Green Party of New York Calls on Legislature to Undertake Ethics & Campaign Finance Reform This Session in Light of Percoco Scandal

Albany - In light of the ongoing investigation of Gov. Andrew Cuomo's former confidante and campaign manager Joseph Percoco, the Green Party of New York again calls on the New York State Legislature to pass a comprehensive ethics and campaign finance reform package before the end of the 2016 session. Noting the endemic nature of corruption amongst state officials in New York and the frequent indictments brought by US Attorney Preet Bharara, Green Party officers stated that only a strong push to remove the legalized bribery of campaign donations and the lure of outside income for legislators would clean up the cesspool of corruption found in Albany. "We know what will work to change the political culture in Albany: closing the LLC loophole, limiting outside income for legislators, strong disclosure and conflict-of-interest rules for income earned by lawmakers and senior staff, and a fully transparent budget process. While outside income for legislators should be limited to levels akin to those of Congress (15% of the highest salary paid to any sitting legislator), the party supports a full-time, year-round state legislature much like California's. Legislators should consider this their job, and during their terms should worry about people of New York State and not outside income. This would require far more than the 60 calendar days spent in Albany during the year," said Gloria Mattera, state party co-chair. "Alongside this we need a system of full public campaign financing for candidates at the local, state and federal levels modeled on those of Maine and Arizona. The real impetus for corruption arises when campaign donors are able to influence government through the system of legalized bribery that is our campaign finance laws. Creating a system where candidates have no need to solicit those bribes in the first place would move us far closer to cleaning up Albany than any of the so-called reforms have done to this point," concluded Peter LaVenia, state party co-chair. For Immediate ReleaseMay 10, 2016 Green Party of New Yorkhttp://www.gpny.org/ Contact:Gloria Mattera, 917-886-4538, gmattera@gmail.comMichael O'Neil, 917-825-3562, michael@counterpower.org  

Statement from the Green Party of NY on “Open” Primaries Lawsuit and Need for Democratic Reform

New York - The Green Party of New York (GPNY) has issued the below statement in response to frustrated voters calling for "open" primaries in the state of New York, and the recent lawsuit filed to that effect. GPNY will not participate in the April 19th Primary Election for president, and instead New York Greens will vote for the Green Party's 2016 presidential nominee at a June 11 state nominating convention in Troy, NY (with a mail-in ballot available for Greens who cannot attend). The Green Party of the United States national convention will take place in Houston, TX from August 4-7. The winner of the GPUS nomination will appear on the November 8 General Election ballot for all New York voters. Continue reading

Green Party's Howie Hawkins Arrested for Civil Disobedience at #WeAreSenecaLake Veterans Action

Green Party 2014 candidate for governor Howie Hawkins has been arrested for his participation in the We Are Seneca Lake blockade against the Crestwood gas storage facility. Continue reading

GPNYS Blasts Ballot Bandits as "OTB Thursday" Looms

NEW YORK (July 15, 2015)—The Green Party of New York State (GPNYS) has launched a "Wall of Shame" page to name Democrats and Republicans who are attempting to sneak their way onto the third party's hard-won ballot line. Seven candidates submitted designating petitions for the Green Party line last week, even though they had no "Wilson-Pakula" authorization from the GPNYS leadership. Continue reading

Upper Hudson Green Party Announces Candidate Slate

Green Party of Upper Hudson Media Release June 2, 2015The Upper Hudson Green Party announced a slate of candidates that Continue reading

Greens Designate Syracuse Candidates

Green Party of Onondaga County Media Release May 18, 2015The Green Party of Onondaga County designated three candidates at its Continue reading

Green Party Call for Vote on GMO Labeling

The Green Party today challenged Speaker Heastie to allow the state Assembly to vote on whether or not foods with Continue reading

Green Party presidential prospect assails 'bomb trains'

Times Union Capital Confidential Blog by Casey Seiler, Capitol bureau chief April 7, 2015Physician and 2012 Green Party Continue reading

Hawkins: Cuomo's 5th Straight Austerity Budget Escalates His War on Public Education

Howie Hawkins Media Releasewww.howiehawkins.orgFor Immediate Release:April 2, 2015For More Info:Howie Hawkins, 315 200-6046, 315 425-1019, hhawkins@igc.orgHowie Hawkins, Continue reading

Greens join "We Are Seneca Lake, too" Rally

On January 31, Greens joined activists in the town of Geneva to protest the planned storage of liquified petroleum gas in Continue reading