The Staten Island Young Republican Club announced today that Peter Giunta has assumed the Presidency following the resignation of President Michael Pardo. Giunta was previously Vice President of the Club.
"I want to thank President Pardo for his leadership these past eight months, the result of which led to a much needed revitalization of our organization; that said, we still have much to accomplish and I look forward to leading that effort as President of the Staten Island Young Republicans," said Peter Giunta.
He continued, "This year we are laser focused on helping our three Republican candidates for the judiciary make it past the finish line, but with the 2020 election around the corner, our aim will soon be on working with the Staten Island Republican Party to take back New York's 11th Congressional District."
"I am proud of the achievements we've had this year, which include the submission of over 1,500 signatures to support our candidates for the judiciary in their effort to get on the ballot and passing a crucial update to the by-laws of The Staten Island Young Republican Club," said Michael Pardo. "None of that would have been possible without the hard work and dedication of our members, whose participation was exemplary of what being a Young Republican is all about. I wish Peter and the Club the very best of luck going forward."
Pardo will remain an active member of the Club as Parliamentarian and continue to advocate on behalf of all Young Republicans throughout New York City as Metro Region Vice Chairman to the New York State Young Republicans.
The Staten Island Young Republicans are proud to endorse the following candidates:
Joe Borelli for Public Advocate;
Matt Blum for Civil Court;
Bob Helbock for Civil Court.
We are proud to announce the winner of our petition collection competition, Skyler DeAngelo! With a whopping 305 signatures, Skyler has been a tremendous help for the Staten Island Republican Party. His individual efforts have played a huge factor in helping to qualify our candidate for Civil Court, Matthew Blum, for the November ballot. Amazing work Skyler!
Congratulations to John Rinaudo, the runner up in our petition collection competition! John collected 95 signatures to support the growth of the Staten Island Republican Party and qualify our candidate for Civil Court, Matthew Blum, for the November ballot. Great work!
Stay tuned to learn who the winner was!
The Richmond County Young Republicans would like to congratulate Shawn Abraham on being elected Secretary.
Shawn Abraham is a native Staten Islander and resides in Manor Heights. He attended El Bethel Christian Academy, St John’s Lutheran School, and Monsignor Farrell High School.
Shawn currently attends the Macaulay Honors College at the College of Staten Island and is pursuing a degree in Information Systems.
Shawn is currently serving in his second term as a Scholars Council Representative for his class (Class of 2021). He was just elected last December to serve as V.P. of I.T. and Communications for the Council.
Shawn first became involved in local politics on Staten Island when he was first introduced to District Attorney Dan Donovan during his sophomore year of High School. He actively campaigned for him during the 2015 Special Election. Afterward, Shawn interned for Congressman Donovan for a year and was actively involved in his 2016 and 2018 campaigns.
We're incredibly proud of our Vice President Peter Giunta for being named a NYSYR Rising Star!
Congratulations to our new Extended Board!
Communications Director: Brian Keegan
Membership: Hanane Djabat
Political Activities: Sara Ballou
By-Laws: Christopher Samabataro
Events: Brendan Kain
Finance: Bobby Bozza
Congratulations to our new Executive Committee: President Michael Pardo, Vice President Peter Giunta, Treasurer Matthew Keegan, Secretary Christopher D'Anna.
Michael is a native Staten Islander and resides in Westerleigh. He attended P.S. 30, I.S. 51, and Monsignor Farrell High School. Michael graduated Cum Laude from Wagner College with a B.A. in Government and Politics, and a Minor in History. In March of 2017, Michael's paper "Politics in the Global Era" was published in the Wagner College Forum for Undergraduate Research. In April of 2018, Michael's senior thesis "The Future of Populism in the Two-Party System" was presented at the 72nd Annual Meeting of the New York State Political Science Association. Currently, he is attending St. John's University to pursue a Master's in International Relations and will graduate in the Spring of 2020.
