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Dean Morakis - Chairman
Tom Digati - 1st Vice Chair
Duffy Macguire - 2nd Vice Chair
Leslie Madigan - Treasurer
Kristin Ochs - Secretary
Sandy Nelson - at large member
Richard Crawford - at large member
P.O. Box 104
Grand Island, New York 14072
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GOP 23rd Annual Golf Tournament - August 2021
Pictured left to right: Pete Marston, Tom Digati, John Whitney, Pattie Frentzel, Christian Bahleda, Mark Frentzel, Dick Crawford.Grand Island Republican Committee 23rd annual Golf Tournament will be held on Monday, August 23rd at River Oaks Golf Club. Scramble Format - Locker Room Service - Power Cart - Driving Rang - Buffet Lunch, Cocktail Hour & Dinner - Prizes & Awards.
If you have any questions or for additional information, please call Pattie Frentzel - 773-8788, Christian Bahleda - 998-2480, Tom Digati - 984-4521, Pete Marston - 982-5461, Mike Madigan - 812-6027, John Whitney - 425-2511 or Dick Crawford - 818-699.
Grand Island Republican Candidates - July 2021
Pictured left to right: Markj Frentzel, Christian Bahleda, Dick Crawford & Pete Marston.Mark Frentzel honorably serves as one of our Grand Island Judges and is running for re-election this year. With his 35 years of experience as a practicing attorney on Grand Island, and 16 years of judicial experience, he is highly qualified to serve our court. Judge Frentzel has the proven skill set to lead our court. By re-electing Judge Frentzel, Grand Island Town Court retains a wealth of life experiences, common sense, compassion, strength to do the right thing, and above all the ability to be fair and impartial. Judge Frentzel has never, and never will let politics into the courtroom. Your vote in November retains Judge Frentzel, a fair but firm judge.
Christian Bahleda is a lifelong Grand Island resident and is running for Town Council. He has a technology background and currently serves on the Town Technology advisory committee. He is committed to putting our community first and ensuring Grand Island remains a safe and affordable place to live. Christian and his wife Megan were both raised on Grand Island. They both loved their childhood here on Grand Island and this is the only place they could imagine living with their two dogs, Bailey & Lola.
Dick Crawford is our current Highway Superintendent and is running for re-election this year. As Highway Superintendent Dick continues to modernize the fleet of vehicles, and improve preventive maintenance operations of our roads and storm sewer system. The highway department staff prides itself in snow plowing operations by keeping our town and county roads open and safe throughout the winter season.
Pete Marston is a current Town Councilman and is running for re-election this year. As a small business owner of 20 years and a 35+ year resident of Grand Island, he is committed to fiscal responsibility and investing in the future of Grand island. Grand Island is where he chooses to live, work, and raise his son, Pete Jr. Grand Island is like no other place; it is his forever home.
Please vote for our entire team in November to continue the good government that we have been experiencing for the past 2 years.
GOP Announces Candidates - February 2021
From left: Town Justice Mark Frentzel, Town Councilman Peter Marston, Jr., Christian Bahleda (Councilman) and Highway Superintendent Richard Crawford.GOP Chairman Dean Morakis has announced the 2021 slate of GOP candidates for the November election. They are incumbents: Highway Superintendent Richard Crawford, Town Justice Mark Frentzel and Councilman Peter Marsten, Jr. Running for Town Board, Christian Bahleda.
GI Republican Committee Seeking Candidates - December 2020The Grand Island Republican Committee is actively seeking candidates interested in running for the following elected offices this year: 2 Town Council candidates, a Highway Superintendent candidate and a Town Judge candidate.
The Republican Committee assures potential candidates that they not feel discouraged or limited by incumbents who may decide to run for re-election. We want to hear from all Grand Island Citizens of passion and ability who wish to serve their community and believe in the Republican principles of low taxes and small government.
Interested candidates, including incumbents, must address a letter of intent, including a resume, to be received no later than January 15, 2021, in order to be considered. After reviewing the letters and resumes, the Grand Island Republican Committee will invite all qualified prospective candidates to be interviewed. Interviews will be conducted during the last 2 weeks of January, and the endorsement meeting will be held during the first week of February. Those who win their races in November 2021 will serve four year terms beginning January 2022.
