2007-04-20 / Community

Rockaway Republicans Host First 2007 Meeting

New Leadership And Improvements Discussed

The Rockaway Republicans held their first 2007 meeting at The Belle Harbor Yacht Club on Wednesday evening, April 11.

Before introducing the club's guest speaker, President Tom Lynch reported on the rejuvenation of Republican principles on the peninsula.

"Number one, Rock Republicans need to boost our voice in the County Republican party," said Lynch. "Presently, less than half our county committee members are Rockaway residents. This is deplorable…all 90 county members repping our district should be- must be- local residents." Lynch further explained that past Republican apathy is long gone, and that the club has no more important short-term goal than repositioning themselves this year. "All our ED members should be Rockaway men and women," Lynch added.

Republican rejuvenation proceeds not only here but throughout the borough, according to Rockaway Republican members. The Club's principle guests for the evening were Vincent Tabone, Daniel Egers and Stephen Graves, representatives of newly-nominated Queens County Republican leader Philip Ragusa.

The trio highlighted Ragusa's first few months as county leader, a new website ( www.qgop.com ), better and more ongoing relations with Queens media; improved countywide communications among party members; the development of a Queens County Young Republican (YR) Club; and resurgence in Republican registration drives and active candidate recruitment.

Egers noted that the inaugural event of the reconstituted Queens County YR will be a cocktail party at Bayside's Bourbon Street restaurant, 40-12 Bell Boulevard, on May 3 from 7:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. A portion of proceeds from the event are expected to benefit the City Parks Foundation.

The three guests also speculated on future political races, namely the NYC Council, NYC Mayoral, State Senate and U.S. Presidency. "Our number one priority," Graves emphasized, "is to improve New York City and New York State governance…that is, to elect Republicans. Chairman Ragusa has appointed frequent NY1 TV pundit and GOP consultant Robert Hornak to head a new committee, the Candidate Recruitment and Development Committee, to recruit, support and assist Republican candidates in the 2008 and 2009 election cycles."

The busy evening continued with the Rockaway Republicans' next guest speaker, member Eric Ulrich, who announced he will seek to serve as Republican District Leader. Ulrich promised to raise the profile of Republicanism, along with the Rockaway Republican club, as District Leader.

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