New York Republican State Committee

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New York State Republican Committee
Chairperson Edward F. Cox
Assembly leader Brian Kolb
Senate leader John J. Flanagan
Founded 1855; 167 years ago (1855)
Headquarters 315 State Street
Albany, NY 12210
Ideology Conservatism
Liberal conservatism
Fiscal conservatism
National affiliation Republican Party
Colors      Red
New York State Assembly
44 / 150
New York State Senate
32 / 63
New York City Council
3 / 51
Politics of New York
Political parties

The New York Republican State Committee established 1855, is an affiliate of the United States Republican Party (GOP). Its headquarters are in Albany, New York.[1]

The purpose of the committee is to nominate Republican candidates for election to New York state and federal political roles.[2] It also formulates Republican Party policy on New York State issues and assists its nominees in their election campaigns.


The New York Republican State Committee was established in 1855, one year after the founding of the "Republican Party" by William H. Seward and Thurlow Weed.[2] Initially, the committee met every three years to plan the Republican National Convention and it occasionally met during the election campaigning periods.

The establishment of the Republican Party in New York in the 1850s was a difficult task. At the time, the nativist American Party, (a party evolved from the Know Nothing Party) was active. However, the committee presented nominees from a party with well-recognized members, a defined set of principles, stable, powerful, well-known leaders and a well established structure. The committees nominees were first successful in 1856.[3] Around 1894, when immigration was at its peak, the New York State Constitution created a clause which caused upstate New York to have reappointed districts so that there would be more votes per district. This gave native New Yorkers more votes than immigrants. It was not until 1974 that the US Supreme Court deemed this clause unconstitutional. This created a turmoil in the politics of New York because the Republican party lost its hold on the state legislature.[2]

Until 1911, the New York Republican State Committee nominated its candidates through a primary or caucus system. This system meant the average voter had very little input as to who would be their choice for the state and federal offices. This system was taken out of practice after the passing of the Direct Primary Law in 1911, which allowed for more input from those present at the primary.[2]


Small business and agriculture

Seneca Lake Vineyards

The committee, like its national body, promotes agriculture as an industry to strengthen the state economy via its "flow on" effect. It cites the benefits to employment, small business and the food industry as well as development of arable land for marketing.[4]


Senator Andrew Lanza, the chairman of the Ethics Committee, sponsored the Public Integrity Reform Act of 2011 which was signed into law in the week of August 14, 2011. The Act focuses on financial disclosure of businesses and lobbyists and penalties for non-compliance.[5]


The committee promotes PACE financing for the purchase of clean energy infrastructure by New York citizens. Up front costs may be diffused over many years.[6]


The committee supports the construction of a smart grid in New York to provide cost and efficiency benefits in the supply of power.[6]

Marcellus shale close up image

Natural gas

The New York Republican State Committee encourages the use of marcellus shale in southern New York for extraction of natural gas. In 2008, Governor David Paterson approved the extension of the drilling area and protections for property owners[7]


The committee agreed with the passing of the bipartisan "Job Creation and Retention Package" on 19 January 2011, where concessions were given to small business employers.[8][9] The committee proposed a cap on school property tax excluding new properties.[10]

Health care

The New York Republican State Committee opposes all government-run healthcare. Instead, it supports competition between health care providers in the private sector.[11] The committee also suggests specialised medical malpractice courts or "health courts".[12]


Office Office-holder
Chairman Edward F. Cox
First Vice Chairman Vincent D. Reda
Secretary Rebecca Marino
Treasurer John Riedman
Chief of Staff Tony Casale
National Committeewoman Jennifer Saul
National Committeeman Lawrence Kadish


County committee

New York State has 62 counties. Every two years, in each county, Republicans elect a "Republican County Committee". The chair of each county committee is the face of the Republican Party in that county. New York also has 150 Assembly districts. Republicans elect one male and one female leader in each district. The district leaders form the executive committee of the respective county committee. The chair and the executive committee seek new party members; control local finances; find candidates to run for public office and choose the nominee (unless both candidates have petitioned enough signatures to trigger a primary).[2]

State committee

The New York State Republican State Committee is composed of one male and one female representative from each Assembly District. Before each statewide election, the committee organises a party convention and chooses candidates for offices of the state. 60% of the committee's vote is needed to win the party's nomination. If no candidate wins 60% of the committee's vote, the candidates with more than 25 percent of the committee's vote compete in a "primary" which is held in the month of September. A candidate with less than 25 percent of the committee's vote may compete in the "primary" if they have a petition of support of greater than 15000 voters.

