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The Status Quo Squashes Again

The Libertarian Party of New York was pleased to turn in nearly 30,000 signatures this past August to secure its’ statewide slate of candidates on this November’s ballot.  As usual, the LPNY, its membership and supporters worked hard to collect approximately double the necessary amount of signatures as to avoid any “challenges” from the two major parties. The time for challenges had passed and the LPNY was informed by the New York State Board of Elections (NYSBOE) that our statewide slate of candidates (Michael McDermott, Governor; Christopher Edes, Lt. Gov; John Clifton, Comptroller and Carl Person, Attorney General) would be on the November 4th election. Great right? Not so fast, this is NY and the Dempublicrats don’t like competition. As in years past, they will do anything and everything to restrict the electoral process.

Absentee ballots were mailed out this week and voters have reported that the Libertarian line and its’ candidates is being “shared” with the Stop Common Core line and its’ candidate, Rob Astorino.  Governor Cuomo has the Democratic, Working Families, Independence and the “Woman’s Equality” lines, all unshared. Mr. Astorino has the Republican, Conservative and the pathetic “Stop Common Core” line, also all unshared. Even the “Sapient Party” has their own line but somehow the NYSBOE saw fit to attach the Libertarian line with the Republican-funded, anti-Common Core line. My friends, this is about as deceptive as it gets. This is an obvious attempt to confuse voters that will ultimately invalidate many votes for the Libertarians who are seeking permanent ballot access in the State of New York.

Please join me in spreading the news of this injustice and condemning the shameful acts of the NYSBOE. If you want to cast your vote for the Libertarian Party of New York, you MUST fill-in the circle next to the Libertarian candidates’ name ONLY; McDermott, Edes, Clifton and Person. Please don’t fall for the pathetic shenanigans of the DempublicRATS who have worked together to silence the political will of the citizenry by drafting and printing this sham of a ballot.

Please support the ONLY party that seeks to promote liberty to every New Yorker and cast your vote on November 4th for Michael McDermott, Christopher Edes, John Clifton and Carl Person.

In Liberty,

Todd G. Haggerty,

Chair Capital District Libertarian Party



for the first time in four years, the LPNY had followed the election law(s) to the letter in order to secure that ballot line and as usual, the Dempublicrats have shown their true colors and have resorted to fraud in order to suppress tens of thousands of independent voices.

Did Gillibrand kill Main St.?

After confusing her with Sarah Palin, the elderly black gentleman on Chatham’s main street said she didn’t do much for Columbia County. Despite being one of the few people who have ever debated her publicly, Senator Gillibrand is now a remote political figure to me also. But I don’t blame her for a lack of jobs at the factory. That’s not her job.

Every business person on the quaint Main Streets of Columbia County has created a job, even if it is their own. They take the risk of time and money for their endeavor, often just rolling the free market dice. I respect everyone of them. I do business with them when I can, I don’t envy them, having been there and bought the T-shirt.

The other day one of our candidates was on the big time political show, Hardball. That’s a huge opportunity for any Libertarian candidate. When Chris Matthews asked him the all important question of what “program” he would eliminate, the candidate hit it out of the park with his answer, “war”.

In 2006, Gillibrand won a race against a GOP lout and managed to side step the issue of the wars in her campaign. Over a trillion dollars later and thousands of lives spent, people on Main St. are wondering where all the jobs are. Out the door with Gillibrand’s votes for war.

I only found six signatures on Main St. today. Three of them from earnest elderly black gentlemen. Seven more came from employees outside their nursing home gig, idly smoking and talking about J.C. Penny coupons. While the kids in the car coming home from camp couldn’t understand why I would stop and ask for these folks signatures. I know it’s because war has weakened the country severely and horrible politicians are to blame. I’m against them, always.

I can take a few minutes in the course of the day to fight for people still trying to change that through regular politics. No need for a “movement” sneer against such activity. Somebody has to protest in the big arena, even if they get slaughtered like Nero’s Christians. Libertarians have never sent a generation overseas to fight for any reason.

There was a car blocking the road for no good reason just down from the smoking nurses. This particular Audi owner seemed to be giving the village road worker the business. It had a Gillibrand bumper sticker on it.



Werner Hetzner Named CDLP Director of Communications

Werner Hetzner of Cohoes was recently named Communications Director for the Capital District Libertarian Party. A long time activiist and letter writer on issues of liberty and government accountability, Werner was published in the Albany Times Union on June 9th commenting upon what drives legislative voting.

The text of the letter follows:

Your editorial lament about political campaign finance and democracy seemed curiously out of date (“For sale: One government,” May 29). Buying political influence is hardly news. Why the sudden outrage? It’s not just wealthy individuals who buy political influence; unions (teachers, public employees, health care) have consistently paid the most for New York politicians.

