FORWARD NYCR 2017 TICKET
PAUL CUESTA – CANDIDATE FOR CHAIRMAN
Paul-Anthony Cuesta is the Parliamentarian of the New York State Federation of College Republicans. Cuesta is also the co-founder of the Manhattanville College Republicans Club, a member of the Black Student Union, Latin American Student Organization, Students of Caribbean’s Affiliation, and was the Student Affairs Representative in the Student Government Association. Before being appointed, and subsequently approved by the Executive Board, as Parliamentarian, he served the Federation at multiple levels. He currently studies International Relations at Manhattanville College in Purchase, New York, and works part-time as an Emergency Department Nursing Technician at White Plains Hospital (WPH).
Paul is heavily involved in his community, acting as the Deputy National Committeeman in the New York State Young Republicans, a Community Liaison for the New York Blood Center, the Director of Community Gardening of Habitat for Humanity of Westchester, a District Leader for District 10 of the Westchester County Government, and a representative on the Engagement Committee for the Young Republican National Federation (YRNF).
PAULO COELHO – CANDIDATE FOR CO-CHAIR
Paulo Martins Coelho is the current Treasurer of the New York State Federation of College Republicans, political action committee. Before his state-level engagement, Coelho served as Treasurer of the John Jay College Republican chapter. He is currently running in the special election as Vice President of his chapter. He is a member of Pi Sigma Alpha: Political Science Honor Society, a co-founder of the Annual Nicholas Pedone 5K and served as a Student Government Representative and Chief of Staff to the Budget for the Student Activities Association at John Jay College in New York City. He’s an RA at John Jay and an active volunteer for many organizations including New York Cares, Habitat for Humanity and various small/local issue advocacy campaigns.
Mr. Coelho is employed as a paralegal at a Manhattan-based firm, defending doctors in medical malpractice lawsuits. He currently studies Political Science and Economics at the City University of New York, John Jay College in New York City and is graduating in May 2017. In the Fall of 2017, Mr. Coelho will begin his legal education at St. John’s University Law School, in Queens.
Mr. Coelho will implement and oversee the committees on the forward platform, including the Board of Presidents and Board of Secretaries, both to meet via conference call once a month. Beginning day one- Mr. Coelho will provide counsel Treasurer Spoor on financial matters about the transition from our PAC to non-profit status. Finally, Mr. Coelho will launch a “#Get2KnowUS“ campaign, aiming to dispel false assumptions of conservatism and republicanism generally, by highlighting the many similar goals and initiatives College Republicans are working on across the State of New York.
BRIAN HERMAN – CANDIDATE FOR SECRETARY
Brian Herman is currently the SUNY Geneseo College Republicans Secretary. With vast experience in the political realm, the past four years of his life have only been to give back to his community, his state, and his country. At Geneseo, he is as well part of Model United Nations and a fraternity member of Sigma Alpha Mu where he is the chair of the community service. Throughout high school, Brian was a part of a Jewish youth group, BBYO, where he developed his leadership and networking skills. As the regional Treasurer/Secretary for BBYO on Long Island, he helped to raise significant funds for related charitable causes and member scholarships. As the co-founder of a young bipartisan Middle Eastern Foreign Policy lobbying group on Long Island, Brian worked alongside Congressional members in Washington D.C. regarding the Iran Nuclear Deal, the Israel-Palestine Conflict, and the Syrian refugee crisis.
Afterward, he took his first semester of college off to work at a lobbying firm to enhance his knowledge of state and local politics in which he fought for education and construction safety reform. Finally, Brian has experience working in the campaign arena, where he coordinated a successful grassroots effort in support of candidates and issues as the Volunteer Coordinator for a local upstate campaign.
REMINGTON “RJ” SPOOR – CANDIDATE FOR TREASURER
Remington Spoor is currently a student at SUNY Geneseo, studying political science. RJ is a proud and active member of College Republicans. During his time at Geneseo, he has served as Webmaster for the esteemed SUNY Geneseo College Republican’s chapter, and regarding the federation, he has worked in the liaison team as Deputy Liaison for state federations. As Webmaster, Rj was tasked with managing all social media accounts for the chapter and thus ran a large part of their digital public relations campaign. This task became particularly prominent when a painting on the campus Greek Tree (a proud campus tradition where different clubs and organizations paint small pictures advertising their group) was vandalized, where it was required of Rj to manage public reaction.
In addition to being in the SUNY Geneseo College Republicans, Rj is currently active in the Model United Nations and Political Affairs Club where he engages in and learns about the art of diplomacy and current events. He would like to keep active in his school and community and be a person that emphasizes civic duty and trust. This is why, after witnessing and experiencing some of the shortcomings of our federation first hand, Rj is throwing his hat in and running for Treasurer of the New York Federation of College Republicans, on the Forward ticket. He says that it will be his honor to serve and stand by Republican and conservative millennials everywhere across the Empire State.
