew Sciarrino was appointed a Criminal Court Judge by Mayor Michael Bloomberg. Southern Region Vice President Jim Booth was appointed to serve as Chairman of the YRNF Alumni Committee in February of 2000. Steven Neuhaus was elected as Assistant Treasurer of the Young Republican National Federation at the 2001 YRNF Convention in New Orleans, Louisiana.
On April 11, 1999, The State Association met in convention in Albany. Steven Neuhaus was re-elected to the chairman position. He became the first person to succeed himself following the abolition of term limits. Unfortunately, in the early morning hours of September 26th 1999, Peter G. Karamanos II, who had just been elected Treasurer of the state association in April, was killed in an automobile accident in the Town of Yates, Orleans County. His passing was deeply mourned by Young Republicans across the state. The position of Treasurer remained vacant until February of 2000 when Southern Region Vice President Jim Booth of Orange County was appointed Treasurer temporarily, to organize the association’s finances and file a required financial report with the New York State Board of Elections.
A special election was held at the April 1, 2000 meeting in Hudson, to fill vacancies in the offices of Treasurer and Recording Secretary. The Recording Secretary’s position became vacant when Bruce Tague resigned to become Executive Director. Robert Sikorski of Ulster County was appointed to fill this vacancy on a temporary basis. At the Hudson Meeting, Robert Sikorski was elected to permanently fill the Recording Secretary vacancy and Tara Radley of the County of Columbia was elected to fill the Treasurer vacancy.
The Association at Present – 2001-Present
By Early 2001 State Chairman Steve Neuhaus announced he would not seek another term as Chairman of the association. Three candidates emerged to replace him. 1st Vice Chairman Karl Brabenec of Orange County, Executive Director Bruce Tague of Schoharie County, and Vice Chairman of Special Projects, Sean O’Sullivan of Richmond County. By the April 21st meeting at West Point, the last before the convention, Executive Director Tague dropped out leaving Brabenec, and O’Sullivan to battle for the chairmanship.
At the West Point meeting, it was determined that the Biannual Convention would be held on July 14th, 2001 at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Downtown Albany.
On July 14th Young Republicans from across the state gathered for what likely topped the 1997 Saratoga Convention as one of the most heated in association history. After a morning of heated Credentials and Rules Committee meetings the convention finally convened at 2PM, and lasted until at least 5PM. Most of the convention was spent debating the legality of the Credentials Committee report.
Finally, after at least 2 hours of debate the report was approved, and new officers were elected. When it was over, Sean O’Sullivan and his Excelsior 2001 ticket defeated Karl Brabenec and his Progress 2001 ticket. Sean O’Sullivan went on to become the first New York Chair to become Chairman of the State Chairman’s Association of the YRNF.
In 2003, history repeated itself, when the YRs returned to its roots for Convention 2003 in Buffalo, New York. Again in the city of Buffalo, a New York County leader Jason Weingartner was elected Chairman of the NYSYR. The next month the NYSYRs participated in the YRNF Convention in Boston. After a revolt of the delegates, who left the floor of the Convention to protest their votes being bound to the former chair, Sean O’Sullivan, the unbound delegation helped elect the new slate of YRNF leaders. Tim Kolpien of Corning NY was elected Vice Chairman of the YRNF. Anton Srdanovic was elected the Vice Chairman of YRNF Region 1 and Jason Weingartner was elected Vice Chairman of the YRNF State Chairman’s Association.
On June 6th, 2009, the YRs brought their Convention to Richmond County. Lynn Krogh of New York County was elected as Chair and Rick Cordaro of Onondaga County was elected as Vice Chair. YR Club of the Year award went to NYYRC and YR of the Year award went to Bryon McKim of the Saratoga McKims. During Krogh’s two-year term, Cordaro stepped down and Giovanni Scaringi of Rockland County became Vice Chair.
In 2010, the YR Club of the Year award went to the Richmond County Young Republicans and the YR of the Year award went to Giovanni Scaringi of Rockland County.
On May 21st, 2011, the YRs travelled to the Finger Lakes region for the Convention hosted by the Steuben County YRs. Giovanni Scaringi of Rockland County was elected Chair and Diana Sepulveda of Kings County was elected Vice Chair. YR Club of the Year award went to Dutchess County YRs and YR of the Year award went to John Brodigan of the Nassau County YRs.
In 2012, the YR Club of the Year award went to the Brooklyn Young Republicans and the YR of the Year award went to Rory Brady of the Orange County YRs.
On May 18th, 2013, the YRs returned to Richmond County for their Convention. Diana Sepulveda of Kings County was elected as Chair and Cory Custer of Saratoga County was elected as Vice Chair. YR Club of the Year award went to the Westchester YRs and YR of the Year award went to Steve Reverri of the Dutchess County YRs.
Then, in June of 2013, former NYSYR Chair Jason Weingartner was elected Chairman of the Young Republican National Federation. During the YRNF Convention in Alabama, New York received 3 national awards: Outstanding Club Website to the New York Young Republican Club, Outstanding Small Club to the Putnam County Young Republican Club, and Outstanding Charitable/Community Service Project to the Tri-County YR Mixer of Orange, Putnam and Dutchess County YR clubs benefiting the Hudson Valley Honor Flight.
The Association of New York State Young Republican Clubs, Inc continues to strive to follow the purpose set forth by our Corporation Document created in 1934:
- To promote and maintain the principles of the Republican Party
- To correct in our own party that tendency of all parties to make organization an ends rather than a means
- To promote honest and fair electoral methods
- To resist and expose political corruption
- To encourage constantly the participation in party politics of young men and women of high character, intelligence and ability
Today, we may not be the association of yesteryear. But through hard work and unity we can achieve whatever goals we set for ourselves. We as Young Republicans are charged with the responsibility of educating the youth of this state with the right message. We must work to assure that our generation does not fall victim to complacency and laziness. We must continue to encourage young men and women to stand up to corruption & unjust government policies, and to remain firm in their beliefs and conservative values.
TO THE READER- Please check back often as updates to this history will be made when more information becomes available.
Note: Article V, Section B, Subsection 7 was added to the ByLaws on May 18, 2013 in Richmond County, New York.
