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Mr. Johnny G. Destino

Wrong Johnny G. Destino?

Regional Director

Young Americans for Freedom
722 12th Street , NW Suite 300
Washington DC , District of Columbia 20005
United States


Employment History

Board Memberships and Affiliations


  • UB Law School
  • Niagara Wheatfield High School
65 Total References
Web References
Board of Education / Board Members, 27 Jan 2015 [cached]
Johnny Destino Johnny Destino was elected to the Board in 2010. He is a graduate of Niagara-Wheatfield, the University at Buffalo , and UB Law School. He has worked in that school's Affordable Housing Clinic, with the West Side of Buffalo's "People United for Sustainable Housing (PUSH)", in the General Counsel's office at M&T Bank, was an editor for the Buffalo Intellectual Property Law Journal, served as President of the SUNY-Buffalo Law School Chapter of the Federalist Society, and is a regional director for Young Americans for Freedom. Mr. Destino believes the revitalization of our City starts by ensuring that our children are given every opportunity to succeed in school. He believes in supporting parents and in the importance of strong parental involvement in education. Johnny Destino 284-6616 (h)
The unexpected withdrawal by ..., 15 July 2014 [cached]
The unexpected withdrawal by Maziarz came as Niagara Falls lawyer Johnny Destino, who lost to Maziarz in a GOP primary two years ago, was getting ready to run against him again, this time as a Democrat.
Niagara County Democrats, who have labored under Maziarz's rule for years, are rallying behind Destino, the lawyer and Niagara Falls School Board member who narrowly lost for Niagara Falls mayor in 2011 against Paul Dyster, no friend to Maziarz.
"It is full steam ahead," says Destino who has the strong backing of Niagara County Democratic Chairman Nick Forster who has been working the phones feverishly in the last 24 hours calling on Democrats to unite behind Destino for the campaign against a still uncertain Republican rival.
"It is full steam ahead," says Destino who has the strong backing of Niagara County Democratic Chairman Nick Forster who has been working the phones feverishly in the last 24 hours calling on Democrats to unite behind Destino for the campaign against a still uncertain Republican rival.
"My campaign will be about giving everybody a fair chance, not just the campaign contributors," says Destino.
Republicans reportedly hold about a 5,000 person voter edge, and a three-way race, should it develop in November, could help Destino.
The newly configured 62nd State Senate ..., 6 Nov 2012 [cached]
The newly configured 62nd State Senate district found nine-term Senator Maziarz facing a Republican primary with 36-year-old lawyer and Niagara Falls school board member Johnny Destino who was funded by Paladino.
His party's endorsement went to Maziarz over Destino despite Maziarz's allegiance with the man that made gay marriage legal in New York.
Parent Handbook / Overview, 27 Jan 2015 [cached]
Johnny Destino
Niagara Falls School Board ..., 10 June 2014 [cached]
Niagara Falls School Board Member Johnny Destino is circulating petitions to run as a Democrat against GOP State Sen.
"We're collecting signatures right now so we'll probably announce in a couple of weeks," Destino told the Niagara Falls Reporter.
In 2012, Maziarz defeated Destino in the Republican primary, walking off with about 70 percent of the vote.
This week, Maziarz characterized Destino as a "glutton for punishment."
At the time of his 2012 primary loss to Maziarz, Destino was coming off a 2011 defeat to Democratic incumbent Paul Dyster in the race for mayor of Niagara Falls.
The Maziarz-led Republican Party invested $25,000 in financial support for Destino in that campaign but didn't finish the job even though it appeared Destino was closing strong
After his loss to Maziarz, Destino became a Democrat.
Destino told the Reporter that the Democratic candidate who ran against Maziarz in both the 2010 and 2012 elections -- Amy Hope Witryol -- has decided against another campaign this season.
"I spoke with her a month ago and she said she's not running," Destino said of Witryol.
Destino said he is not seeking support from the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender Community or many of the other liberal organizations that traditionally support Democratic candidates in New York State. His conservative values remain intact.
"This isn't about that," Destino said.
Destino said the fact he was a School Board member had nothing to do with it. "The secretary position requires a high school diploma and two years of secretarial experience," he said.
As far as Destino is concerned, the Niagara County Democratic Party may be split, with the faction headed by Dyster unlikely to lend Destino much backing.
"Dennis is at the forefront of the reform movement in Niagara County, getting rid of George's people," Destino said.
While Destino declined to comment on the amount of money he hoped to raise, where it will come from, or whether he will have to encourage liberal Democrats who share few of his political ideals to contribute, Destino said he's not worried about the more than $1 million Maziarz has in his campaign war chest.
"Maziarz will need that for the legal costs he'll face when he retires," Destino said.
Destino admitted that he is counting on a strong anti-Maziarz sentiment to get him to Albany.
"I got 30 percent of the vote in the Republican primary two years ago not because all those people liked me, but because they didn't like Maziarz," he said.
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