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 the community.
In Putnam County we are fortunate to have a Republican majority in most forms of 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, Bob Tendy, is a Republican; our Putnam County Sheriff, Donald B. Smith, is a Republican; our Putnam County Clerk, Michael Bartolotti, is a Republican and fellow YR; and we maintain an 9-0 super majority in the Putnam County Legislature with Chairwoman Ginny Nacerino, a Republican. On the state level, we have three additional Republicans, Senator Terrence Murphy, Senator Sue Serino, and Assemblyman Kevin Byrne.
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.
~The Putnam County Young Republicans