NEW YORK STATE YOUNG REPUBLICANS
Adopted at a Special Meeting held on August 1, 1999 in Staten Island, New York
Amended on January 26, 2002 in Rensselaer County
Amended on June 28, 2003 in Erie County
Amended on August 23, 2003 in Westchester County
Amended on March 21, 2009 in Rensselaer County
Amended on May 18, 2013 in Richmond County
A. There shall be four categories of membership in the NYSYR. They shall be Community-based clubs, College Republican-based clubs, Teenage Republican clubs and Individual membership.
1. Community-based Club membership shall be granted to any organized body in the State of New York meeting all of the following criteria:
a) Minimum of five (5) dues-paying members who are under the age of 40 all of whom have expressed a general preference for the principles of the Republican party.
b) Received authorization for the use of the Republican name from the County Republican Chair of the county in which the organization is based, or in the alternative an authorized representative of the New York Republican State Committee.
c) Submission of said groups’ current constitution and/or bylaws, membership list and a $50.00 credentialing fee to the Credentials Committee.
d) There may be only one club from the same geographical area. In the event that two clubs meet the above requirements, the Chairman of the NYSYR shall send a letter to the County Chairman of the Republican County Committee for the County in which the club exists asking for a letter in writing which must express which club should be credentialed as the official YR club for that area.
e) The officers of the NYSYR shall make the final determination as to the choice of clubs. However, if the club that is chosen by the NYSYR is not the same club as recommended by the County Chair, a letter must be sent to the New York State Republican Party Chair within fifteen (15) days explaining the situation.
f) Hold at least three (3) meetings per calendar year in that Club’s home community with at least one month intervals between such meetings. No state-wide meetings or biennial conventions, or meetings held during state-wide meetings or biennial conventions shall be included towards this requirements.
g) Create and retain minutes for all meetings held.
2. Campus-based Club membership shall be granted to any organized body in the State of New York meeting all of the following criteria:
a) Minimum of five members who are actively enrolled at the campus at which the organization is based who have expressed a general preference for the principles of the Republican party.
b) Submission of said groups’ current constitution and/or bylaws, membership list and a pro-rata share of dues to the Credentials Committee.
c) There may be only one club from the same school or university. In the event that two clubs meet the above requirements, the Credentials Committee will hold a hearing where both clubs may submit evidence. The Credential Committee’s recommendations may be accepted or refused by the membership.
3. Teenage Republican Clubs may affiliate with the NYSYR and be granted membership in the NYSYR if the following criteria are met:
a) Minimum of five teenaged members who have expressed a general preference for the principles of the Republican party.
b) Submission of said groups’ current constitution and/or bylaws, membership list and a pro-rata share of dues to the Credentials Committee.
c) There may be only one club from the same geographical area or school. In the event that two clubs meet the above requirements, the Credentials Committee will hold a hearing where both clubs may submit evidence. The Credential Committee’s recommendations may be accepted or refused by the membership.
4. Individuals may affiliate with the NYSYR and be granted membership in the NYSYR if the following criteria are met:
a) He or she is between the ages of eighteen and forty and expresses a general preference for the principles of the Republican party.
B. Any individual who is a member of more than one member Club of the NYSYR must declare a primary membership for purposes of voting and dues and shall be deemed to be only a member of the primary club.
C. NYSYR members shall pay dues as follows:
1. Community-based Clubs shall be assessed dues at the rate of $50.00 for a two-year period collected on every odd number year.
2. Campus-based Clubs shall be assessed dues at the rate of $25.00 for a two-year period collected on every odd number year.
3. Teenage Republican Clubs shall be assessed dues at the rate of $25.00 for a two-year period collected on every odd number year.
4. Individuals shall be assessed dues at the rate of $20.00 for a two-year period collected on every odd number year.
D. Any new club may be credentialed at any general meeting. If a new club seeks to be credentialed before the biennial convention, but after the most recent general meeting, a credentialing packet, consisting of those items listed in Article I, Section A, Subsection 1of these Bylaws, must be sent to the Chair of the Credentials Committee, the Corresponding Secretary or the Recording Secretary to establish good standing and to be permitted to vote. This “credentialing packet” must be received at least fourteen (14) days before the date of the Convention. The Chair of the Credentials Committee, the Corresponding Secretary or the Recording Secretary shall report to the Governing Board all received club credentialing packets within twenty-four (24) hours of receipt of any new credentialing packet.
E. Any member club having met the requirements for membership need only to submit their $50.00 re-credentialing fee, membership list, and minutes of all meetings held (collectively, the “re-credentialing packet”) on biennial basis, to the Chair of the Credentials Committee, the Corresponding Secretary and the Recording Secretary to remain in good standing and permitted to vote. The re-credentialing packet must be provided at least fourteen (14) days before the biennial convention. Membership lists and meeting minutes may be transmitted by courier, or through the mail (including U.S. Postal Service, Federal Express or United Parcel Service), facsimile or email. The Chair of the Credentials Committee, the Corresponding Secretary and the Recording Secretary shall report to the Governing Board as to all received club re-credentialing packets within twenty-four (24) hours of receipt of any new re-credentialing packet once a club re-credentialing packet is received by the Chair of the Credentials Committee, the Corresponding Secretary or the Recording Secretary.
F. Any member club, which has failed to timely pay their credentialing fee and/or submit its membership lists shall be dropped from membership in the NYSYR and shall not be, permitted to vote. Said member shall be readmitted to the NYSYR upon application and approval of the Credentials Committee in the same manner prescribed for admission of new members. Failure to meet these re-credentialing requirements, or any other obligation imposed on a member club, shall merit a denial of credentials until it has exhibited compliance with all requirements and obligations so imposed by the NYSYR. For those new clubs that have credentialed within one calendar year prior to the biennial convention, the Governing Board can waive their requirement to pay a $50.00 re-credentialing fee so as not to impose undue financial burdens on new clubs.
A. NYSYR members shall be accorded representation as follows:
1. Community-based Clubs shall be represented at NYSYR meetings and at the biennial convention at the rate of ten (10) delegates per club for a county wide community based club.
2. Campus-based Clubs shall be represented at NYSYR meetings at the rate (5) delegates for the NYCRSC including all of their constituent chapters.
3. Teenage Republican Clubs shall be represented at NYSYR meetings at the rate of one (1) delegate for each teenage republican club, up to a maximum of two (2) delegates in any county.
