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Mission

Members of the New York Republican Liberty Caucus (NYRLC) believe in taking a principled stand consistent with the timeless principles of the founding fathers that stands in stark contrast to the existing party establishment.

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Vision

Members of the NYRLC are committed to achieving the NYRLC’s mission by working within local Republican Party organizations to invigorate and revitalize the GOP in New York and working to help get candidates who believe in and espouse the principles and positions of the New York Republican Liberty Caucus elected to office.

Statement of Principles & Positions

The New York Republican Liberty Caucus supports individual rights, limited government, and free enterprise.

We believe every human being is endowed by nature with inherent rights to life, liberty, and property that are properly secured by law. We support a strict construction of the Bill of Rights as a defense against tyranny; the expansion of those rights to all voluntary consensual conduct under the Ninth and Tenth Amendments; and the requirements of equal protection and due process under the Fourteenth Amendment.

We support the Constitutional restrictions on federal government powers enumerated in Article I, Section 8 as an absolute limit on all government functions and programs. We oppose the adoption of broad and vague powers under the guise of general welfare or interstate commerce.

We oppose all restrictions on the voluntary and honest exchange of value in a free market. We favor minimal, equitable, and fair taxation for the essential functions of government. We oppose all legislation that concedes Congressional power to any regulatory agency, executive department, or international body.

We support the Constitution as the supreme law of the land, the republican form of government it requires, and the right of all citizens to fair and equitable representation.

We believe these are also the proper positions of the Republican Party.

Bill of Rights

The first ten Amendments to the Constitution enumerate but do not limit, the natural rights of every individual. These rights are intended to limit government action beyond the specified powers enumerated in Article I, Section 8 and should be broadly construed to recognize privacy and liberty rights expressed in the Declaration of Independence.

We oppose all restrictions on free and honest expression, most critically those that infringe on political discourse. We oppose any public financing of campaigns or public political forums and any law that allows organizations to collect campaign donations against the wishes of their individual members.

We oppose any restriction of free speech on the internet or in other media. We oppose any program to tax internet commerce or to tax or license website operators.

We oppose efforts to limit the definition of journalism. We oppose efforts to prosecute the United States or foreign citizens for engaging in acts of investigative journalism or for exposing government documents whose publication is not an immediate threat to national security or the safety of government employees.

We support the separation of church and state as a safeguard of religious liberty and freedom of belief. We support an end to any government role in the definition or administration of marriage. Government involvement should be limited to the registration of civil contracts of unions.

We support the original intent of an individual right to keep and bear arms.

We support the right of people to be secure in their persons and property and oppose any use of eminent domain except for essential government functions. We support initiatives in defense of medical, racial, and banking privacy.

We oppose the expansion of the federal security apparatus and associated violations of individual liberty and privacy rights.

We support equal protection and enforcement of the law, including legal accountability standards for all public employees and severe restrictions on the invocation of ‘sovereign immunity’ to protect illegal and unethical government conduct. We oppose administrative regulatory initiatives which are implemented without legislative authorization from Congress.

We recognize the harm that drug abuse causes, but also that the ‘drug war’ has been ineffective and has led to terrible abuses of personal liberty. We favor flexible alternatives at the state and community level to combat the harmful aspects of drug use.

We oppose ‘litmus tests’ for judicial nominees who are qualified and recognize that the sole function of the courts is to interpret the Constitution. We oppose judicial amendments or the crafting of new laws by any court.

Government Reform

The Constitution properly limits the federal government to specific enumerated powers. The Tenth Amendment properly reserves all other powers to the states or to the people. We support these limits on government powers and a phase-out of all programs and departments that violate these principles, including:

  • Department of Education
  • Departments of Commerce and Agriculture
  • Department of Health and Human Services
  • Department of Housing and Urban Development
  • National Endowments for the Arts and Humanities
  • Drug Enforcement Administration
  • Transportation Security Administration

We support the phase-out of any government subsidies and incentives that support or favor any business or special interest.

We support the implementation of the recommendations of the Grace Commission and the Council for Citizens Against Government Waste.

We favor the privatization of all government assets and a transition to free-market management and services for all programs that exceed the enumerated powers of the Constitution.

We support the adoption of the ‘Liberty Amendment’ to the Constitution, requiring respect for enumerated powers and repeal of the Sixteenth Amendment.

Personal Liberties

We affirm the principle that individual rights and liberties are unlimited, as specified in the Ninth Amendment. No law should deny, disparage or restrict the right of every person to privacy, freedom of travel, association, possession of substances, or adult consensual behaviors. We oppose any requirement of government authorization prior to exercising those fundamental freedoms.

We oppose any seizure of private communications, absent the issuance of a judicial warrant showing probable cause that a crime has been committed. We oppose any constraints on the right of every person to associate with others of their choosing, participate in any activity or joint venture that is non-coercive, or freely engage in any mode of travel or social activity.

Taxation

Proper constitutional federal government operations require simple, fair, equitable, and minimal tax policies and procedures.

We support a complete transition and overhaul of federal taxation policy, after a national debate of alternatives to current income and withholding procedures, primarily focusing on a single flat income tax, replacement with a national sales tax, or other methods of funding federal government operations.

We favor the prompt and permanent repeal of all capital gains and inheritance taxes, as well as the special privileges and deductions in the current code.

We oppose all corporate and business taxes, which are a form of double taxation of the participants on the same income or profit.

We support reforms that respect the rights and obligations of parents to choose from among competitive educational services and provide for their children’s schooling. We favor private charity, endowments and scholarships, and a phase-out of all government controls.

We support an amendment to the Constitution requiring a truly balanced budget, a super-majority vote on all tax increases, zero-based budgeting, and public efficiency audits for all legitimate government operations.

