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NYS Young Democrats VP Named Rising Star in Politics

ALBANY, NY In this month’s edition of The Capitol Newspaper, NYS Young Democrats Vice President and Albany County Young Democrats (ACYD) President, Matthew Peter was selected to the Top 40 Under 40 list. Peter is one of the youngest politicos selected to this list at just twenty-four years old. Matthew is a Fiscal Budget Analyst, specializing in education and tax for the Senate Majority’s Finance Committee.

Under Matthew’s leadership, the Albany County Young Democrats were instrumental in several Senate races in 2008, conducting phone banks into several critical swing districts that led to a Democratic Majority. In 2009, ACYD expanded its involvement to the municipal level to help turn former Republican strongholds into areas with Democratic Town Supervisors and Town Boards.

Matthew’s inclusion in this list continues the upward trend of young adults seeing early success in government and politics. Usually, there’s a quick surge and then we fizzle out. We need to become a sustainable and lasting part of the process. We can’t just be viewed as people who get excited about a particular candidate. Our involvement needs to be issue-centered, and we need to be in it for the long haul, said Mr. Peter.

NYS Young Democrats President Kevin Lawrie stated that, “Matt has been an asset to the New York State Young Dems as the President of Albany County’s Chapter and will provide even greater contributions as our Vice President. Matt’s experience and relationships with our elected officials in the Capitol and in the surrounding areas are going to be a key part of the organization moving forward. It is a pleasure to congratulate Matt on his selection to this list and I am sure it is not the last time he will be on it.”

Vice President Peter was included in a list with several members of the Senate and Assembly, lobbyists, reporters and other policy analysts much like himself. To read the full article about Matthew and his fellow rising stars, go to Capitol Newspaper’s Website at or pick up a copy already in print.