Green Party Nominates Howie Hawkins for Governor and Jia Lee for Lt. Governor, Mark Dunlea for Comptroller, Michael H. Sussman for Attorney General

At its state convention in a Rensselaer church on Saturday, the Green Party designated Howie Hawkins for Governor and Jia Lee for Lieutenant Governor. For Hawkins, a retired Teamster from Syracuse, it will be his third consecutive run for Governor. Hawkins finished third with 5% of the vote in 2014. Hawkins has been an organizer in progressive movements since the late 1960s and was co-founder of the Green Party in the U.S. Lee is a public school teacher and parent in New York City. She is a leader in the Opt Out movement against high-stakes testing. A UFT chapter leader, she is active in the Movement of Rank and File Educators, which ran her for UFT president in 2016 where she came in second with nearly 11,000 votes. The Green ticket will campaign for longstanding Green demands for single-payer health care, 100% clean energy by 2030, fully-funded public schools, legalization of marijuana, and public campaign finance. Continue reading

Green Party Statement on Eric Schneiderman Abuse Allegations and Resignation

ALBANY--Green Party of NY leaders said the allegations that Eric Schneiderman assaulted at least four women highlight the misogynistic power structure in Albany and our broader society. Party officers reaffirmed their commitment to Feminism as one of the national Green Party’s “Ten Key Values”, and challenging the patriarchy in New York State politics. Alongside reforms in campaign finance, elections, and ethics, party leaders called for a commitment to gender equity and accountability in the legislative and executive offices. Continue reading

GPNY Tells Cuomo We Need System Change, Not Climate Change at "Walk the Talk" Rally in Albany

Greens from across New York State rallied in Albany today as part of the "Cuomo Walk The Talk" event. Of course, Greens have are used to exposing Democrats who "talk" moderately progressive but "walk" to where the money is. Get involved with GPNY to learn how to build the grassroots power we need for a Green New Deal! Continue reading

Why I Will Risk Arrest on My Birthday

By GPNY Co-Chair Gloria Mattera On April 23rd I will turn 61. But that is not the big news. The news of the day is that I will be one of scores of New Yorkers who will come together in Albany from all over the state to demand that Governor Cuomo Walk the Talk and end all fossil fuel infrastructure projects. I always loved having a birthday around Earth Day because I have been an environmental and social justice activist. But there has not been much to celebrate when it comes to the state of our planet and the danger to all the species who live on it. Nationally, this country is slipping back from even the minimal commitments made by previous administrations. In New York, where the Governor likes to proclaim himself a leader on addressing climate change. we lag far behind other states in real action to reduce carbon emissions. All talk and very little meaningful action. Continue reading

Green Party of Nassau County Elects New Officers

From left: New Green Party of Nassau County officers Joe Naham, Jim Brown and Allan Hunter. Joe Naham of Long Beach, Jim Brown of Island Park, and Allan Hunter of New Hyde Park have been elected by the Green Party of Nassau County to serve as its new officers. The election was held at the party's regular monthly meeting at Freeport Memorial Library on Monday, March 19, 2018. The newly elected officers, who will serve a two year term, are all current members of the State Committee of the Green Party of New York. Continue reading

GPNY Stands With Student Walkout for Gun Control 💚

From GPNY Co-Chair Gloria Mattera: Today my sadness for those who continue to lose loved ones to preventable gun violence is accompanied by the pride I feel for my son Peter Sweeney and his fellow students at Brooklyn Tech High School for participating in today's historic, nationwide walkout for serious action on gun control. Continue reading

GPNY Says "WAKE UP" to Percoco Corruption Verdict: Demand Real Ethics Reform

NEW YORK, 03/14/2018–GPNY leaders today said that the verdict in the Percoco trial showed the need for strong ethics reform in New York State government. The party leadership also pointed out that between the Percoco and Buffalo Billion trials, Gov. Cuomo’s administration has the potential to be the most openly corrupt in recent memory. Continue reading

Green Party of New York Calls for System Change to Address Gun Violence

UPDATED March 14, 2018 From GPNY Co-Chair Gloria Mattera: Today my sadness for those who continue to lose loved ones to preventable gun violence is accompanied by the pride I feel for my son Peter Sweeney and his fellow students at Brooklyn Tech High School for participating in today's historic, nationwide walkout for serious action on gun control.They are now taking to the streets after a 17 min walk around their school! Some people questioned whether it was a safe idea for the students to continue on to Brooklyn Borough Hall (or, in the case of Manhattan students, Wall Street) but the reason they're out there is because they don't feel safe in their own schools. GPNY and progressive allies stand with their demand for real change! Continue reading

Green Candidate Elms Runs Unopposed for South Glens Falls Village Board

South Glens Falls, NY — The Green Party's Christine Elms is the only candidate ready to serve the community of South Glens Falls' on their Village Board. Continue reading

Green Party National Women's Caucus endorses "March for Our Lives"

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- The National Women's Caucus of the Green Party of the United States has endorsed the March 24 "March for Our Lives" and other student walk-outs in protest of gun violence in their schools in the wake of the horrific mass murders at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, on February 14, 2018, in which 17 people were killed and 14 were wounded. Slayings at schools where parents trust that their children will be safe and protected appear to be on the rise. The Chicago Tribune has written that between 2000 and 2010, of the recorded 57 shooting incidents in 36 countries, 28 of them occurred in the United States. Continue reading

Barkenhagen Appointed to Glens Falls Urban Renewal Agency

Glens Falls, NY — A former Green Party of New York candidate for local and statewide office has been appointed to the Glens Falls Urban Renewal Agency. Continue reading

