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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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Upstate New York shop offers Stein-themed green tea donut

CfzbvIVWQAAcWF1Troy, New York, donut shop Nibble Inc. offered a “Green With Stein” donut this week in advance of the state’s Democratic and Republican presidential primaries. In addition to the donut honoring Green Party presidential candidate Jill Stein, the shop had donuts named for the two major Democratic candidates, the three major Republican candidates, and Libertarian Gary Johnson.

According to The Troy Record, the Green With Stein “is a vegan doughnut filled with a green tea glaze.”

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Funiciello: Belgium attacks “blowback in its purest form”

p matt funiciello farmers marketMatt Funiciello, the Green Party candidate for U.S. House in New York’s 21st District, told The Plattsburgh Press-Republican that the bombings in Belgium this week show that the U.S. “needs to rethink its foreign policy.”

Funiciello said, “It is a given in these situations that our hearts go out to all the victims and their families. Sadly, it also a given that we will use this action as an excuse to call for more blood and escalate our own aggression. We’ve bombed and droned and occupied our way into radicalizing millions of people overseas. We’ve destroyed their families, their friends and their homes in our thirst for revenge and control. This is blowback in its purest form, and it is precisely why groups like ISIS exist in the first place.”

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Northeast Public Radio interviews Green U.S. House candidate Funiciello

funicielloMatt Funiciello, Green Party candidate for U.S. House in New York’s 21st District, was interviewed by WAMC Northeast Public Radio about his campaign. The piece runs six and one-half minutes.

Funiciello first 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.

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Funiciello to enter New York U.S. House race this weekend

funicielloNew 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.

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Green Party presidential primary calendar

primaryThis is a partial list of Green Party state-level presidential nominating events. This list will be updated when possible, and all available results will be posted on Green Party Watch.

 

 

  • Arizona: Primary (March 22)
  • California: Primary (June 7)
  • Colorado: State party meeting (April 3)
  • Delaware: Convention (May)
  • District of Columbia: Primary (June 14)
  • Illinois: Online voting (Jan. 25-Feb. 14), Primary (March 15)
  • Maine: Primary (June 14)
  • Massachusetts: Primary (March 1)
  • Minnesota: Caucus (March 1)
  • Nebraska: Convention (TBD)
  • New York: Convention (June 11)
  • Ohio: Primary (March 15), Convention (April 3)
  • Texas: Convention (April 9-10)

The Green Party of the United States has recognized five presidential candidates: Darryl Cherney, Bill Kreml, Kent Mesplay, Sedinam Kinamo Christin Moyowasifza-Curry, and Jill Stein. States have different standards for listing candidates in their primaries, so not all candidates will be on all primary ballots.The nominees for president and vice president will be selected at the Green National Convention in Houston, August 4-7.

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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.

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Hawkins arrested at gas storage facility protest

howiehawkins2Longtime 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.

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Green U.S. House candidate Funiciello calls for living wage

funicielloMatt 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.”