Rising Stars of NY Republican Party

New York State

Republican Party Rising Stars 

Karina Wigger

Karina Wigger
Orange County

Karina Wigger works in local government for the Town of Goshen as the Clerk to the Supervisor. Karina completed her first year as Chairwoman of the Orange County Young Republicans where she successfully re-invigorated the club to include over 40 new member signups and fundraised thousands of dollars.  She implemented a voter contact strategy that successfully increased voter turnout in college-aged Republicans by 11.2% and consistently provided volunteers for federal, state, and local Republican candidates.  Karina is a Republican Committeewoman, serving on her town and county executive committees.  She is very passionate about getting more young people involved in Republican politics so that future generations can return to the traditional values that made for successful families, communities, and a proud country. You will not find Karina long separate from her beloved Dalmatian, Zara, or practicing new recipes in the kitchen.  Karina is a second-generation American and a native Spanish speaker thanks to her Mexican-born mother. She was raised at West Point and comes from a proud Army family of professional marksmen. She attended the University at Buffalo, where she studied biomedical science.

Abigayle Jordan

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oswego County

A native of Pulaski NY Abigayle is currently pursing a degree in Psychology, with minors in Human Development and Spanish at SUNY Oswego. Reacting to the liberal agenda being pushed on impressionable students at school, she relaunched the SUNY Oswego College Republicans to provide her Republicans peers a forum to talk freely about their beliefs and exchange ideas. In just one semester, and with little support, she successfully recruited more than three dozen members and is working to grow the chapter further.

In addition to her duties as President of the SUNY Oswego College Republicans, Abigayle also serves as Western Region Co-Chair of the New York Federation of College Republicans.

Kate Bellman

kate bellman
Otsego County  

Kate attends SUNY Oneonta where she is pursuing a degree in Early Childhood/Childhood Education. Now in her final semester at school, she is currently student teaching in a first-grade classroom and is proud to have achieved the Dean’s or Provost’s lists in each of her semesters of study. In addition to her academic pursuit.  Kate is also a member of the Oneonta Women’s Track & Field team as a thrower competing in the shot put, discus, and javelin. She’s been inducted into the Chi Alpha Sigma National College Athlete Honor Society and has served on the SUNYAC Commissioner’s Academic Honor Roll in each athletic season.

Kate remains involved in many extracurricular pursuits, including the Association for Childhood Education and Omicron Delta Kappa National Leadership Honor Society, and also leads the SUNY Oneonta College Republicans as President.  She’s been very involved in her chapter, being recognized as an “Outstanding Member” in the chapter’s first year. She devotes much of her free time to helping Republican candidates including State Senator Peter Oberacker and Congressman Marc Molinaro among other local officials.

Outside of school, Kate is a musician who plays the saxophone, guitar, bass, ukelele, and some piano. For the past five years, she has helped organize a neighborhood food drive with her sister to benefit a local food pantry.

Holly Rae Phillips

holly Rae Phillips
Otsego County

A 2020 graduate from Pace University, Holly served as the Lubin School of Business’s Class President and Executive Parliamentarian. During her studies which focused on Business Administration, she was selected to intern for The White House under President Donald J Trump in the Office of Administration where she could often be seen behind the President during Marine One take-offs.

Holly’s professional career however began at a young age when she worked as a child actor appearing in notable works such as HBO’s Boardwalk Empire and The Sopranos.  She is also accomplished in the Information Technology sector having worked for The Madison Square Garden Company, The Manhattan District Attorney’s Office, and currently a notable national IT governmental agency.

Holly takes great pride in civil service and strongly believes in making a positive impact in her community which is best exemplified by her volunteer efforts. In the summer of 2022 alone, she volunteered her time to elect Marc Molinaro to Congress, Brian Maher to the State Assembly, Fred Akshar as Broome County Sheriff, and John Hubbard as Delaware County Judge as well as to re-elect Senator Peter Oberacker, and “America’s Assemblyman” Chris Tague.

Holly attributes her start in politics to her time at the Professional Performing Arts High School in New York City where she was heavily involved in student government and was elected Student Body President and the student representative on a board of the school’s faculty and staff.

Erin Lee Crowley

Erin Lee Crowley
Putnam County

Erin is a small business owner in Mahopac NY and was elected to the Putnam County Legislature in November 2022. She is also the founder of the Hope Chester Sisters a 501c3 nonprofit organization that provides support and advocacy for domestic violence victims. During the early days of the COVID-19 pandemic when supplies were scarce, Erin led a “Mask Makers Guild” which was responsible for distributing more than 30,000 pieces of PPE to frontline workers and was later lauded as a “Hometown Hero” for her efforts.