Democracy has become a sham. Politically motivated state mandates account for about 90 percent of municipal and school budgets. In other words, county legislators do not get to cut, trim or reduce them in any way, neither can school boards. Why bother to vote when the results have no meaning?

The reality is that votes can be bought and power can be sold. Legislators understand this. Power corrupts. The greater their power to create rights, dispense privileges, contracts and favors, the higher the price such officials command. This is the dynamic that drives “politics as usual” to grant the demands of some at the expense of others.

The people of New York and their local governing bodies have been regulated to bankruptcy and dysfunction by Democrats and Republicans. They need to be liberated.

Werner Hetzner

 director, Capital District Libertarian Party



Government will not solve “Income Inequality”

A recent letter in the Times Union under the heading “Wealthy in Control of Government” by Wally Hughes of Charlton points out that “a poor economy and unemployment has little effect upon the wealth stream” of large companies which have the means to “deal with our increasing bureaucracy.” He continues with the observation that small and mid-sized businesses are “bogged down by exploding paperwork.”
Government regulation and the imposed costs, both direct and indirect resulting from such regulations contribute to the loss of jobs and the marginalization of the poor and middle class significantly contributing to income inequality impacting not only the individuals but the communities in which they reside.
Government is not the last place we should look to address concerns about economic malaise, unemployment and income inequality.  At its best, it is incompetent; and at its worst, it is the agent that stifles competition and limits innovation and opportunity. As Mr. Hughes appropriately asks “Who do you think has the (attention of the) legislators?”

After a very successful Statewide Convention, in which over 100 liberty activists attended, the local LP Chapter (CDLP) will host it’s’ annual Convention.

Tuesday, May 13, 2014 at Browns Brew in Troy, NY at 6pm.

If you are considering running for local office in 2014 and would like our endorsement, please stop by.

Meet the Libertarian Party Candidates for Governor

There are five announced candidates for the nomination of the Libertarian Party of New York to be Governor of the State of New York, The Convention will be held on Saturday April 26th at the Best Western Hotel, 200 Wolf Road, Albany. It is anticipated that the candidates will be in town and available at a meet and greet on Friday evening at either the hotel or a spot near by which will be posted. The convention is open to all; however only members of the Libertarian Party of New York will participate in the voting.

Chris Edes to Seek Nomination for Governor as a LIbertarian

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April 17, 2012

Chris Edes to seek nomination for Governor as a Libertarian

Rochester, NY — Chris Edes, a Rochester native and Libertarian Party candidate for U.S. Senate in 2012, is seeking the Libertarian Party’s nomination for Governor this year.

The Libertarian Party of New York selects its nominees at its State Convention this Saturday, April 26. The gubernatorial nominee will likely be chosen in the late afternoon or evening. There are four other persons seeking the nomination, in what promises to be an interesting contest.

“I believe we can forge a consensus on fiscal policy,” said Edes. “Democrats and Republicans alike support tax breaks for banks and businesses. I propose instead a tax cut for the individual and the consumer. It’s past time for the little guy to catch a break.”

Edes also plans to “bring New York into the 21st Century by adopting a ‘shall issue’ permit system for handguns.”

Chris is widely assumed to be in the running, but had not yet issued a formal press advisory. He has a website at


Tired of Politics As Usual?

Why the Libertarian Party is not, and can not be, Politics As Usual.

The Libertarian Party values the founding principles which have been discarded by the other political parties. The most important of these is that government is to be limited. If laws steal choices for some people and confer privileges and rights on others then it is no longer limited. As Lord Acton warned, “Power corrupts. Absolute power corrupts abslutely.” Exploitation is a form of corruption. Corruption is common in government.

Examples of the Tragedy of the Commons are ubiquitous. So the prevailing myths about lofty concepts like The Public Interst and Accountability to the People can easily be refuted. Schools are good examples of the prevailing myth. Schools are ubiquitous. More than any other government agency, schools are accessible, used and relied on by “the people.” Schools are closer to people, and people are closer to schools than to any other government agency.

Schools make a lie of the popular and prevailing notion about government and democracy — accountability to “the people.”

If local schools are an example of “government of, by and for the people,” then we must accept the notion that people actually want schools that fail to perform honestly and competently.

On the other hand, if “we the people” must pay for a money-pit we obviously don’t want, does that not make us accountable to government?

