Appoint a Green for Vacant At-Large seat as the Voters Dictated


Appointing another Democrat to fill the vacated seat of Pamela Hunter will ensure that the Syracuse Common Council remains an effective monopoly, and not a true representation of its resident constituents.  

The Green Party received the second highest number of party votes in the Councilor At-Large election.  As a result, the vacancy should be appointed with a qualified candidate from the Green Party, as the resident constituents of the city have requested with their votes.  Both Green Party candidates for Council in the 2015 election (Denno and Cetera) are fully qualified and experienced in community engagement, financial management, and public service, to fulfill the responsibilities and expectations of the Councilor At-Large seat.  

Founding Father John Adams, in regard to the creation of the United States Assembly during the Revolutionary War, was one of the earliest advocates of proportional representation - “It should be in miniature, an exact portrait of the people at large”.  We have no reason to believe that a city’s assembly of governmental representation should be any different, and we have always clearly stated as much in our Green Party of Onondaga County platform.

Proportional representation transforms the predominant winner-take-all voting system which results in low voter participation, little choice or competition in countless elections, and far too few diverse policy perspectives in elected office.  Listen to the voting constituents, and appoint a Green Party representative that will fight for a life of dignity for #AllOfUs, to the vacated At-Large Council seat in Syracuse.

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Save-The-Date 2015 Fall Convention

Monday September 21, 7:00 PM at Syracuse Center for Peace and Social Justice Community Room, Basement Level, Accessible (2013 East Genesee St, Back Entrance).  Come meet the candidates, sign up to volunteer, and create change by building our local 3rd party independent political establishment.  More details to come.

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Meet The Candidates Potluck Picnic and June Meeting

We are especially excited for our upcoming June 8th monthly meeting, which this month is going to be a Meet the Candidates Potluck Picnic* on June 8! In addition to meeting the candidates, we will have petitions on hand to sign for candidates nominated by the County Committee for the Green Party ballot line this election season - Ray Blackwell for School Board, Howie Hawkins for Auditor, and Frank Cetera for 2nd District Councilor.

*if you are rushing from work, don't stress about the "potluck" part but please do join us!

June 08, 2015 at 6:30pm - 8pm
Syracuse Greens Office
2013 E Genesee St
Syracuse, NY 13210
United States

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Syracuse Greens Designate City Candidates for 2015 General Election

The Green Party of Onondaga County designated three candidates at its county convention on Sunday, May 17, 2015 at the Peace and Social Justice Center at 2013 East Genesee Street in Syracuse.

For Commissioner of Education, the Greens designated Raymond Blackwell. Blackwell is a 2007 graduate of Fowler High School. He earned a bachelor's degree in history from Long Island University in 2013 and a master's degree in the Cultural Foundations of Education from Syracuse University in 2015.

I want to build bridges of trust and cooperation between the parents and teachers of the Syracuse schools,” Blackwell said. “I want to help us all work together to address the root causes of our struggling schools in poverty and underfunding that are concentrated by race and class segregation. To save city schools, we must desegregate and fully fund them.”

For 2nd District Councilor, the Greens designated Frank Cetera. Cetera is a certified NY State Small Business Advisor with an office in the district on North Salina St. and a community activist on the Near Westside working with The Westside Residents Coalition, TNT Westside, and urban gardening and landscaping projects as Founder of the Alchemical Nursery.

My campaign will focus on three themes: safe streets, living wages, and civic engagement,” Cetera said. “Safe streets includes traffic calming, pedestrian and bike infrastructure, snow management, dog droppings, and protection from the explosive oil trains traversing our district. To address the high poverty in the 2nd District, the living wage ordinance should be expanded to cover more city workers and city contractors, as well as development of businesses that pay living wages. My campaign will focus on increasing the low level of voting and civic engagement in the 2nd District we will need to win these changes.”

Howie Hawkins was designated by the Greens to run for City Auditor. Hawkins is a Teamster who unloads trucks at night at UPS and has run many times for public office, most recently as the 2014 Green candidate for New York Governor.

