Organization of the Libertarian Party of New York

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The organization of the Libertarian Party of New York consists of a State Committee and various committees and subcommittees. The organizaiton of the LPNY has changed over time.

State Committee

See: Libertarian Party of New York State Committee

The organization of the Libertarian Party of New York is made up of the government body, the State Committee. The Executive Committee is a subset of that body that runs day-to-day operations.


There are also a number of committees within the party. The following is a list of the current committees.

Standing Committees

Standing committees are permanent committees.

Division Committees

Name Director
Communications Vacant
Field Development Andrew Kolstee
Finance Committee Chance Haywood
IT Justin Carman
Legislative Affairs Rich Purtell
Outreach Committee Vacant
Personnel Committee Keith Redhead
Political Committee Paul Grindle

Stand-Alone Committees

Name Chair
Platform Committee Daniel Castello
Rules Committee Andrew Kolstee

Special Committees

Special committees are created for a certain purpose and dissolved after their required work is completed.

Name Chair
Convention Planning Committee Michael Rebmann
Delegate Selection Andrew Kolstee
Elections Oversight Committee Andrew Kolstee
Petitioning Committee Andrew Kolstee


Since 1971, the LPNY has numerous positions, both elected and appointed.

Position Type Current Titleholder
Chair (list) Elected Andrew Kolstee
Vice-Chairs (list) Elected Duane Whitmer and Rich Purtell
Secretary (list) Elected Mark Braiman
Treasurer (list) Elected Cody Anderson
Fianance Director (list) Appointed Chance Haywood
IT Director Appointed Justin Carman
Political Director (list) Appointed Paul Grindle

Appointed Positions

Throughout the history of the LPNY, several people have held or been appointed to certain positions.

  • Website Administrators
  • Facebook Administrators/Editors

Defunct Committees

Committee Established Dissolved Notes
Organizational Structure Committee late 2016 spring 2017
Judiciary Committee March 31, 2019 September 29, 2020
Historical Committee June 4, 2017 September 8, 2019
Strategic Planning Committee February 12, 2017 September 8, 2019
Vacancy Committee June 9, 2019 September 29, 2020
Vetting Committee c 2017 September 29, 2019
Volunteer Committee February 2018 September 8, 2019
Fundraising Committee July 14, 2019 ?????
Model County Rules Subcommittee November 8, 2020 ????? Chair: Andrew Martin Kolstee
Summit Planning Committee 2021 November 2021 Co-Chairs: Gabrielle Cordova
Lora Newell
Special Committee on State Committee Elections 2023 January 22, 2024 Chair: Andrew Kolstee
Non-Primary State Committee Elections 2021 ???? Chair: Andrew Kolstee
Statewide Candidates Exploratory Committee 2022 2022 Chair: Rich Purtell

Appointed Positions

Appointed positions are not necessarily committee leadership roles, but titles given to individuals to serve a specific purpose.

College Outreach Coordinator

Communications Director

Correspondence Secretary

Director of Public Relations

Facebook Administrator

Media Coordinator

Media Director

Newsletter Editor

Operations Director

Press Secretary

Publicity Chair

Telecommunications Officer




Committee Established Status
Clipping Service Committee bef. December 1, 1972 Defunct
Election Law & Procedures Committee bef. December 1, 1972 Defunct
Finance Committee December 1, 1972 Defunct
Librarian Committee bef. December 1, 1972 Defunct
Media Relations Committee bef. December 1, 1972 Defunct
Membership Committee bef. December 1, 1972 Defunct
Operations & Activities Committee bef. December 1, 1972 Defunct
Party Communications Committee bef. December 1, 1972 Defunct
Platform Committee bef. December 1, 1972 Active
Publicity & Editorial Reply Committee bef. December 1, 1972 Defunct
Rules Committee November 11, 2018 Active
Speaker's Bureau Committee bef. December 1, 1972 Defunct
Statewide Candidate Search Committee April 2005 Defunct after January 2006

Defunct Committees

Statewide Candidate Search Committee

This committee was still in existence in January 2006, but it is unknown when it was dissolved.


The following was obtained from a review of the LPNY minutes between 2004 and 2017.

Inexistence: Items in italics are a range, but are not certain of the start and end dates

Committee In Existance Members
Membership Structure and Mailing Committee August 27, 2005—April 2007 M Carling, Chair (August 27, 2005—April 2007)
Eminent Domain Rally Organizing Committee Chair November 19, 2005—April 2006 John Clifton, Chair (November 19, 2005—April 2006)
Convention Planning Committee January 28, 2006—April 2006 Werner Hetzner, Chair (January 28, 2006—April 2006)
Outsourcing Agreement Committee January 28, 2006—April 2007 M Carling, Chair (January 28, 2006—April 2007)
Budget and Strategic Planning Committee April 25, 2015—2017


In 2017, the LPNY adopted a Divisional Structure, in which all previous committees were merged into a division, either as a committee or subcommittee.

