Libertarian Party of New York

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Libertarian Party of New York
Chairman Jim Rosenbeck
Founded 1973 (1973)
Ideology Libertarianism
Constitutional democracy
Fiscal conservatism
Limited government
Market liberalism
Social tolerance
National affiliation Libertarian Party (United States)
Colors A dark shade of grey or blue; golden yellow
New York State Assembly
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New York State Senate
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New York City Council
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Website (Backup)

The Libertarian Party of New York (LPNY) is a political party in the United States active in the state of New York. It is the recognized affiliate of the national Libertarian Party.

The Libertarian Party of New York is dedicated to the principle that free people have the right to do anything they please, except to initiate force, the threat of force, or fraud, against other persons or their property.


The Libertarian Party was founded in 1971[1] on the libertarian principle: that people should be free to do whatever they wish, except to initiate force, the threat of force, or fraud against others or their property. The principle does not preclude retaliatory force, as in the redress of wrongs through courts, and as in the traditional common law of self-defense. National Libertarian Party members, including the New York members, have paid $25 per year, and have as a condition of membership signified: "I certify that I do not believe in or advocate the initiation of force as a means of achieving political or social goals."

The Libertarian Party of New York was founded as an unregistered political party in 1970 by Paul and Michael Gilson who became its first people in public office the next year on election to a zoning board in Upstate New York. It helped drive the creation of a national party, and was re-organized in 1972 by a group now centered around Ed Clark, later the Libertarian Party presidential candidate. Its name was changed to the "Free Libertarian Party" when the New York Board of Elections ruled that the name Libertarian Party would confuse voters with the Liberal Party of New York. However, the Board of Elections eventually allowed the name "Libertarian Party" to be used. The Statue of Liberty is their ballot symbol, and they now appear on the ballot as the Libertarian Party.

Since 1974, the Libertarian Party of New York has had a candidate for Governor of New York on the ballot every four years except for 1986, the only party in New York State without official ballot status to do so. Several other minor parties in New York have achieved ballot status through electoral fusion, endorsing the candidate of a major party. The Libertarian Party of New York has so far declined to achieve ballot status by this means, although Republican William Weld flirted with the LPNY gubernatorial nomination in 2006.[2]

Ballot access[edit]

After it first received write-in votes in 1972 for presidential candidate John Hospers and vice presidential candidate Tonie Nathan (The first female candidate for Vice President to receive an electoral vote), the LPNY has obtained at least 15,000 petition signatures and placed statewide candidates on the ballot in every statewide election between 1974 and 2002, except 1986. These signatures were, by law, collected in a six-week period in mid-July to August (except in 1994, see Schulz v. Williams, 44 F.3d 48 (2d Cir. 1994)).

In the gubernatorial elections, Libertarian candidates included a full slate of the possible statewide candidates: Governor, Lieutenant Governor, Attorney General, Comptroller, and, when one is up for election: Senator. In the Presidential races, candidates included the full number of Electors for President and Vice President, and when one is up for election, Senator. This regular achievement of statewide ballot status by a full slate of candidates for 29 years indicates substantial support in New York State. Nationally, the Libertarian Party has 208,456 voters registered by the respective state boards of election.[3]


The officers of the Libertarian Party of New York are elected annually.[4]

Position Name Notes
Chair Jim Rosenbeck 1st Term (elected 2018)
Vice Chair Brian Waddell
Shawn Hannon
3rd term (elected 2016)
1st term (elected 2018)
Treasurer Michael Dowden 3rd term (elected 2016)
Secretary Blay Tarnoff 10th term (elected 2011; previously 2005—2007)
At-Large Mark Potwora
Tony D'Orazio
Hesham El-Meligy
Susan Overeem
Tucker Coburn
3rd term
2nd term
1st term
1st term
1st term

Past leadership[edit]

