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Green Team 2017 is beginning to shape up nicely for this year’s citywide elections. Two more candidates were registered with the NYC and NYS Boards Of Election yesterday: Julia Willebrand for NYC Comptroller and Florindo Troncelliti for Council District 7 in Manhattan.
Here is the GT2017 roster as it now stands:
- Julia Willebrand, NYC Comptroller
- James Lane, NYC Public Advocate
- Hank Bardel, Staten Island Borough President
- Florindo Troncelliti, Council District 7, Manhattan
- Carl Lundgren, Council District 18, Bronx
We’ll be announcing more candidates in the next week or two. Petitioning to get our candidates on the ballot begins Tuesday, June 6th.
Green Team 2017 is the working name for the Green Team Committee, registered with the NYS Board of Elections as a multi-candidate committee. Although there are other Green Party candidates running, the Green Team promotes and serves as an authorized or unauthorized campaign committee for those candidates who choose to work with us. Because the NYC Campaign Finance Board requires that citywide and council candidates establish individual, authorized committees, the Green Team will be offering other candidate services this year. We are independent of the Green Party of New York State. To see a list of other Green Party candidates running in NY this year, visit www.gpny.org
On July 14, Green Team 2016 filed designating petitions for 8 Green Party candidates running in NYC. Their petitions received no objections or challenges, so all will be on the Election Day ballot. Along with the two candidates for Congress who we filed back in April, plus two other candidates whom we’re supporting, we will have 12 candidates running in NYC, Nassau and Westchester Counties.
Here is the Green Team 2016 candidate roster:
- U.S. Congress
- Frank Francois, CD5 – Queens / Nassau County
- Henry Bardel, CD 11 – Staten Island / Brooklyn
- Daniel Vila, CD13 – Manhattan / Bronx
- NY State Senate
- Laurence Hirsh, SD9 – Nassau County
- Julia Willebrand, SD31 – Manhattan
- Carl Lundgren, SD34 – Bronx / Westchester County
- NY State Assembly
- Jeffery Peress, AD13 – Nassau County
- Patrick Dwyer, AD46 – Brooklyn
- Manny Cavaco, AD65 – Manhattan
- Donal Butterfield, AD73 – Manhattan
- Scott Hutchins, AD74 – Manhattan
- Daniel Zuger, AD85 – Bronx
For more information on each of the candidates, visit their pages on this site.
VOTE GREEN IN ’16
The Green Team Committee filed designating petitions for Congressional candidates Daniel Vila Rivera (CD13, Manhattan / Bronx) and Henry J. Bardel (CD11, Staten Island / Brooklyn) this past Thursday, April 14th, with the Board of Elections in NYC. We set up shop at the Stir Cafe next door to the BOE to collect, clean and bind the petition volumes and then submitted them to the BOE.
The cafe has a large dining room in the rear that is not utilized very often in the evenings, so it’s a great place to use as a central location to meet with the candidates and petitioning volunteers. As long as we make a purchase, the staff has no problem with us.
If all goes well with the petitions (so far, so good), Danny and Hank will appear on the November ballot.
In addition to Danny and Hank, petitions were filed in Albany for Green candidates Matt Funicello (CD21, Adirondack Region) and Frank Francois (CD5, Queens / Nassau).
Next up is the petitioning period for State Senate and State Assembly, beginning on June 7th.
Green Team 2016 (Green Team Committee) filed forms with the NY State Board of Elections today notifying them of the candidates we’ll be supporting this year. The next step will be to gather petition signatures in order to be placed on the ballot. Petitioning is set to begin on Tuesday, June 7th and filed from July 11—14.
The 2016 Green Team candidates are:
- Julia Willebrand, NY State Senate District 31 (Manhattan)
- Carl Lundgren, NY State Senate District 34 (Bronx/Westchester)
- Ann Eagan, NY State Assembly District 69 (Manhattan)
- Don Butterfield, NY State Assembly District 73 (Manhattan)
Green Team 2016 will also be assisting with the campaigns of Hank Bardel, US House District 11 (Staten Island/ Brooklyn), and Daniel Vila Rivera, US House District 13 (Manhattan/ Bronx). The petitioning period for Federal candidates begins on Tuesday, March 8th, and filed from April 11—14.
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.
The special election will be held on Tuesday May 5th, 2015. The Certificate of Nomination had to be filed by Monday, March 2nd.
Besides Lane, Richmond County DA Dan Donovan has been nominated by the Republican Party, and NYC Council Member Vincent Gentile has been nominated by the Democratic Party.
The most controversial issue to be addressed in this campaign will be the continuing questions surrounding the death of Staten Island resident Eric Garner at the hands of NYPD Officer Daniel Pantaleo, and the failure of the grand jury to indict him. Also at issue is the failure of Richmond County DA, Dan Donovan, to file any charges against Pantaleo. Donovan is also being petitioned to release transcripts of the grand jury decision.
In addition, Lane will address issues surrounding the stalled clean up efforts by NYC in the wake of Hurricane Sandy in 2012, and delays by FEMA in compensating victims and providing loans for small businesses.
Ralph Nader, Showing up for a democratic society, supporting Howie Hawkins Green Party.
“We need to motivate our 1% for change. In Europe they have multiparty systems and strong labor unions and no belief in phony free market ideology. They call the top 1% “job creators.” We have to talk about the workers as the “profit creators.” They try to divide us into left and right to keep us powerless. All we need is for our won 1% to organize.”
Ralph Nader talks about running for office and supporting grass roots campaigns.
“They are the salt of the earth. Howie Hawkins, Green Party New York candidate for Governor loads and unloads trucks for UPS. Matt Funiciello is Democracy’s Baker. Our 1% pressuring for change can succeed. Give them a rumble from the People. Public opinion is behind us.”
In Queens, Green Party candidates Jones and Jimenez talk about issues, momentum — Progress Queens
Green Party gubernatorial candidate Howie Hawkins gains traction among Democrats unhappy with Cuomo – NY Daily News
Village Independent Democrats Endorse Howie Hawkins. First Time Venerable Club Has Ever Endorsed Third Party Candidate – Howie Hawkins for NY
Tony Avella, the incumbent and member of the Independent Democratic Caucus wins the primary for the 11th State Senate District (most of Eastern Queens, centered around Flushing), against Queens Democratic machine backed challenger John Liu.
Both Liu and Avella are liberal Democrats with similar ideologies. Between the two of them, not much to choose from. The primary was mostly a lot of mud slinging.
The house I live in received three glossy attack ads paid for by the Bronx IDC emphasizing the scandals that surround Liu. Liu attacked Avella for aligning himself with the Republicans and the most right-wing Democrats through his membership in the IDC.
Liu raised over 8 hundred thousand dollars for his campaign. I am not sure what he spent all that money on. Lot’s of ads in the local…
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