Entitlements

We favor individual, family, and community efforts to relieve the burdens of those who have suffered misfortune and innocent injury. Every individual has the right to the fruits of their own labor and the responsibility to support themselves and their families. The only true charity is found in the voluntary efforts of every compassionate person, independent of any government entitlements, dictates, or programs.

We support a responsible transition to private financial alternatives, rather than maintenance or expansion of compulsory government retirement, disability, and health programs.

National Defense

The defense of the nation against foreign military aggression is a proper constitutional power and burden of the federal government. To provide for the common defense, it is authorized to raise and support armies, declare war, and enter into treaties.

We support a modern and efficient military capability that can promptly and overwhelmingly respond to any attack on the United States. We favor reasonable army, navy and air force powers, as well as space communication and anti-ballistic missile capabilities, suitable to detect and decisively counter any strategic danger.

We favor foreign military action only upon a Declaration of War by Congress in the face of an imminent and clear threat to the United States. We favor a clear strategy for entrance into and conclusion of any foreign engagement and a definable goal that constitutes victory.

We oppose the exercise of executive War Powers in the absence of a Declaration, except in the face of an immediate and direct threat to the United States. We oppose any treaty or international agreement that puts American troops under the control or authority of any other executive or administrative power.

We oppose any mandatory draft registration or conscription. The best military must be composed of those who voluntarily assume the restrictions and burdens of military service in defense of the nation and the principles of the Constitution.

As an essential component of national defense, we favor active state support of the National Guard service and complete respect for the individual right to keep and bear arms as the ultimate reserve for repelling invasion or tyranny.

Foreign Relations

We support peaceful diplomatic relations, trade, and immigration policies that enhance the ability of people to travel, engage in international commerce, and pursue liberty everywhere in the world.

We support equitable treaties that enhance the security and exchange with other nations but oppose any agreement that infringes on the sovereignty of the United States.

We favor the phasing out of all foreign aid, or payments to other nations or international bodies, as a form of global welfare and commercial intervention.

Abortion

We oppose any allocation of government funds or resources to facilitate abortions, advocate in the public discussion, or jeopardize the right of any woman to defend her own life and health.

Officers

Gavin M. Wax

Chairman

Alexander M. Kronfeld

Treasurer

Ilana A. Marcus

Vice-Chairwoman

Macayle A. Carey

Secretary

Directors

Dylan J. Gallagher

Director At-Large

Ixchel L. Mazer

Director At-Large

Alexander B. Zhik

Director At-Large

Nicole Kiprilov

Director At-Large

Robert N. Levy

Director At-Large

Nathan E. Berger

Director At-Large

Alexander Z. Lonstein

Director At-Large

Stefano L. Forte

Director At-Large

Kiera M. Guzzo

Director At-Large

Chapters

Updates

Statements

Opposing the New York Health Act

The New York Health Act (Bill S.5474-Rivera/A.6058-Gottfried) would create a government-controlled single-payer health insurance system in the State of New York. It is no exaggeration to state that this bill if passed, would sound like a death knell for the Empire State. If the New York Health Act became law, most private health insurance would no longer be allowed. Instead,…
Gavin M. Wax
August 17, 2021
Statements

Allowing Nonprofits to Seek Property Tax Exemption

Bill A.7583-Galef would provide a real property tax exemption to nonprofit organizations—including houses of worship—that take title to real property after their municipality’s taxable status date. At present, when a religious corporation, a not-for-profit corporation, or another type of nonprofit organization takes title to real property, that organization may not obtain an exemption from real property taxation until a significant…
Gavin M. Wax
August 11, 2021
Statements

Supporting the Liv Act

The 2019 abortion law known as the Reproductive Health Act (RHA) removed all abortion-related crimes from New York’s criminal code. This action removed certain provisions that had been used by prosecutors to punish offenders who commit violent crimes against pregnant women. The Liv Act (Bill S.2129-Jordan/A.4843-DiPietro) would restore some protections for pregnant women and unborn babies that the RHA removed…
Gavin M. Wax
August 11, 2021
Statements

Opposing Mandated Vaccination Reporting

Bill S.75-Hoylman/A.279-Gottfried would mandate the reporting of certain vaccinations, including COVID-19 vaccinations, to the State of New York and/or the City of New York. This bill contains three basic provisions. First, the bill would require medical practitioners to report all vaccinations of persons aged 19 and older to the state. This provision would change a current law that makes such…
Gavin M. Wax
August 9, 2021
Statements

Supporting the Born Alive Abortion Survivors’ Protection Act

Bill S.2569-Helming/A.4429-Manktelow, the Born Alive Abortion Survivors’ Protection Act, would reinstate and strengthen legal protections for infants born alive as a result of abortion procedures. Prior to the enactment of the Reproductive Health Act (RHA) in 2019, Public Health Law § 4164(2) declared that a viable infant born alive following an abortion performed after 20 weeks’ gestation was entitled to…
Gavin M. Wax
August 9, 2021
Updates

New York Republican Liberty Caucus Chartered

We are pleased to announce the chartering of the New York Republican Liberty Caucus! The NYRLC is the official New York State chapter of the Republican Liberty Caucus and is dedicated to working with local Republic Party organizations to invigorate and revitalize the GOP in New York and working to help get candidates who believe in and espouse the principles…
Gavin M. Wax
August 9, 2021

Partners

I pledge to the citizens of New York, and to the American people, that as their elected representative I will work to: restore liberty, not restrict it; shrink government, not expand it; reduce taxes, not raise them; abolish programs, not create them; promote the freedom and independence of citizens, not the interference of government in their lives; and observe the limited, enumerated powers of our constitution, not ignore them.

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