In accepting the appointment, Patrick Lembo said:
It is an honor and a pleasure to be appointed as Chair of Downstate Libertarians. Being an American in the 21st century involves great civic responsibility; the nation has been smacked with a tidal wave of liberal thinking, guided by an intelligentsia which has no concept of the American middle class and is dead set on turning the United States into a social democracy. The City of New York beholds a microcosm of the bureaucratic, paternalistic, liberal, and unconstitutional future in store for the entire country. As a New York Libertarian, I will take action to fight liberalism by reducing government, regulation, laws, and taxes. Above all, I pledge to take action to defend the United States Constitution. I thank Dr. Stevens for the opportunity to espouse Liberty and look forward to helping the impetus of the Libertarian movement grow and ultimately take back the nation.
On July 7, 2010, the Governing Board of Empire State Libertarians chartered Downstate Libertarians. Dodge Landesman served as Chair from July 7, 2010 to July 24, 2013. Patrick Lembo has been a member of the Libertarian Party of Queens County since February 9, 2013 and has served as its Youth Outreach Coordinator since that date. On July 26, 2013, Mr. Lembo became a dues-paying member of the national Libertarian Party.