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.
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.
Brian is a native of the Staten Island North Shore, born and raised in Port Richmond. He attended P.S. 30, I.S. 51, Port Richmond High School, and the College of Staten Island. He obtained his B.S. in Computer Science from the College of Staten Island in the Fall of 2018. He joined the RCYR’s in the summer of 2016 and has since volunteered for several candidates.
During Brian’s undergraduate education, he conducted various tasks as a research assistant into artificial intelligence and deep learning. His research paper “Using First-Order Stochastic Based Optimizers in Solving Regression Models” was accepted for presentation at MIT’s Undergraduate Research Technology Conference in October of 2018 and accepted for publication in the IEEE Xplore Digital Library.
Brian also has work experience at Staten Island’s very own Rustic Music Center and Rustic Music II on Richmond Rd and Forest Ave. He has worked as a trumpet tutor at Rustic since he was in high school.
Brian seeks to help improve the lives of all Staten Islanders and wants to give back to the community that granted him with such amazing possibilities. He is loyal to his hometown and dedicated to creating a better future for it.
Political Activities Chair
Sara Ballou is a lifelong Staten Islander and Republican who has held a multitude of positions serving party-endorsed candidates on campaigns and in government both here in New York City, as well as in Washington, D.C. Most recently she has filled the role of Chief of Staff to East Shore Assemblywoman Nicole Malliotakis, making Sara the only female Republican Chief of Staff in all of New York City. Since becoming active in the Young Republicans, Sara has participated in a number of deployments and volunteer events to benefit the party and its candidates across New York State. In 2018, Sara was named Membership Chair and has since been successful in achieving her goal of bringing at least one new member to each subsequent meeting/event. She hopes to bring the same drive and dedication to fulfilling the duties of Political Activities Chair that she has to all of her other endeavors.
Brendan is a native Staten Islander, who was raised in New Dorp his whole life and is the third generation of his family to live in the neighborhood. He attended Our Lady Queen of Peace and then graduated from St. Peter’s Boys High School in 2016. After graduating from St. Peter’s, he began attending St. John’s University on Staten Island pursuing a Bachelors in Government and Politics. He is to graduate in the Spring of 2020. He first became involved in local politics on Staten Island during the summer of 2018 by attending his first Young Republican meeting and then as a volunteer during the Congressional primary and general election campaign of Rep. Donovan. He currently interns for Assemblyman Mike Reilly.