Libertarian Party of New York
|Libertarian Party of New York|
|Chartered:||April 1, 1973|
|Secretary:||Andrew Martin Kolstee|
|Address:||P.O. Box 98|
Hamlin, NY 14464
The Libertarian Party of New York (LPNY) is an affiliate of the National Libertarian Party. The LPNY was one of the first state parties to organize and run candidates in the United States. It was originally known as the Free Libertarian Party to prevent confusion with New York's Liberal Party and it was incorporated as a corporation under the name Free Libertarian Party, Inc. Ed Clark was the temporary chair, who led the the organization of the state affiliate and on April 1, 1973, during the first convention, Andrea Millen Rich was elected first chair. In 2018, Larry Sharpe received over 50,000 votes in his run for Governor, which secured automatic ballot access for the party in New York for the first time in its history.
For the first 45 years of its history, the Libertarian Party of New York held an annual convention to elect five officers (Chair, two Vice Chairs, Secretary, and Treasurer) and give At-Large members. These ten members, along with the Immediate Past Chair (if any), plus one representative from each recognized local affiliate, comprised the State Committee]. Business was conducted in quarterly meetings until the early 2000s, when monthly teleconferences became the norm. In years past, the State Committee conducted business through mail ballots, until the advent of the internet. In 1999, business started to be conducted online at Yahoo Groups, which was active for business until the Free Libertarian Party, Inc. corporation was voted to dissolve in November 2019.
The party was led by an Interim State Committee (ISC), which was formed in February 2019 and acknowledged as the successor to the corporation in May 2019. The ISC is made up of 21 appointed members, which are set to serve until the elected State Committee convenes on September 26, 2020.
The Libertarian Party of New York State has held a convention every years since its founding in 1973. Typically, the host chapter would cover the costs and keep the proceeds as a fundraiser. The State Committee would chose the location. In gubernatorial years, conventions are typically held in Albany while in Presidential years, conventions are typically held in New York City. In 2018, the party won ballot access. The structure of the committee had to change, in which the business of the convention actually occurs at an organization meeting of the State Committee, which is to be held according to New York State Election Law.
Addresses and Phone Numbers
- 1974: 15 West 38th Street, Room 201, New York, New York, 10018, (212)354-0292.
- Bellport, New York
- 2015: Hamlin, New York
- 2018: Batavia, New York
- 2020: Albany, New York
For historical governing documents see:
The founding chair of the NYLP was Ed Clark.
- Executive Committee
- Cody Anderson, Chair (since September 27, 2020)
- Tony D'Orazio, 1st Vice-Chair (since September 27, 2020)
- Duane Whitmer, 2nd Vice-Chair (since September 27, 2020)
- Andrew Martin Kolstee, Secretary (since September 27, 2020)
- Lora Newell, Treasurer (since June 9, 2019)
- Rob Arrigo, Member-At-Large (since September 27, 2020)
- Gabrielle Cordova, Member-At-Large (since January 23, 2021)
- Pietro Geraci, Member-At-Large (since September 27, 2020)
- Paul Grindle, Member-At-Large (since September 27, 2020)
- Rich Purtell, Member-At-Large (since September 27, 2020)
Size and Influence
In the beginning of its history, the Free Libertarian Party made provisions in its bylaws to form local/regional Libertarian clubs.
The Libertarian Party of New York current has 32 local affiliates.
|State Organizations of the National Libertarian Party|