The main issue in the auditor's race is simple. Marty Masterpole hasn't done the job. Howie Hawkins will,” Hawkins said. “Masterpole has failed to fulfill his responsibilities as auditor under the city charter and city budget. His four-person staff is not producing. This race will be a voters' audit of the City Auditor.”

Hawkins added that if elected, “I will not only fulfill the minimum financial and performance audits expected by the charter and budget. I will bring in best practices from other governments.” Hawkins said that such practices would include environmental audits, tracking economic indicators of public welfare and sustainability, and instituting a Syracuse version of New York City's online “Checkbook NYC” transparency tool that tracks the budget, revenue, spending, payroll, and contracts, including minority and women's business enterprise contracts, in real time.

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Platform Hearing, Campaign School, Spring Nominating Convention



Saturday, May 16, 10am - 5pm.  

This campaign school is open to anyone interested in learning how to be a more effective agent for social change and it is intended for prospective campaignersorganizers and candidates

9:30 - 10:00 Arrival, Coffee and Tea

10:00 - Welcome and Introductions

Session 1 – The Well Organized Campaign – How to get started! Petitioning, recruiting your campaign team, creating your supporter lists, organizing math, developing your campaign message (UR)

Session 2 - Storytelling - Developing your campaign story and the importance of storytelling to a successful campaign.  

12:45 -1:30 pm Lunch

Session 3 - Stop the Bomb Trains! - What we all need to know so that we can stop the massive threat posed by the explosive oil trains that are rolling through New York

Session 4 Fundraising and Budgeting - Overview

Session 5 Working with the Media 101 

4:30 - Closing Roundtable

5pm Formal schedule ends. Hang out. Ask questions. Tour Syracuse. Consider dinner options. 

Schedule is subject to change. To volunteer planning, outreach and logistics, please email or 

Cost: $0.01-$25.00 (sliding scale, we will strive to keep our costs to a minimum). 

RSVP at:



Sunday, May 17, 7:00 am - 8:30 am

Agenda: Approval of updated platform, and designation of candidates for local races. Prospective candidates should fill out the candidate questionnaire to the best of their ability before the weekend  

View draft platform at





Green Party of Onondaga County to Hold Platform Hearing

Syracuse, NY - The Green Party is inviting the public to a platform hearing on issues facing Syracuse and Onondaga County. People are invited to give testimony or just listen.  The event is scheduled for Sunday, April 26, from 1 to 3 p.m. or until all who want to speak have spoken. It will be at the Westcott Community Center, 826 Euclid Avenue, upstairs multi-use room.

“We want people to tell us what they think we must do to address the problems and use the opportunities we face. Any issue is up for discussion, from schools, jobs, crime, drug policy, and policing to infrastructure, sidewalk snow removal, housing, transportation, energy, and, of course, taxes,” said Barbara Humphrey, the Chair of the county Green Party.

The Green Party of Onondaga County will use the testimony to help finalize its 2015 policy planks, which will be considered at its May 17th convention to designate candidates and adopt a platform.  To schedule time for prepared testimony or to send in written testimony, the Greens ask people to contact them at, 315-474-7055, or P.O. Box 562, Syracuse NY 13205.

RSVP at:

To view the draft platform please visit 

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

Howie Hawkins, the Green Party's gubernatorial candidate in 2014, said today that the state budget just adopted is an austerity budget that assaults public schools, students, and teachers, underfunds needed social and environmental programs, and fails on ethics. He also criticized the failure to raise the minimum wage or pass the Dream Act.

“The state budget adopted in the wee hours of April Fool's Day is no joke,” Hawkins said. “In Cuomo's fifth straight austerity budget, hedge funds and yacht owners win and public education, ethics, and urgent social and environmental needs lose.”

Hawkins said the Green Party will be working with allies during the remainder of the legislative session to win policy reforms that were proposed as part of the budget but dropped, including raising the state minimum wage and allowing local governments to set higher than state minimum wages, the Dream Act, criminal justice reforms, and public campaign financing. Hawkins said the Greens will also work to defeat bills for tuition tax credits.