Contact: Dean Morakis, Chairman. C/O Grand Island Republican Committee, PO Box 104, Grand Island, NY 14072 Deanmor@roadrunner.com.
Meet Your GI Republican Elected Officials - March 2020Meet your elected officials at the GI Republican St. Patrick's Day Party on Tuesday, March 17, 2020 at 773 North, 2749 Grand Island Blvd., from 6:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. Tickets are $25, if paid by March 16th. See flyer.
Grand Island Republicans Meet - January 2020
Pictured from left: newly elected Town Justice Mark Nemeth, Erie County Republican Chairman Karl Simmeth Simmeth, County Comptroller Stefan Mychajliw, Town Clerk Pattie Frentzel, Councilwoman Jennifer Baney, newly-elected Town Councilman Tom Digati and Grand Island Republican Chairman Dean Morakis.Erie County Republican Chairman Karl Simmeth and County Comptroller Stefan Mychajliw came to Grand Island on Monday, January 13th to celebrate Christmas and kick-off the New Year with the Grand Island Republican Committee. Election Inspectors, Town Committee Members and Elected Officials held their annual gathering at Say Cheese to thank everyone for a successful election season and make plans for the future.
21st Annual GOP Golf Tournament - April 2019
GI GOP Tournament Committee, from left: Mike Madigan, John Whitney, Mark Nemeth, Pattie Frentzel, Dick Crawford, Tom Digati.The Grand Island Republican Committee will host its 21st annual golf tournament on Monday, May 13th, at River Oaks Golf Course, with a shotgun start at noon. The tournament includes 18 holes of golf, cart, lunch and dinner. An awards dinner will be held after golf with a silent auction. The cost is $120 per player. Sponsorship opportunities are available. Contact Dick Crawford (818-6992), Pattie Frentzel (773-8788), Tom Digati (984-4521) or John Whitney (425-2511).
GOP St. Patrick's Day Meet & Greet - March 2019
From left: front, Mark Nemeth, candidate for GI Town Justice; GI Town Clerk Pattie Frentzel; State Supreme Court Justice Deborah Haendiges; Gerry Greenan, candidate for State Supreme Court; GI Republican Committee Chairman Dean Morakis and Jake McMahon, candidate for the Erie County Legislature, 4th District; Rear: GI Town Councilman Mike Madigan and Tom Digati, candidate for GI Town Council.
The Grand Island Republican Committee hosted a very successful St. Patrick's Day "Meet the Candidates" Party at 773 North on Tuesday. A great evening was had by all including delicious food, interesting conversations and and a chance to meet several candidates running in the 2019 elections.
The Grand Island Republican Committee St. Patrick's Day Party and Meet the Candidates Night will be held at 773 North on Tuesday, March 12, 2019
Tickets are $25 pre-paid by contacting Sandy Nelson (866-2343) or Mary Cooke (255-5838). It includes your first beverage, Irish themed food, soft drinks, desserts and coffee. Tickets are $30 at the door. See flyer
GOP St. Patrick's Day Party and Meet the Candidates Night - February 2019
GOP Announces Endorsed Candidates - February 2019
From left: Mike Madigan - Town Council, Pattie Frentzel - Town Clerk, John Whitney - Supervisor, Tom Digati - Town Council, Mark Nemeth - Judge.The Grand Island Republican Party has announced it has endorsed the following candidates to run in the November 5, 2019 general election. They are; Mike Madigan - Town Council, Pattie Frentzel - Town Clerk, John Whitney - Supervisor, Tom Digati - Town Council, Mark Nemeth - Judge.
20th Annual Grand Island GOP Golf Tournament Planned - May 2018
From left: Ryan Higgins, PGA Professional, Pattie Frentzel, Dick Crawford, Mary CookeThe Grand Island Republican Committee will host its 20th annual golf tournament on Monday, May 14, 2018 at River Oaks Golf Course, with a shot gun start at 12:30 p.m. The tournament includes 18 holes of golf, cart, lunch and dinner. An awards dinner will be held after golf with a silent auction. The cost per player is $110. Sponsorship opportunities are available. Contact: Dick Crawford at 818-6992, Pattie Frentzel at 773-8788, Mary Cooke at 255-5838, or Ray Billica 864-9055 for more information.
