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Libertarian Party of New York

Libertarian Party of New York
Chairperson Mark E. Glogowski
Senate leader None
House leader None
Founded 1971
Ideology Libertarianism, Classical Liberalism,
Political position

Social: Centre-Left

Fiscal: Right-Wing
National affiliation Libertarian Party (United States)
Colors a shade of Blue; Yellow

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

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 Mark E. Glogowski elected 2015
Immediate Past Chair Mark Axinn Chairman, 2010—2015
Vice Chair Christian Padgett
Jim Rosenbeck
elected 2015
Treasurer Gary Triestman
Secretary Blay Tarnoff
At-Large Chris Edes
Phil Ricci
Robert Porter
Brian Waddell
Kevin Wilson

Vote totals for Libertarian candidates in New York


Year Candidate Votes
1974 Jerome Tuccille 10,503
1978 Gary Greenberg 18,990
1982 John Northrup 16,913
1990 W. Gary Johnson 24,611
1994 Robert Schulz 9,506
1998 Christopher Garvey 4,722
2002 Scott Jeffrey 5,013
2006 John Clifton 15,068
2010 Warren Redlich 48,386
2014 Michael McDermott 15,209[5]

In 2006, Lt. Governor candidate was Donald Silberger. In 2010, Lt. Governor candidate was Alden Link. Both gentlemen are in their 80's. (Remainder of Lt. Governor candidate list needed: vote totals are the same as for Governor)

Attorney General

Year Candidate Votes
1994 Daniel A. Conti 19,202
2002 Dan Conti 23,213
2006 Chris Garvey 29,413
2010 Carl Person 36,547


Year Candidate Votes
2002 James Eisert 19,235
2006 John J. Cain 40,472
2010 John Gaetani 27,485

U.S. Senate

Year Candidate Votes
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


  • ^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. Representative

(partial data)
Year CD Candidate Votes
2012  3 Michael McDermott 1,641

Electors for U.S. President

Year Candidate Votes
1980 Ed Clark 52,648
1988 Ron Paul 12,109
1996 Harry Browne 12,220
2000 Harry Browne 7,649
2004 Michael Badnarik 11,607
2008 Bob Barr 19,513
2012 Gary Johnson 47,229

Candidates by election year

New York City candidates in 2005

  • Audrey Silk for Mayor 3,105 .25%
  • Jim Lesczynski for Public Advocate 17,034 2.22%
  • Ron Moore for Comptroller 12,629 1.67%
  • Joseph Dobrian for Manhat. Boro Pres. 2,891 1.17%
  • Gary Popkin for Brooklyn Boro Pres. 2,143 .82%
  • Claudia Flanagan for City Council D. 2 643 2.59%
  • Jak Karako for City Council - Dist. 4 358 1.03%
  • Thomas Ruks for City Council - Dist. 22 352 2.26%

Statewide candidates in 2010

  • Warren Redlich for Governor
  • Alden Link for Lieutenant Governor
  • John Gaetani for Comptroller
  • Carl Person for Attorney General
  • Randy Credico for U.S. Senate (regular election)
  • John Clifton for U.S. Senate (special election)

Candidates in 2012

12 Libertarian candidates ran for office in 2012.[6]

  • Chris 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
  • Catherine Wark for U.S. House, district 5
  • Dan Halloran for U.S. House, district 6
  • 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

Statewide candidates in 2014

Manhattan Libertarian Party

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

The Manhattan LP is 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

Sam Sloan and the Manhattan madam Kristin Davis (not the TV actress by the same name) both sought the Libertarian Party nomination for Governor of New York State. Andrew Clunn seeks to be nominated for Lieutenant Governor, Carl Person seeks the nomination for Attorney General. John Clifton seeks the nomination for US Senate, and Michel Faulkner seeks the nomination for US Congress from the 15th Congressional District presently held by Charles Rangel.


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  3. ^ Winger, Richard (Dec. 1, 2002) "2002 OCTOBER REGISTRATION TOTALS", ''Ballot Access News.
  4. ^ Libertarian Party of New York - Officers
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  6. ^ [1]

External links

  • 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
  • The 1994 Petition Drive by Blay Tarnoff
  • Libertarian Party of NY website
  • National Libertarian Party website
  • Libertarian Party of Manhattan website
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