William D. Powers
is the former Chairman of the New York Republican State Committee, serving as Chairman from 1991 to 2001.
Upon becoming Chairman, Mr. Powers inherited a party with a debt load of $1.5 million and no fundraising ability. Republicans controlled only 19 of 62 counties statewide, had no elected Republican mayors in the State's 6 largest cities, and held no statewide elected State offices.
In three years, Mr. Powers rebuilt the Republican Party in New York State . As a result, Republicans had a majority in 43 of 62 counties, had elected Republican mayors in 4 of the 6 largest cities - including the 1993 election of Rudolph Giuliani as Mayor of the City of New York, despite a 6 to 1 Democratic to Republican voter registration ratio in New York City, ending 20 years of Democratic control of this office - and, in 1994, saw the election of Governor George Pataki and Attorney General Dennis Vacco.
Using a strong grassroots strategy and assembling “the most aggressive fundraising machine in memory” ( New York Times , January 18, 1998), Mr. Powers demonstrated what was recognized as one of the strongest strategic minds in national and state politics. Dr. Gerald Benjamin, noted New York State political scholar, in reference to Mr. Powers, observed that: “Since World War I, at least, we haven't seen a New York State party leader of this independence and strength…. He is something extremely rare in American politics today.”
In recognition of his leadership and management accomplishments in New York State , Mr. Powers was asked by the Republican National Committee to serve as the Chairman of the State Chairman's Advisory Committee, and served as the leader of the national State Republican Party Chairmen from 1993 to 1995.
Prior to his election as Chairman of the State Party, Mr. Powers served as Special Assistant to and Director of Statewide Operations for Senator Alfonse D'Amato from 1980 to 1991. He also served in several high-level advisory roles for the New York State Senate and Assembly Regional Office and Field Operations from 1971-1981. Mr. Powers served 5 years of active duty in the U.S. Marine Corps and currently serves as the Honorary President of the Marine Corp Coordinating Council of New York (Upstate).
Mr. Powers serves on the Board of Directors of Trustco Bank NA and is one of the three members of the Trustco Board's Executive Committee. President George W. Bush appointed Bill Powers to the Board of Directors for the Federal Home Mortgage Corporation (Freddie Mac) to serve three one-year terms on the Board, with appointments to the Freddie Mac Government Relations and Human Resources Committees.
Mr. Powers has lectured on politics, party organization and the relationship between politics and the media at several undergraduate and graduate universities including the State University of New York and the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University . He has been awarded an Honorary Degree of Doctor of Humane Letters by the New York College of Podiatric Medicine.
Matthew D. Powers
is a member of Powers & Company strategic advisory and consulting firm. While pursuing his law degree from Albany Law School of Union University, Mr. Powers interned at the Office of Attorney General of the State of New York , and assisted in the creation of the Science & Technology Law Center at Albany Law School . Mr. Powers is currently a member of the Albany County Bar Association, the New York State Bar Association, and the American Bar Association.
Mr. Powers has been the principal engagement member for Powers & Company on several high profile assignments for major corporate statutory, regulatory, and procurement issues before many New York State municipalities, the New York State Legislature, the New York State Governor's Office, the New York State Department of Taxation and Finance, the New York State Thruway, the New York State Chief Information Officer and the Office for Technology, the New York State Public Service Commission, the New York State Department of Labor, and the New York State Department of Health.
As a former counsel to the New York Republican State Committee, Mr. Powers is equipped with a strong political background. He has served as a consultant for numerous national, state, and local elections.
José M. Paulino
is the Deputy Director of Governmental Affairs and Communications Director of Powers & Company strategic advisory and consulting firm. Mr. Paulino is a former employee of the Senate Democratic Conference where he engaged in governmental affairs and business development. He joined Powers & Company after fostering years of personal and professional bonds across the political spectrum of the New York State Legislature.
While holding several titles and positions within the Senate Democratic Conference under the current and former Leaders, Mr. Paulino participated in policymaking and in the legislative process upon earning post-graduate placement in Senator Byron W. Brown’s Office (Currently Mayor of Buffalo, NY) through the NYS Senate Fellowship Program. Mr. Paulino served with Senate Democratic Leader David A. Paterson (Currently Governor of NYS) and subsequently Minority Leader Malcolm A. Smith (Currently Senate Majority Leader). Over the years, Mr. Paulino served every elected official and staff member of the Democratic Conference through the Office of Conference Services & Correspondence.
Mr. Paulino holds a BA from Binghamton University in Philosophy, Politics and Law; in addition to earning a double concentration during his Master of Public Administration Program from the Binghamton University School of Management and what is now known as the College of Community and Public Affairs.