Chapter Presidents

Matthew Barron

Matthew Barron

Albany County Young Democrats President

Matthew Barron has been a resident of Albany County since 1998. He has worked on multiple levels of politics in New York and New Jersey. His first experience in the world of politics was an internship with US Senator Charles E. Schumer’s office in Albany during college. Graduating from Rider University in 2012 with a Double Major in History and Political Science, he immediately started working for the New Jersey Democratic Committee. In the fall of 2013, he decided to move home to Albany County, and began to work for the New York State Assembly in the spring of 2014. Matt is an adamant Ultimate Frisbee Player, and occasional trivia champ.

Daniel Johnson

Daniel Johnson

Bronx Young Democrats President

Daniel was recently President of the Bronx Young Democrats and previously served on the Executive Board as Secretary.

He is a lifelong New Yorker who has lived in the Bronx for over 10 years. Daniel attended Manhattan College where he majored in Government. He currently serves as Chief of Staff for Council Member Andrew Cohen and he previously worked for Assemblyman Jeffrey Dinowitz.

In addition to serving on the Bronx Young Democrats Executive Board, Daniel is also President of the Benjamin Franklin Reform Democratic Club in Riverdale. He resides in Kingsbridge with his fiancé Kimberly and their dog Jasper.

Daniel Livingston

Daniel Livingston

Broome County Young Democrats President

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Cameron Walborn

Cameron Walborn

Chemung County Young Democrats President

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Charlie Ferrusi

Charlie Ferrusi

Columbia County Young Democrats President

Charlie Ferrusi received his BS in Health Education from SUNY Brockport and his MPH in Community Health from New York University. Charlie is currently a Contract Manager at the NYS Department of Health AIDS Institute, in the LGBT Health Services Unit. Charlie is politically and socially involved in the Hudson Valley area. He serves as the President of the Columbia County Young Democrats and on the Board of Directors of the Hudson Pride Foundation. Additionally, Charlie coordinates the summer and fall CSA at the Fulton Stall Market in NYC. Recently, he was accepted into the 2017 cohort of the Human Rights Campaign Foundation’s HIV 360° Fellowship Program.

John Midwood

John Midwood

Council of Presidents Chair

Dutchess County Young Democrats President

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John Wasserman

John Wasserman

Brooklyn Young Democrats President

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Heather Neu

Heather Neu

Western Vice President

Monroe County Young Democrats President

A Staff Attorney for the Family Law Unit of The Legal Aid Society of Rochester, New York, Heather works primarily with domestic violence victims and low income individuals on various family law matters. She serves am the President of the Monroe County Young Democrats, the largest NYSYD chapter in Western New York, and is a member of the Brighton Democratic Committee. Heather currently serve as co-chair of the Women’s Bar Association for the State of New York’s (WBASNY) PR Committee and is the immediate past co-chair of the Membership Committee, where they have achieved the milestone of being the second largest bar association in New York. She is also an active member of the Greater Rochester Association for Women Attorneys (GRAWA) and the Monroe County Bar Association.

Lauren Summa

Lauren Summa

Nassau County Young Democrats President

Rebekah Grohl

Rebekah Grohl

Orange County Young Democrats President

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Mohammed Alam

Mohammed Alam

National Committeeman

Manhattan Young Democrats President

Mohammed is a graduate from The City College of New York, with a B.A. in Political Science. He helped establish and was President of the Roosevelt Institute Chapter, and was elected Executive Vice President of the student body. Mohammed has previously worked for U.S. Senator Gillibrand, U.S. Congressman Rangel, and NYC Speaker Quinn. Mohammed has also worked in The White House, the New York Attorney General’s Office, and the Center for American Progress. He is currently the External Affairs Manager at the Center for Court Innovation, which promotes new thinking about criminal justice reform. On a voluntary basis Mohammed served as a Finance Council Member with Hillary for America, is a New Leaders Fellow at the Carnegie Council, and was recently named President of the Manhattan Young Democrats.

Stacey Eliuk

Stacey Eliuk

National Committeewoman

Queens County Young Democrats President

Stacey A. Eliuk is proud to serve as NYSYD‘s National Committeewoman, as well as lead the Queens Young Democrats’ dynamic Executive Board as the organization’s (first female) President. A steadfast #QueensKid and native New Yorker, Eliuk is a leader who has built upon the many accomplishments of boards past to further grow and unify NYSYD‘s membership and build its capacity, reputation and influence within the larger political network of YDA.

In the past, Eliuk has worked for State Senators and Council Members; fundraised for candidates and causes; knocked on doors and got out the vote for ideals that mattered. A graduate of Queens College and Columbia University, Eliuk currently serves as Queens Outreach Coordinator for the Office of NYC Public Advocate Letitia James.

TJ Kennedy

TJ Kennedy

Rensselaer County Young Democrats President

Tim Kennedy’s background stems from his involvement in local civic affairs, combined with relentless optimism, good will and charming smile. He has been involved with college democrats in the past, and has served as Rensselaer County Young Democrats president for four years.

While studying Political Science and Urban Planning at the University at Albany, he naturally became passionate about the policy-making process. In pursuing this passion, hes spent time working within several non-profit organizations, government offices, consumer advocacy campaigns, political campaigns and different communications firms. That experience is what he intends to give to the Young Democrats of New York State. That’s where his vision of a new atonement for volunteerism and civic participation will help build a strong and resilient Young Democrats organization.

As a political scientist and community activist, he understands which strategies work and the importance of building a support system around local initiatives and local candidates. Kennedy looks forward to building a better future for the Young Democrats, while serving as Vice President of the Capital Region on the NYSYD Executive Board.

Dominick DeRubbio

Dominick DeRubbio

Young Democrats of Richmond County President

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Adal Regis

Adal Regis

Rockland County Young Democrats President

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Dan Barusch

Dan Barusch

Saratoga County Young Democrats President

Dan is the founder and President of Saratoga County Young Democrats, and has been the Director of Planning and Zoning for the Town of Lake George since August 2015 when he was hired at age 25, notably the youngest individual to ever serve in that municipal position in the State’s history. Dan’s experience as an Urban Planner has helped him to understand the urban/suburban landscape, the political climate, as well as the genuine desires of the local constituency. Dan also currently chairs the Lake George Go Green Committee and sits on the Climate Smart Task Force for the City of Saratoga Springs, allowing for his involvement and experienced oversight of responsible sustainable development in some of the most popular destinations in the State and in the northeast. He has been awarded numerous accolades in his career, and has three college degrees, the highest of which is a Masters in Urban and Environmental Planning from Arizona State University.

Dan has been a lifelong Democrat, concentrated on many issues that are important to not only Democrats, but Independents, Liberals, and Green Party members as well. His main goal in life to help people succeed and to help represent their beliefs and values. Some of the main reasons Dan entered politics are his passion to serve the public, his understanding of government and the political landscape, and the revolution started by Senator Bernie Sanders and political youth across the country in the 2016 election. Dan hopes to one day run for office to initiate better political coordination in New York State and with all constituents, to help educate people more on the governmental process and to be a part of passing effective, progressive policy that positively affects all involved.

Ashley Dittus

Ashley Dittus

Ulster County Young Democrats President

Chapter Development Director

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Brendan Monahan

Brendan Monahan

Westchester Young Democrats President

Brendan has lived in Westchester County most of his life. He is currently a resident of the Town of Cortlandt where he serves as a District Leader. Brendan graduated Binghamton University with a degree in Political Science. Brendan has worked in both politics and higher education and currently works in solar energy.

Mildred Phillips-Espana

Mildred Phillips-Espana

Yates County Young Democrats President

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