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James Lane for Congress – District 11 NY

James Lane Congress District 11


James Lane wins Green Party of New York nomination for Congress in 11th Congressional District

James Lane announced today that he has won the nomination of the Green Party to be its candidate for Congress in the 11th District, which includes Staten Island and a portion of Brooklyn. Mr. Lane won the nomination over several other candidates. The election is set for May 5th.

Via: Green Party Watch

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.

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.

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2014 Election Results

Congratulations to our 2014 GPNYS candidates!

Howie Hawkins, Governor and Brian Jones, Lt. Governor: 176,269, 4.74%

Ramon Jimenez, Attorney General: 76,697, 2.06%

Theresa Portelli, Comptroller: 92,926, 2.50%

Hank Bardel, CD11, Brooklyn/Staten Island: 2,558, 2.43%

Paul Gilman – State Senate, District 11 Queens: 2,688, 6.32%

Carl Lundgren – State Senate, District 34 Bronx/Westchester: 1,547, 3.80%

Jeff Peress – State Assembly, District 13 Nassau: 367, 1.25%

Daniel Zuger- State Assembly, District 85 Bronx: 87, 0.83%

Daniel Vila CD13, Manhattan/Bronx: 9,231, 10.72%

William Stevenson CD2, LI: 2,197, 1.56%

Matt Funiciello, CD21, North Country: 18,404, 10.90%

W.F.P. turns on Cuomo over ‘monopoly’ comment

via Capital NY



 Cuomo at a pro-charter schools rally earlier this year. (AP Photo/Tim Roske)

By Laura Nahmias and Jessica Bakeman 


ALBANY—The Working Families Party released a statement Wednesday criticizing Andrew Cuomo, the party’s candidate for governor, for his comments comparing the state’s public school system to a “public monopoly.”


“Governor Cuomo is wrong on this one,” the W.F.P.’s state director Bill Lipton said in a statement to Capital.


“His proposed policies on public education will weaken, not strengthen our public education system, and they would represent a step away from the principle of high quality public education for all students. High stakes testing and competition are not the answer. Investment in the future is the answer, and that means progressive taxation and adequate resources for our schools.”


Earlier this week Cuomo told the Daily News editorial board that, if he’s re-elected, he intends to “to break what is in essence one of the only remaining public monopolies,” vowing to challenge public school teachers by supporting stricter teacher evaluations and competition from charter schools.

Those comments drew some cautious criticism from the state teachers’ union.

Asked by Capital for comment Tuesday morning, a spokesman for New York State United Teachers addressed Cuomo’s comments about teacher evaluations but initially declined to comment on the governor’s likening of public education to a “monopoly.”

But the union later released a statement, in which president Karen Magee said: “Public education is for the public good. It is not a monopoly. It is the centerpiece of our democracy and what makes our nation great.”

A labor-backed advocacy group, Alliance for Quality Education, also criticized the governor’s comments, using harsher language.

“Gov. Cuomo has laid clear plans to expand his frontal assault on our public schools through high stakes testing, starving our public schools and privatization,” Billy Easton, the group’s executive director, said in a statement. “It’s not that shocking when you look at the enormous pile of cash he has raked in from the Wall Street billionaires who are investing in charter schools. He is rewarding his financial backers at a devastating cost to our children.”

Teachers lashed at out Cuomo on Twitter throughout the day, using #CuoMonopoly.

The W.F.P. statement marks an unusual rebuke for a party of its own candidate, less than one week before the general election, and comes amid ongoing tensions between Cuomo and the left-leaning party.

The W.F.P. endorsed Cuomo earlier this year only after extracting significant concessions from him to support some key components of the party’s platform, including his promise to push for Democratic control of the state Senate, seek an increase in the minimum wage, and pass the Dream Act, which would allow undocumented immigrants access to public college tuition assistance.

But Cuomo and the party hold very different positions on education, and the governor, who has become a champion for charter schools, notably did not sign on to the party’s education platform as part of the terms of his endorsement deal.

Teachers have been a problem constituency for Cuomo, who has touted the state-mandated teacher evaluation system and a property-tax cap that limits school districts’ abilities to raise revenue as signature accomplishments of his first term. Magee was elected as NYSUT’s new leader in April partly because union members were frustrated that former president Richard Iannuzzi didn’t sufficiently oppose Cuomo’s policies.

Although NYSUT remained neutral in the gubernatorial race, some local teachers’ unions supported Cuomo’s Democratic opponent, Zephyr Teachout, in the primary, and are backing Green Party candidate Howie Hawkins in the general. Phil Rumore, an active Working Families Party member and president of the Buffalo Teachers Federation, was particularly outspoken in his criticism of Cuomo.

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Hawkins Ready To Debate Major Party Opponents

English: Howie Hawkins

Howie Hawkins (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Howie Hawkins said today that while he is looking forward to participating in a gubernatorial debate in Buffalo with Governor Cuomo and Republican Rob Astorino, he said that all debates should be open to all candidates on the ballot.
“The law should be changed so that if you want to run for office in New York State, you have to agree to participate in a series of public debates with all candidates who meet the legal requirements to be on the ballot,” said Hawkins.

Hawkins noted that after Jesse Ventura’s first debate in Minnesota, his support doubled, and after seven more open debates, he was elected Governor. At 9% in the polls, Hawkins is polling better than Ventura was before debates were held.

“New York State has a progressive majority and I am the only progressive left on the ballot. New York progressives have a right to have their candidate in all the debates,” Hawkins said.

“Debates aired over the public airwaves, co-sponsored by a public radio station, should include all candidates. The arbitrary selection of who is allowed to participate in debates is an affront to the democratic process,” Hawkins said, in reference to the sponsorship of public radio’s WNYC and the Wall Street Journal of a debate to which Hawkins has not been invited. The Wall Street Journal’s own September 24 poll showed that 78% of voters want all of the candidates on the ballot in debates.

Hawkins’ poll numbers have steadily increased during the campaign season since he polled 4% in June in the first poll that included him. A Siena poll released on Sept 23 showed Hawkins at 24% in his hometown of Syracuse. Hawkins is polling better than any independent progressive statewide candidate in New York’s history. Polls released the week of September 22 show Hawkins at 9% (Marist) and 7% (Siena) statewide.

Hawkins has accepted the debate invitation from The Buffalo News and WNED-WBFO. Hawkins has also accepted an invitation to a televised debate proposed by WRGB (CBS) the Sinclair Broadcasting Group.

Green Party Nominates Hawkins/Jones for Gubernatorial Ticket

Jimenez wins AG nod, Portelli for Comptroller

howie.jpg Howie Hawkins won the Green Party nomination for Governor in Troy on Saturday, setting up a rematch with Andrew Cuomo. Hawkins says he plans to challenge the 1% tag team of Cuomo and Republican nominee Astorino on economic, climate change and criminal justice issues. Hawkins also wants NY to go carbon free with a 100%, clean renewable energy by 2030, while providing a public living wage job to any New Yorker who needs one.

The Greens selected NYC Educator Brian Jones to highlight their opposition to Cuomo’s education policies promoting privatization of the education system, including his promotion of the Common Core agenda and charter schools. The Greens are seeking full funding to meet the educational needs of New Yorkers, including free tuition at CUNY and SUNY.

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Public Campaign Finance: Full or Partial?

The question before progressive advocates of public campaign financing in New York State is whether we push for full public campaign finance on the Clean Money model of equal and sufficient funding grants for all qualified candidates, or whether we settle for partial public campaign financing on the Matching Funds model used for presidential primaries [...]

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