In New York, if you want to remain independent as a voter, you check the box on the voter registration form that says you do not wish to enroll in a party. (This status is often referred to as “a blank”.) Also on the voter registration form, is the option to join the third party called “The Independence Party”.
(excerpt from) NY Capitol News
The Real MacKay
A glimpse into the Independence Party chairman’s mind, and into his castle
Chris Bragg / November 18, 2010
In the ballroom of a castle on the Gold Coast of Long Island, Frank MacKay was straddling the line between king and court jester. For the former nightclub owner and record producer and the current Independence Party chairman, this is a familiar line…
MacKay throws four-course meals with Oheka’s owner, Gary Melius. They facilitate meetings between donors, politicians, investors and developers. The lunches also serve as a chance to woo MacKay, who has near-total control over many of the party’s local, and all the party’s statewide, endorsement decisions. Pretty much every major statewide candidate attended this year…