Sandy Cohen

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Sanford Cohen
Personal Details
Birth: (1942-10-14) October 14, 1942 (age 81)
Bronx, New York
Party: Free Libertarian Party of New York
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Sanford "Sandy" Paul Cohen (born October 14, 1942) ran for U.S. Congress in New York in 1974 Under the Free Libertarian Party of New York.


Cohen was born on October 14, 1942 in Bronx, New York. His family moved to Dutchess County, New York, where he graduated from Poughkeepsie High School and Dutchess Community College. He went on to attend Columbia University and graduated from the State University at New Paltz with a Bachelor's degree in economics. He became a Libertarian due to the influence of economics professor Jay Bloom. Cohen stated, "Until I met Jay, I like most liberals, thought the state should have tremendous power and that government was the answer to all major problems. I never thought in terms of the individual....It was a traumatic experience with Jay. We all like to think that the way we doncut our lives and our opinions are valid. It was a shock to have someone say almost all you stood for was nonsense."

Cohen went on to become a high school teacher with the Beacon School District. He married Carole and they had two children, Jennifer and Brock.

Libertarian Party

In 1973, he received one vote at the LPNY State Convention, losing to Mike Nichols. In 1974, he ran for Congress. His wife Carole ran for Mayor of Poughkeepsie in 1975. Cohen was among the attendees at the 1976 state convention.

Political Campaigns

U.S. Congress (1974)

In January 1972, Cohen announced that he was running for U.S. Congress in District 25 for the 1974 elections, to run against incumbent Hamilton Fish, Jr. He was formally nominated at the 1974 state convention. He received 1,881 votes. See Sanford Cohen for New York US House Campaign 1974.