About SAM NY

SAM is New York’s newest officially recognized political party. We are looking to refresh a democracy that has been spoiled by the major parties by engaging New Yorkers around the problems we face and the solutions that will work.

For too long, democracy in New York has been limited to two parties that force candidates into partisan camps that divide our country and our state. SAM is working locally, starting in villages, towns and counties across all regions of New York to build an inclusive party that emphasizes results over rhetoric.

SAM’s is committed to putting aside tribal politics and finding consensus around measurable solutions to the problems that are most important to New Yorkers, without pitting one part of the state against another.

We don’t just talk about a more inclusive and deliberative democracy. We live it.

Meet Some of the Members of SAM-NY

Michael Volpe

Chairman

Michael Volpe

Chairman

Michael Volpe served as the Mayor in the Village of Pelham Manor before joining the SAM Party of NY in 2017. Volpe, a former republican, ran for Lt. Governor on a SAM fusion ticket with democrat Stephanie Miner, receiving more than 50,000 votes, giving SAM-NY automatic ballot status in New York State.

Volpe has served as New York Chair of SAM-NY since 2020.  He is a partner in the law firm of Venable LLP in New York City, where he serves as the firm’s Labor and Employment Practice Group co-chair.

Erik Carter

Board Member

Erik Carter

Board Member

A true New Yorker, Erik Carter was born on Long Island, grew up in upstate NY, lived in NYC in his 20s, and now resides in White Plains.

As a “financial wellness evangelist,” he writes and speaks about personal finance all over the country and regularly provides financial commentary on a host of media outlets including Time Magazine, Forbes, Bloomberg, Fox Business, CNBC, and CBS News.

His previous experience includes serving as a financial advisor to members of Congress and as a vice president in the private client services division of a major national investment firm in Manhattan.

He has a CFP® designation, a degree in economics with honors from NYU, and a law degree on a full academic scholarship from the University of San Diego.

Michael Binder

SAM-CT Member

Michael Binder

SAM-CT Member

Michael Binder is fervently committed to changing the draconian two-party system in NY State and across the country. He recently transferred to Bentley University (Boston, MA) after graduating with an A.S. in management from SUNY Dutchess. He is an economics-finance major focusing on government and global politics,

Michael actively seeks to promote political change built for the people by the people. He’s lived in the Hudson Valley his entire life and understands the region’s values. He brings new energy and his experience in marketing and data analysis allows him to bring a unique perspective to the SAM Party

Michael Willner

Board Member

Michael Willner

Board Member

Michael S. Willner is the Chairman and CEO of Penthera Partners, a software development company that specializes in mobile video technology.

Prior to becoming CEO in 2012, Mr. Willner spent his career in the cable television industry. He co-founded Insight Communications in 1985, one of the 10 largest cable companies in the US. He served as the company’s CEO and Vice Chairman until the company was sold to Time Warner Cable in February, 2012.

While in the industry, Mr. Willner was a key leader in the cable’s government and public affairs activities. He was one of cable’s most active and effective spokespersons on Capitol Hill, testifying multiple times before Congress. He served two consecutive terms as chairman of the National Cable & Telecommunications Association (NCTA), the cable industry’s trade lobby, served on its executive committee. He also chaired its political action committee (CablePAC) from 2000 until 2012.

Michael currently serves as Chairman of The Cable Center. Mr. Willner was the recipient of the NCTA’s 2004 Vanguard Award for Distinguished Leadership, was a 2005 inductee into the Broadcasting & Cable Hall of Fame and was inducted into the Cable Hall of Fame in 2008.

Barbara Collura

SAM Member

Barbara Collura

SAM Member

Barbara Samel Collura has been a member of SAM since 2017, realizing after 30 years as an attorney for local governments that the duopoly was not working and the best decisions were not being made for the citizens of NYS. Samel previously served as executive director of the New York Planning Federation, leading the organization successfully through the pandemic, and as counsel and legislative representative to the New York State Conference of Mayors, and as counsel for the City of Albany Common Council and the County of Albany Majority Leader. She has taught classes in municipal law to local officials across the state, as well as for the New York State and American Bar associations, served as editor of several newsletters, and has authored numerous manuals and articles on municipal law.

Barbara served on the NYSBA Committee on Mandatory CLE, the NYSBA Committee on Gender Equity, and the NYSBA Committee on Student Loan Assistance and is a former member of the NYSBA Committee on Legislative Policy, the Executive Committee of the NYSBA Municipal Law Section and the NYSBA House of Delegates. She also served as the President of the NYSBA Young Lawyers Section. Barbara was a member of the NYS Commission on Rural Resources State Land Use Advisory Committee, which has been responsible for the revision of the state’s zoning and planning laws and as a member of the Committee on Character and Fitness, Appellate Division, Third Department.

Evelyn Wood

Evelyn Wood

Evelyn Wood served as the Town Supervisor in Thurman, NY as a republican, before becoming disenchanted with the current two-party system. She changed her registration to officially join the SAM Party of NY in 2000 and ran for NY Assembly in the 114th District.