4. Individuals in the NYSYR shall have no delegate representation.
5. Elected Officers of the NYSYR shall be considered “super-delegates” and shall have one (1) vote each at any meeting, but not at the biennial convention.
B. Delegate Rules
1. Any member club may have as many alternate delegates as it wishes to send.
2. A delegate for a member club shall be entitled to carry the written proxies of the other delegates of the same member club at meetings, but not at the biennial convention. No delegate or other person, however, may carry more than one proxy at any time. No proxies are allowed for the biennial convention, except for any meetings of the Governing Board, which are scheduled for the same day as the biennial convention. Only the approved delegate proxy attached to these bylaws may be used. [Available at end]
3. The Chair of a standing committee is only permitted to give his or her proxy to the vice-chair of the committee he or she chairs.
4. Super-delegates cannot also be delegates for the member club to whom they belong and cannot hold the proxies for those delegates. However, they may give up their “super-delegate” status to become a delegate of their club without giving up the office that gives them status as a super-delegate.
5. Each delegate shall be accorded one vote at general meetings of the NYSYR.
6. All voting by any member club shall be by unit rule determined by a caucus of the delegates belonging to the member.
7. All counties shall indicate at least 72 hours before any meeting or the biennial convention the name, address and telephone number of the delegates and alternate delegates it is sending in person to represent that member at the meeting or convention, the name, address and telephone numbers of those attending by proxy and who is holding that proxy. The member shall also indicate the name of the “contact” or “head” delegate. Failure to do so will result in the delegate(s) not being able to vote at the meeting or the biennial convention, although the member will be considered present for quorum purposes. This list can be faxed, e-mailed or sent via overnight mail to the General Counsel, Corresponding Secretary or Recording Secretary of the NYSYR. The General Counsel, Corresponding Secretary and Recording Secretary shall each report to the Governing Board all received delegate lists forty-eight (48) hours before the meeting or biennial convention.
8. Any delegate or alternate delegate named by the member club must be from the membership list on file with the NYSYR. Membership lists may be updated at any time during the year and may be sent with the delegate list.
9. All delegates must be between the ages of 18 and 40, inclusive, except for delegates from the Teenage Clubs which may be younger than 18.
10. All proxies must be presented to the Recording Secretary at the beginning of the meeting.
A. The NYSYR shall be divided by counties into the following Regions:
1. Capital: Albany, Columbia, Greene, Montgomery, Rensselaer, Saratoga, Schenectady, Fulton and Schoharie.
2. North Country: St. Lawrence, Clinton, Essex, Franklin, Hamilton, Warren and Washington.
3. North Central: Cayuga, Madison, Onondaga, Oneida, Oswego, Herkimer, Jefferson and Lewis.
4. Eastern: Nassau and Suffolk.
5. Metro: Bronx, Kings, New York, Queens and Richmond.
6. Finger Lakes: Livingston, Steuben, Monroe, Ontario, Wayne, Yates, Seneca, Schuyler and Chemung.
7. Western: Niagara, Erie, Chautauqua, Cattaraugus, Allegany, Wyoming, Genesee and Orleans.
8. Southern Tier: Tompkins, Tioga, Cortland, Chenango, Otsego, Broome and Delaware.
9. Mid-Hudson: Sullivan, Ulster, Dutchess, Orange, Putnam, Rockland and Westchester.
IV. THE GOVERNING BOARD
A. The Governing Board shall be comprised of the officers of the NYSYR, the Immediate Past Chair of the NYSYR, any officers or member of the Governing Board of the Young Republican National Federation residing in New York State, and the members of the Cabinet as defined by Article IX of the NYSYR Constitution.
B. The Chair and Vice-Chair shall serve as Chair and Vice-Chair of the Governing Board.
1. Meetings of the Governing Board shall be called by the Chair or upon written request of the majority of the members of the Governing Board. Notice of meetings of the Governing Board shall be faxed, e-mailed or sent via overnight mail to each member not less than seventy two (72) hours in advance of the meeting time, and each member shall be entitled to cast his vote by written proxy given to another member of the Governing Board. Only the Governing Board proxy attached to these bylaws may be used.
2. One-third of the total membership of the Governing Board shall constitute a quorum.
3. Except as otherwise provided herein, the Governing Board shall act by a majority of the members present or voting by written proxy at any meeting. A member voting by proxy is not in attendance for purposes contained in Article VIII of the Constitution.
4. The time and place of the meetings of the Governing Board shall be designated by the Chair of the NYSYR or in his absence, the Vice-Chair. The Governing Board can hold its meeting in person, on a conference call, or any other technological means
V. MEETING / BIENNIAL CONVENTION HOST RULES
A. Host Club Responsibilities
1. To prepare a bid containing:
a) List of potential speakers that can be acquired with reasonable certainty.
b) Time and Place where the meeting and events will be held.
c) List of money raising activities planned.
d) Hotel information.
e) Intended Registration Cost.
f) Estimated cost to host the event and estimated profit must be contained in an itemized budget.
g) A brief statement of why your club wants to host a NYSYR meeting.
2. To review all contacts and prices with the NYSYR Chair, Treasurer and General Counsel.
3. Work with the NYSYR Chair and Treasurer to set the registration fee.
4. Select speakers subject to the approval of the NYSYR Chair
5. To set the social agenda of the meeting.
6. To be responsible for supplies needed to host the meeting.
7. To submit a full accounting of the finances of the meeting or biennial convention held to the Treasurer of the NYSYR within 15 days of the meeting or convention (the “Meeting Report”). The Meeting Report must include copies of all receipts, expenditures and other debits, and all credits, and any other items deemed necessary by the Treasurer. A list of all attendees with the name, address, email and phone numbers, where available, shall also accompany the Meeting Report.
B. The NYSYR Responsibilities
1. To notify the host county of their selection at least 90 days before the meeting date, unless the hosting member waives this time.
2. To provide technical assistance and support to the host club.
3. To set the agenda for the business portion of the meeting.
4. To bring copies of any necessary documents.
5. To be responsible for any and all deposits and on site expenses related to the business portion of the meeting.
6. To pay to the host club 50% of gross profits raised at the meeting and events as determined by the NYSYR Treasurer in return for the host club’s compliance with their responsibilities listed in Article V, Section A of these Bylaws, with a right of appeal to the Governing Board.
