By-Laws

The following By-Laws of the Staten Island Libertarian Party were approved at the first Annual Convention on March 25, 2010.

Article I: Principles and Objectives

The Libertarian Party of Staten Island (“LPSI”) supports the following principles

  • Individual liberty
  • Personal responsibility
  • Free-market economy

The objectives of the LPSI are to:

  • establish a Libertarian presence in Richmond County and the surrounding area;
  • become part of the state and national Libertarian Party network; and
  • promote libertarian ideals and the candidates who support these ideals.

Article II: Membership

Membership in the LPSI shall be open to any person who:

  1. Subscribes to the aforementioned Principles and Objectives; and
  2. Pays annual dues of $15.

Membership will be revoked if, at any time, a person fails to meet the specified requirements. Dues are applicable for the calendar year in which they are paid. Dues paid on or after November 1 will apply towards paid membership the following calendar year.

Article III: Meetings and Conventions

  1. General Meetings. General meetings, open to members and the general public, will occur once a month on the second Wednesday of the month at 8:00PM.
  2. Officer’s Meetings. Officer’s meetings, typically held via private conference call, will be conducted at least once a month.
  3. Special Meetings. Special Meetings can be called by any Officer and must be announced to all Chapter members at least 7 days in advance.
  4. Annual Convention. An Annual Convention will take place in the first quarter of each year. At this convention, all members in good standing will have the opportunity to elect officers, endorse candidates, adopt and amend bylaws, and elect a representative to the State Committee. Chapter members will be notified of the Annual Convention at least 30 days in advance.

Article IV: Officers

  1. Tiltes. The Chapter will have four Officers: Chairperson, Vice-Chairperson, Secretary, and Treasurer. All of the aforementioned officers shall comprise the Executive Committee, which shall set membership requirements, allocate funds, and set policy.
  2. Duties. Each Officer has specific duties as defined below.
    1. Chairperson. The Chairperson shall preside over all Chapter conventions and meetings and act as administrator and spokesperson for the Chapter. The Chairperson may also oversee and/or delegate the development of promotional media and materials, and the promotion of party membership.
    2. Vice-Chairperson. The Vice-Chairperson shall act as associate to the Chairperson, and assumes all duties delegated to the Chairperson when they are not otherwise present at conventions and meetings.
    3. Secretary. The Secretary shall keep an accurate and complete record of the proceedings of all Chapter meetings and conventions. At each meeting, the Secretary shall present the minutes of the previous meeting for approval. The Secretary shall call the roll of the members and shall keep an accurate tally of votes in any Chapter election or nomination.
    4. Treasurer. The Treasurer shall collect, hold, and disburse funds, and maintain records of all financial transactions. At each meeting, the Treasurer shall present an overview of current funds and liabilities, and provide a list of all expenditures since the previous meeting, to the Executive Committee.
  3. Elections. Officers shall be elected by a majority vote using a secret ballot during the Annual Convention. Terms shall end at the next Annual Convention. If any office becomes vacant between Annual Conventions, or remains unfilled after an Annual Convention, elections will be held at a General Meeting or Special Meeting, as dictated by the Executive Committee.

Article V: Endorsements

Candidates for public office may be endorsed by majority secret ballot vote of the Chapter members either at an Annual Convention or at a General Meeting or Special Meeting, provided that the name, address, phone number, and platform are communicated to the entire membership in writing (mail or email) 14 days in advance.

Article VI: Disbandment

In the event that any members wish to secede from the Chapter to form a new Libertarian Party chapter covering Richmond County, New York, in part or in whole, any shared resources shall be divided proportionately based on the number of Chapter members in good standing of each organization.

Article VII: Amendment of Bylaws

These bylaws may be amended by a majority vote of the Chapter members either at an Annual Convention or at a General Meeting or Special Meeting, provided that the proposed amendments are communicated to the entire membership in writing (mail or email) 14 days in advance.

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