Chair Vice Chair Secretary Treasurer
  • Edward E. "Ed" Clark (1972)
  • Jerome J. Klasman (1972—1973)
  • Andrea Millen (1973—1974)
  • Bill McMillen (1985—1989)
  • Norma Segal (1989—1990)
  • Blay Tarnoff (1995)
  • Lloyd Wright (1997)
  • Jim Harris (1998—1999)
  • David Harnett (1999—2000)
  • Richard Cooper (2000—2002)
  • Albert Dedicke (2002)
  • Jak Karako (2002—2003)
  • John Clifton (2003—2006)
  • Richard Cooper (2006—2007)
  • Jeff Russell (2007—2008)
  • Eric Sundwell[5] (2008—2009)
  • Chris Edes[5] (2009—2010)
  • Mark Axinn (2010—2015)
  • Mark Glogowski (2015—2018)
  • Mike Nichols (1973—1974)
  • Howie Rich (1973—1974)
  • Fran Porretto (1989)
  • Joseph Brennan (1994)
  • Audrey Capozzi (1998—2001)
  • Blay Tarnoff (1998—2001)
  • Jak Karako (2002—2003)
  • Vince O'Neill (2002—2003)
  • Richard Cooper (2004—2005)
  • Stephen Healy (2004—2005)
  • Bonnie Scott (2005—2006)
  • Thomas Ruks (2005—2006)
  • M Carling (2006—2008)
  • Joseph Dobrian (2006—2007)
  • Chris Garvey (2007—2008)
  • Mark Axinn (2008—2010)
  • Chris Edes (2008—2009)
  • Joseph Dobrian (2009—2010)
  • Audrey Capozzi (2010—2013)
  • Donald Silberger (2010—2011)
  • Richard Cooper (2011—2012)
  • Chris Padgett (2012—2016)
  • Gigi Bowman (2012—2013)
  • Phil Ricci (2014—2015)
  • Mike Nicols (1973—1974)
  • Lee Schubert (1974—1975)
  • Martin E. Nixon (1975—1976)
  • Louis J. Sicilia (1977—1978)
  • Fred Cookinham (1978—1980)
  • Carol Moore (1980—1981)
  • Charles Kiessling (1982—1983)
  • Marilyn Davis (1984—1986)
  • Lloyd Wright (1994—1996)
  • Caryn Cohen (1998—2001)
  • Bonnie Scott (2002—2003)
  • Catherine Ruks (2003—2004)
  • Bonnie Scott (2004—2005)
  • Blay Tarnoff (2005—2007)
  • Joseph Dobrian (2007—2009)
  • M Carling (2009—2010)
  • Brian DeMarzo (2010—2011)
  • Jerome J. Klasman (1973—1974)
  • Dolores Grande (1974—1976)
  • Peter Wilson (1976—1978)
  • Wilbur Wong (1978—1980)
  • Ira Gottlieb (1980—1981)
  • Audrey Capozzi (1994—1996)
  • John Ayling (1998—1999)
  • John Clifton (1999—2002)
  • Bill McMillen (2002—2003)
  • Werner Hetzer (2003—2006)
  • Gary Popkin (2006—2009)
  • Sean Sherman (2009—2010)
  • Gary Triestman (2010—2016)

Local chapters[edit]

The Libertarian Party of New York contains fourteen local affiliates, including the Manhattan Libertarian Party.[6]

County/Chapter Website
Brooklyn Libertarian Party of Brooklyn
Chautauqua Chautauqua County Libertarian Party
Erie Erie County Libertarian Party
Greater Rochester
Manhattan Manhattan Libertarian Party
Nassau Nassau County Libertarian Party
Niagara Niagara County Libertarian Party
Staten Island Staten Island Libertarian Party
Queens Libertarian Party of Queens

Chapter Officers are elected annually at their own Conventions and serve alongside their state counterparts during the year. The Chairman of each County Chapter is usually the state representative for the County.

Occasionally, local chapters may choose to appoint or elect a State Representative to the LPNY. The most recent chapter to have chosen an election versus the Chair serving as Representative is the Libertarian Party of Queens County in March 2017.

Manhattan Libertarian Party[edit]

The Manhattan Libertarian Party (MLP) is a chapter of the Libertarian Party of New York established in 2000.

The Manhattan LP was the host chapter of the 2012 Libertarian Party of New York convention, held January 21, 2012. The convention was attended by several candidates seeking the national Libertarian Party's presidential nomination, including former New Mexico governor Gary Johnson and New York attorney Carl E. Person.

Candidates endorsed in the 2008 election endorsed by MLP[edit]

Sam Sloan and the Manhattan madam Kristin M. Davis both sought the Libertarian Party nomination for Governor of New York State. Andrew Clunn sought to be nominated for Lieutenant Governor, Carl Person sought the nomination for Attorney General. John Clifton sought the nomination for US Senate, and Michel Faulkner sought the nomination for US Congress from the 15th Congressional District previously held by Charles Rangel.

