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.