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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

President

Gavin Mario Wax is a New York-based conservative activist, commentator, columnist, and operative.

Gavin 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 2019 and re-elected unanimously twice in December 2020 and December 2022.

Gavin is also an Ambassador for both Turning Point USA and Live Action, a Newsmax Insider, and the National Committeeman of the Association of New York State Young Republican Clubs, having previously served as that organization’s Corresponding Secretary.

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.

In 2022, Gavin spoke at the inaugural European Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC), CPAC Hungary, in Budapest. That year, Gavin also initiated a redistricting lawsuit against the State of New York, which successfully forced the State to redraw its unconstitutional State Assembly lines.

Gavin is a frequent guest on Fox News, Fox Business, Newsmax, One America News, and Real America’s Voice News.

Gavin’s articles have been published in American Greatness, American Thinker, The Daily Caller, The Federalist, Foundation for Economic Education, The Hill, Human Events, The 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

Treasurer

Alexander Ben Shmuel Zhik

Recording Secretary

Ilana A. Markstein

Corresponding Secretary

Viswanag B. Burra

Executive Secretary

Troy M. Olson

Sergeant-at-Arms

Meet our Board of Governors

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

Michael R. Bartels

Advisory Chairman

James A. Lalino

Advisory Co-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

Brent A. Morden

Gala Chairman

Aldo J. Solares

History Chairman

Elizabeth S. Ruh

House Chairwoman

Laurent "JP" Treguier

International Chairman

Alexander B. Zhik

Law Chairman

Ian C. McMath

Media Chairman

Ashley D. Ramsey

Membership Chairwoman

Savannah A. Craven

Outreach Chairwoman

Jude A. Somefun

Philanthropy Chairman

Frank J. Filocomo

Policy Chairman

Lucian B. Wintrich IV

Press Chairman

Nicholas T. Rafael Jr.

Publications Chairman

Alexandra M. Zoarski

Recruitment Chairwoman

Philip J. Leggio

Rules Chairman

Francesca J. Massey

Socials Chairwoman

Hayley M. Prudente

Speakers Chairwoman

Macayle A. Carey

Speakers Co-Chairwoman

Thomas J. Corlett

Member-at-Large

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
  • Michael R. Caputo
  • Jeffrey B. Clark
  • Steven C. Cortes
  • Austen L. Fletcher
  • Ryan A. Fournier
  • Danielle D’Souza Gill
  • Hon. Paul A. Gosar
  • Joshua B. Hammer
  • Paul J. Ingrassia
  • Raheem J. Kassam
  • Michelle Malkin
  • Robert L. Maness
  • David B. Marcus
  • Joseph D. McBride
  • Chadwick A. Moore
  • Deroy Murdock
  • John M. Posobiec III
  • Scott R. Presler
  • Terry R. Schilling
  • Kevin W. Smith
  • William G. Spadea
  • Roger J. Stone
  • Miklós Szánthó
  • Garrett R. Ventry

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)
    • Michael Allen Collins Jr., United States House of Representatives (GA-10)
  • State:
    • Brian M. Maher, New York State Assembly (AD-101)
    • Lester Chang, New York State Assembly (AD-49)
  • 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) 
  • International: 
    • Harald Vilimsky, European Parliament (Austria)
    • Susanna Ceccardi, European Parliament (Italy)
    • Dr. Maximillian E. Krah, European Parliament (Germany)

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

Club Documents

Bylaws

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History

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Awards

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Original Certificate of Incorporation

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Free Speech Policy

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Sexual Harassment Policy

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Code of Conduct

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Clubhouse Rules

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Endorsements

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John Foster Dulles

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