The Green Party Candidates pictured below are saying “NO” to REBNY: the Real Estate Board of New York. The right to safe, affordable housing is a basic Green Party value. We fully support the efforts of union organizer and activist, Ray Rogers, and his Campaign to Stop REBNY Bullies.
From The Campaign to Stop REBNY website:
“The Campaign to Stop REBNY Bullies’ mission is to build a movement comprised of thousands of volunteers throughout New York City and New York State to end REBNY’s domination over politics and to assure fairness and justice for neighborhoods, construction workers, tenants and small businesses.
REBNY and its top policy makers have beaten up on construction unions, apartment dwellers and small businesses for far too long and their greed and arrogance are only growing. They have corrupted our political system and run roughshod over once vibrant neighborhoods.
Maintaining strong unions in the construction industry can mean the difference between serious injury, life and death for thousands of construction workers and the guarantee of fair compensation. Strict enforcement of rent protection safeguards and the expansion of quality affordable housing are critical to rectifying the homeless crisis and stabilizing neighborhoods. For small businesses to survive, they must be protected from price gouging and property speculators.
The Campaign will work to counter REBNY’s destructive political dominance and to protect residential tenants, small businesses and construction workers from REBNY’s insatiable greed, civic irresponsibility and lack of compassion.”
Campaign to Stop REBNY Bullies
PO Box 1002 Cooper Station
New York, NY 10276-1002
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.