The State Committee also elects one National Committeewoman and one National Committeeman to represent the state committee to the Republican National Committee in Washington, D.C. The current National Committee members are Jennifer Saul, a Republican fundraiser and former chairwoman of the New York County Republican Committee, and Lawrence Kadish, a real estate developer from downstate New York.

Current elected officials

The New York Republican Party holds a majority in the New York State Senate and 9 of the state's 27 U.S. House seats.

Members of Congress

U.S. House of Representatives

9 / 27

Statewide offices

  • None


Chair Tenure Hometown while serving
Edwin D. Morgan 1856–1858
James Kelly 1858–1860 Manhattan
Simeon Draper 1860–1862 Manhattan
Henry R. Low 1862–1863 Monticello
Charles Jones 1863–1865 Brooklyn
William R. Stewart 1865–1866 Manhattan
Hamilton Harris 1866–1870 Albany
Alonzo B. Cornell 1870–1874
John F. Smyth 1877–1878
Chester A. Arthur 1879–1881 Manhattan
B. Platt Carpenter 1881–1882 Stanford
James D. Warren 1883–1885 Buffalo
Chester S. Cole 1885–1887 Corning
Cornelius N. Bliss 1887–1889 Manhattan
John N. Knapp 1889–1891 Auburn
William H. Brookfield September 1891 – September 1894
Charles W. Hackett September 1894 – April 1898 Utica
Benjamin B. Odell Jr. May 1898 – November 1900
April 1904 – September 1906
George W. Dunn November 1900 – April 1904 Binghamton
Timothy L. Woodruff September 1906 – October 1910 Brooklyn
Ezra P. Prentice October 1910 – January 1911 Manhattan
William Barnes Jr. January 1911 – September 1914 Albany
Frederick C. Tanner October 1914 – January 1917 Manhattan
George A. Glynn January 1917 – September 1922 Watertown
George K. Morris September 1922 – August 1928 Amsterdam
H. Edmund Machold August 1928 – June 1929 Watertown
William J. Maier June 1929 – November 1930 Seneca Falls
W. Kingsland Macy December 1930 – September 1934 Islip
Melvin C. Eaton September 1934 – November 1936 Norwich
William S. Murray January 1937 – April 1940 Utica
Edwin F. Jaeckle April 1940 – November 1944 Buffalo
Glen R. Bedenkapp January 1945 – February 1949 Lewiston
William L. Pfeiffer 1949 – September 1953 Buffalo
Dean P. Taylor September 1953 – September 1954 Troy
L. Judson Morhouse September 1954 – January 1963 Ticonderoga
Fred A. Young April 1963 – January 1965 Lowville
Carl Spad February 1965 – May 1967 White Plains
Charles A. Schoeneck, Jr. May 1967 – April 1969 Syracuse
Charles T. Lanigan 1969 – November 1972 Utica
Richard M. Rosenbaum November 1972 – June 1977 Rochester
Bernard M. Kilbourn June 1977 – 1981 Utica
George L. Clark Jr. March 1981 – July 1985 Brooklyn
Anthony J. Colavita September 19, 1985 – June 22, 1989 Westchester County
J. Patrick Barrett June 22, 1989 – January 14, 1991 Syracuse
William D. Powers January 14, 1991 – March 8, 2001 Rensselaer County
Alexander F. Treadwell March 8, 2001 – November 15, 2004 Westport
Stephen J. Minarik November 15, 2004 – November 15, 2006 Webster
Joseph N. Mondello November 15, 2006 – September 29, 2009 Hempstead
Edward F. Cox September 29, 2009 – present Manhattan

See also


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  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 "New York Republican State Committee". Retrieved 2016-01-07.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  3. Silbey, Joel (1985). The Partisan Imperative New York: Oxford University Press
  4. Patty Ritchie (2011-12-02). "Sen. Ritchie Asks the Experts: How Do We Make Farming Grow? | NY State Senate". Retrieved 2016-01-07.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  5. Andrew J Lanza. "Senator Andrew Lanza, Chairman of the Senate Ethics Committee & Co-Chair of the Legislative Ethics Commission, Announces New Ethics Reform Law | NY State Senate". Retrieved 2016-01-07.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  6. 6.0 6.1 [2][dead link]
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  9. James S. Alesi. "Senator Alesi Job Creation Legislation Passes Senate WITH Bipartisan Support / the Job Creation and Retention Package Is the First Bill Passed by the Senate in 2011 | NY State Senate". Retrieved 2016-01-07.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
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