GOP St. Patrick's Day Party - March 2018
Pictured in front from left are Mary Cooke, Sandy Nelson, Councilwoman Jennifer Baney, Town Clerk Pattie Frentzel, Town Prosecutor Mark Nemeth and Highway Superintendent Richard Crawford. In rear, from left, Sean O'Neil from Senator Chris Jacobs' Office, Honoree Ray Billica and Town Justice Mark Frentzel.
The Grand Island Republican Committee gathered on March 13th to honor recently retired Town Councilman Ray Billica at their annual St.
Patrick's Day party. Held at the festively decorated Riverstone Grill, a large crowd enjoyed delicious St. Patrick's Day themed hors d'oeuvres and desserts, beverages, door prizes (a necklace from deSignet International and a shamrock plant) and a silent auction.
From left: door prize winners Thom Volk and Mark Nemeth.
St. Patrick's Day Event Honors Billica - March 2018The Grand Island GOP is hosting a St. Patrick's Day event honoring former Councilman Raymond Billica on Tuesday, March 13th from 6:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. at Riverstone Grill, 671 East River Road. Tickets are $25 per person and include Irish themed hours d'oeuvre's, complimentary first beverage, cash bar and silent auction. For information contact Mary Cooke 225-5838 or Dick Crawford 818-6992. Flyer.
GOP Announces Endorsed Candidates - May 2017
Pictured, from left, Dick Crawford, candidate for highway superintendent; Mark Frentzel, candidate for town justice; Jennifer Baney and Pete Marston, candidates for Town Council.The Grand Island Republican Party has announced it has endorsed the following candidates to run in the November 7, 2017 general election. They are; Dick Crawford, candidate for highway superintendent; Mark Frentzel, candidate for town justice; Jennifer Baney and Pete Marston, candidates for Town Council.
GOP Golf Tournament Winners - May 2015
Pictured from left are NYS Supreme Court Candidate Emilio Colaiacovo, Town Supervisor Mary Cooke, Ross Kaiser, Kevin Slachciak, Town Clerk Pattie Frentzel, Dave Wilkinson, Erie County Family Court Candidate Brenda Freedman, Deputy Highway Superintendent Dick Crawford and GI Republican Committee Chair Dean Morakis.The 17th annual GI GOP Golf Tournament was held on Monday, May 11th, at River Oaks. Winning both the tournament and the putting contest was the foursome from Northtown: John Dickinson, Ross Kaiser, Kevin Slachciak and Dave Wilkinson.
Republicans Endorse Candidates for November Election - April 2015
From left: Gary Roesch, Mary Cooke, Mark Nemeth, Pattie Frentzel and Mike Madigan.The Grand Island GOP has announced the endorsed candidates for local races on Grand island: Mary Cooke, Town Supervisor
Pattie Frentzel, Town Clerk
Mark Nemeth, Town Justice
Mike Madigan, Town Councilman
Gary Roesch, Town Councilman
17th Annual Grand Island GOP Golf Tournament Planned - April 2014
From left: Ryan Higgins, PGA Professional, Pattie Frentzel, Dick Crawford, Mary CookeThe Grand Island Republican Committee will host its 17th annual golf tournament on Monday, May 11, 2015 at River Oaks Golf Course, with a shot gun start at 12:30 p.m. The tournament includes 18 holes of golf, cart, lunch and dinner. An awards dinner will be held after golf with a Chinese and silent auction. The cost per player is $110. Sponsorship opportunities are available. Contact: Dick Crawford at 818-6992, Pattie Frentzel at 773-8788, Mary Cooke at 255-5838, JT Tomkins at 867-0277 or Ray Billica 864-9055 for more information.
The Grand Island Republican Committee is seeking applicants for two town councilpersons, justice, clerk and supervisor to run in the upcoming election in November. If you are interested in pursuing these offices, we are interested in interviewing and supporting you. Our goals include providing the best candidates to administer the best representation and government for our community. We must receive your application by March 20th to be considered.
