Craig Seeman of the Green Party of New York State has posted multiple videos of presidential candidate Jill Stein speaking at a recent New York fundraiser for her campaign.
On Monday, the day before competitive Democratic and Republican presidential primaries in New York, the Green Party of New York said, “We are not surprised by reports of would-be voters in tomorrow’s presidential primary discovering that they do not, in fact, belong to the party to which they registered. Many of our members experienced similar frustrations when attempting to register Green. But the solution to this and other threats to democracy in New York is not so-called ‘open’ primaries, as proposed in a newly-announced lawsuit, but comprehensive voting reforms to support multiparty democracy and a board of elections that operates free from partisan control.”
The GPNY said, “‘Open’ primaries funnel unaffiliated voters into the corrupt, undemocratic duopoly parties instead of building the grassroots parties we so desperately need,” and “only serve the short-term interests of unaffiliated voters at the expense of party members who spend time and energy building a fighting organization with a coherent platform and agenda.”
New York’s Watertown Daily Times reports that Green Party candidate Matt Funiciello will officially announce his candidacy for U.S. House in the state’s 21st District on Saturday.
Funiciello sought the seat two years ago. Last fall, 2014 Democratic nominee Aaron Woolf urged Funiciello to run as a Democrat this time, but Funiciello declined to do so. Woolf received 33% of the vote in the three-way race won by Republican Elise Stefanik; Funiciello received 11% of the vote.
Newsday reports that Green Party candidate Laurence Hirsh “has formed a campaign committee to run in the April 19 special election in Nassau County’s 9th Senate District for the seat vacated by ex-Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos.”
Hirsh was a Green candidate for the Nassau County Legislature in 2015.
Longtime Green Party activist Howie Hawkins was arrested Tuesday for his participation in the We Are Seneca Lake blockade against the Crestwood gas storage facility in upstate New York. According to the Green Party of New York, Hawkins “joined a U.S. armed forces veterans contingent in a human chain across the entrance to Crestwood Midstream on Route 14.” Hawkins is a Marine veteran who “remained active in the anti-war and anti-nuclear movements” during his service.
Green Party of New York co-chair Gloria Mattera said, “The Green Party is proud to support We Are Seneca Lake’s ongoing civil disobedience campaign against methane gas storage. Their heroic efforts remind us that, while New York is not fracking, we are still bound to an undemocratic fossil fuel system that is deadly to our climate and communities.”
Protesters have been blocking the Crestwood gas storage facility gates since October 2014. The We Are Seneca Lake movement opposes Crestwood’s plans for methane and LPG storage in lakeside salt caverns.
Hawkins was one of the co-founders of the Green Party of the United States in 1984, and has made New York bids for U.S. Senate, U.S. House, governor, and comptroller, as well as several county and city-level offices. In his 2014 gubernatorial run, he received nearly 185,000 votes, just under five percent of the total. In 2015, he won 35% of the vote in his run for Syracuse City Auditor.
Matt Funiciello, the Green Party candidate for the New York 21st District U.S. House seat, co-writes a Huffington Post piece with Siena College economist Aaron Pacitti calling for the establishment of a living wage.
They write, “Beginning on January 1, 2016, the minimum wage in New York rose to $9.00 per hour, a 12 percent increase from 2014. Additionally, the minimum wage for tipped workers increased to $7.50 per hour. Although a minimum wage that rises faster than the cost of living is a good policy to reduce poverty and inequality, small incremental increases over multiple years are not sufficient to keep full-time minimum wage employees out of poverty. A $15 minimum wage is needed today and should be indexed to inflation to ensure that low-wage workers can be economically self-sufficient.”
They argue that “the minimum wage is far too low for an economy as rich as ours, forcing full-time workers to live in poverty and rely on public support. It’s time we end consumer and taxpayer subsidies to businesses that employ minimum wage workers, and make the minimum wage a living wage.”
New York’s Glens Falls Post-Star reports that Patti Gray Whann, a former Republican candidate for local office who had recently been registered with not party, has registered with the Green Party “as she solidified her decision to run for Glens Falls mayor in 2017.”
She said, “To be a registered independent, you’re not a party and you have no line. Although I haven’t gotten my cute little postcard back from the Board of Elections yet, I filled out my paperwork and put it in the mail.” The newspaper says Gray Whann “was a local organizer in Saratoga Springs for Republican John McCain’s first presidential campaign in 2000, and she represented the Republican viewpoint at a presidential candidate proxy debate in 2004 at Crandall Public Library.”
The Green Party of New York said Tuesday that the guilty verdict against former state Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver “just puts a legal stamp on what everyone has known for years. The people of New York are not surprised that Silver has been illegally buying and selling access to further enrich himself and his wealthy friends. They are only surprised that he actually went to trial and was convicted.”
The party said it “is pleased to see that even the top tier of New York’s corrupt legislators cannot evade the consequences forever. In recent years, New Yorkers have witnessed politician after politician being led away in handcuffs while our rents skyrocket, jobs disappear and our infrastructure crumbles. Sheldon Silver’s crimes may be some of the most egregious to date, but this graft will continue unless there are real electoral and campaign finance reforms.”
The Syracuse Post-Standard has endorsed two Green Party candidates for Syracuse City School District school board. The newspaper says Raymond Blackwell “overcame the siren song of a gang to graduate from Fowler High School” and went on to get a master’s degree, and “promises a practical approach, pushing the district to create more vocational and technical training to move students swiftly from schools to well-paying jobs in the community.”
Nineteen-year-old Caleb Duncan, “a 2014 Henninger High School graduate, founded a student union in high school and served as a student representative on the code of conduct task force that resulted in the current discipline code. His thoughtful responses to the editorial board’s questions show that he’s ready to take his place at the table.”
The newspaper also endorsed two non-Green candidates.
New York’s Glen Falls Post-Star reports that Matt Funiciello, the likely Green Party candidate in the state’s 21st U.S. House District next year, has rejected a public appeal from 2014 Democratic nominee Aaron Woolf that Funiciello run as a Democrat. Woolf received 33% of the vote in the three-way race won by Republican Elise Stefanik; Funiciello received 11% of the vote.
Woolf says that Funiciello’s 2014 candidacy, like Sen. Bernie Sanders’s current presidential run, “generated attention and participation, and now Funiciello has the chance to follow Sanders’ example and bring that energy to a more prominent stage — one with the real possibility of advancement — by seeking the 2016 Democratic line as well.”
But Funiciello said, “I don’t have any intention of playing that game. … Simply put, I am a Green. Not a Democrat. I do not accept corporate donations nor will I work within a party that does. I consider myself a principled working class candidate and running as a Democrat or a Republican would be the worst kind of betrayal of all the wonderfully brave souls who joined with me last year in stating very clearly that corporate money needs to be eradicated from our political process and we know it and are willing to vote accordingly.”