As Young Republicans, our mission brings young people into the Republican Party, encourages political expression, and provides young people the ability to contribute to the Republican Party, and to the community.
In Putnam County, we are fortunate to have a Republican majority in most forms of local and county government. With six towns and three villages each town supervisor, excluding only two, is a Republican. In Putnam County Government our Putnam County Executive, MaryEllen Odell, is a Republican; our District Attorney, Adam Levy, is a Republican; our Putnam County Sheriff, Donald B. Smith, is a Republican; our Putnam County Clerk, Dennis Sant, is a Republican; and we maintain an 8:1 majority in the Putnam County Legislature with Chairman Carl Albano, a Republican. On the state level, we have two additional Republicans, Senator Greg Ball and Assemblyman Steve Katz.
In 2011, our team was credited for renovating a dilapidated building in Cold Spring, NY (the largest Democratic stronghold in Putnam County). The building was then utilized as the first YR Headquarters in New York State history.
In 2013 our club was recognized nationally by the Young Republican National Federation (YRNF) with the Outstanding Small Club Award. This was in addition to receiving the Outstanding Charitable Event Award with both Dutchess and Orange County YR Clubs for participating in a Tri-County YR Mixer that raised funds for the Hudson Valley Honor Flight- a nonprofit organization that honors American veterans by transporting them to Washington, D.C. to visit their memorials free of charge.
Assisting Republican candidates for office is only one way we support the GOP. Community oriented projects, like the fundraiser for the Hudson Valley Honor Flight and the project in Cold Spring, demonstrates our hearts are in the right place, and helps explain what we feel it means to be a Republican.
The registration gap in NY puts New York State Republicans at a constant disadvantage. With ambitious outreach, education, and training, we hope to turn the tide- starting in Putnam County.