7. Any proposed amendments to the Constitution or Bylaws of the NYSYR and notices of ratification of amendments to the Constitution of the NYSYR from each of the Member Clubs made pursuant to Article XIV of the Constitution of the NYSYR must be faxed, e-mailed, or sent via US mail to the General Counsel, Corresponding Secretary and Recording Secretary of the NYSYR. The Corresponding Secretary of NYSYR shall be responsible for e-mailing any notices required by Article XIV of the Constitution of NYSYR to each of the Member Clubs and the Governing Board as well as notices of adoption of amendments to the Constitution and Bylaws of NYSYR.
A. Each committee shall have a Chair and Vice-Chair, as mandated herein or appointed by the Chair where allowed by these bylaws. Committees may meet independently of the NYSYR to conduct their business, however, they may not bind the NYSYR in any way without the express authority of the NYSYR, Governing Board or the Chair.
B. Any member of a member club in good standing or an individual member in good standing may be eligible for appointment to any committee by the Chair, but no person shall be a member of more than three standing or special committees at one time. Committees other than the Governing Board shall have no more than ten members. This shall be exclusive of any ex-officio member mandated herein.
C. Committee Functions
1. The Rules Committee shall enact rules subject to the approval of the NYSYR or the Governing Board. It shall be responsible for formulating amendments and presenting same to the NYSYR for final disposition. It shall also record and publish the bylaws and constitution of the NYSYR; The Rules Committee shall provide legal counsel for all committees of the NYSYR; The Rules Committee shall interpret all constitutional rules and bylaws of the NYSYR. Interpretation of rules and bylaws may be made pursuant to a written request of any member of the Governing Board, the Chair of any member club, or any person against whom a rule or bylaws is enforced. The Committee may consider upon decision of its Chair to hold an open hearing pursuant to such a request. Decisions interpreting rules and bylaws of the NYSYR shall be appealable upon written notice to the Governing Board within 72 hours of notification of the Committee decision and may be overturned only by a two-thirds vote of the Governing Board. The General Counsel shall be a member of the Committee.
2. The Credentials Committee shall have the power to review and approve all applications for membership in the NYSYR and changes in voting status, subject to the approval of the Governing Board of the NYSYR. The Credentials Committee shall, determine the eligibility of candidates for elective office and the continuing eligibility of all officers. Appeals of the Credentials Committee decisions shall be made to the Rules Committee. The NYSYR Recording Secretary, the Chair of the Membership Committee and the Chief of Staff shall serve as members of this committee.
3. The Membership Committee shall be charged with the promotion and organization of new Young Republican Clubs as well as the retention and expansion of existing Young Republican Clubs. The Regional Vice-Chairs of the NYSYR shall serve as members of this committee.
4. The Campaign Committee shall be responsible for coordinating the activities of NYSYR member clubs in Political campaigns. The Vice Chair and the Regional Vice Chairs shall serve on this committee.
5. The Finance Committee shall be responsible for coordinating the long-term financial planning for the NYSYR and for overseeing the financial books and records of the NYSYR and for holding an annual Teddy Roosevelt Dinner among other fundraising activities. The Treasurer and the Regional Vice Chairs of the NYSYR shall serve on this Committee.
6. The Communications Committee shall be responsible for all press and media relations of the NYSYR and produce a regular newsletter for the NYSYR. The Corresponding Secretary shall be a member of this committee. The Chair of this committee shall have the title of Press Secretary of the NYSYR.
7. College Chapter Liaison Chair shall be a permanent position filled by the then current Chair of the New York State College Republicans and shall serve as a liaison between the NYSYR and the NYSCR.
8. The Special Events Committee shall coordinate any and all special events that the NYSYR engages in and report to the Chair on a regular basis.
VII. IMPEACHMENT OF AN OFFICER
A. Impeachment proceedings shall be initiated by the Governing Board, which shall appoint a six-member committee, including and headed by the General Counsel, to investigate the matter confidentially. Said a committee shall give, within three (3) weeks from creation and prior to any final determination by the Committee, written notice thereof to the interested party or parties.
B. The said committee shall report to the Governing Board no later than the next meeting of the Governing Board.
C. In the event the committee recommends further proceedings, and the Governing Board, by a two-thirds vote of those members present and voting, approves the recommendation, then specific charges or findings of fact shall be drawn by the Governing Board and presented to the NYSYR at its next meeting. The party against whom the charges have been made must be given an opportunity to respond to the charges at the time of the meeting of the Governing Board. All meetings of said committee shall be held in Executive session.
D. Notice of the approval of the investigating committee’s report, together with a copy of the charges to be submitted at the next NYSYR meeting, shall be given to the interested party or parties and to the Chair of the NYSYR.
E. The party against whom the charges have been levied must be given the opportunity to respond to the charges at the time of the hearing before the NYSYR.
F. The NYSYR may remove or censure the party against whom the charges have been brought by a two-thirds vote.
VIII. DISPUTE RESOLUTION PROCEDURE: Any dispute over the identity of any officer, outcome or validity of any election of the NYSYR or of any member, shall be resolved in accordance with the following dispute resolution procedure:
A. Any aggrieved party to such a dispute may initiate proceedings under this Article by filing a written complaint with the NYSYR Chair by mailing such complaint in writing to the NYSYR Chair with a copy to the NYSYR General Counsel. Any such complaint must be postmarked no later than thirty (30) days following the incident, election, or other event from which the dispute arises.
B. If the dispute pertains to the NYSYR Chair, the complaint shall be filed with the Vice Chair and the General Counsel by mailing such complaint in writing. Any such complaint must be postmarked no later than thirty (30) days following the incident, election, or other event from which the dispute arises.
C. No later than fourteen (14) days following receipt of any complaint filed in accordance with this article, the NYSYR Chairman (or Vice Chair in a dispute involving the Chair) shall appoint a Committee to investigate the dispute and make a final decision. The Committee shall be composed of five (5) members; two (2) of which shall be appointed pursuant to a recommendation by the Complainant, and two (2) of which shall be appointed pursuant to a recommendation by the Respondent (or Respondents collectively). The other four members, acting jointly, within fourteen (14) days following the date on which the last of such members is appointed, shall appoint the fifth member. If the four members do not agree on a fifth member with such time, the NYSYR Chairman shall immediately appoint the General Counsel as the fifth member, unless the General Counsel is a party to the dispute, in which case the NYSYR Chair shall appoint the immediate Past Chair of the NYSYR; if the immediate Past Chair is no longer an active member of a duly chartered Young Republican organization, the YRNF Chair shall appoint any current NYSYR elected officer.
