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At the turn of the 20th century, political activism in the United States reached a fever pitch.  In no other place was this more visible than the spirited policy debates between William Howard Taft and Theodore Roosevelt.  On April 27th, 1911, against this backdrop, thirty-two young men came together under the leadership of Benjamin M. Day, along with, Philip J. McCook, Lloyd Carpenter Griscom, Frederick Paul Keppel, Henry W. Goddard, Edward R. Finch, Alfred Conkling Coxe Jr., Lindon Bates Jr., Thomas D. Thacher, and Albert S. Bard to organize young Republicans in New York City.  They sought a forum where they could work within and for the Republican Party, yet be free to champion local candidates and criticize party policies when warranted.  To this end, these young men formed the New York Young Republican Club, as an offshoot of the earlier New York Young Men’s Republican Club, founded in 1879, which itself was a descendant of the even earlier New York Young Men’s Republican Union founded in 1856.

The Club grew quickly and on December 20th, 1911 held its first gala.  Senator William Edgar Borah was the keynote speaker at the gala for Guest of Honor, President of the United States William Howard Taft.  On February 19, 1912, the Club formally incorporated as the New York Young Republican Club Inc. with the express purpose:

“To promote and maintain the principles of the Republican Party; to foster within the Republican Party and make practical in service of the municipality, state and nation, the idealism characteristic of youth; to correct in our own party that tendency of all parties to make organization an end rather than a means; to develop sound principle and public spirit in party politics; to promote honest and fair electoral methods, to the end that the expression of the popular will by whatever party or body, shall be as free, untrammeled and equal as possible; to resist and expose political corruption; to advocate merit rather than partisan service as entitling to public office; to watch legislation and to encourage public attention to and efficiently criticize the conduct of government.”

Since that day, the Club has worked diligently to further the objects entrusted to us by the founding members for over a century.  As stewards of a proud tradition of advocacy, we invite you to join us as we build the Club and prepare it for the next 100 years.

Meet our Executive Committee

Our Executive Committee is composed of all elected and non-elective Club officers.

Gavin M. Wax


Gavin M. Wax serves as the 76th President of the New York Young Republican Club, the oldest and largest Young Republican club in the country. He was elected unanimously in April of 2019 and re-elected unanimously to a second term in December of 2020.

Gavin is also an Ambassador for both Turning Point USA & Live Action, a Newsmax Insider, and the Corresponding Secretary of the Association of New York State Young Republican Clubs.

In 2020, Gavin was awarded the Republican Youth of the Year Award by the Queens Village Republican Club, the oldest Republican club in the country. In 2021, Gavin was recognized as a Rising Star by the Association of New York State Young Republican Clubs.

Gavin has appeared on Bold TV, Fox News, Newsmax, One America News, Real America’s Voice News, Right Side Broadcasting Network, The First TV, Victory News, and Compound Media.

Gavin’s articles have been published in American Greatness, American Thinker, The Daily Caller, The Federalist, Foundation for Economic Education, The Hill, Human Events, Mises Institute, The National Pulse, Newsmax, Newsweek, RealClearDefense, RealClearPolicy, RealClearPolitics, Townhall, The Washington Examiner, The Washington Times, and The Western Journal.

President's Message

Nathan E. Berger

Vice President

Claire E. Walsh


Nicholas J. Tan

Recording Secretary

Ilana A. Markstein

Corresponding Secretary

Viswanag B. Burra

Executive Secretary

Dylan J. Gallagher


Meet our Board of Governors

Our Board of Governors is composed of all appointed committee chairmen and standing committee co-chairmen.

Lucian B. Wintrich IV

Activism Chairman

Michael R. Bartels

Advisory Chairman

Nicole Kiprilov

Campaigns Chairwoman

Chelsea J. Hall

Communications Chairwoman

Becky N. Oliveira

Design Chairwoman

Matthew I. Antar

Finance Chairman

John M. Kyriakides

Fundraising Chairman

Victoria S. Slater

Gala Chairwoman

Aldo J. Solares

History Chairman

Elizabeth S. Ruh

House Chairwoman

James F. West

Law Chairman

Joyce Wu

Library Chairwoman

Denice F. Almendares

Media Chairwoman

Ashley D. Ramsey

Membership Chairwoman

Anna P. Lewis

Outreach Chairwoman

Jude A. Somefun

Philanthropy Chairman

Troy M. Olson

Policy Chairman

Nicholas T. Rafael Jr.

Publications Chairman

Alexandra M. Zoarski

Recruitment Chairwoman

Alexander B. Zhik

Rules Chairman

Catherine M. Ziesmer

Socials Chairwoman

Macayle A. Carey

Speakers Chairwoman

Meet our Board of Advisors

Our Board of Advisors is composed of influential minds in the conservative movement.

  • Darren J. Beattie
  • Tyler S. Bowyer
  • Matthew M. Braynard
  • Alexander W. Bruesewitz
  • John J. Cardillo
  • William I. Chamberlain
  • Ashley N. St. Clair
  • Ronald D. Coleman
  • Steven C. Cortes
  • Austen L. Fletcher
  • Ryan A. Fournier
  • Pedro L. Gonzalez
  • Paul A. Gosar
  • Joshua B. Hammer
  • Raheem J. Kassam
  • Michelle Malkin
  • David B. Marcus
  • Chadwick A. Moore
  • Deroy Murdock
  • John M. Posobiec III
  • Scott R. Presler
  • Matthew R. Tyrmand

Members Holding Public Office

  • Federal:
    • Elise M. Stefanik, Chair of the House Republican Conference, United States House of Representatives (NY-21)
    • Claudia L. Tenney, United States House of Representatives (NY-22)
    • Marcus J. Molinaro, United States House of Representatives (NY-19)
    • George A. Santos, United States House of Representatives (NY-3)
  • State:
    • Michael R. Martucci, New York State Senate (SD-42)
    • Colin J. Schmitt, New York State Assembly (AD-99)
    • Brian M. Maher, New York State Assembly (AD-101)
    • Lester Chang, New York State Assembly (AD-49)
    • Anthony F. Sabatini, Florida House of Representatives (HD-32)
  • Local:
    • Joseph C. Borelli, Minority Leader, New York City Council (CD-51) 
    • Inna E. Vernikov, Minority Whip, New York City Council (CD-48)
    • David Michael Carr, New York City Council (CD-50) 
    • Vickie Paladino, New York City Council (CD-19)
    • James M. Nolan, Minority Whip, Westchester County Legislature (LD-15) 
    • Benjamin N. Geller, Dutchess County Legislature (LD-4)
  • International: 
    • Harald Vilimsky, European Parliament (Austria)
    • Susanna Ceccardi, European Parliament (Italy)

Members Holding Political Office

  • John Burnett, Executive Vice-Chairman, New York Republican State Committee
  • Vanessa P. Simon, Secretary, New York Republican State Committee
  • Peter R. Giunta, Chairman, Association of New York State Young Republican Clubs
  • Augustus O. LeRoux, Chairman, New York Federation of College Republicans

Club Documents







Original Certificate of Incorporation


Free Speech Policy


Sexual Harassment Policy


Code of Conduct


Clubhouse Rules

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