V-Day Links! From GPNY

Happy V-Day! Today marks the 20th Anniversary of feminist Eve Ensler's The Vagina Monologues and claiming Valentine's Day as a V-day of Action to end violence against all women, everywhere. Continue reading

Green Links for February 13, 2018: Victory for Democracy (not Democrats) in PA! Percoco Trial Continues, Reproductive Healthcare is a Human Right

VICTORY In Pennsylvania! And not just for Greens, but for all who support real democracy Beyond the Duopoly. PA has long been home to some of the most unjust and frustrating ballot access requirements in the nation, requiring Greens and independent candidates to collect many thousands more petition signatures to run for office than their duopoly counterparts. That has come to end, at least for non-federal statewide elections, due to the PA Green Party and allied third parties gutting this case out in the courts for six years: Continue reading

Statement Concerning Cuomo's Criminal Justice Package

The Green Party of New York State signed on to a statement released by 38 signatories addressing concerns with Governor Cuomo's criminal justice reform package. The statement is quoted below. Continue reading

Green Links For January 23, 2018

Cuomo Administration Corruption Trial Begins, Syracuse Green Gets Press, and The NY Times Spotlights Congestion Pricing Continue reading

Monroe County January 2018 Meeting

Local Greens Elect Party Officers for 2018 & Adopt Platform Plank on Combating Addiction Continue reading

Green Party Says State Budget Should Invest in Healthcare, Education, Climate Action and Affordable Housing

The Green Party (GPNY) called today for a state budget that embraced the goals of Dr. Martin Luther King's Poor People's Campaign, rather than the regressive fiscal policies of Governor Cuomo that have locked the state into having the greatest income inequality in the country. Continue reading

VIDEO: GPNY Delivers Live, "Green State of the State Address"

Green Party of NY Co-Chairs Gloria Mattera and Peter LaVenia are joined by 2014 GPNY Gubernatorial Candidate Howie Hawkins for a Green State of the State for 2018 in New York. Continue reading

GPNY in Legislative Gazette: A green state of the state message

The Albany-based Legislative Gazette has published an op-ed from GPNY's 2014 Gubernatorial Candidate Howie Hawkins on a Green agenda for 2018! The op-ed is republished below. Continue reading

Green Party of New York Mourns the Loss of Erica Garner

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contacts:Peter LaVenia, Co-chair, GPNY chair2@gpny.orgGloria Mattera, Co-chair, GPNY chair@gpny.org; 917-886-4538 The Green Party of New York State today extended its deepest sympathies to the family of Erica Garner. Party officials said that Ms. Garner was a leading voice in the struggle against police brutality since her father, Eric Garner, died at the hands of NYC police in 2014. Party leaders noted the movement against police brutality had lost a leading light, but that it would continue to organize while remembering Erica and her father. Continue reading

Thoughts on the day after, and the next day, and the next...

Today we're proud of our Green candidates, their campaign teams, the solutions they fought for and the races they ran. Jabari Brisport ran an inspiring campaign for City Council in Brooklyn, receiving 29% of the vote and demonstrating a Red-Green Alliance for Greens and socialists around the US! In Glens Falls, Robin Barkenhagen received 35% of the vote for Councilor-At-Large, riding a swell of community support that we know will only grow with him in the fights ahead. Continue reading

Happy Election Day! Go Greens!

Election day is finally here! It's time to exercise your right and Vote Green in 2017! There are over 40 Greens running in over 15 counties across the state. No candidate or campaign could have made it here without your support. Knocking on doors, drafting policy, donating, making phone calls, tweeting, tabling — it all culminates in today's Get Out The Vote push. Continue reading

Barred From Environmental Candidates Forum, Green Party Candidate Cassandra Lems Stages Protest

Nassau County - Cassandra Lems, Green Party candidate for County Executive, organized a mini-protest Sunday outside an Environmental Candidates Forum at Adelphi University. Ms. Lems and a small group of Green Party members handed out campaign literature to attendees at the forum, which was sponsored by the New York League of Conservation Voters Education Fund in partnership with Citizens Campaign for the Environment, Tri-State Transportation Campaign, Vision Long Island and Adelphi University. In late September and against last week, when Green Party members Jim Brown and Peter Louis called forum organizer Joshua Klainberg to ask that Cassandra Lems be included, they were told that Green Party candidates do not receive enough campaign contributions or media attention to be “viable.” Mr. Klainberg offered to allow Ms. Lems to sit in the audience, to have her presence acknowledged, and speak to attendees after the event. However, Ms. Lems declined that offer, saying she found it “patronizing and demeaning to be expected to sit and listen to ‘the real candidates’ speak.” Continue reading

GPNY Legislative Agenda

Green Party Calls for Single Payer Health Care, Climate Action, A Ban on Plastic Bags, and Mass Transit Funding  The Green Party of New York State announced its four top state legislative priorities for 2018: enact a statewide single payer universal health care program, enact a Green New Deal to promote full employment and accelerate the transition to 100% clean energy, provide $40 billion or more in funding for mass transit in NYC and statewide, and enact a statewide ban on plastic bags. Continue reading

Green Party Calls for Single Payer Health Care; Climate Action; A Ban on Plastic Bags; and Mass Transit Funding

The Green Party of New York State announced its four top state legislative priorities for 2018: enact a statewide single payer universal health care program; enact a Green New Deal to promote full employment and accelerate the transition to 100% clean energy; provide $40 billion or more in funding for mass transit in NYC and statewide; and enact a statewide ban on plastic bags.The Party will continue to support a broader legislative agenda, including pushing for campaign finance and political reform, criminal justice reform, immigration (DREAM Act) and equal rights, local government revenue sharing, and affordable housing. Continue reading