Laureen Oliver honored by Independence Party

Laureen Oliver helped to found the New York Independence Party, and was recently honored at one of the party’s events last week.

Laureen Oliver, who helped found the state’s Independence Party and was its first chair, was honored by the party last week and unanimously named its first chairman emeritus.

“Be it resolved that Independence Party of New York recognizes Chairman Oliver’s great work on the party’s behalf,” the one-page resolution states.

The resolution comes as Oliver and close ally Tom Golisano, who founded the party in the early 1990s, are working with New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg to revamp the party. Golisano ran three times for governor under the party’s banner, allowing it to gain the third position on the state’s ballot.

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