Erin studied Criminal Justice in college but ultimately pursued a career in New York City’s high-end beauty industry where she worked as an educator, brand ambassador, and general manager of operations among other roles, responsible for managing multi-million dollar budgets, large-scale procurement, and waste reduction. These experiences help guide her today as a member of the Putnam County Legislature and as a board member of the Putman County Business Council.

rebecca oliveira

Rebecca Olivera
Queens County

Rebeca “Becky” Olivera became involved in Republican politics at age 19 when her college classes went online during COVID lockdowns and she suddenly had time to become civically engaged in her home borough of Queens. She volunteered on a State Assembly campaign during the 2020 cycle and quickly moved up the ranks into a communications and volunteer coordination position.  During the 2021 cycle, she worked on several New York City Council campaigns in Queens and became involved with several committees within the New York Young Republican Club (NYYRC). She survived liberal hegemony at her Brooklyn Heights college and graduated Magna Cum Laude with a double major in English and Communications this past May.

During the2022 election cycle – at 21 years old – Becky became Chairwoman of the NYYRC Design Committee, Vice Chairwoman of the NYYRC Campaigns Committee and Campaign Manager fro the Stefano Forte campaign for State Senate District 11.

Becky now proudly serves as Communications Director for freshman Senator Patricia Canzoneri-FitPatrick (SD-9 Nassau). She is also Executive Director of the New York State Young Republicans and regards it as a great pleasure to work under Chairman Peter Guinta. She’ll always be proud of her grassroots background in Queens politics and knows very well that you can take the girl out of the city but you can’t always take the city out of the girl.

Konstantinos Poulidis

Konstantinos Poulidis
Queens County

Konstantinos Poulidis is a lifelong resident of Queens and graduated from CUNY Queens College with a degree in Political Science and Philosophy.  While he studied there he restarted the Queens College Republicans. He then went on to receive his law degree from Brooklyn Law School where he became President of the Federalist Society. He recently took the Bar examination and is anxiously awaiting his results.

Konstantinos began his political career as a fellow in the Republican Leadership initiative in 2016.  Since then he has not left politics and has worked on several campaigns in various roles most recently managing Stefano Forte’s State Senate campaign.

Konstantinos is the President of the Queens Young Republicans and serves as Parliamentarian of the New York State Young Republicans as well as Chair of the Bylaws and Credentials Committees. He has served as State Committeeman to the 27th Assembly district in Queens since 2019.  He has been instrumental in growing the Queens County GOP and continues to dedicate his time and energy to growing the party and earning seats back from the local level to the State level. He looks forward to working on New York City Councilwoman Vickie Paladino’s re-election campaign as well as serving as her Deputy Chief of Staff.

Morgan Halloran

Morgan Halloran
Rensselaer County

Morgan is an attorney and has spent the past decade working for the New York State Senate Republican Conference in Albany NY. After obtaining her degree in biology and business economics from Moravian College in Bethlehem PA and later graduating from Touro Law Center she began her career as a Senate fellow working for then-state senator Lee Zeldin. She then went on to serve as legislative director and counsel for former state senator Terrence Murphy and later insurance committee director and counsel for former state senator James Stewart. Morgan ultimately transitioned back to working for the State Senate republican conference as an assistant counsel specializing in health and health insurance and as an assistant floor council. She currently serves as a conferences deputy counsel conducting flora operations and still handles a health portfolio period she lives in East Greenbush NY with her husband Clinton and their son Ford.

ryan mullahy

Ryan Mullahy
Rensselaer county

Ryan Mullahy is a partner with Girvin & Ferlazzo PC. Mr. Mullahy concentrates his practice in the areas of education law, municipal law, private and public sector labor and employment law and litigation. Mr. Mullahy is experienced in multiple aspects of collective bargaining including contract interpretation, grievance processing and labor arbitration.  Mr. Mullahy is also experienced in state administrative proceeding including improper Practice proceedings before the New York State Public Employment Relations Board as well as appeals before the New York State Department of Education.

In January 2018, Mr. Mullahy was appointed to serve as the Town Attorney for the Town of Schoack in Rensselaer County New York. In this role Mr. Mullahy provided advice and counsel to Town officials, officers and department heads, drafted and reviewed laws, resolutions and policies and ensured Town compliance with all state, federal and local laws among other things.

Mr. Mullahy has served as Schodack Town Justice since January 2019. In this role, Mr. Mullahy has broad jurisdiction over both criminal and civil matters including small claims proceedings, summary proceedings, criminal arraignments, preliminary hearings in felony matters, and the adjudication of misdemeanors and violations arising under the New York State Vehicle and Traffic Law, among other things.

Hanane Dbajat

Hanane Dbajat
Richmond County

Hanane is involved with numerous republican causes including the Staten Island young republican club where she serves as president, the Women’s Republican Club a Richmond County, where she serves as vice president, and also the Richmond County republican committee where she serves as a district leader and executive board member. She is also vice president of the Staten Island Women’s Political Caucus a nonpartisan group.