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NY Greens on the ballot today in NYC, New Paltz

On May 5th, two prominent New York Greens are on the ballot in New York City and New Paltz.

p james laneJames Lane is the Green candidate for the special congressional election in NY-11, which covers Staten Island and part of Brooklyn. A longtime Green who has been active in the Black Lives Matter movement and a strong advocate for climate justice after Hurricane Sandy devastated parts of NYC, Lane is running against an establishment Democrat and the Republican district attorney who refused to indict Eric Garner’s killer. He recently received the endorsement of the Southern Brooklyn Democrats over official Democrat-Working Families Part nominee Vincent Gentile.

Jason_West_20050612_gayrallyJason West is a longtime Green and incumbent mayor running in the non-partisan mayoral race in New Paltz. West is best known as the first elected official in New York to perform same-sex marriages in 2004. As mayor, he has been a voice for a sustainable, affordable and just New Paltz, passing the first affordable housing law, achieving one of the best municipal financial ratings in the state while lowering taxes, unearthing a long-buried stream in Peace Park, rezoning downtown areas to be more friendly to pedestrians and small businesses, and promoting events to bring the community together.

 

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The once and future Mayor

Jason WestJason West was Mayor of New Paltz New York from 2003 to 2007. An active member of the Green Party at that time, West was the first official in the United States to marry same-sex couples. He was arrested and charged with “solemnizing marriages without a license”. The charges were later dismissed.

After losing in a run at re-election West headed out west, to the University of California at Berkley to study urban planning, and later returned to New Paltz. This year he again ran for Mayor, and according to posts on his Facebook page, he has won that race, giving him a second but non-consecutive term.

West ran on the “Cooperative Party” ticket.

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Upstate NY Green Party in the hunt

The front page of the Upstate NY Greens carries a story about Darin Robbins and his bid to win a seat on the Corning Board of Aldermen. Robbins is focused largely on sustainability, but has a fully fleshed out platform as well.

In addition, the Green Party in New Paltz is looking for candidates to join Steve Greenfield and Edgar Rodriguez, both elected members of the School Board.