In 2018, the Libertarian Party reached the threshold to become an officially recognized party in New York State. The party is led by an Interim State Committee pending party elections in 2020 among enrolled Libertarians. Before official status, the Libertarian Party was constituted as a corporation. During this period of transition, the legacy corporation continues to operate under its bylaws. The functions are as follows, and the leadership is listed below.

  • State Committee of the LPNY – This body is tasked with overseeing the party structure and a majority of resources, along with management of communications, outreach, and finance.
  • Interim State Committee (ISC) – This body is tasked with the electoral functions of the political party, including vetting and certifying candidates for office.

State Committee of the LPNY

The State Committee, since 1973, is elected annually according to the bylaws.

Chair Mark Glogowski
Vice Chair Kari Bittner
Vice Chair
Jeff Motta
Secretary Bill Schmidt
Duane Whitmer
At-Large Committee Member Steve Minogue
At-Large Committee Member
Paul Grindle
At-Large Committee Member Michael McDermott
At-Large Committee Member Christopher Olenski
At-Large Committee Member
Chase Tkach
Immediate Past Chair Jim Rosenbeck
Brooklyn Chapter Representative Gary Popkin
Cattaraugus Chapter Representative Peyton Kunselman
Capital Chapter Representative
Fred Cole
Chautauqua Chapter Representative Andrew Kolstee
Erie Chapter Representative Edward Garrett
Genesee Chapter Representative Colin McAllister
Hudson Valley Chapter Representative Jan-Erik Janson
Manhattan Chapter Representative Ilya Schwartzburg
Monroe Chapter Representative Sean Phelan
Nassau Chapter Representative Blay Tarnoff
Onondaga Chapter Representative Millie Dordal
Queens Chapter Representative Aaron Commey
Schoharie Chapter Representative Lora Newell
Staten Island Chapter Representative
 Richard Bell 
Steuben Chapter Representative Peter Olausson
Suffolk Chapter Representative Jim Harris
Tioga Chapter Representative Rich Purtell
Westchester Chapter Representative Mark Rosen

To get in touch with other members of a chapter, whether an official one or a fledgling group, please see our chapter meetings page.

Interim State Committee

The Interim State Committee was formed in February 2019, and consists of the following:

Chair Jim Rosenbeck
Vice Chair Tony D’Orazio
Vice Chair
Tucker Coburn
Secretary Fred Cole
Cruger Gallaudet
Member Michael Arcati
Member Alyce Auman
Member Steve Becker
Member Richard Bell
Member Millie Dordal
Member Mark Glogowski
Member Todd Haggarty
Member Jim Harris
Member Andrew Hollister
Member Jason Loveland
Member Mike McDermott
Member Steve Minogue
Member Jeff Motta
Member Gary Popkin
Member Mark Potwora
Member Ilya Schwartzburg

Chapter/County Leaders

Brooklyn Chair Devin Balkind
Cattaraugus Chair Luke Wenke
Capital District Chair
 Charles Senrick
*Chautauqua Chair Andrew Kolstee
*Erie Chair Edward Garrett
Genesee Chair Mark Potwora
Hudson Valley Chair Gary Triestman
Manhattan Chair Aaron Commey
*Monroe Chair Kevin Wilson
Nassau Chair Blay Tarnoff
**Niagara ICO Chair Charlie Flynn
Onondaga Chair
Shawn Hannon
Queens Chair Michael Arcati
Schoharie Chair Lora Newell
Staten Island Chair
 Richard Bell
Steuben Chair Peter Olausson
*Suffolk Chair Mike McDermott
Tioga Chair Melvin Foster
Westchester Chair Mark Rosen

*Chautauqua, Erie, Monroe, and Suffolk County are also Interim County Organizations under the new party, with the same leadership.
**Niagara County is an Interim County Organization under the new party.

Temporary County Chairs

Temporary County Chairs are those officials designated to act as the point person for forming a county organization.

*Albany County Temporary Chair Veronica Diver
Chenango County Temporary Chair Clarence LaBarr
*Columbia County Temporary Chair Cody Anderson
Cortland County Temporary Chair Matthew McIntyre
Franklin County Temporary Chair Mandy Atkinson
Fulton County Temporary Chair 
Brandon Lyon
Madison County Temporary Chair Mark Braiman
Niagara County Temporary Chair
Charlie Flynn
Oneida County Temporary Chair
Craig Miles
Ontario County Temporary Chair
Kari Bittner
Otsego County Temporary Chair Jason Loveland
*Rensselaer County Temporary Chair Phil Vecchio
Saratoga County Temporary Chair
Rob Arrigo
*Schenectady County Temporary Chair Fred Cole 
St. Lawrence County Temporary Chair
 Mark Deon
Washington County Temporary Chair
 Dave Boddery
Wayne County Temporary Chair
Jim Dayton
Wyoming County Temporary Chair Jim Wanke

If you wish to be appointed or to nominate someone as temporary county chair for your non-represented county (a non-voting but important position), please contact one of the members of the State Committee. Here is information about starting a new local Libertarian group in NY. 

*denotes appointees by the Interim State Committee

Appointed, non-voting positions

The following are appointed positions by the State Committee. They do not have a vote, except for those that also hold a position as an officer or representative.

Parliamentarian  M Carling
Administrative Director Jim Rosenbeck
Communications Director Andrew Kolstee
Deputy Communications Director Steve Minogue
Press Secretary Vacant
Newsletter Editor Fred Cole
Social Media Coordinator Maura Botsford
Political Director
Rich Purtell
Outreach Director Vacant
Finance Director Anthony Pellegrino