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.