Libertarian Party of New York
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▪ Fiscal conservatism
▪ Limited government
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▪ 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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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.
- 1 History
- 2 Ballot access
- 3 Leadership
- 4 Local chapters
- 5 Vote totals for Libertarian candidates in New York
- 6 Candidates by election year
- 7 References
- 8 External links
The Libertarian Party was founded in 1971 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.
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.
The officers of the Libertarian Party of New York are elected annually.
|Chair||Jim Rosenbeck||1st Term (elected 2018)|
|Vice Chair||Brian Waddell
|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)|
The Libertarian Party of New York contains fourteen local affiliates, including the Manhattan Libertarian Party.
|Brooklyn||Libertarian Party of Brooklyn|
|Chautauqua||Chautauqua County Libertarian Party|
|Erie||Erie County Libertarian Party|
|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
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
- Bob Barr for President of the United States
- Isaiah Matos for US Congress, New York's 14th congressional district
- Susan Overeem for US Congress, New York's 13th congressional district
- Bill Buran for New York State Assembly District 72
- Nic Leobold for New York State Assembly District 66
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
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
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|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|
|2018||Larry Sharpe / Andrew Hollister|
|1974||Leland W. Schubert|
|1990||Margaret M. Fries|
|1994||Daniel A. Conti||19,202|
|1974||Robert S. Flanzer|
|2006||John J. Cain||40,472|
|1974||Percy L. Greaves, Jr.|
|1994||William P. McMillen||8,223|
- ^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.
Candidates by election year
Candidates in 2004
- 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
|Jim Lesczynski||Public Advocate||17,034||2.22%|
|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
|Jeffrey T. Russell||U.S. Senate||20,996||0.45%|
|Stephen Finger||U.S. Congress, district 11||671||0.59%|
|Michael J. Sylvia, III||U.S. Congress, district 24||2,134||0.99%|
Candidates in 2008
|Isaiah Matos||U.S. Congress, district 14||2,659||0.97%|
Candidates in 2010
|Alden Link||Lieutenant Governor|
|Carl Person||Attorney General|
|Randy Credico||U.S. Senate (regular)||24,863||0.52%|
|John Clifton||U.S. Senate (special)||18,407||0.04%|
|Dave Narby||State Assembly, district 61||1,494||5.70%|
|Danny Panzella||State Assembly, district 62||1,732||6.87%|
Candidates in 2011
The Libertarian Party of New York had 2 candidates running in 2011.
- Drew Beeman for Monroe County Legislature
- Max Kessler for Monroe County Legislature
Candidates in 2012
The Libertarian Party of New York had 12 candidates running in 2012.
- 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
The Libertarian Party of New York had eight candidates running in 2013.
- 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
The Libertarian Party of New York had seven candidates running in 2014.
- 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
The Libertarian Party of New York had four candidates running in 2015.
- 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
|Alex Merced||U.S. Senate|
|Michael McDermott||U.S. House, district 3|
|David Pasick||U.S. House, district 22|
|Anthony D'Orazio (write-in)||U.S. House, district 25|
|Rich Purtell||State Senate, district 52|
|Jeffrey Tillery||State Assembly, district 123|
|Peter Vazquez||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.
Candidates in 2018
|Larry Sharpe||Governor of New York|
|Andrew Hollister||Lt. Governor of New York|
|Chris Garvey||Attorney General of New York|
- "Our History". Libertarian Party. Archived from the original on 2014-02-27. Retrieved 2014-03-04.
- Brydson, Nicole (April 21, 2006). "Weld to Seek Libertarian Line". New York Observer. Retrieved July 22, 2014.
- Winger, Richard (Dec. 1, 2002) "2002 OCTOBER REGISTRATION TOTALS", ''Ballot Access News.
- Libertarian Party of New York - Officers
- New Onondaga County Libertarian Party forms to give voters an alternative April 27, 2016
- New York State Unofficial Election Night Results, archived from the original on November 7, 2013, retrieved November 7, 2014
- NYS Board of Elections US Senate Election Returns Nov. 7, 2006 Archived August 22, 2012, at the Wayback Machine.>
- NYS Board of Elections - Congressional Vote - Nov. 7, 2006
- NYS Board of Elections Rep. in Congress Election Returns Nov. 4, 2008 Archived 2012-08-23 at the Wayback Machine.
- NYS Board of Elections U.S. Senator Election Returns November 2, 2010
- NYS Board of Elections U.S. Senator Election Returns November 2, 2010
- NYS Board of Elections Assembly Election Returns November 2, 2010
- 2011 Election Results
- 2012 Election Results
- 2013 Election Results
- 2014 Election Results
- 2015 Election Results
- Bob Schulz's fight for more fair ballot access, November 1994 LP Press Release
- Ballot access in New York State, (written around 1995) by William Kone
- National Libertarian Party website
- Libertarian Party of NY website
- Libertarian Party of NY - backup address
- Libertarian Party of Manhattan website
- Nassau County Libertarian Party