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Chapter Presidents

Cassie Orlan

Cassie Orlan

Albany County Young Democrats President

Cassie is originally from Sullivan County, New York and came to Albany in 2011 when she started her undergraduate degree at UAlbany. She majored in history and business and got involved in politics when she joined the UAlbany College Democrats in 2013. In 2018, she received her Masters in Public Administration from Marist College and graduated with honors. She is now the Executive Assistant at a government relations firm in Albany. Cassie previously worked for the Assembly Majority as a researcher in the Communication and Information Services department. She has volunteered and been involved in many local campaigns and also worked as a field coordinator for the Democratic Assembly Campaign Committee in 2016. She currently resides in the city of Albany and is an active member of the Albany County Democratic Committee. Outside of campaigning and politics, Cassie enjoys spending quality time with her two corgis, Cora and Simon, traveling, and Crossfitting.

Ashley Meza

Ashley Meza

Bronx Young Democrats President

Campaigns Committee Chair

Coming soon

Christina Cramer

Christina Cramer

Treasurer

Broome County Young Democrats President

Christina first jumped into local politics as Deputy of Operations with Tarik Abdelazim for City of Binghamton Mayor. She has since become an active committee member on the Broome County Democratic Committee. She has managed, advised, and volunteered on multiple campaigns per election cycle – from legislative and village races to Anthony Brindisi for Congress. She currently serves as President of Broome County Young Democrats, Central Region Vice President for NYSYD, and Northeast Region Director with the Young Democrats of America Rural Caucus.

Professionally, Christina is the Program Coordinator at the Broome County Department of Planning. In this role, she focuses on housing and community services, specifically advocating for racial and economic equity. This work ranges from direct casework with local service providers to grant writing to coordinating across municipalities on specific projects. Christina also serves as a representative and primary liaison to a number of local boards and strategic initiatives, such as the Broome County Safe Housing Task Force, the Broome County Land Bank, and the Ross Park Zoo Board of Directors.

Christina holds a Master of Public Administration from Binghamton University. She enjoys traveling, Harry Potter, and Korean pop music.

James Cuddy

James Cuddy

Cayuga County Young Democrats

Coming Soon

Eddie Sundquist

Eddie Sundquist

Chautauqua County Young Democrats President

Coming soon.

Eric Ball

Eric Ball

Chautauqua County Young Democrats President

Coming Soon

Ethan Pine

Ethan Pine

Dutchess County Young Democrats President

Coming Soon

Brenna Rustick

Brenna Rustick

Greene County Young Democrats President

Coming soon.

Robert Drumm

Robert Drumm

Northern Region Vice President

Herkimer County Young Democrats President

Coming soon

Anthony Velasquez

Anthony Velasquez

Jefferson County Young Democrats President

Coming soon.

Christina Das

Christina Das

Brooklyn Young Democrats President

Christina Das is a proud first-generation Indian American and Brooklynite. She brings to BYD a passion for the local politics with a focus on social justice issues and years of advocating for minority groups. She discovered that grassroots organizing was the best vehicle to cause change while door-knocking throughout Western Pennsylvania as an Organizing Fellow for President Obama’s 2012 race. A 2014 graduate of the University of Pittsburgh, Christina made sure her voice was heard not only in the classroom but also throughout campus as Political Action Director of the Pennsylvania College Democrats and nationally through Women for Women. Along with her repertoire of leading young democrats, Christina has a breadth of experience in campaign finance during her tenure as Deputy Finance Director of the Senate Democratic Campaign Committee in Pennsylvania. Presently, Christina is a law student at the CUNY School of Law where she is training to be a legal advocate on behalf of marginalized communities. She also serves on the Kings County Democratic Committee as a committee member and Judicial Alternate for the 42nd Assembly District. In her free time, Christina loves to cook and enjoys hosting potlucks for friends and family.

Nate Salzman

Nate Salzman

Monroe County Young Democrats

Coming soon.

John Byrnes

John Byrnes

Nassau County Young Democrats President

Coming soon.

Anju Suresh

Anju Suresh

Manhattan Young Democrats President

Coming soon

Erik Herbert

Erik Herbert

Niagara County Young Democrats President

Coming soon.

