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Grand Island, New York 14072
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St. Patrick's Day Event Honors Billica - March 2018

    The 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 Cooke

   The 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.

Republican Committee Seeks Town Board Applicants - February 2015

   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 deanmor@roadrunner.com. 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.

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.

From left: GI Supervisor Mary Cooke, Town Clerk Pattie Frentzel, Congressional Candidate Kathy Weppner and Councilman Dick Crawford.

    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.

GOP St. Paddy's Day & Fantasy Casino Night - March 2013

    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

Republican Committee News - October 2012

   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.
   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

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   Stefan 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.

Republican Committee Planning Pig Roast - September 2011

   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 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.

Republicans Endorse Candidates for November Election - May 2011

   The Grand Island GOP has announced the endorsed candidates for local races on Grand island: Mary Cooke, Town Supervisor
Patty Frentzel, Town Clerk
Sybil Kennedy, Town Justice
Richard Crawford, Town Councilman
Gary Roesch Town Councilman.
   Debora Michaux, Grand Island GOP Chairwoman.

Republican's Annual Golf Tournament POSTPONED AGAIN - Spring 2011

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 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 .

Party Seeking Candidates - March 2011

The Grand Island Republican Party is interested in interviewing qualifed Republican Candidates for the following positions; Town Supervisor, Town Council (2seats), Town Justice, and Town Clerk. Letters requesting an interview for endorsement should be sent to Grand Island Republican Party, PO Box 104, Grand Island NY 14072. Letters of interest, including resumes with contact information must be received by March 20th, 2011.