Please send a letter of intent and/or a current resume to Dean Morakis c/o Grand Island GOP, PO Box 104, Grand Island, NY 14072 or firstname.lastname@example.org. If you are interested in becoming a committeeman, assistant or deputy committeeman, want to help us, or give us your input or opinions, we would also like to hear from you.
Republican Committee Seeks Town Board Applicants - February 2015
New Republican Executive Committee - October 2014
Front row: 1st Vice-Chair Mike Madigan, Chairman Dean Morakis, Sgt. at Arms Jim Maloney; back row: Secretary Liz Wilbert, Treasurer Debbie Caldwell-Billoni, 2nd Vice-Chair Dick Crawford, Executive Committee Members Donna Tomkins and Pattie Frentzel
16th annual Grand Island Republican Committee Golf Tournament - May 2014
Tournament winners from left: Kevin Kulikowski, Ross Kaiser, Dave Wilkinson and Jason Wilkinson.
The 16th annual Grand Island Republican Committee Golf Tournament was held at River Oaks on Monday, May 12th. Dinner guest speaker was Erie County Clerk Chris Jacobs. Also in attendance was US Congressional Candidate Kathy Weppner. Winners of the tournament were the Northtown Team of Kevin Kulikowski, Ross Kaiser, Dave Wilkinson and Jason Wilkinson. Winner of the Ladies' Long Drive on hole #4 was Wendy Valint, winner of Closest to the Line on the 10th hole was Randy Gurney, First Niagara Risk Management and winner of the Men's Long Drive on hole #4 was Eric Seege, also from First Niagara Risk Management. Winners of the Putting Contest were Bob Richardson, Ron Deschenes, Mike Dowd and Dave Grant.
From left: GI Supervisor Mary Cooke, Town Clerk Pattie Frentzel, Congressional Candidate Kathy Weppner and Councilman Dick Crawford.
The Grand Island GOP is sponsoring a Corned Beef Dinner and Casino Night to benefit the Neighbors Foundation on Saturday, March 9th at 6:00 p.m. at River Oaks Club House. Tickets are $40 and include dinner and $20 in "chips". Call for tickets, Event Chair John White 773-8579. See flyer.
GOP St. Paddy's Day & Fantasy Casino Night - March 2013
The Grand Island Republican Committee held it bi- annual reorganizational meeting on October 2, 2012 at the Grand Island Rod and Gun Club. The committee unanimously elected Debbie Michaux chairman, John White 1st Vice Chair, Neil Hoffman 2nd Vice chair, Dean Morakis Treasurer, and Liz Wilbert Secretary. In addition to the officers, the committee elected Shelia Ferrentino, Bill Torchia, Jen Buckley, Jodie Spero, Mary Cooke, Ray Billica, Dick Crawford, Duffy Macguire, Frank Greco, Bonnie Sciuk, Mike and Leslie Madigan, Dick Planavsky, Sara Slachiak, Jim Maloney, Brad Bowman, Maryanne Fechter, Bob Aronica, Patty Frenzel, and Debbie Billoni.
Republican Committee News - October 2012
The Erie County Republican Women's Federation held its endorsement meeting on September 27, 2012 at Bravo in Elma. Shelia Ferrentino received the Federation's unanimous endorsement as candidate for Grand Island Town Council. The Federation has many members from Grand Island as well as the rest of the county.
Beautiful Day For Golf Tournament - May 2012
The 14th annual GI Republican Golf Tournament was held on Monday, May 14 at River Oaks. The weather was beautiful, scores were close, and a great time was had by all. Winning team is pictured left to right: Charlie McDonough, Terry McDonnell, Duffy MacGuire and Mark Hajnos.
