Our campaign platform is anchored by a time-tested set of Green Principles and Values that focus on Social Justice, Ecological Wisdom, Nonviolence and Grassroots Democracy. Every Green candidate for public office explicitly endorses and supports these principles and values. While individual candidates may emphasize one or more of the principles in their campaigns, the voting public can rest assured that they know what a Green Party endorsed candidate stands for at all times.
We believe the public is entitled to honest and open government and we will work to ensure that all meetings and decisions affecting local taxpayers and residents will be open to the public in accordance with the State Open Meetings Law. We will ensure that all public bodies, including the County Legislature, Industrial Development Authorities and Metroplex, comply with these and other sunshine provisions that foster public awareness and input into public decisions. Read more...
Sustainable Local Economy
We don't support unsustainable, risky projects like Casinos or efforts to bribe corporations with big tax breaks to relocate to Schenectady County only to see them leave town and create no jobs. Instead, we support local efforts to provide needed goods and services to county residents and to ensure an equitable distribution of the wealth in our community. One way to do this is to ensure that any county contractors pay their employees a $15/hour liveable wage with behefits. Another is to pay our community college instructors a decent salary and to provide tutition-free community college education to all residents willing to extend their education and improve their skills . Read more...
Fight Climate Change
Human-made global warming is real and is upon us and is already having an adverse impact on our cities and towns. We will reduce greenhouse gas emissions and promote the transition to fully renewable energy usage by converting all publicly-owned buildings in the county to solar within two years. We will do this by issuing public bonds, developing a Renewable Energy Technician training program at SCCC and hiring successful graduates to install and maintain these systems. In time, this program will be extended to residences and businesses as we move the county to a fully renewable energy future by 2030. Read more...
Improve Quality of Life
We believe county residents deserve the highest quality of life achieveable and this can be obtained by providing front-line public servants in high stress jobs (police, EMTs, fire fighters social workers, teachers etc) with the support they need to maintain the high level of services demanded by the publc. This includes not only adequate pay and benefits, but additional training in non-violent conflict resolution and effective civic engagement, violence prevention and crime diversion programs. Additional community supports such as a Civilian Police Review Board to regain the public's trust and supportive recreational and civic engagement programs. Read more...
November 9, 2016
Today we organize to fight and resist while we express solidarity with those communities who have been targeted by Trump during this election. All of the things we need--real living wage jobs-for-all through a Green New Deal, single-player universal health care, affordable housing, student debt relief and universal college education, a true end to police violence, termination of the war on drugs, dismantling the national surveillance state, ending US imperial foreign policy, and dealing with catastrophic climate change--require a radical, working class movement to win.
The Democratic establishment is bankrupt. Donald Trump, a liar and a buffoon, won because elected Democrats in Washington and local government have shared in gutting the economies of towns across America and enriching Wall St. There are no more excuses to be had for voting for neoliberalism simply because it has a kind face.
It is angering that reforms proposed by the Green Party since the stolen election in 2000, that could have prevented a Trump presidency, have been fiercely opposed by Democrats: abolition of the electoral college and instituting popular vote presidential elections, instant-runoff voting, full public financing of elections, inclusion of all candidates in debates, equal and free media time, and proportional representation.
The Green Party is going to lead the fight against Donald Trump, against the ruling class, for and with working America. This is not a day of mourning but a day to organize and fight. Join us.
-Gloria Mattera and Peter LaVenia
Post-Election Statement from Green Party of New York Co-Chairs
Our Campaign Platform
Quote of the Day
"Something incomprehensible is not for that reason any less real."
-- Blaise Pascal
Voters: the Green Party DOES NOT cross-endorse candidates from other parties, so any claims that a candidate is a “Green” is false if that candidate is also listed on other party ballot lines.
As a registered Green, please go to your polling station on Tuesday 9/12/17 between 12 noon-9pm and write in the names of the following long-time Green Party members for Schenectady County Legislature. Please alert any other Greens as well.
Note: You MUST WRITE THEIR NAMES EXACTLY AS THEY APPEAR BELOW for your vote to count:
Matthew V. Willemain
Richard H. Moran, Jr.
If you are voting in Niskayuna for the Town Board, please also write in the following three Greens:
Elmer F. Bertsch
Alexander C. Brownstein
Walda C. Chesnut