Libertarian Party of New York

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Libertarian Party of New York
General Information
Founded: April 22, 1972
Region: 8
Chair: Andrew Martin Kolstee
Vice-Chair: Duane Whitmer
Rich Purtell
Secretary: Mark Braiman
Treasurer: Cody Anderson
Governing Documents
Bylaws: Adopted 1/11/2024 (info)
Platform: Adopted 8/25/19
Phone: (866) 336-3120
Address: P.O. Box 13402
Albany, NY 12212
Website: Website
Social Media
Facebook: Facebook

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 (FLP) 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 year since its founding in 1973. Typically, the host chapter would cover the costs and keep the proceeds as a fundraiser. The State Committee would choose 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.

Ballot Access

The Party won ballot access in 2018 through the gubernatorial campaign of Larry Sharpe, after which the legislature raised the requirements. Several legal challenges were mounted which failed, and the US Supreme Court declined to hear the case (info).


Addresses and Phone Numbers

  • 1974: 15 West 38th Street, Room 201, New York, New York, 10018, (212)354-0292.
  • Bellport, New York
  • c 2010: Bellport, New York
  • 2015—2018: P.O. Box 98, Hamlin, NY 14464
  • 2018—2019: Batavia, New York
  • 2019—present: P.O. Box 13402, Albany, New York

Logos and Images


Special Rules and Standing Rules of Order

For historical governing documents see:


Executive Committee

National Convention Delegates


See: Libertarian Party of New York Historical Election Results

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 currently has 29 local affiliates.

Affiliate Established Current Chair Notes
Brooklyn Libertarian Party May 17, 2009 Matthew Morgan Previous: October 16, 1999—June 23, 2001
Chautauqua County Libertarian Party October 4, 2015 Len Morlock
Chemung County Libertarian Party October 10, 2019 Craig Colwell
Columbia County Libertarian Party December 4, 2019 Scott Hoskins
Dutchess County Libertarian Party March 14, 2021 Catrina Rocco
Erie County Libertarian Party September 13, 2015 Duane Whitmer
Madison County Libertarian Party January 11, 2020 Mark Braiman
Manhattan Libertarian Party August 31, 2000 Chance Haywood
Monroe County Libertarian Party April 1, 2007 Steve Becker Previous: April 29, 2000—May 7, 2006
Nassau County Libertarian Party Before 1999 Blay Tarnoff
Jonathan Gunther
Previously existed in the 1970s as Nassau Libertarian Club
Onondaga County Libertarian Party April 30, 2016 Rachel Becker
Orange County Libertarian Party July 21, 2019 Juan Ayala
Libertarian Party of Queens County April 2, 2017 John Clifton Previous: ?—November 3, 2006
Putnam County Libertarian Party March 27, 2021 Bill O'Connell
Saratoga County Libertarian Committee June 16, 2019 Previous interation: December 7, 2014—2016
Schoharie County Libertarian Party July 28, 2018 Lora Newell
Staten Island Libertarian Party April 4, 2010 Susan Overeem-Cummings
Suffolk County Libertarian Party Before 1999 George Ostrowski
Tioga County Libertarian Party May 9, 2017 Sara Price
Ulster County Libertarian Party July 21, 2019 Sam Kniffen
Wayne County Libertarian Party November 8, 2019 Jim Dayton
Yates County Libertarian Party October 3, 2021 Jeff Bradley

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|- ! County ! Acting County Chair ! Appointed ! County Liaison ! Appointed ! Notes |- | Albany County Libertarian Party | Vacant | align="center"|— | Justin Carman | December 4, 2023 | |- | Allegany County Libertarian Party | Jame VanDewalker | July 1, 2023 | Jame VanDewalker | July 1, 2023 | |- | Chenango County Libertarian Party | Vacant | align="center"|— | Thomas Quiter | July 1, 2023 | |- | Clinton County Libertarian Party | Vacant | align="center"|— | Zachary Remian | July 1, 2023 | |- | Lewis County Libertarian Party | Christopher Lyndaker | July 1, 2023 | Vacant | align="center"|— | |- | Niagara County Libertarian Party | Adam Magoon | December 4, 2023 | Adam Magoon | December 4, 2023 | |- | Rensselaer County Libertarian Party | Jennifer O'Connor | July 1, 2023 | Jennifer O'Connor | July 1, 2023 | |- | Washington County Libertarian Party | Brian Wells | July 1, 2023 | Brian Wells | July 1, 2023 | |- | Westchester County Libertarian Party | Rajib Maitra | July 1, 2023 | Rajib Maitra | July 1, 2023 | |}


External Links

Libertarian Party of New York
Affiliates: ChautauquaChemungColumbiaDutchessErieKings (Brooklyn)MadisonMonroeNassauNew York (Manhattan)OneidaOnondagaOrangeQueensPutnamRichmond (Staten Island)SaratogaSchoharieSuffolkTiogaUlsterWayneYates
Unorganized Affiliates: AlbanyAlleganyBronxBroomeCattaraugusCayugaChenangoClintonCortlandDelawareEssexFranklinFultonGeneseeGreeneHamiltonHerkimerLewisLivingstonMontgomeryJeffersonNiagaraOntarioOrleansOtsegoRensselaerRocklandSt. LawrenceSchenectadySteubenSullivanWarrenWashingtonWestchesterWyoming
Former Affiliates: Active: Capital DistrictHudson ValleyDefunct: Brooklyn-QueensBuffaloCentral New YorkErie-NiagaraGenesee RegionIthacaMid HudsonNew York CityNorth County LibertariansSouthern TierWestchester-PutnamWestern New York
Conventions: 1973197419751976197719781979198019811982198319841985198619871988198919901991199219931994199519961997199819992000200120022003200420052006200720082009201020112012201320142015201620172018201920202022 Nominating20222024 Nominating2024
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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)2019-202020-222022-242024-26
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Indexes/Categories: CampaignsCourt cases
Local Conventions: 2014201520162017201820192020-212022-23
National Delegations: 197419761981198720162018202020222024
Electors: 1976198019841988199219962000200420082012201620202024
Positions: ChairsVice-ChairsSecretariesTreasurersFinance DirectorsPolitical Directors
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