D. The five (5) members of a Committee appointed pursuant to subsection (c) shall select by majority vote, within five days of the date on which the last of the Committee members is appointed, a Chair of the Committee, who shall preside at all meetings of the Committee, based on a majority vote of the Committee. Within five (5) days of appointment, the Chair shall send notice, by certified mail, to the members of the Committee of a hearing to be held by the Committee within thirty (30) days of such notice. Any such hearing shall be held within the county in which the dispute arose, or within Albany County or the counties surrounding Albany County if the dispute involves the NYSYR or any Officer thereof, as determined by the NYSYR Chair if the complaint was filed pursuant to subsection (a). A majority of the members of the Committee shall constitute a quorum for the purposes of conducting the hearing.
E. At any hearing held pursuant to subsection (d), all parties to the dispute shall be permitted to appear before the Committee and present evidence, including oral and written testimony, in accordance with procedures approved by a majority of the members of the Committee. Audio or video recordings of any such hearing shall be permitted at the request of any party to the dispute, and shall be made a part of the hearing record. The Chair of the Committee shall designate a member of the Committee to take minutes of the hearing and to preserve all evidence presented, which shall be included in the hearing record. The entire hearing record shall be made available to any Member of the Committee no later than thirty (30) days following a request therefore.
F. The Committee shall issue a final decision, in writing, and shall send such a decision to all parties to the dispute and to the NYSYR Chair (or First Vice-Chair a dispute involving the Chairman), no later than sixty (60) days following the conclusion of the hearing. A minority of the members of the Committee, in whole or in part, may issue a dissenting opinion. A final decision of a Committee appointed in accordance with this Article shall be binding on all parties unless appealed in accordance with subsection (g).
G. Any party to a dispute aggrieved by a final decision may appeal such final decision, in whole or in part, by filing a written appeal with the NYSYR Chair. Any such appeal must be postmarked no later than thirty (30) days following the date on which the final decision is issued. An appeal of a final decision relating to a dispute involving the NYSYR or any Officer thereof shall be decided by majority vote of both the NYSYR Executive Board and the members of the NYSYR at the next duly called meeting thereof.
H. No later than thirty (30) days following a decision of the NYSYR Executive Board any party to the dispute may request arbitration by the American Arbitration Association (hereinafter “AAA”) under the rules of the AAA. The hearing record shall be made available to the AAA. In such arbitration the losing party, as determined by the AAA, shall be responsible for all cost imposed by the AAA, unless otherwise determined by the AAA. Any final decision, or ruling, of the AAA shall be binding on all parties and enforceable in any Court of competent jurisdiction within the state involved, or the District of Columbia if the dispute involves only the YRNF. The party initiating arbitration shall be responsible for making an initial deposit in an amount required to initiate proceedings by the AAA, but all parties shall be required to share equally in the incremental costs imposed by the AAA unless otherwise determined by the AAA.
I. All officers of the NYSYR, members of the NYSYR and all officers of the member clubs, as a condition of accepting and holding office, elected or appointed, in their respective organizations, agree to be bound by these provisions and any officer, elected or appointed, refusing to participate in such proceedings or to accept the result of any final decision arising in accordance with these provisions shall automatically forfeit any office or claim to such office.
J. Until a pending dispute is finally resolved in accordance with the procedures established by this Article, any Committee on Credentials shall give due deference to the presumption in favor of any member and the officers thereof as duly recognized at the preceding NYSYR Convention convened in accordance with the provisions of the Constitution and By-Laws of the NYSYR, but may take into consideration the outcome of any relevant dispute which has been finally resolved in accordance with the procedures established by this Article subsequent to the preceding NYSYR convention.
IX. DATE OF THE BIENNAL CONVENTION: The Biennial Convention will be held between February 1 and July 15 in odd number years.
Note: Article VI, Section 3 and Article XIV, Section 1, Subsection C were added to the Constitution on May 18, 2013 in Richmond County, New York.
Constitution of the Association of
New York State Young Republican Clubs, Inc.
(New York State Young Republican Club)
Adopted at a Convention held on September 20, 1997 in Saratoga , New York
Amended at a Special Meeting held on August 1, 1998 in Painted Post, New York
Amended at a Convention on April 11, 1999 in Albany, New York
Amended at a Special Meeting held on August 1, 1999 in Staten Island, New York
Amended at a Convention on June 28, 2003 in Buffalo, New York.
Amended at a Constitutional Convention on August 23, 2003 in Westchester, New York
Amended at a Convention on June 11, 2005 in Plainview, New York.
Amended at a Convention on May 18, 2013 in Staten Island, New York
Article I - Organization Designation
SECTION 1: The name of this organization shall be New York State Young Republican Club (hereinafter referred to in this document as the "NYSYR.") It shall be incorporated under the name of the Association of New York State Young Republican Clubs, Inc., a not_for_profit corporation under the laws of New York State.
SECTION 2: It shall be permitted at all times hereafter to use the names "Association of New York State Young Republican Clubs, Inc.," "New York State Young Republicans," and "The New York State Young Republican Club."
Article II - Affiliation
SECTION 1: The NYSYR shall be affiliated with, and shall abide by the rules of the New York Republican State Committee and the lawful directives of the Chair of said Committee.
SECTION 2: The NYSYR shall be affiliated with the Young Republican National Federation, and shall comply with the rules of said Federation.
Article III - Membership
There shall be four categories of membership in the NYSYR. They shall be Community-based clubs, College Republican-based clubs, Teenage Republican clubs and Individual membership. Each club shall be considered a member of the NYSYR and will have the right to send delegates pursuant to the Bylaws of the NYSYR.
