Our Party | New York State Democratic Party

Since 1792

    PARTY LEADERSHIP

    Byron Brown
    CHAIR

    Byron Brown is the Chair of the New York State Democratic Committee.

    He is the 62nd and current mayor of Buffalo, New York, elected on November 8, 2005 and is the city’s first African-American mayor. He previously served Western New York as a member of the New York State Senate and Buffalo Common Council. He has been active with the National Mayors Against Illegal Guns Coalition in efforts to prevent gun-related crime. He was the first African-American politician elected to the New York State Senate to represent a district outside New York City. Brown was born and raised in Queens, New York. After graduating from August Martin High School, Brown attended Buffalo State College. He was recently re-elected Mayor of Buffalo on November 7, 2017.

    Christine Quinn
    EXEC. COMMITTEE CHAIR

    Christine Quinn is the Vice Chair of the New York State Democratic Committee.

    She formerly served as the Speaker of the New York City Council. The third person to hold this office, she was the first female and first openly gay speaker. As City Council speaker, Quinn was New York City’s third most powerful public servant. During her time in the City Council, Quinn served as chair of the Health Committee. She sponsored the Equal Benefits Bill and the Health Care Security Act, which requires that city contractors provide parity in benefits between married spouses and registered domestic partners. Quinn was born in Glen Cove, New York, one of two daughters of Mary and Lawrence Quinn. She went to School of the Holy Child in the village of Old Westbury on Long Island in New York, and graduated from Trinity College in Hartford, Connecticut.

    Geoff Berman
    EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

    Geoff Berman is the Executive Director of the New York State Democratic Committee.

    He is a veteran of both the 2008 and 2012 Barack Obama presidential campaigns. He was born in St. Louis, Missouri and has lived in New York for over 20 years. He served in a variety of roles for President Obama’s political organization over the course of seven years, including as the New York State Director of Organizing for America and as Deputy National Training Director and GOTV Director for the 2012 re-election campaign. He has also served as Vice President of Programs at Educators for Excellence, and as a Senior Advisor to Everytown for Gun Safety. Prior to entering the world of politics, Berman worked as an attorney at Weil Gotshal & Manges LLP, and as Artistic Director for the Atlantic Theater Company Acting School. He is a graduate of UCLA and University of Virginia Law School.

    Federal Officeholders

    Executive Director Geoff Berman
    Sen. Chuck Schumer
    Senator Kirsten Gillibrand
    Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand
    Executive Director Geoff Berman
    Rep. Thomas Suozzi
    NY-3
    Executive Director Geoff Berman
    Rep. Kathleen Rice
    NY-4
    Executive Director Geoff Berman
    Rep. Gregory Meeks
    NY-5
    Rep Grace Meng
    Rep. Grace Meng
    NY-6
    Rep.Nydia Velázquez
    Rep. Nydia Velázquez
    NY-7
    Executive Director Geoff Berman
    Rep. Hakeem Jeffries
    NY-8
    Rep Yvette Clarke
    Rep. Yvette Clarke
    NY-9
    Rep. Jerrold Nadler
    Rep. Jerrold Nadler
    NY-10
    Re. Carolyn Maloney
    Rep. Carolyn Maloney
    NY-12
    Rep. Adriano Espaillat
    Rep. Adriano Espaillat
    NY-13
    Rep. Joseph Crowley
    Rep. Joseph Crowley
    NY-14
    Rep. José Serrano
    Rep. José Serrano
    NY-15
    Rep. Eliot Engel
    Rep. Eliot Engel
    NY-16
    Rep. Nita Lowey
    Rep. Nita Lowey
    NY-17
    Rep. Sean Maloney
    Rep. Sean Maloney
    NY-18
    Rep. Paul Tonko
    Rep. Paul Tonko
    NY-20
    Rep. Brian Higgins
    Rep. Brian Higgins
    NY-27

    Statewide Officeholders

    Governor Andrew Cuomo

    Governor Andrew Cuomo

    Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul

    Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul

    Attorney General Eric Schneiderman
    Attorney General Eric Schneiderman
    Comptroller Thomas P. DiNapoli
    Comptroller Thomas P. DiNapoli
    Speaker Carl Heastie
    Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie
    Assembly Majority Leader Joseph D. Morelle
    Assembly Majority Leader Joseph D. Morelle
     Senate Democratic Conference Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins
    Senate Democratic Conference Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins

    District Representatives