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.
The Richmond County Young Republicans are proud to endorse the following candidates:
Marc Molinaro for Governor of New York;
Julie Killian for Lieutenant Governor of New York;
Jonathan Trichter for New York State Comptroller;
Keith Wofford for New York State Attorney General;
Chele Farley for U.S. Senate;
Dan Donovan for U.S. Congress;
Ron Castorina for Richmond County Surrogate Court Judge;
David Krainert for State Senator, 23rd Senate District;
Andrew Lanza for State Senator, 24th Senate District;
Michael Reilly for Assembly Member, 62nd District;
Nicole Malliotakis for Assembly Member, 64th District.
Outgoing president Nick Iacono (left) officially resigned on June 27, handing club leadership to Vice President James West (right)
STATEN ISLAND, NY – July 12, 2018 - The Richmond County Young Republicans (RCYRs) announced today that Mr. James West, Vice President of the RCYRs, has assumed the presidency of the Richmond County Young Republicans. James will replace outgoing president Nick Iacono who stepped down as club leader on June 27, 2018, due to his upcoming enrollment at Georgetown University Law Center in Washington, DC:
“I look forward to carrying the tradition of excellence set by Nick, while at the same time moving onward and upward,” said James West. We have a few tough races ahead of us, and Young Republican involvement will be a crucial component in stopping the so-called ‘Blue Wave’ and ensuring the success of the SIGOP’s campaigns. I also look forward to working even further with my friend, SIGOP Chairman Brendan Lantry, to make our goals a reality.”
James is a 26-year-old Staten Island native and a lifelong resident of Westerleigh. James has a B.A. from St. John’s University and is also a graduate of St. John’s University School of Law. James is an attorney in private practice, serving as an associate in the Real Estate & Commercial Department at the renowned firm of Scamardella Gervasi Thomson & Kasegrande, P.C.
James replaces outgoing president Nick Iacono, 28, a lifelong Staten Islander and resident of Bay Terrace. Iacono, a public relations and communications specialist, has served as RCYR president since January 2017. This fall, he will enroll as a 1L at Georgetown University Law Center in Washington, DC. Mr. West will complete the duration of Mr. Iacono’s presidential term, which will expire in January 2018.
“While I would love to complete my second term as RCYR president and continue building on the great successes we’ve had in the last year-and-a-half, I believe the YRs deserve a president who can commit their full time and attention to the opportunities and priorities that lie ahead, like electing Assemblyman Castorina as our next Surrogate Court Judge, re-electing Congressman Donovan, Senator Lanza, and Assemblywoman Malliotakis in the fall, and supporting our party’s candidates for State Supreme Court, the State Senate, and the State Assembly,” said Nick Iacono. “While I’m excited to pursue my dream of becoming an attorney, I also look forward to continuing to support our party and our candidates, and I have supreme confidence that the club is in the best of hands with James as president.”
“I congratulate James on becoming president of the Staten Island YRs, an organization that serves as an important vehicle in growing our party,” said SIGOP Chairman Brendan Lantry. “I also commend outgoing president Nick Iacono for doing an excellent job taking the Young Republicans to new heights, and for his continued service to our party and our community. We look forward to seeing the YRs step up in an even greater capacity to help our candidates in the upcoming November elections.”
Some of the RCYRs proudest achievements from the last year-and-a-half include: quadrupling membership (currently at approximately 60 active members), filing as a PAC with the Board of Elections, counting a senior staffer from almost every Republican elected officials’ office among our ranks, becoming one of the best-represented and most influential club in the New York State Young Republicans (NYSYRs) association, winning the 2018 NYSYR Club of the Year Award, aiding our Republican candidates with more ambitious deployments and petition drives, and proactively attracting greater media attention to our club. More important than all this is the incredible reputation our club has forged among the influencers and observers who matter.
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"Brendan's extensive experience as an attorney and a senior staffer for several Republican elected officials on Staten Island well suits him to take the SIGOP to new heights," said Nick Iacono, president of the Richmond County Young Republicans.
Congratulations again to one of our most senior RCYRs and past RCYR president Brendan T. Lantry on your election as Chairman of the Staten Island Republican Party!
The Richmond County Young Republicans were mentioned in amNewYork article as evidence of the strength of the conservative movement among millennial voters!
On Staten Island, however, the Richmond County Young Republicans has recorded explosive growth in membership over the past year, vice president James West, 26, said.
The organization has gone from 10 to 15 members at the beginning of 2017 to about 40 to 45 active members at the start of this year. Anyone under the age of 40 can join the RCYR, West said, but the group’s membership tends to skew more toward people in their early to mid-20s, with about a handful of people in their 30s and a few teenagers in its junior program.
“I think that particularly with regard to the president, he’s an exciting figure that people are drawn to,” West said. “It’s an exciting time in politics and it’s energizing young people. And I think that’s across party lines.”
West also attributed Republican state Assemb. Nicole Malliotakis’ candidacy in the 2017 New York City mayoral election with spurring interest in politics among young conservatives in the city. Malliotakis, who was the first female Republican nominee for mayor in decades, represents parts of Staten Island and Brooklyn.