Article IV - Officers
SECTION 1: The elected officers of the NYSYR shall be Chair, Vice-Chair, Recording Secretary, Corresponding Secretary, Treasurer and two National Committee Members (one male and one female). All officers must be elected pursuant to Article VI of this Constitution.
a) Officers of the NYSYR shall be under 38 years of age at the time of election and shall be current members in good standing of a member organization as defined in the Bylaws.
b) No person shall hold more than one officer position in the NYSYR at any one time.
c) All officers' term of office shall be two years with elections held in odd numbered years.
d) All officers' terms shall run concurrently with that of the Chair.
e) All officers of the NYSYR shall have been an officer of a member organization for a minimum of (1) year before running for office.
a) The officers shall perform the duties prescribed by the Constitution and Bylaws and by the parliamentary authority adopted by the NYSYR.
b) The corporate directors of the NYSYR shall be the Vice-Chair, Recording Secretary, Corresponding Secretary, Treasurer and the two National Committee Members.
Article V - Regional Vice Chairs
SECTION 1: The Regional Vice-Chairs shall be non-elected officers of the NYSYR.
SECTION 2: The Regional Vice-Chairs shall be appointed by the Chair and serve at his or her will. However, a two-third affirmative vote at the first membership meeting following the appointment may veto the choice of the Chair.
SECTION 3: The state shall be divided into regional districts by county with each region being afforded one Regional Vice-Chair.
Article VI - Election
SECTION 1: All elected officers shall be elected at a Biennial Convention of the NYSYR.
a) The Executive Committee by majority vote shall determine the time, date and location of the State Convention for purpose of election and shall notify each accredited NYSYR member and the Chair of the New York State Republican State Committee no less than seventy-five (75) days prior to the date of the election.
b) The notification provided shall contain the information necessary for nominations and candidacy.
c) A person may only declare for one office.
SECTION 2: All officer nominations for election to the NYSYR Government must be received in writing to the General Counsel Corresponding Secretary or Recording Secretary no less than sixty (60) days before the date of the proposed election. Such written officer nominations may be sent by email, facsimile, or mail. The written notification must contain:
a) A statement of eligibility for the office being sought.
b) A declaration of candidacy including a platform for the particular office sought.
c) Two seconding nominations from persons enrolled in two different member clubs, listed on the respective rosters of those clubs filed with the Credentials Committee during the election year.
SECTION 3: The General Counsel, Corresponding Secretary and the Recording Secretary shall report to the Governing Board all received written officer nominations within twenty-four (24) hours of receipt of such nomination by any one of them. The General Counsel, Corresponding Secretary and the Recording Secretary shall each forward their reports to the entire Credentials Committee within fifty-five (55) days of the proposed election.
SECTION 4: The Credentials Committee shall review the eligibility of all nominees for office and report its findings and rulings to the NYSYR and the candidates within fifty (50) days of the proposed election. All challenges to verification must be appealed to the Rules Committee at least ten (10) days before the proposed election. The Rules Committee must meet before the election to rule on any appeals and report its decisions to the Credentials Committee ad the Executive Committee at least seven (7) days prior to the election. The Executive Committee will then meet to accept or reject the decision of the Rules Committee, and shall report such decision to the Chair of the Credentials Committee at least six (6) days prior to the election. The Chair of the Credentials Committee shall inform all candidates and the Executive Committee of their rulings within five (5) days thereafter.
SECTION 5: The election of the Officers shall be held at the Biennial Convention. The
Parliamentarian shall preside over the Convention for purposes of election of Officers.
SECTION 6: Upon the tallying and recording of votes, the Parliamentarian shall report the winners and submit a written report of the Convention results to the New York Republican State Committee.
SECTION 7: If the Parliamentarian is a candidate for elected office, the other officers shall by majority vote appoint a non-candidate Executive Committee member to oversee the Parliamentarian's role in accordance with these By-laws for election purposes only.
Article VII - Officer's Duties
SECTION 1 - THE CHAIR
a) The Chair shall be the Chair and the Chief Executive Officer of the NYSYR. The Chair shall be vested with the power of chairing all meetings and presiding over the Executive Committee. The Chair shall be elected pursuant to Article VI. No person shall hold the office of Chair unless he or she has been an NYSYR member for two or more years and the former President or Chair of a member organization.
b) The Chair, by and with the majority consent of the officers, shall have the power to appoint all cabinet positions prescribed herein to the Executive Committee; and, with the majority consent of the membership, create all Ad Hoc Special Committees and appoint all delegates to political or educational conventions.
c) The Chair shall also have the power to determine the date for a special election should a vacancy arise as to any office but his own or the First Vice-Chair and notify the membership of the special election at least forty-five (45) days beforehand. However, if less than six months remain in the term of office, then the chair may appoint someone to fill the vacancy with the consent of a majority of the Committee. In a special election the general counsel will receive notification in writing no less than fifteen (15) days before the date of the proposed election. The written notification must conform with Article VI §2. The Credentials Committee Chair and the General Counsel will then prepare a ballot listing any and all qualified candidates to be voted on at the special election. Any appeal of the ruling of the General Counsel and Credentials Chair shall be made to the Executive Committee before the election.
d) The Chair shall also have the power to introduce a matter for consideration by the NYSYR.
e) The Chair shall annually present a state of the NYSYR report to the NYSYR and shall provide a written copy of such report to the Chair of the New York Republican State Committee and the elected leaders of the Republican party.
f) The Chair shall perform any and all other duties incident and necessary to his office and is granted any powers incidental to the accomplishment of his duties.
SECTION 2 - THE VICE-CHAIR
a) The Vice-Chair shall be the Vice-Chair of the Executive Committee and the Deputy Executive Officer of the NYSYR. The Vice-Chair shall be elected with the Chair, and shall serve during the same term. The Vice-Chair shall monitor, supervise and report on the various parts of this organization as follows:
1. The Vice-Chair shall coordinate the activities of and facilitate the communication between the Regional Vice-Chairs.
2. The Vice-Chair shall coordinate the activities of and facilitate the communication among all standing committees of the NYSYR and shall be an ex-officio member of all standing committees, except the Executive Committee.
b) The Vice Chair shall coordinate the activities of and facilitate the communication among all ad hoc special Committees of the NYSYR and shall be an ex-officio member of all ad hoc special committees. The Vice Chair shall also be a member of the following standing committees: Campaign and Finance.
c) In the absence or disability of the Chair, the Vice-Chair shall perform the duties of the Chair.
d) In the event of a death or other event causing a permanent vacancy in the Office of the Chair, the Executive Committee by majority vote of 50.1% shall elect the Chair and serve the remainder of the Chair's term of office. The candidates for the office shall be any of the current members of the executive committee. If no candidate receives a majority on the first ballot the candidate receiving the fewest votes will not be eligible to run on the second ballot.
