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New York Green State Senate nominee Hirsh debates rivals

hirshLaurence Hirsh, the Green Party nominee for the April 19 special election for New York’s Ninth State Senate District, debated Democrat Todd Kaminsky and Republican Christopher McGrath on cable television’s News 12 Long Island on Thursday evening.

According to Newsday, Hirsh “criticized a State Board of Elections policy allowing Democrats and Republicans to run on minor party lines and urged public campaign financing of elections. ‘New Yorkers deserve a drastic change from the business as usual politics of the state,’ Hirsh said.” He also “said he opposes Common Core and ‘the privatization of education in any form.'”

The Long Island Herald interviews Hirsh about his campaign, highlighting his call for a state tax on Wall Street. Hirsh told the Herald, “A one percent tax on all Wall Street derivatives trading that should net about $16 billion per year. Reduce the state portion of sales tax from four percent to one percent. The money from the Wall Street tax should make up for that lost revenue. The money could also pay for infrastructure improvements and unfunded mandates.”

The CBS New York website also reports on the campaign, but fails to mention Hirsh and in fact says there are just “two candidates” in the race.

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Hirsh to run for New York state Senate as Green

hirshNewsday 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.