New York State Republican Party Chairman Ed Cox spoke at the December 2014 Queens Village Republican Club meeting and Christmas Party, introduced by Vice President Hemant Shah. He called for unity in the Republican Party in Queens in order to win elections. He praised the Queens Village Republican Club as one of the most active and diverse Republican Clubs in th state. He said that in New York State, the Republican Party is back. We now have a majority in the New York State Senate. But we would have had one more State Senator, Michael Conigliaro, who received 47% of the vote, had there been unity in the Queens County GOP.