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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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%
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Cuomo at a pro-charter schools rally earlier this year.
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.