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.


Committee Established Chair Status Notes
Local Affiliate Development Committee February 9, 2019 Rob Arrigo Active
Rules Committee February 24, 2019 Paul Grindle Active
Public Engagement Committee 2019 Tony D'Orazio Active
IT Committee December 15, 2019 Andrew Martin Kolstee Active
Fundraising Committee July 14, 2019 Gabrielle Cordova
Lora Newell
Platform Committee September 29, 2020 Karyn Thompson Active
Model County Rules Subcommittee November 8, 2020 Andrew Martin Kolstee Active
Legislative Affairs Committee 2021 Rich Purtell Active


Committee Established Chair Status Notes
2022 National Libertarian Convention Delegate Selection Committee 2021 Tony D'Orazio
Lora Newell
Non-Primary State Committee Elections 2021 Andrew Kolstee Active
Summit Planning Committee 2021 Gabrielle Cordova
Lora Newell
Statewide Candidates Exploratory Committee 2022 Rich Purtell
Elections Oversight Committee 2022 TBD


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
Communications Committee June 7, 2015 September 8, 2019
Convention Committee
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

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: AlbanyChautauquaChemungColumbiaDutchessErieFultonKings (Brooklyn)MadisonMonroeNassauNew York (Manhattan)OnondagaOrangeQueensPutnamRichmond (Staten Island)SaratogaSchoharieSuffolkTiogaUlsterWayneYates
Unorganized Affiliates: AlleganyBronxBroomeCattaraugusCayugaChenangoClintonCortlandDelawareEssexFranklinGeneseeGreeneHamiltonHerkimerLewisLivingstonMontgomeryJeffersonNiagaraOneidaOntarioOrleansOtsegoRensselaerRocklandSt. 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: FundraisingITLegislative AffairsLocal Affiliate DevelopmentPlatformPublic EngagementRules
Former Committees: Clipping ServiceCommunicationsConventionElection 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: 19741976198119872016201820202022
Electors: 197619801984198819921996200020042008201220162020
Positions: ChairsVice-ChairsSecretariesTreasurersFinance DirectorsPolitical Directors
Other: Libertarian Advocates of New YorkLocal ChairsSize and Influence • State Committee Elections: 20202022Organization