Administrative Division

Political Division

  • Political Committee
  • Ballot Access & Petitioning Subcommittee
  • Candidate Recruitment Subcommittee
  • Candidate Support Subcommittee

Communications Division

  • Communications Committee (December 4, 2016)
  • Blog Subcommittee (December 2, 2018)
  • Craig Miles, Chair (February 10, 2019—September 8, 2019)
  • Literature Subcommittee (December 2, 2018)
  • Messaging Subcommittee (May 6, 2018)
  • Newsletter Subcommittee (December 2, 2018)
  • Fred Cole, Chair (December 2, 2018—September 8, 2019)
  • Public Relations Subcommittee
  • Social Media Subcommittee

Outreach Division

  • Outreach Committee
  • Chapter Development Subcommittee (created April 25, 2015)
  • Youth Outreach Subcommittee (June 4, 2017)
  • Shawn Hannon, Chair (June 4, 2017—July 2, 2017)
  • Nate Dinet, Chair (July 2, 2017—May 6, 2018)
  • Tony D'Orazio, Chair (May 6, 2018—June 2, 2019)
  • Vacant, Chair (June 2, 2019—present)

Finance Division

  • Budget Subcommittee (February 12, 2017)
  • Jim Harris, Chair (February 12, 2017—May 7, 2017)
  • Gregg Fort, Chair (May 7, 2017—September 24, 2017)
  • Vacant (September 24, 2017—October 1, 2017)
  • Jim Harris, Chair (October 1, 2017—February 11, 2018)
  • Vacant (February 11, 2018—present)
  • Vacant (September 24, 2017—October 1, 2017)
  • Jim Harris, Chair (October 1, 2017—February 11, 2018)
  • Vacant (February 11, 2018—present)

FLP Committees, 2019

  • Committee on Logo and Naming
  • Committee on Bylaws
  • Committee on Corporate Structure

Libertarian Party of New York
Affiliates: ChautauquaChemungColumbiaDutchessErieFultonKings (Brooklyn)MadisonMonroeNassauNew York (Manhattan)OnondagaOrangeQueensPutnamRichmond (Staten Island)SaratogaSchoharieSuffolkTiogaUlsterWayneYates
Unorganized Affiliates: AlbanyAlleganyBronxBroomeCattaraugusCayugaChenangoClintonCortlandDelawareEssexFranklinGeneseeGreeneHamiltonHerkimerLewisLivingstonMontgomeryJeffersonNiagaraOneidaOntarioOrleansOtsegoRensselaerRocklandSt. LawrenceSchenectadySteubenSullivanWarrenWashingtonWestchesterWyoming
Former Affiliates: Active: Capital DistrictHudson ValleyDefunct: Brooklyn-QueensBuffaloCentral New YorkErie-NiagaraGenesee RegionIthacaMid HudsonNew York CityNorth County LibertariansSouthern TierWestchester-PutnamWestern New York
Conventions: 1973197419751976197719781979198019811982198319841985198619871988198919901991199219931994199519961997199819992000200120022003200420052006200720082009201020112012201320142015201620172018201920202022 Nominating2022
Candidates: By year (1969197019711972197319741975197619771978197919801981198219831984198519861987198819891990199119921993199419951996199719981999200020012002200320042005200620072008200920102011201220132014201520162017201820192020202120222023) • U.S. HouseState Assembly
State Committees: 1972-731973-741974-751975-761976-771977-781978-791979-801980-811981-821982-831983-841984-851985-861986-871987-881988-891989-901990-911991-921992-931993-941994-951995-961996-971997-981998-991999-20002000-012001-022002-032003-042004-052005-062006-072007-082008-092009-102010-112011-122012-132013-142014-152015-162016-172017-182018-19Transition (2019)Interim State Committee (2019-20)2019-202020-222022-24
Committees: CommunicationsDelegate SelectionFundraisingITLegislative AffairsLocal Affiliate DevelopmentPlatformRules
Former Committees: Clipping ServiceConventionElection Law & ProceduresHistoricalJudiciaryLibrarianMedia RelationsMembershipOperations & ActivitiesOrganizational StructureParty CommunicationsPublicity & Editorial ReplySpeake's BureauStrategic PlanningVacancyVettingVolunteer
Documents: INDEX OF DOCUMENTSPlatform (2019)
Indexes/Categories: BylawsCampaignsCourt casesFinancesMeetingsNewslettersPress Releases
Local Conventions: 2014201520162017201820192020-212022-23
National Delegations: 197419761981198720162018202020222024
Electors: 197619801984198819921996200020042008201220162020
Positions: ChairsVice-ChairsSecretariesTreasurersFinance DirectorsPolitical Directors
Other: Libertarian Advocates of New YorkLocal ChairsSize and Influence • State Committee Elections: 202020222024Organization