Hawkins thanked NYSUT, the statewide teachers union federation, for its call on lawmakers to vote down the ethics and education budget bill for its terrible policies on teacher evaluations, tenure and merit pay based on high-stakes testing and its destruction of local control in its state receivership plan for struggling schools.

“The NYSUT call took courage. Unfortunately, too few lawmakers heeded their call. But the call was still right thing to do because it made clear what the fight will be about going forward,” Hawkins said.

“Every struggling school threatened by the state with receivership is in a poor community. Real education reform would include broader social reform that attacks poverty, segregation, and under-resourcing of schools in poor, segregated communities,” Hawkins said.

Hawkins also said the Green Party supports NYSUT's call for parents to opt out of high-stakes testing. Hawkins' running mate for Lt. Governor, Brian Jones, contributed a chapter on “Standardized Testing and Students of Color” to a just published book promoting the opt out movement called More Than a Score: The New Uprising Against High-Stakes Testing, edited by Jesse Hagopian with a preface by Dianne Ravitch.

“Cuomo's war on public education is provoking mass civil disobedience by disgusted teachers, parents and students in the growing opt out movement. It is fast becoming even bigger than the anti-fracking movement,” Hawkins said.

Hawkins said, “The new tenure rules effectively end due process for teachers. They practically render the anti-tenure lawsuit by Campbell Brown moot. The Governor and lawmakers should have fully and equitably funded public schools in order to render moot other lawsuits by the small cities, the NYC Parents Union, and Schenectady charging the state with discrimination based on race and class in its school aid.”

Public Austerity

“It is bad economic and social policy to continue underfunding public schools, child care, public transportation, public housing, and environmental programs with another austerity budget that limits growth in the budget to 2 percent when state revenues are up 4 percent,” Hawkins said.

Hawkins noted that while the proposed property tax circuit breaker for renters and homeowners was dropped, a tax break for yachts was added. “This is a rich man's budget once again,” Hawkins said. “Instead of progressive tax reform – more progressive income tax brackets, retaining stock transfer tax revenues, cutting corporate welfare – this budget imposes austerity on local governments with revenue sharing frozen at a historically low level and the 2 percent property tax cap.”


“The new income disclosure rules touted as ethics reform would please the U.S. Supreme Court that opened the floodgates to corporate spending on elections in the Citizens United case with the excuse that disclosure would tell voters who was in whose pocket. Breaking the pay-to-play corruption culture in Albany requires much stronger reforms, including full-time legislators who cannot take outside income and full public campaign financing on the Clean Money model used by Arizona and Maine,” Hawkins said.


Hawkins condemned the budget's raid of $40 million from Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative account to fund the Environmental Protection Fund and renewable energy tax credits.

“These worthy environmental initiatives should have been funded by tax revenues, not by the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative. And they should have been funded at higher levels. The state should commit to the public investments and private incentives needed convert to 100 percent green energy by 2030 in order to address the climate crisis, create full employment, and reduce energy costs,” Hawkins said.

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State Aid & New York State Public School Districts

Our Schools Remain At Risk- Syracuse City Schools Deserve and Need Increased State Support

A presentation by Dr. Rick Timbs, Executive Director, Statewide School Finance Consortium  in Syracuse, NY on Monday March 16, 2015 at the Bishop Harrison Center on Lancaster Avenue.

With the “one house” budget bills from the Assembly and Senate now released in response to Governor's budget proposal, state government is entering the final two weeks of budget negotiations before the budget is due on April 1.

This teach-in on the state budget was organized by the Green Party to inform the Syracuse community on the impact of the pending state budget on Syracuse schools, city services, and Centro so they can make their concerns known to their state legislators.

The teach-in featured an hour-long presentation by Dr. Rick Timbs of the Statewide School Finance Consortium on how the state budget impacts the Syracuse City School District budget, including the impact of the Gap Elimination Adjustment and the shortfall in Foundation Aid funding.

