Libertarian Party of New York

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Libertarian Party of New York
General Information
Chartered: April 1, 1973
Region: 8
Chair: Cody Anderson
Vice-Chair: Tony D'Orazio
Duane Whitmer
Secretary: Andrew Martin Kolstee
Treasurer: Lora Newell
Governing Documents
Bylaws: Adopted 9/27/20
Platform: Adopted 8/25/19
Phone: (866) 336-3120
Address: P.O. Box 98
Hamlin, NY 14464
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 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.


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


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.
  • 2015: Hamlin, New York
  • 2018: Batavia, New York
  • 2020: Albany, New York


Governing Documents



For historical governing documents see:


The founding chair of the NYLP was Ed Clark.

Executive Committee


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 current has 32 local affiliates.


Chapter Chartered Notes
Brooklyn Libertarian Party May 17, 2009 Previous: October 16, 1999—June 23, 2001
Capital Region Libertarian Party Before 1999
Cattaraugus County Libertarian Party March 3, 2019
Chautauqua County Libertarian Party October 4, 2015
Erie County Libertarian Party September 13, 2015
Genesee County Libertarian Party June 8, 2013
Hudson Valley Libertarian Party Before 1999
Manhattan Libertarian Party August 31, 2000
Monroe County Libertarian Party April 1, 2007 Previous: April 29, 2000—May 7, 2006
Nassau County Libertarian Party Before 1999
Onondaga County Libertarian Party April 30, 2016
Libertarian Party of Queens County April 2, 2017 Previous: ?—November 3, 2006
Schoharie County Libertarian Party September 9, 2018
Staten Island Libertarian Party April 4, 2010
Steuben County Libertarian Party February 2018
Suffolk County Libertarian Party Before 1999
Tioga County Libertarian Party May 9, 2017
Westchester County Libertarian Party February 12, 2017


External Links

Libertarian Party of New York
Affiliates: AlbanyBronxBroomeCattaraugusChautauquaChenangoChemungColumbiaErieFultonGeneseeKings (Brooklyn)MonroeNassauMadisonNew York (Manhattan)OnondagaOntarioOrangeOrleansOtsegoQueensRensselaerRichmond (Staten Island)SaratogaSchoharieSuffolkTiogaUlsterWestchesterWayne
Chapters: Capital DistrictHudson Valley
Pending Affiliates: AlleganyClintonCortlandDelawareDutchessFranklinMontgomeryNiagaraOneidaPutnamRocklandWashingtonWyoming
Former attempts to form: CayugaSchenectadySt. LawrenceSullivanWarren
Former Affiliates: Brooklyn-QueensCentral New YorkErie-NiagaraGenesee RegionIthacaLivingstonNew York CityNorth County LibertariansSteubenSouthern TierWestchester-Putnam
Former Clubs: Western New YorkMid Hudson
Conventions: 1973197419751976197719781979198019811982198319841985198619871988198919901991199219931994199519961997199819992000200120022003200420052006200720082009201020112012201320142015201620172018201920202021
Candidates: By year (19691970197119721973197419751976197719781979198019811982198319841985198619871988198919901991199219931994199519961997199819992000200120022003200420052006200720082009201020112012201320142015201620172018201920202021) • U.S. HouseState Assembly
State Committees: MEETINGS1972-731973-741974-751975-761976-771977-781978-791979-801980-811981-821982-831983-841984-851985-861986-871987-881988-891989-901990-911991-921992-931993-941994-951995-961996-971997-981998-991999-20002000-012001-022002-032003-042004-052005-062006-072007-082008-092009-102010-112011-122012-132013-142014-152015-162016-172017-182018-19Transition (2019)Interim State Committee (2019-20)2019-202020-22
Organization: Committees: FundraisingITLocal Affiliate DevelopmentPlatformPublic EngagementRules

Inactive Committees: CommunicationsConventionHistoricalJudiciaryOrganizational StructureStrategic PlanningVacancyVettingVolunteer

Documents: INDEX OF DOCUMENTSBylaws (2016)Platform (2019)
Other: ChairsVice-ChairsSecretariesTreasurersPolitical DirectorsFree New YorkLibertarian Advocates of New YorkMeetingsLocal ChairsSize and InfluenceCourt cases • National delegations: 201620182020
Local Conventions: 2014201520162017201820192020

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