State GOP chairman parties with Brooklyn leaders

December 28, 2015 Brooklyn Daily Eagle
New York State Republican Party Chairman Ed Cox (center) has holiday wishes for local GOP district leaders Mary John (left) and Francenia Hall, as well as Brooklyn GOP Chairman Arnaldo Ferraro and his wife Jean Ferraro. Photo courtesy of Lucretia Regina-Potter
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New York State Republican Party Chairman Ed Cox came to the Brooklyn party’s headquarters in Bensonhurst to help new Brooklyn GOP Party Chairman Arnaldo Ferraro and his troops celebrate the holiday season. Ferraro, who was elected chairman of the Brooklyn Republican Party on Sept. 30, hosted the holiday get-together at the party’s headquarters at 8024 17th Ave.

“What a wonderful time everyone had. We enjoyed good food and great company and it was a pleasure to speak with Chairman Cox and hear how enthusiastic he is about our work and the growth of the Brooklyn Republican Party,” Ferraro said.

Cox accommodated party guests who asked to have their pictures taken with him, Ferraro said. Jason Weingartner, executive director of the New York State Republican Party, also attended the holiday party. The guest listt included Craig Eaton, former Brooklyn GOP chairman; Diana Sepulveda, president of the Brooklyn Young Republicans Club; Jeffrey Ferretti, Republican candidate for the 59th Assembly District; and Jaime Sanders, candidate for the 19th Congressional District. Brooklyn GOP Secretary Lucretia Regina-Potter organized the party with help from GOP Treasurer Stephen Maresca.

This year marked a changing of the guard in Republican Party politics in Brooklyn. Eaton, a Bay Ridge lawyer who had served as Brooklyn GOP chairman for eight years, suddenly stepped down at the party’s Sept. 30 meeting and threw his support behind Ferraro, a retired educator from Bensonhurst. Ferraro was elected chairman by an overwhelming margin, 327-46. Eaton’s political enemy, state Sen. Marty Golden (R-C-Bay Ridge-Southwest Brooklyn), had sought to nominate Ted Ghorra a lawyer from Bay Ridge, for the chairmanship. But Golden’s forces lost a floor fight over proxy votes and Ferraro cruised to victory.

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