Stefan Mychajliw to speak at GOP Golf Tournament Dinner - May 2012
Click photo for larger viewStefan Mychajliw from Channel 2's TWO SIDES television show will be the featured speaker at the dinner following the Grand Island Republican Committee Golf Tournament on Monday, May 14 at River Oaks Golf Club. Registration and lunch begin at 11 a.m. with a shotgun start at 12:30 p.m. The day includes 18 holes of golf, special contests on the course, lunch and dinner, all for $110. Guests are also welcome to join the group for dinner only for $35. A large basket raffle and auction will be part of the festivities. Call Dick Crawford at 818-6992 for reservations. Gathering at River Oaks to finalize the details for the tournament are from left Highway Superintendent JT Tomkins, Supervisor Mary Cooke, Town Clerk Pattie Frentzel, Republican Chairman Debbie Michaux, Council Candidate Shelia Ferrentino, Councilman Dick Crawford and guest speaker Mychjliw.
The Grand Island Republican Committee is hosting a "GOP Pig Roast & Tailgate Party", Sunday, October 16, 2011 at the Buffalo Launch Club, 503 East River Road. Tickets are limited, so check out roast info. for more details.
Republican Committee Planning Pig Roast - September 2011
Republican Women Hold Annual Picnic - June 2011
Members of the Grand Island Republican Women's Club held their annual picnic in the yard of Lana Redell at Huth Road and Fieldstone Dr. Delicious food and good company made for a fine day that concluded with an auction of surprises brought by the participants.
Seated left to right: Adela Huff, Gladys Benzing, Sharon Minet, Marilyn Gratto, Rosemary Wojick holding grandson Austin; Standing, left to right: Wilma Greenwood, Ann Dlugokinski, Town Justice Sybil Kennedy, Nancy Gorrell, Highway Supt. JT Tomkins, Town Clerk Pattie Frentzel, host Lana Redell, Councilman Gary Roesch, Martha Muller, Bernie Callahan, Eileen Minton, Councilwoman Mary Cooke, Bev Mikulski and Bonnie Sciuk
Republican Committee Golf Tourney Results - June 2011
After two rain outs in May members of the Grand Island Republican Committee were finally able to hold their annual Golf Tournament at River Oaks on June 6. The gorgeous weather was well worth the wait. The Republican Committee and the Golf Committee thank everyone who came out to make this a very successful event. The winning foursome shown left to right are Mark Hajnos, Terry McDonnell, Duffy MacGuire and Charlie McDonough.
The Grand Island GOP has announced the endorsed candidates for local races on Grand island:
Mary Cooke, Town Supervisor
Republicans Endorse Candidates for November Election - May 2011
Patty Frentzel, Town Clerk
Sybil Kennedy, Town Justice
Richard Crawford, Town Councilman
Gary Roesch Town Councilman.
Debora Michaux, Grand Island GOP Chairwoman.
The Grand Island Republican Golf Tournament has been postponed and rescheduled for Monday, June 6th at River Oaks Golf Course.
The persistent rain caused the delay.
For more information, please contact Pattie Frentzel 870-0569 or Mary Cooke 773-7058 or Dick Crawford 818-6992.
Republican's Annual Golf Tournament POSTPONED AGAIN - Spring 2011
Republican Committee's Annual Golf Tournament - Spring 2011
Members of the committee pictured from left are Highway Superintendent JT Tomkins, Councilman Dick Crawford, Town Clerk Pattie Frentzel, Councilmen Gary Roesch and Ray Billica, Councilwoman Mary Cooke, and River Oaks Head Golf Professional Brady Clendening.
The Grand Island Republican Committee's annual Golf Tournament will be held on Monday, May 9 at River Oaks Golf Club, 201 Whitehaven Road. It's a great chance to get out on the course early in the season for one of the first tournaments at River Oaks. The day begins with registration and lunch at 11:30 a.m. and a shot gun start at 1 p.m. Cocktails, dinner, awards and raffles begin at 6 p.m. Special guest golfer and dinner speaker is Mike Billoni, Executive Director of the Food Bank of WNY and former general manager of the Buffalo Bisons Baseball Team. The planning committee is pictured from left: JT Tomkins, Dick Crawford, Pattie Frentzel, Gary Roesch, Ray Billica, Mary Cooke and River Oaks Head Golf Professional Brady Clendening. Anyone interested in golfing (foursomes as well as single and pairs of golfers welcome) or joining the group for only the dinner, speaker and raffles can contact any committee member for more information, download a registration form at the Grand Island Republican Committee web site (gigop.com) or call 773-7058 or 818-6992 .