KATE GILL – CANDIDATE FOR WESTERN REGION CHAIRWOMAN
Kate is a sophomore at SUNY Geneseo where she is studying Accounting and has been a member of Geneseo’s College Republicans for two years now. As the Western Regional Chair for the NYFCR, Kate is committed to serving as an actual representative to each College Republican in the Western Region. As a strong example of female leadership within the GOP, alongside her Community Leadership through Alpha Sigma Tau; we as Team FORWARD have the utmost confidence in her ability to anchor home the Right Message in the West. She’s battle tested for any Storm.
JEFF MASA – CANDIDATE FOR CAPITAL REGION CHAIRMAN
Jeff Masa currently serves as President of University at Albany College Republicans. He has previously served as both Vice-President and Treasurer. As a native to the Capital Region, Jeff brings both experience and enthusiasm to the position. Having volunteered on numerous local campaigns ranging from local Town Board candidates to State Senator George Amedore, Jeff is truly dedicated to the furthering Republican values in the area. He is currently a senior studying Political Science at the University at Albany and is committed to connecting College Republicans to the State Legislature. Jeff hopes to pursue a Masters in Public Administration after graduation.
RYAN QUATTROMANI – CANDIDATE FOR NEW YORK CITY REGION CHAIRMAN
Ryan Quattromani is a Junior Mechanical Engineering Student at Manhattan College where he is an active member of Student Government and numerous clubs/organizations across campus. In his studies, Quattromani enjoys researching manufacturing technologies and methods relating to machine optimization and efficiency. Quattromani will complete his Bachelors of Science in 2018 and upon which he will enter the MBA program at Manhattan College. Quattromani’s hobbies include hiking, boating, visiting the beach, golf, and camping. Quattromani also owns Seaworthy LLC, a successful nautical-inspired lifestyle clothing company. In politics, Quattromani is the President of the Manhattan College Republican Club, Republican Representative for the Government and Politics Club, Events Director of the New York Federation of College Republicans, Chairman of Millennial PAC, and campaign staffer for over five campaigns, including Mayor Allan Fung for Rhode Island Governor. Quattromani is eager to serve the New York Federation of College Republicans as New York City Chairman next year. His experience and ideas will provide success, expediency, leadership, and prosperity to the organization.
CARNEY BURNS III – CANDIDATE FOR CENTRAL REGION CHAIRMAN
Carney Burns III is a senior at Binghamton University in upstate New York studying Urban Planning. He wishes to become a city planner and help benefit neighborhoods nationwide. He is an active member of the Binghamton College Republicans and a member of the Black Conservative Federation looking to advance conservative principles in minority areas across the country. Carney is a resident of Westchester County and co-founded the Political Science Club at SUNY Westchester Community College. Carney is expected to graduate in May of 2017.
JACOB ECKMAN – CANDIDATE FOR NORTHERN REGION CHAIRMAN
Jacob Eckman is currently a sophomore at Clarkson University, majoring in Engineering and Management with minors in Project Management and Mathematics. Eckman is the current Director of Recruiting for Clarkson University College Republicans; he is also a Clarkson University Student Association Senator. He was the past treasurer for the Iota Zeta Chapter of the Sigma Chi Fraternity and is now the current Pledge Master. He is currently a member of the team implementing an Organization Conduct Review Board, which aims to create judicial reform on Clarkson University’s Campus. His major goal as Northern Region Chair would be to grow existing chapters, establish new ones, primarily at St. Lawrence University, and to increase involvement with members of the local GOP.
FUAD FARUQUE – CANDIDATE FOR LONG ISLAND REGION CHAIRMAN
Fuad is the Vice President of the College Republicans at Stony Brook University. Growing up in Brentwood, a sanctuary city, he saw firsthand how being indifferent to politics, and how identity politics plagues the system. As a first generation American Muslim, whose parents immigrated from Bangladesh, he was expected to fit into a box politically, and vote liberally. This complete disregard for my ideals, and focus on my race or religion is what turned me away from the mainstream Democrats, and brought me to the Republican party. Fuad saw those conservative principles as the key to a strong, moral, and overall successful future, and there was an umbrella of diversity in not just in race, but political leanings too. Our party has voters that are Republican, Neoconservative, Paleoconservative, Libertarian and even Anarcho-Capitalist. The lack of conservative representation in my town pushed me to help represent these ideals through community work ultimately. Fuad has aided my community as a math tutor for elementary kids with intellectual disabilities, volunteered time at his local hospital, and got involved in student government. He has carried this drive for involvement throughout his entire experience as a College Student. At Stony Brook University, He has been a leader on campus as a Resident Assistant, and aide in a non-profit organization named Distressed Children & Infants International, which is dedicated to providing school supplies and medical aid to those in third world countries like Bangladesh and India. Off-campus he was a legislative intern for Suffolk County Legislator Leslie Kennedy, and volunteer at the Stony Brook Hospital. He is a junior at Stony Brook University, and a proud Conservative doing the best he can to bring a voice of reason, and unity our community.