Document:LPNY Minutes 5 June 1999

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New York Libertarian Party
State Committee
Minutes: June 5, 1999
Sloatsburg, NY

Present: Dave Harnett, Brad Arter, Blay Tarnoff, Caryn Cohen, , Don
Silberger, 
Audrey Capozzi, Bonnie Scott, Jim Strawhorn (representing Queens), Jeff
Doty 
(non-voting), Bill McMillen (representing Albany)

Financial Disclosure Issue:
The State Committee discussed hiring a lawyer to consult on this issue.
Dave 
Harnett may contact a lawyer named Bill Stockard.  Bill McMillen will look
for 
old paperwork.  Blay Tarnoff will ask Gary Sinowski or Gary Greenberg to 
determine whether they can help us for free.  If not, we will discuss 
authorizing money to pay a lawyer.

Secretary's Report:
The minutes of the April 25 meeting were approved.

Treasurer's Report:
We have $6,000 in our account.  We owe Jim Harris $7,400.  Over the past
year, 
we made $46,127 in payments and had $33,927 in deposits.  We agreed that
the new
check signers will be Audrey Capozzi, Blay Tarnoff, John Clifton, and Dave 
Harnett.  We will reimburse the following people:

Jim Harris: $2,000 - for May and June payments on his loan to the Party.
Jeff Russell: $1,250 - for newsletter
Blay Tarnoff: $300 - for payment to a petitioner

After these payments are made, we will have approximately $3,000 in the
account,
not including the amounts in reserve.  We also need to pay for the web
site, 
which costs $600 per year.

The State Committee approved $100 for an OPH booth plus one-half of the
hotel 
fees for Scott Campbell, an activist from Cortland, who will be holding an
OPH 
booth at a gun show in Albany.  The Committee also approved $46 for Audrey 
Capozzi for reimbursement for the new PO Box.

Bonnie Scott moved that the Chair can authorize spending on individual
items for
party business up to $200, a maximum of five times, between meetings.  The 
motion was seconded by John Clifton and approved unanimously.

Convention Report:
The Convention made around $2,800 for the LPNY.  Eighty people registered.  
There were around forty people present at the meals.

Budget:
The LPNY will garner around $9,000 until the end of this year.  Two
newsletters 
will cost $2,800 and Jim Harris will be paid $5,400.

Newsletter:
The Committee discussed acquiring a bulk mail permit for $125.  Jeff Doty
will 
investigate the pros and cons of this option.  Jeff will call Blay, who
has some
information about this.  Jeff will also investigate costs of sending the 
newsletter to a printer.

Six issues of the newsletter cost around $7,500 per year.  The Committee 
discussed developing a response form to gather opinions about the
newsletter and
to give people the option to opt out and get the newsletter on e-mail.
Bonnie 
Scott volunteered to design this form.

Dave Harnett suggested we go to a quarterly paper.  Jeff Doty indicated
that he 
is willing to do the newsletter at cost rather than make a $200 profit as
Jeff 
Russell did.  Jeff also outlined some of his ideas for the newsletter,
including
a campaign information column which would include contacts and ongoing 
activities, the minutes of the State Committee meetings, and the upcoming 
calendar.

The State Committee officially approved Jeff Doty as the newsletter
editor.  

Don Silberger moved to reduce the frequency of the newsletter to four
times per 
year.  Bonnie Scott seconded the motion, which passed with one opposed.

Candidates:
Dave Harnett sent a letter to 485 people in upstate New York on May 19 to 
solicit money and candidates.  The letter raised $400.  There were around
twenty
responses.  There were several potential candidates as a result, including
Scott
Hurst of Binghamton, Nathan Horowitz of Albany, Frank Coradino of Rome,
and 
Anthony Futia of North Castle.  

There is $1,250 in the election fund, which includes $500 from Don
Silberger's 
treasury and other donations.

Bill McMillen volunteered to meet with potential candidates in August.

By-Laws Proposal:
Jim Strawhorn moved to table the proposal until the next convention.  He 
withdrew this motion when the  Committee agreed that the proposal had
already 
been tabled by the Convention delegates.

Success '99 Workshop:
The National Party has asked our opinion regarding when and where the
workshop 
should be held.  Dave Harnett will ask Steve Dasbach to postpone the
workshop 
until next year.

Upcoming Events:
6/7: Brooklyn Bootstrap Meeting
6/10: MOUSE Event, New York City
6/12: Queens Convention
6/11 - 6/24: Human Rights Film Festival
6/15: Nassau Meeting
?: Woodstock in Rome
?: Hemp Splash
8/21: LPNY Picnic and next State Committee meeting

Petitioning in 2000:
The Committee discussed the recent letter from National suggesting that we
may 
be able to collect enough signatures for the presidential candidate
without 
their help.  Dave Harnett will write a letter to clarify this issue.

Publications Committee:
Audrey Capozzi, John Clifton, and Jim Harris would like examples of
campaign 
literature sent to the PO Box.  Bonnie volunteered to help.

Web Information:
Bonnie described the "Page Talk" option which provides free phone/voice
updates 
on the website.  To hear the information, click the icon on the website.
Bonnie
also provided information about e-mail for the press and campaign
contacts, as 
well as a phone number for the press or activists.  For more information
about 
these items, please contact Bonnie.

Miscellaneous:
Dave Harnett asked Bill for a copy of the Platform.  Bill has a copy from
1985. 
Copies will be mailed to members.

There will be some city electoral positions open in 2001.

Matt Siegel is working on forming a Brooklyn chapter.

Blay Tarnoff and Brad Arter will be working on a Manhattan chapter.

The plans for the picnic were delegated to Jim Harris.

Dave suggested moving the state convention to November.

Next Meeting:
The next meeting will be held on August 21 at the Annual LPNY Picnic.  The 
picnic will be held at Jim Harris' house on Long Island.  Details will
follow.

The meeting adjourned at 2:45 PM.
1999-06-05