Zak Constantine

Zak Constantine

Council of Presidents Chair

Orange County Young Democrats President

Zak Constantine was raised in Orange County and is a proud graduate of Goshen Central High School, where he was the President of the State Championship winning Mock Trial Team, a member of the Varsity Cross Country Team, and the Student Representative to the Board of Education. Currently, he is finishing his studies in Public Policy and Management at SUNY Albany’s Rockefeller College of Public Affairs. Throughout his schooling, Zak has lived and worked full time in Orange County–focusing on community development and activism.

Zak is the President of the Young Democrats of Orange County and a Vice-Chair of the Orange County Democratic Committee. Previously Zak served as Community Outreach Coordinator to NYS Senator Jen Metzger, where he oversaw her office’s robust events and awards programs while specializing in connecting constituents, organizations, and community leaders with their representative in Albany. He served as her Deputy Campaign Manager for her 2020 re-election campaign, and he has also managed several county-wide and local campaigns throughout the Hudson Valley. Currently, Zak serves as a strategic advisor to candidates and organizations that seek to uplift and empower the working families of New York State. His true passion is helping his fellow young leaders find a passion for public service. Keeping with his commitment to our next generation of leaders, Zak served as a Project Manager for the Leadership Orange Class of 2021’s class project, where they developed the Larkin Family Young Professionals Program. He currently serves on their advisory committee.

In his free time, Zak is an avid hiker, runner, cyclist, and coffee enthusiast who frequently enjoys exploring new corners of the Hudson Valley and Catskill regions. You can follow his travels on Instagram @zakconstantine; or reach him by email at zmconstantine@gmail.com.

Michael Joseph Schmitz

Michael Joseph Schmitz

Putnam County Young Democrats President

Michael is a web developer and lives in Mahopac, New York, with his family.

Michael Carlier

Michael Carlier

Queens County Young Democrats President

Michael is a first-generation American and Queens native residing in Rego Park. Born to an immigration attorney from Ecuador and CUNY Administrator from El Salvador, Michael has grown up experiencing the value of diversity in public service. As the humble son of immigrants with a passion for local issues, Michael believes that involving and empowering youth will go a long way in transforming government institutions into entities that are more reflective of the many rather than a few.

Michael has held numerous public service positions from the Queens Board of Elections to the New York City Council with the offices of Queens Council Member Karen Koslowitz and Bronx Council Member James Vacca. He is currently serving as the Director of Constituent Services in the office of Assemblyman Andrew Hevesi. Michael is also the Chair of Membership for the Queens Central Democratic Club.

Jesse Hancock

Jesse Hancock

Rensselaer County Young Democrats President

Coming soon.

Dana Koenigsberg

Dana Koenigsberg

Jewish Caucus Chair

Young Democrats of Richmond County President

Dana Koenigsberg is a life-long Staten Islander, currently serving with the Young Democrats of Richmond County. Her interests focus on humanitarianism, social/racial justice, women’s issues, education, environmental conservation, and disability rights. Growing up in a special needs household has been a significant influence on Dana’s motivation to participate in the community and help others.

Dana received her childhood education from New York City public schools. At 15 years old, she participated as a student ambassador to Japan through the People-to-People Program, originally founded by President Eisenhower. This sparked an avid interest in travel as a means to form connections between people from different places and cultures.

Dana is currently a member of the United Federation of Teachers and speech-language provider/teacher of speech for the Department of Education.

In addition to her work/politics life, Dana is an eager volunteer, avid reader, dedicated runner, and musician/art enthusiast.

Joe Coe

Joe Coe

Rockland County Young Democrats President

Coming soon.

Chrissy Demarco

Chrissy Demarco

Saratoga County Young Democrats President

Coming soon.

Ben Spear

Ben Spear

Schenectady County Young Democrats President

Coming soon.

Dayna Halprin

Dayna Halprin

Sullivan County Young Democrats President

Coming soon.

Allison Kirsch

Allison Kirsch

Wayne County Young Democrats President

Coming soon.

Alex Roithmayr

Alex Roithmayr

Westchester County Young Democrats President

Coming soon.