Welcome to the State Committee: Justin Pelletier and Sam Hordeski

At the December 4, 2023 meeting of the State Committee, the Libertarian Party of New York filled two vacancies: Sam Hordeski was elected to one of the vacancies in Judicial District 6 while Justin Pelletier was elected to one of the vacancies in Judicial District 7.


Justin Pelletier is the Director of the Cyber Range and Training Center in the ESL Global Cybersecurity Institute at Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT). 

As a component of this work, he oversees the premier worldwide offensive cybersecurity competition (Global Collegiate Penetration Testing Competition), which brings together the top ethical hackers from across the planet. As a Professor of Practice in the Department of Computing Security, Dr. Pelletier teaches at the undergraduate and graduate levels, trains and leads student teams to perform security assessments for partner organizations, and helped to bring the Hacking for Defense initiative to RIT.

He holds a PhD in Information Assurance and Security, an MBA in Entrepreneurship, and a BS in Computer Science. Prior to joining academia, Dr. Pelletier was a civil servant in the intelligence community. He is a combat veteran and currently serves as a Lieutenant Colonel in the U.S. Army Reserve.


Sam Hordeski discovered the liberty movement in 2013 when his friends peer-pressured him into joining the College Libertarians during his sophomore year at Lafayette College.

A decade on, Sam is an industrial controls engineer by profession, and an avid aviation aficionado who spends his free time volunteering at his local cat shelter, listening to classic rock, and grumbling to his extremely patient wife about government overreach and the slow decay of civilized society.  Sam’s intellectual influences include Ayn Rand, Ludvig von Mises, and Ron Swanson.

His guiding principles in life are self-ownership, the NAP, and believing that “good” and “evil” exist on a spectrum inside every person.  In the coming years he hopes to continue the fight for ballot access in New York State, resist the political duopoly, and promote the ideals of economic freedom, individual rights, and small government.  Sam looks forward to participating in the LPNY State Committee and helping to advance the cause of liberty!

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