Libertarian Party of Queens County[edit]

The Libertarian Party of Queens County, formerly known as the "Queens Libertarian Party", is the local affiliate of the LPNY for the Queens county-borough in the City of New York. Prior to December 2016, the chapter was known for being inactive or otherwise passive on whipping up candidates for public office.

In December 2016, the LPNY State Committee voted to de-charter the chapter. Shortly thereafter, a small group of former Democrats and two former Republicans chartered the chapter under a new name. The "Libertarian Party of Queens County", or LPQC for short, was chaired by Elliot Axelman for its first 8 months. Axelman is a radio host, certified Paramedic and former Lieutenant for Whitestone Volunteer Ambulance Corps. In October 2017, Axelman resigned following a move to New Hampshire. His Vice Chair, Christopher Fuentes-Padilla, took over until November 19th, 2017.


The Queens Chapter is the first chapter in the history of the LPNY to elect a Chair under the age of 24. On November 20th, 2017 Christopher Fuentes-Padilla, the former Vice Chair, was sworn in as Chairman at age 20.

Padilla is also the first Hispanic to hold the Office in Queens and the first Puerto Rican male to hold office in the LPNY.

Vote totals for Libertarian candidates in New York[edit]


Year Candidate Votes
1974 Jerome Tuccille / Louis J. Sicilia 10,503
1978 Gary Greenberg / James Franz 18,990
1982 John Northrup / David Hoesly 16,913
1990 W. Gary Johnson / Dottie-Lou Brokaw 24,611
1994 Robert Schulz / Stan Dworkin 9,506
1998 Christopher B. Garvey / Donald Silberger 4,722
2002 Scott Jeffrey / Jay Greco 5,013
2006 John Clifton / Donald Silberger 15,068
2010 Warren Redlich / Alden Link 48,386
2014 Michael McDermott / Chris Edes 15,209[8]
2018 Larry Sharpe / Andrew Hollister

Attorney General[edit]

Year Candidate Votes
1974 Leland W. Schubert
1978 Delores Grand
1990 Margaret M. Fries
1994 Daniel A. Conti 19,202
2002 Dan Conti 23,213
2006 Chris Garvey 29,413
2010 Carl Person 36,547
2018 Chris Garvey


Year Candidate Votes
1974 Robert S. Flanzer
1990 Vicki Kirkland
2002 James Eisert 19,235
2006 John J. Cain 40,472
2010 John Gaetani 27,485
2018 Cruger Gallaudet

U.S. Senate[edit]

Year Candidate Votes
1974 Percy L. Greaves, Jr.
1980 Richard Savadel 21,465
1992 Norma Segal 108,530
1994 William P. McMillen 8,223
2000 John Clifton 4,734
2004 Donald Silberger 19,093
2006 Jeff Russell 15,929
2010 Randy Credico 25,975^^
2010^ John Clifton 17,872
2012 Chris Edes 31,980
2016 Alex Merced 43,856
2018 Aaron Commey


  • ^special election
  • ^^Includes votes Credico earned on the Anti-Prohibition Party line. It is impossible to determine separate vote tallies for each line due to the fact that some jurisdictions conflated both of Credico's ballot lines onto one space on the ballot.

U.S. President[edit]

Year Candidate Votes %
1972 John Hospers 6 0.00%
1976 Roger MacBride 12,197 0.19%
1980 Ed Clark 52,648 0.85%
1984 David Bergland 11,949 0.18%
1988 Ron Paul 12,109 0.19%
1992 Andre Marrou 13,451 0.19%
1996 Harry Browne 12,220 0.19%
2000 Harry Browne 7,649 0.11%
2004 Michael Badnarik 11,607 0.16%
2008 Bob Barr 19,513 0.26%
2012 Gary Johnson 47,229 0.67%
2016 Gary Johnson 161,836 2.29%

Candidates by election year[edit]

Candidates in 2004[edit]

  • Donald Silberger for U.S. Senate
  • Jeff Bennett for State Senate, district 38
  • Nic Leobold for State Assembly, district 65

New York City candidates in 2005[edit]

