On May 5th, two prominent New York Greens are on the ballot in New York City and New Paltz.
James 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 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.
From Staten Island Live:
The Southern Brooklyn Democrats have endorsed Green Party candidate James Lane over Brooklyn Democratic Councilman Vincent Gentile in the race for Congress, citing Gentile’s unwillingness to meet with them and Lane being a political outsider.
Posting a statement on Facebook, the club wrote: “Southern Brooklyn Democrats is proud to endorse James Lane in the CD 11 race. Mr. Lane isn’t a career politician; he’s a member of our community who deeply cares about the interests of the people and representing us. It’s long overdue that this district was represented by someone who is ‘by the people, for the people,’ and not some sleazy criminal or party hack. On Tuesday, May 5th, vote James Lane!” Continue Reading
New York Greens have nominated James Lane for the special congressional election in NY-11, which covers Staten Island and part of Brooklyn. From Green Team NY (Staten Island Live also picked up the story):
Congratulations to James Lane, who was nominated by the Green Party of New York State to run as the candidate in the upcoming special election for the open seat in the 11th Congressional District.
Lane was the GP candidate for NYC Public Advocate in 2013, receiving 6,072 votes, beating out all other alternative party candidates. He’s a long time Green, and has served on the State Committee of GPNYS.
The open seat in CD11 is a result of the resignation of Republican Michael Grimm who pled guilty to tax evasion. Grimm had just been re-elected this past November. He was challenged by Green Party candidate Hank Bardel. Continue Reading
The New York Observer reports on Ramon Jimenez, New York Green Party candidate for Attorney General:
Ramon Jimenez–a Green Party challenger to Attorney General Eric Schneiderman–today argued that Republican Staten Island District Attorney Dan Donovan is too intimately tied to law enforcement to prosecute the officers involved in the chokehold homicide of Eric Garner.
Noting that Mr. Donovan has repeatedly received the endorsements of top cop unions and works with police in the prosecution of criminal offenses, the Harvard-educated Mr. Jimenez said that the Staten Island lawman cannot fairly bring justice in the case of Mr. Garner–who medical examiners determined last week died as a result of being placed in a throat restraint by undercover officers. Mr. Jimenez instead called for the appointment of a special prosecutor or for a federal indictment of the police involved.
“It certainly should be taken out of the hands of the Staten Island D.A.,” Mr. Jimenez said. “Donovan is very close to the police in Staten Island, we don’t know if there will be clarity.”
Read the full article at the New York Observer.
From the Staten Island Real-Time News:
STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. — Former borough Green Party chairman Henry Bardel is taking another shot at Congress. Bardel, 67, a Great Kills resident, said he will run on a host of issues, from the war on terror to the economy.
“I plan to run a vigorous campaign because we are overwhelmed by wars, a poor health-care system, a deteriorating environment, a grossly lacking education system, 10 percent unemployment and an economy that’s been in a downturn for more than two years,” Bardel said. “We need new leadership and I think that I have some new ideas that can bring us into a recovery.”
Read the full article at Staten Island Real-Time News.