In 1962, lawyers Kieran O’Doherty and J. Daniel Mahoney helped form the Conservative Party of New York, aiming to take action against what they saw as a city and state gone seriously wrong. New York has a long history of conservative activism, but in the 1960s, this tradition merged with new fears and discontents stemming from changes in the city, nation, and world.... Read More

Meet the Activists

  • Paul Sarkisian
    Paul Sarkisian
  • Rosemary Gunning
    Rosemary Gunning
  • William F. Buckley, Jr.
    William F. Buckley, Jr.

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Key Events

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1946 Winston Churchill’s “Iron Curtain Speech” and the Truman Doctrine signal the beginning of the Cold War between United States and Soviet Union

1955 National Review launched in New York as a mouthpiece for “responsible conservatism”

1962 Conservative Party of New York State founded

1964 Parents and Taxpayers protest plan for integrating and redistricting New York City public schools

1965 Conservative Party runs William F. Buckley Jr. for mayor and Rosemary Gunning for City Council president

1966 Conservative Party spearheads overturn of Civil Complaint Review Board

1967 “Support Our Boys in Vietnam” parade draws 70,000 marchers to Fifth Avenue

1970 Construction workers attack antiwar demonstrators on Wall Street during the “Hard Hat Riot”

1975 Daniel Patrick Moynihan’s article, “The United States in Opposition,” cements New York-based Commentary magazine’s emergence as journal of “neoconservative” opinion

1978 William J. Casey, who went on to direct the Central Intelligence Agency, co-founds the International Center for Economic Policy Studies in New York (today’s Manhattan Institute for Policy Research, an influential conservative “think tank”)

Key Events

1946
Winston Churchill’s “Iron Curtain Speech” and the Truman Doctrine signal the beginning of the Cold War between United States and Soviet Union
1955 National Review launched in New York as a mouthpiece for “responsible conservatism”
1962 Conservative Party of New York State founded
1964 Parents and Taxpayers protest plan for integrating and redistricting New York City public schools
1965 Conservative Party runs William F. Buckley Jr. for mayor and Rosemary Gunning for City Council president
1966 Conservative Party spearheads overturn of Civil Complaint Review Board
1967 “Support Our Boys in Vietnam” parade draws 70,000 marchers to Fifth Avenue
1970 Construction workers attack antiwar demonstrators on Wall Street during the “Hard Hat Riot”
1975 Daniel Patrick Moynihan’s article, “The United States in Opposition,” cements New York-based Commentary magazine’s emergence as journal of “neoconservative” opinion
1978 William J. Casey, who went on to direct the Central Intelligence Agency, co-founds the International Center for Economic Policy Studies in New York (today’s Manhattan Institute for Policy Research, an influential conservative “think tank”)