View the Presentation Slide Show Here.


Additional Presenters included Pearler Washington of the Local 580 of the Amalgamated Transit Union on the Centro budget, Howie Hawkins of the Green Party on an overview of the state budget, and Raymond Blackwell of Save Our Schools on bringing parents and teachers together to support Syracuse schools.

View Video of All Speakers Here.


Exclusive Video Courtesy of Independent Media CNY.


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February 9th County Meeting Postponed Due to Weather

Due to heavy and persistent snowfall throughout Central New York, tonight's monthly meeting of the Green party of Onondaga County is postponed. We hope you will stay safe and warm and off the roads unless necessary. Keep and eye out for an announcement for when the meeting will be rescheduled.

Keep reading below for important events and actions happening this week to help us organizing to protect public education and to stop the next big and scary neoliberal trade agreement, the Trans Pacific Partnership.

#TPPTuesdays - Call-in to Congress
All day, from your phone. Join in this weekly action to urge Congress to vote "No" on Fast Track for the TPP.
Get more info (like where to call), RSVP and spread the word via Facebook.…

Green Shadow Cabinet Meeting about the Trans Pacific Partnership
Wednesday, February 11, 8pm Conference Call
Join Green Party leaders and grassroots activists to learn about the undemocratic trade agreement being negotiated in secret - and how we can stop it! Register here! Find more info and spread the word on Facebook.…/r…/KCFFE1GBQ58XQLJ2

#‎AllKidsNeed‬ CNY Education Forum
Wednesday, February 11, 6pm Lyncourt School, 2707 Court St. Syracuse, 13208
Share, RSVP and find more information on Facebook.

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Rallies in Albany on January 21st






The upcoming NY State of the State on Wednesday January 21st will be a time for action, celebration, and future focus.

  • New York has banned fracking!  Rally to Celebrate New York Fracking Ban and Lead the Nation in Renewable Energy!  Rally from 11:30am-12:30pm, followed by a celebration with food, fun, and live music from 1pm-4pm. For full details, visit the Facebook event page.  Bus seats are available!

Special Events on Tuesday January 20th

  • Tune into "The People's State of the Union" and participate in an online chat during President Obama's 2015 State of the Union speech on Tuesday, January 20, on the Green Party's Livestream channel ( The State of the Union, which begins at 9:00pm ET, will be aired on the Livestream page. A chat box for discussion will be on the screen next to the live State of the Union video.

Become a sustaining member of the GPOC and the Green Party of NYS.  Click Here!  Green Party members are doing great things all year round, and we need your financial support.  Check out this article about this past week's demonstration right here in Syracuse in support of a veto of the Keystone XL pipeline.



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A Welcome Message from Our GPOC Committee Chair


Thank you for your time, your financial support and your passion for the Green Party and its 2014 candidates, especially our own Howie Hawkins and his running mate, Brian Jones.  Because you helped bring the Green Party message to voters this year, we saw the number of votes cast in New York for our Green Team increase to over 300% of our 2010 totals.    

Sadly, I wasn't able to be very hands on with the Hawkins campaign in 2014.  But I plan to call you in the next few weeks and hope to see you at our December 2nd meeting so that we can get to know one another better.  I look forward to hearing what brought you to the Green Party as a supporter this year and how you plan to stay involved.  If you have not yet done so, I urge you to register Green and consider a sustaining monthly donation at whatever level is affordable to you.  I also hope that you will continue your activism in whatever other areas of Green politics you find most satisfying -- as a candidate, campaign manager, campaign volunteer, office volunteer, etc.  

Building the Green Party to further our progressive agenda of a living wage, full employment, an end to wars and drone strikes, universal health care, free public education, and more, has been a dream of mine for many years.  I look forward to working with you to capitalize on our success in 2014 to make this dream come true.


Barb Humphrey, GPOC Coordinating Committee Chair

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