Michael served as the Communications Chair for the Young Republicans from April of 2017 to January of 2019. He received the Richmond County Young Republican of the Year Award for 2018. Previously, Michael served as the Treasurer of the Wagner College Republicans (WCR) during the Spring of 2016, and as WCR Vice President and Communications Director from the Fall of 2016 to the Spring of 2018.
Michael interned for Rep. Donovan for over two years and was involved in Rep. Donovan's 2016 and 2018 campaigns. He currently works for Assemblyman Mike Reilly. Also, Michael is a member of The Richmond County Republican Committee.
Peter Giunta is a native Staten Islander who was raised and still resides in Great Kills. He currently serves as Chief of Staff to Assemblyman Mike Reilly. He has previously served as a Deputy Campaign Manager on the Gubernatorial campaign of Marcus Molinaro and as Deputy Chief of Staff and Budget Director to South Shore Council Member Joe Borelli.
Peter attended P.S. 32, I.S. 75, and Susan Wagner High School, where he was a graduate of the school’s Institute for Law and Politics. He is also a graduate of the State University of New York: Empire State College, with a B.S. in Public Administration.
Peter has been involved in local government since 2011, when he began as an intern for then-Council Member Vincent Ignizio. He then went on to serve as a Constituent Aide for State Senator Andrew Lanza, and eventually served in the same role for then-Assembly Member Joe Borelli, in 2013. In 2015, he was promoted to serve as the then-Assembly Member’s Deputy Chief of Staff, a role which he continued to serve in for Council Member Borelli. In 2017, he also took on budget responsibilities for the Council Member.
Peter is an active member of the Staten Island Republican Party, where he serves as a member of the Executive Committee, and also the Staten Island Young Republicans. He can be found frequently organizing and participating in neighborhood cleanups, graffiti removals, health screenings, and other community events.
Peter is motivated by the idea that government can and should work for the people. He believes that resolving even the smallest of issues can have the greatest impact, and he has proven himself to be a dedicated public servant who works tirelessly to improve his community and help the people of Staten Island in any way that he’s able.
A lifelong Staten Islander, Matthew is a Port Richmond native and graduate of P.S. 30, I.S.51, and Port Richmond High School. Choosing to stay local for his education, he attended the College of Staten Island, receiving a B.S. in economics with minors in finance, management, and history. During this time, Matthew was a member of the Verrazano Honors School and was accepted to the honor societies of Sigma Beta Delta and Omicron Delta Epsilon. While completing his undergraduate thesis, Matthew conducted extensive research on the economic history of East Asian wealth divergences. He also worked for the Office of Children and Family Services by assisting students with disabilities on campus. Currently, Matthew is pursuing his MPA at Baruch College’s Marxe School of Public and International Affairs. His focus remains on economic development and public finance. Matthew has been a member of the Staten Island Young Republicans since 2016 and is an active volunteer on many local campaigns and events for the Staten Island Republican Party.
Chris is a native Staten Islander, currently residing in Eltingville. A product of P.S. 8, I.S. 24 and Xavier High School, Chris sought higher education at Marquette University, where he graduated with a B.A. in Economics and International Affairs, with a concentration in Political-Economic Relations, in 2017.
Beginning his career in politics with the Office of State Senator Andrew J. Lanza, and later on his State Senate re-election campaign, Chris has become a veteran of the Staten Island campaign circuit. Most recently, Chris worked for the New York State GOP as the Richmond County Director of Field Operations for both the Donovan for Congress and Molinaro for Governor campaigns.
Chris is committed to advancing republican ideals and values throughout Staten Island, and New York State.
The Richmond County Young Republicans had a great time at our holiday party. Congratulations to Ed Burke for receiving the Senator John J. Marchi Award, Anthony Reinhart for receiving the Annette Batista Award, Michael Pardo for receiving the Young Republican of the Year Award, and On Your Mark for the Business Leader of the Year Award.