Name Office Votes %
Audrey Silk Mayor 3,105 0.25%
Jim Lesczynski Public Advocate 17,034 2.22%
Ron Moore Comptroller 12,629 1.67%
Joseph Dobrian Manhattan Boro President 2,891 1.17%
Gary Popkin Brooklyn Boro President 2,143 0.82%
Claudia Flanagan City Council District 2 643 2.59%
Jak Karako City Council District 4 358 1.03%
Thomas Ruks City Council District 22 352 2.26%

Candidates in 2006[edit]

Name Office Votes %
Jeffrey T. Russell[9] U.S. Senate 20,996 0.45%
Stephen Finger[10] U.S. Congress, district 11 671 0.59%
Michael J. Sylvia, III[10] U.S. Congress, district 24 2,134 0.99%

Candidates in 2008[edit]

Name Office Votes %
Isaiah Matos[11] U.S. Congress, district 14 2,659 0.97%

Candidates in 2010[edit]

Name Office Votes %
Warren Redlich Governor 48,386
Alden Link Lieutenant Governor
John Gaetani Comptroller
Carl Person Attorney General
Randy Credico[12] U.S. Senate (regular) 24,863 0.52%
John Clifton[13] U.S. Senate (special) 18,407 0.04%
Dave Narby[14] State Assembly, district 61 1,494 5.70%
Danny Panzella[14] State Assembly, district 62 1,732 6.87%

Candidates in 2011[edit]

The Libertarian Party of New York had 2 candidates running in 2011.[15]

  • Drew Beeman for Monroe County Legislature
  • Max Kessler for Monroe County Legislature

Candidates in 2012[edit]

The Libertarian Party of New York had 12 candidates running in 2012.[16]

  • Christopher Edes for U.S. Senate
  • Rick Witt for U.S. House, district 1
  • Dan Riina for U.S. House, district 2
  • Michael McDermott for U.S. House, district 3 (1,641 votes)
  • Catherine Wark for U.S. House, district 5
  • Dan Halloran for U.S. House, district 6 (cross-endorsement with Republican Party)
  • Dave Schnittker for U.S. House, district 26
  • John K. Wilson for State Assembly, 37th district
  • David Casavis for State Assembly, 73rd district
  • James Campbell for State Representative, 108th district
  • Robert Porter for State Representative, 109th district
  • Mark E. Glogowski for State Assembly, 139th district

Candidates in 2013[edit]

The Libertarian Party of New York had eight candidates running in 2013.[17]

  • James M. Rosenbeck, Batavia City Council, At-Large
  • Lisa M. Whitehead, Batavia City Council, At-Large
  • Robert W. Brown, Genesee County Legislature
  • Hesham El-Meligy, New York City Comptroller
  • Christopher R. Giattino, New York City Council, district 8
  • Michael Sanchez, New York City Mayor
  • Alex Merced, New York City Public Advocate
  • Silas Johnson, Staten Island Borough President

Candidates in 2014[edit]

The Libertarian Party of New York had seven candidates running in 2014.[18]

  • Michael McDermott for Governor
  • Chris Edes for Lieutenant Governor
  • John Clifton for Comptroller
  • Carl Person for Attorney General
  • Georgina Bowman for State Senate, district 5
  • John Kevin Wilson for State Assembly, district 37
  • Mark E. Glogowski for State Assembly, district 139

Candidates in 2015[edit]

The Libertarian Party of New York had four candidates running in 2015.[19]

  • Robert Porter for Albany County Legislature
  • Gary Treistman for Woodstock Town Justice
  • Craig Watters for Philipstown Town Council
  • Lisa Whitehead for Batavia City Council

Candidates in 2016[edit]

Name Office Votes %
Alex Merced U.S. Senate
Michael McDermott[20] U.S. House, district 3
David Pasick[21] U.S. House, district 22
Anthony D'Orazio (write-in)[22] U.S. House, district 25
Rich Purtell State Senate, district 52
Jeffrey Tillery State Assembly, district 123
Peter Vazquez[23][24] State Assembly, district 138

Gary Johnson and William Weld, the national Libertarian Party's presidential and vice-presidential nominees respectively, were cross-endorsed by the Independence Party of New York in the 2016 election.[25]

Candidates in 2018[edit]

Name Office Votes %
Larry Sharpe Governor of New York
Andrew Hollister Lt. Governor of New York
Chris Garvey Attorney General of New York



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