"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.