SECTION 3 - REGIONAL VICE-CHAIRS
a) Regional Vice-Chairs shall direct, manage, and be responsible for the affairs of the NYSYR within their respective regions. They shall report to the Vice-Chair in charge of coordinating regional activity. They shall be primarily responsible for the perpetuation and creation of Young Republican organizations. All Regional Vice-Chairs shall serve as members of the following committees: Membership, Campaign and Finance.
SECTION 4 - CORRESPONDING SECRETARY
a) The Corresponding Secretary shall be responsible for all written communications; issuance of meeting notices and performance of such other duties as shall be required. The Corresponding Secretary shall be a member of the Communications Committee.
SECTION 5 - RECORDING SECRETARY
a) The Recording Secretary shall keep records of all proceedings of the NYSYR and of such other matters as shall be deemed advisable by the Chair. The Recording Secretary shall be a member of the Credentials Committee.
SECTION 6 - TREASURER
a) The Treasurer shall be kept aware of any and all financial outlays paid by the NYSYR and shall be a signatory on the checking account of the NYSYR, along with the Chair and the Executive Director. Only one signature will be required to sign a check. The Treasure shall make disbursements as provided in Article X, Section 1 of this Constitution. The Treasurer shall be a member of the Finance Committee.
b) The Treasurer shall submit a proposed budget to the Finance Committee for the upcoming year by August of the preceding year.
c) The Treasurer shall make a quarterly report to the Chair concerning the financial status of the NYSYR. Copies of all bank statements shall be presented to the Finance Committee whenever the Chair of the Finance Committee requests. The Treasurer shall make a final report at the Biennial Convention of the NYSYR listing all disbursements and deposits for the period of his/her term.
SECTION 7 - NATIONAL COMMITTEE MEMBERS
a) A National Committeeman and Committeewoman shall represent the NYSYR on the National Committee of the Young Republican National Federation.
Article VIII- Removal
SECTION 1: Any officer or delegate found to be incompetent or failing to perform his or her duties may be censured or impeached.
SECTION 2: Any member of the Executive Committee who will miss a NYSYR meeting shall provide a written explanation to the Chair, by any means, at least 72 hours before the meeting. Failure to do so on two occasions shall be considered a failure of duty and will negate the need for am the impeachment committee finding. In the event of non-attendance at a third meeting the member will be deemed resigned.
SECTION 3: If the YRNF National Committeeman and Committeewoman miss two consecutive or non-consecutive meetings of the YRNF they may be removed by a two-thirds vote of the Executive Committee. Failure to give a proxy to an authorized person under the rules and regulations of the YRNF shall be considered a failure of duty and will negate the need for an impeachment committee finding.
SECTION 4: The NYSYR may, by a two-thirds vote, censure a member club or individual at any meeting.
SECTION 5: The NYSYR, at any duly convened meeting, may consider the outcome of any dispute resolved in accordance with the procedures established by Article VII of our Bylaws _ Dispute Resolution Procedure, or the failure of any party (or parties) to a dispute to participate in such proceedings or to accept the result of any final decision arising in accordance with such provisions, and as a result of any such outcome or failure may revoke the charter of, or otherwise discipline, any member or officer by a two-thirds (2/3) vote of the NYSYR Executive Board and a simple majority of the membership.
Article IX - Cabinet
Members of the Cabinet shall be appointed by the Chair and with the consent by majority vote of the officers. All cabinet members shall be voting members of the Executive Committee. All cabinet members shall be non-salaried. The following positions make up the cabinet: Chief of Staff, Executive Director; General Counsel; Parliamentarian and the Chairs of the Standing Committees. Their respective duties are as follows:
SECTION 1 - THE CHIEF OF STAFF
a) The Chief of Staff shall be the confidential advisor to the Chair and shall assist the Chair in scheduling, appointments and other duties as assigned by the Chair. The Chief of Staff shall be responsible for supervising the members of the Chair's cabinet.
b) The Chief of Staff with the approval of the Chair shall designate the financial institution where the monies of the NYSYR are to be deposited. The Chief of Staff or his or her designee shall supervise the collection of dues and any other accounts receivable to the NYSYR and make a full report to the Treasurer within ten (10) days.
c) Following each Convention, the Chief of Staff shall remain a member of the Cabinet (the "Transition Leader") until the next general meeting following any Convention unless the Chief of Staff is reappointed Chief of Staff following the Convention, and shall retain all documents from the previous administration for the purpose of providing them to any new administration. A person may serve as a Transition Leader concurrent with any other elected or appointed position.
SECTION 2 - EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
a) The Executive Director shall ensure that the day to day operations of the NYSYR is handled in a timely manner and assist the Chair, Corresponding Secretary and Chief of Staff with their duties.
SECTION 3 - THE GENERAL COUNSEL
a) The General Counsel shall be the Legal Counsel of the NYSYR and shall be responsible for all legal proceedings involving the NYSYR. The General Counsel shall be vested with the power of resolving disputes involving the NYSYR and render opinions upon request to the Executive Committee concerning the legal effects of the NYSYR's actions. These opinions shall be advisory only and the Executive Committee shall be the final judge of the propriety of its actions.
b) No person shall hold the office of General Counsel unless he or she is an attorney in good standing admitted to practice law in the State of New York and has been a member of the NYSYR or a member club for no less than two years. He or she shall hold his office for a term of two years.
c) The General Counsel shall be a member of the Rules Committee.
SECTION 4 - PARLIAMENTARIAN
a) The Parliamentarian shall rule on issues of procedure as may be referred to him by a member of the NYSYR Government. All rulings of the Parliamentarian shall be made pursuant to Robert's Rules of Order, Newly Revised.
b) The Parliamentarian shall preside over the biannual convention for purposes of election of officers in accordance with Article III.
SECTION 5 - CHAIRS OF THE STANDING COMMITTEES
a) The Chairs of the Standing Committees of the NYSYR, shall be responsible for the work of the Committees.
Article X - The Governing Board
SECTION 1: The members of the Governing Board are to be provided for in the NYSYR By-Laws.
