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.
“How many more powerful men have to resign or be accused of sexual assault and harassment before real action is taken to change the political culture? Eric Schneiderman is just the latest in a string of politicians on a long list. Jeff Klein, Hiram Monserrate, and surely countless that we have never heard about. We have seen instances where the Legislature used taxpayer dollars to silence women who have accused elected officials of assault and harassment. It is disgusting, disturbing, and it needs to end,” said GPNY Co-Chair Gloria Mattera.
“We need reforms in Albany that will lead to real gender equity, real openness and transparency so that victims feel empowered to come forward, and real penalties for officials who are convicted of sexual assault and harassment. The allegations against Schneiderman implicate more than just the victimization of women by men, but of the assumption that elites can act with impunity. Albany needs a political and cultural revolution and we as a party will be helping to build it,” said GPNY Co-Chair Peter LaVenia.
For Immediate Release
Green Party Statement on Eric Schneiderman Abuse Allegations and Resignation