The Libertarian Party is all about maximizing choices. That is opposite of removing choices.
Libertarians favor choices for everything – school choices as well as abortion choices.
Libertarians will let you pursue happiness as you see fit, not as someone else sees fit for you.
Libertarian legislators will not fill the treasury to buy votes with other people’s money.
Libertarians will not limit, prohibit, or mandate what you do with your money or what you do in your bedroom. Those should be your business and not decided by someone else.
Libertarian government treasuries will be limited so exploitaion and corruption will be limited. That means tragedies will be limed as well.
Libertarian politicians will let people decide for themselves instead of being forced to obey people who have political power and influence.

Werner Hertzog

Libertarian Richard Cooper challenges Andrew Cuomo and Republican Unknowns for Governor of New York

Richard Cooper
Westbury, NY: 2/19/14:

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Former State Libertarian Party Chair Richard Cooper declared his candidacy for the Libertarian Party’s nomination for governor with the message “Free New Yorkers from the Empire State.” Cooper says New Yorkers deserve a choice of someone who will “Stop wasting money and meddling in their personal lives. Economic freedom and personal freedom go together.”

If he wins 50,000 votes in November, the Libertarians obtain official ballot status for the next four years.

Cooper proposes cutting spending, taxes and borrowing. He advocates abolition of agencies such as the Empire State Development Corporation, which he calls an engine of corporate welfare and eminent domain abuse, which are “evils” Cooper pledges to eliminate. Cooper was a plaintiff in the unsuccessful “Stop The Pork” lawsuit.

Cooper calls for term limits for state and municipal elected officials.

“Common Core should be cancelled,” Cooper says. “The Board of Regents is picked by the legislature voting jointly, which means that they are selected by Speaker Silver. Only a relative few people get to vote on Silver. I advocate gubernatorial appointment of the Board of Regents. The governor is accountable statewide.”

Cooper advocates legalization of marijuana. He rejects Federal interference. “Alcohol prohibition was enacted and repealed by constitutional amendment. Federal marijuana prohibition evaded the constitution.”

Not only does he demand repeal of Cuomo’s NY Safe Act, but he advocates repeal of the Sullivan Law which imposed the discretionary handgun permit system. Failing repeal of the Sullivan Law, Cooper demands a “shall issue” system so that anyone not barred from having a gun may get one.

Cooper is a Westbury resident and is logistics vice president of a Long Island manufacturing firm. He graduated Columbia College with a degree in history and also studied public finance. -30-

Nathan Lebron Seek Libertarian Endorsement for Governor of New York

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February 26, 2014


Colonie, NY – Lebron Group LLC President and Chairman of the Hispanic Coalition of New York, Nathan Lebron is currently seeking the Libertarian endorsement for Governor of New York. Mr. Lebron is working with Libertarian party leaders and will address the Capital District Libertarian Party on Tuesday, March 11th at 417 River Street Troy, NY 12180 (Browns Brewing) at 6:30pm. The NYS Libertarian Party will nominate their candidate at their State Convention to be held Saturday, April 26 at the Best Western Hotel, 200 Wolf Rd. in Colonie, NY.

“The major parties in New York State have rendered our democracy dysfunctional; they collude to influence the political process across our great state, disenfranchising millions of voters and citizens. The smaller parties offer no opposition as they align with the traditional parties in exchange for patronage while the voice of the average citizen continues to be ignored. The Libertarian Party of New York is the only party that offers citizens hope to bring fiscal and constitutional discipline to state government.

Governor Cuomo offers a great deal of rhetoric but continues to fail New Yorkers who still pay some of the highest property and school taxes in the nation and are now losing their constitutionally protected freedom through kneejerk legislation like the so-called SAFE Act.

The Governor simply lacks the insight and perspective to present to the people a unifying vision for New York that will create prosperity. The growing calls to split the state into two zones further illustrates the failed leadership of our governor.

New York was once great when it was free. We can be great again if we embrace freedom like we once did. ”

About Nathan Lebron

Mr. Lebron was born in Harlem, NY and grew up in San Sebastian, Puerto Rico and The Bronx.

Having survived childhood cancer, homelessness, and permanent disability, Mr. Lebron put himself through college and received a BA in Computer Science from the State University of New York at Albany. He received a Master degree in Information Technology from Harvard University in 2006.

In 2003, Nathan Lebron created the Lebron-Michelle Scholarship to provide financial assistance to high school graduates at risk of not attending college. He also serves on the boards of directors of a number of Capital District Non-Profits.

He was also the Republican candidate for Mayor of the City of Albany in 2009.

In 2011 Nathan started the Lebron Group LLC, a technology consulting firm and was honored in 2012 when he became Chairman of the Hispanic Coalition of New York.

Mr. Lebron currently resides in Colonie, NY with his wife, Charlotte.