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Howie Hawkins launches Green Party campaign for New York Governor

From Howie Hawkins for NY Governor:

The week of April 8, Howie is officially kicking of his campaign with events across New York State. Please join us and please spread the word to your friends and political allies! 

p howie hawkins supporters syracuseSyracuse – Tuesday April 8, 5:30 pm
New York City – Saturday, April 12, 7 pm
New York City – Sunday, April 13 Press Conference

Stand with Howie next week and show your support for a political vision that prioritizes the needs of people and planet and economic justice and fairness. Cuomo relies upon the 1% to fund his campaigns. Howie is relying on you to help build the movement we need for radical social change.

The Albany Times Union reported on Hawkins’ announcement Wednesday morning:

Green Party gubernatorial candidate Howie Hawkins has a message for members of the Working Families Party who are contemplating a genuine left-flank challenge to Gov. Andrew Cuomo: Think about endorsing him.

“I think they should run against Cuomo,” Hawkins said of the WFP during a Wednesday press conference. “I think they should nominate me.” Continue Reading

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Rochester Green Party slate in the news

With a slate of 6 candidates running for local offices including mayor, city council, school board and sheriff, the Green Party of Rochester, NY is shaking up the city’s elections, normally one-party affairs dominated by the Democratic Party. Here are some recent stories about Rochester Greens:

Rochester City Newspaper: Meet Your Greens

Rochester Democrat and Chronicle: Emily Good (sheriff) will upend status quo

Rochester Democrat and Chronicle: Alex White (mayor) vows change on day one

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Rochester & Syracuse Democrats refuse to debate Greens

p kevin bottFrom Green Party US:

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Green Party demands debate going into mayoral election

“We feel given the state of the city right now, the people deserve to hear all ideas and perspectives about the cities future,” said Green Party candidate Kevin Bott.

When asked if she would debate, Democratic Mayor Stephanie Miner said “I am working from sun up to sun down, 12-14 hours a day. There is just not a lot of time in the day,” she said. “I’m meeting with lots of people, talking about lots of issues so that is what I am focused on,”

Rochester

Lovely Warren won’t debate Alex White in Rochester Continue Reading

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Emily Good, arrested for recording Rochester police, to run for Monroe County Sheriff

p emily goodFrom the Rochester Accent on May 21, 2013:

Emily Good announced her candidacy for Monroe County Sheriff on Monday. The release also invited media to a press conference to be held this morning at 10:30 a.m. in front of the Monroe County Jail on S. Plymouth Ave.

Good’s unlawful arrest for recording an on-duty Rochester police officer in 2011 hit international news and became part of a heated debate about the civic right and responsibility to police the police. We spoke with the activist to learn more about her platform and goals as the Green Party candidate for Sheriff. Continue Reading

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Rochester Green Party announces slate of city candidates

From the Rochester Democrat and Chronicle:

The local Green Party announced a first-ever slate of city candidates on Wednesday, hoping to break Democrats’ grip on City Hall and the school board.

rochester green slate bannerOthers have run for local office. But this is the first year that the Green Party fielded a slate of city candidates: Alex White for mayor; Drew Langdon, David Atias and Dorothy Paige for City Council; and Lori Thomas for school board.

White is the most recognizable Green, a small-business owner and past candidate for City Council and, more recently, for mayor. Continue Reading

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Jill Stein to tour Upstate New York 3/21 – 3/24

Green Party presidential candidate Jill Stein will tour upstate New York this week, starting in Fredonia on Wednesday 3/22 before making her way to Buffalo, Rochester, Syracuse, Binghamton, Schenectady and Troy. Below is the list of events, which can also be found on the Jill Stein for President website:

Suny Fredonia

Wednesday, March 21, 2012 at 11:00 AM
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Green Party of Monroe County, NY announces 7 candidates, former mayoral candidate claims influence on Rochester policy

A very informative article from DemocratAndChronicle.com:

Former Green Party mayoral candidate Alex White is now seeking a spot on City Council…

“I thought the mayoral run went very well. I was running against two very strong candidates, and I was running on a party that no one had heard of,” said White. “So I thought that 9 percent was very well done in that situation. I’m looking to build on the momentum I’ve generated there.”

Thanks to Howie Hawkins’s relative success as the Green Party candidate for governor in 2010, the party is assured a ballot line in any election in New York state for the next four years…

Also running for elected office are Howard Eagle, Mary Adams and Wallace Smith, who will challenge for seats on the Rochester Board of Education. The three candidates are members of a group called the Community Education Task Force, which has been trying to bring about change in the city schools for several years. Eagle, a retiredRochester School District teacher, has run unsuccessfully for a school board seat several times in the past decade. Chris Edes will run for the Monroe County Legislature in the 24th District, which includes parts of the city of Rochester, Brighton, and Henrietta. Edes previously ran for several elected positions as a Libertarian candidate.

Tom Jensen, who currently serves on the Hamlin Planning Board, will run for town supervisor…

White’s recent mayoral run gives him the highest profile of any of the Green Party candidates. He said Wednesday morning that a number of recently-enacted initiatives, such as the installation of LED lights in city buildings, were ideas that he brought to the table in his mayoral run…

“Sure, it would be great if I’m the guy in the chair at the end, but I’ll be happy if Rochester is a better city[,” said White.]

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Free & Equal Commends Green Party Candidate Alex White

Rochester, NY is holding a special election for Mayor after former Mayor Robert Duffy won election as Lieutenant Governor. In New York, special elections do not have primaries and independents must collect the same number of signatures as in a general election, but have only two weeks to do so instead of six.

New York is one of three states, the others being Illinois and Pennsylvania, where challenging an opponent’s petitions has become a commonplace practice. Politicians find it easier to knock their opponents off the ballot, than to win the favor of voters with ideas.

As happens all too often, all independent nominating petitions were invalidated by challenges. In New York officially recognized parties need to collect zero signatures in a special election, so three candidates will appear on the ballot: Green Party candidate Alex White, Democratic Party candidate Tom Richards, and Working Families Party candidate William Johnson.

Johnson attempted to also secure an independent line, but failed when Nichole Malec, an aide for Tom Richards’ campaign, successfully filed objections to more than 700 signatures on Johnson’s petitions.

Another candidate with strong community support, Ann Lewis, managed to collect almost 1,900 signatures in two weeks in the middle of February. Johnson campaign manager Mitch Rowe filed objections to Lewis’ petitions, leaving her with only 1,009 out of the 1,500 necessary to secure an independent line.

Alex White, who was knocked off the ballot for Mayor in 2009, leaving the race uncontested, did not challenge anyone and offered to help Lewis defend her petitions. When asked why he chose to do so, White said: “If my experience in this election has proven anything, it is that more voices produce better elections. To unnecessarily restrict people’s choices in elections grievously hurts our society.” Continue Reading

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Green candidate ousted from Rochester mayor race, leaving incumbent unopposed

Your News Now Rochester has reported that Rochester business owner Alex White, who had filed over 1500 signatures to run for mayor on the Green Party line, was thrown off the ballot after the Democratic Party challenged his signatures and convinced the Board of Elections to reject over 400 signatures. With White off the ballot, the incumbent Democratic mayor Bob Duffy will be unopposed for reelection.

The Green Party of Monroe County replied to the Democratic petition challenge with a post entitled “Call Democrats and demand your democracy back”.

Transpartisan ballot access crusaders Free And Equal mentioned the undemocratic behavior of the Rochester Democrats in a press release entitled “Democrats, Republicans attempt to limit voter choice in New York State”. [sorry, as a registered NY voter, can’t resist an editorial comment: WHAT A SHOCK!]