SECTION 2: The Governing Board shall set the policy of the NYSYR and bring business before the NYSYR. All withdrawals of funds, by check or otherwise, shall require the authorization of the Chair or the Governing Board. The Governing Board must approve all financial expenditures over $100. All expenditures must be presented to the membership for ratification as part of the Treasurer's report.
Article XI - The Executive Committee
SECTION 1: The Executive Committee shall be comprised of the elected officers of the NYSYR. The Chief of Staff, General Counsel and Executive Director shall be non-voting members of the Board.
SECTION 2: The Executive Committee shall have the authority to conduct the business of the NYSYR between meetings and subject to later approval by the Executive Committee and the membership. The Executive Committee must adhere to any and all policies established by the Governing Board and the membership.
SECTION 3: The Executive Committee may meet in person, over the phone or by any means that technology allows, including the Internet. Three (3) days notice shall be required for any in-person meetings. One (1) day notice shall be required for meetings other than in person.
Article XII - Committees
SECTION 1: The NYSYR shall have the following standing committees:
a) Rules Committee
b) Credentials Committee
c) Membership Committee
d) Campaign Committee
e) Finance Committee
f) Communications Committee
g) College Chapter Liaison
h) Events Committee
SECTION 2: The Chair, with the advice and consent of the NYSYR or Governing Board shall have the power to create Ad Hoc Committees to further the goals of the NYSYR. All Ad Hoc committees shall not last beyond a term of one year, or an intervening NYSYR election without the majority vote of the Governing Board.
Article XIII – Meetings/Conventions
a) There shall be a minimum of three general meetings of the NYSYR each year.
b) There will be a Biennial Convention in addition to the regular NYSYR meetings each odd-numbered year.
c) The Chair shall set the time and place of all meetings. The date must be approved by a majority vote of the Governing Board.
d) A minimum of 21 days written notice of all general meetings shall be given to all member clubs and members of the Governing Board.
e) At all meetings the NYSYR may act on any business within its specified powers.
f) A quorum shall constitute one third of all eligible voting member clubs.
a) Special meetings of the NYSYR may be called by the Chair at any time.
b) Special meetings of the NYSYR must be called by the Chair upon written request of the majority of the Governing Board or majority of the member organizations.
c) Written notice of all special meetings, specifying the business to be transacted, shall be given to all member clubs and Governing Board members a minimum of seven (7) calendar days in advance of the meeting date.
d) The business transacted at any special meeting shall be limited to that specified in the meeting notice.
Article XIV – General Provision & Amendments
a) The Constitution may be amended by two-thirds vote at the Biennial Convention of the NYSYR provided a copy of the proposed amendments shall have been mailed to each member club and members of the Governing Board at least twenty-one (21) days in advance.
b) The Bylaws may be amended by two-thirds vote at any general meeting of the NYSYR provided a copy of the proposed amendments shall have been mailed to each member club and members of the Governing Board at least twenty-one (21) calendar days in advance.
c) The Constitution may be amended provided that the following has occurred. The proposed amendments must have been read aloud at a general meeting of the NYSYR. Those amendments must also have been submitted to each Member Club and members of the Governing Board at least twenty-one (21) calendar days in advance of the general meeting of the NYSYR where they were first read. After the first reading, alterations to the proposed amendments may be offered and would be adopted upon a simple majority vote. The proposed amendments whether they are altered or unaltered must receive the support of a simple majority to get a second reading at the next general meeting of the NYSYR. Any amendments that receive such support must be submitted to each Member Club and members of the Governing Board no more than seven (7) calendar days after that general meeting of the NYSYR. After the second reading the proposed amendments shall be proposed to the Member Clubs after a two-thirds vote. The proposed amendments shall be submitted to each Member Club and members of the Governing Board within seven (7) calendar days of that general meeting. Each member club shall have one hundred twenty (120) calendar days after receiving the proposed amendments to hold a vote on ratification and will submit the results of the vote to each Member Club and the Governing Board. A simple majority of the Member Club shall be needed to ratify. If a Member Club shall have not taken such action within the time allowed, then they shall be deemed to have ratified the proposed amendments. Once two-thirds of the Member Clubs have ratified the proposed amendments, they shall be adopted.
Robert's Rules of Order, Newly Revised, shall apply wherever not in conflict with any of the specific provisions herein stated or contained in the By-Laws of this organization.
The NYSYR will have a Constitutional Convention between the dates of August 1, 2003 and September 31, 2003. The NYSYR Constitution and Bylaws may be amended by two-thirds vote at this Constitutional Convention of the NYSYR provided that notice of the specific date, time and location have been mailed to each member club and members of the Governing Board at least twenty-one (21) days in advance by the Corresponding Secretary. The exact date, time and location of this Constitutional Convention will be determined by a two-thirds vote of the Executive Committee. There is no requirement for this Constitutional Convention that a copy of a proposed amendment shall have to be mailed to each member club and members of the Governing Board at least twenty-one (21) days in advance. Quorum determination, delegate rules and the use of proxies for this Constitutional Convention will follow the rules prevailing under the current NYSYR Constitution and By-laws as they would for a General Meeting.
All votes at political or educational conventions in which the NYSYR is a participant shall be done pursuant to "unit rule." Unit rule shall be determined by a caucus of all delegates present to any political or educational convention. At no time may a motion to bind such votes be entertained and it shall be deemed contrary to this Constitution for such a motion to be entertained and/or passed.
Upon the presentation of evidence of non-compliance with the rules governing the conduct of member clubs of the NYSYR, the President, to whom such evidence must first be directed, shall refer the matter to the credentials committee, herein described. The credentials committee shall then conduct a review of the evidence of wrongdoing. At the next state-wide meeting of the NYSYR, that is at least thirty days from the date of the presentation of evidence of non-compliance to the President, the credentials committee shall present its report and recommendation concerning the alleged improprieties will be presented to the NYSYR as assembled. At that time, the allegedly non-complaint member club shall have the opportunity to present evidence in its favor to the NYSYR as assembled. At the conclusion of the presentation of evidence, the NYSYR as assembled shall vote on the revocation.
The laws of the State of New York shall be deemed incorporated into this document and all others passed by the NYSYR and nothing contained herein shall be construed in conflict of any applicable New York State Law.
Article XV – Effective Date
This Constitution and Bylaws will be in effect immediately upon passage.