John Procida, Chair of the Libertarian Party of Queens County, resigned from his position as LPQC Chair on Saturday, October 9, 2010 after the State Committee of the New York Libertarian Party failed to provide him with the written apology he had demanded. Mr. Procida was upset that the State Committee had formed a Special Committee to investigate whether to suspend his membership in the State Party.
John Procida was the third member of the Libertarian Party of Queens County to be targeted in this manner since June, 2010. Dr. Tom Stevens, LPQC State Representative, was the first LPQC member to have his State Party membership suspended by the State Committee. In response, Dr. Stevens resigned his Life Membership in the New York Libertarian Party. Sam Sloan, an LPQC member who also was the elected State Representative for the Manhattan Libertarian Party, was the second LPQC member who was targeted. His membership was also suspended and he chose not to appeal that decision.
After not receiving the apology he requested, Mr. Procida decided to sever his ties with the State Party, which necessitated his resignation as LPQC Chair since maintaining his State Party membership is a requirement for his serving in that position. When announcing his resignation, he called the State Party "worthless", "good-for-nothing" and "ineffectual".
John Procida announced his resignation as LPQC Chair at the Executive Committee Meeting of the Libertarian Party of Queens County that was held on Saturday, October 9, 2010 at Bohemian Hall in Astoria, New York.