They Say “Shutdown”; We Say “Long Live the Green New Deal”! The Green Team 2013 Press Conference: Presenting a Fresh Alternative

Media Advisory                        For Immediate Release

October 26, 2013            Contact: Tom Siracuse at 212-874-2154 or
James Lane at 917-865 2591

They Say “Shutdown”; We Say “Long Live the Green New Deal”!
The Green Team 2013 Press Conference: Presenting a Fresh Alternative

What: Press conference introducing the Green Team 2013

Who: The Green Team 2013, a group of candidates currently running for office in New York City under the Green Party of New York State banner

When: Sunday, October 27th, 2013, 12:30 PM

Where: In front of City Hall, 260 Broadway, Manhattan

Summary: A historic occasion will occur in New York City this Sunday afternoon: a group of public servants who cannot be bought, and who have real solutions to offer the people of New York, will gather at City Hall to present their joint program.

The recent government shutdown in Washington did not surprise the Greens. Both sides are acting irresponsibly. The Greens instead offer a plan – a Green New Deal – to help working people, not the banks; the beleaguered soldier, not the Pentagon; the children of our future, not ExxonMobil.

The team’s three citywide candidates for office ‒ mayoral candidate Anthony Gronowicz, comptroller candidate Julia Willebrand and Public Advocate candidate James Lane ‒ along with several New York City Council candidates ‒ will present their ideas to the media and the public. For those bored with the hollow public spectacle of de Blasio vs. Lhota, the Greens offer something quite unusual: a dose of truth.

List of all Green Team New York City Candidates:

Anthony Gronowicz (Mayor) –

Julia Willebrand (Comptroller) –

James Lane (Public Advocate) –

Carl Lundgren (Borough President (Bronx)) –

Henry J. Bardel (Borough President – Staten Island) – 

Thomas Siracuse (City Council  District 6 – Manhattan) –

Christina (Stina) Gonzalez (City Council District 7 Manhattan) –

John Reynolds (City Council District 11 – Bronx) –

Trevor Archer (City Council District 12 – Bronx) –

Walter Nestler (City Council District 18 – Bronx) –

Evergreen C. Chou (City Council District 20 – Queens) – 

Lynne Serpe (City Council District 22 – Queens) –

Patrick Dwyer (City Council District 43 – Brooklyn) – – Green Team 2013 – Green Party of New York State




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Report on MNN debates

Thanks to MNN-TV for getting the NY League of Women Voters to host two separate debates recorded on Oct. 9 among the Manhattan Council candidates for District 6 and 7.   The League’s  moderator who made up the questions was Adrianne Kivelson and each debate was to last 30 minutes.   Stina Gonzalez, the Green candidate for Council District 7 was supposed to debate Mark Levine. the Democrat, but he declined.  When Adrianne tried to get Stina to reduce her time to 15 minutes because her opponent did not show, Stina stood her ground and insisted on the full 30 minutes as was originally agreed.

I, Tom Siracuse, Green Candidate for District 6, debated Helen Rosenthal, the Democrat, and Harry DeMell, the Republican.  I challenged Helen’s typically Democrat empty rhetoric on the issues.  Housing and education  were the main topics.  Helen said affordable housing was critical in keeping the district livable and diverse.  I asked Helen why then did she support “inclusionary zoning” that enables real estate developers to get variances on zoning to allow bigger and taller high rise luxury new buildings in exchange for including 20% of then units as “affordable”.  I pointed out that most of these “affordable” units were not affordable for working class tenants.  The district is already awash with new high rise luxury buildings that further gentrifies the area and forces small business out because of the higher rents.  These larger buildings also cause more congestion and put stress on the infrastructure and environment.  I came out firmly against inclusionary zoning and proposed rent control for small business.  The Republican, DeMell,  proposed selling  public housing in the district for co-ops!   On education, he came out against mayoral control although he thought Bloomberg had done a good job.  Helen said that Bloomberg’s mayoral control was a failure but said that mayoral control under DeBlasio would be a success.  I came out against mayoral control.  I asked Helen, how could she as a Democrat, support a dictatorial school governance, no matter who the mayor is.  I proposed a democratic school governance in which parents and teachers had a say.  After the debate, Adrianne remarked that this was the only debate she attended in  which there were a clear difference of views.  She was  asked if the League of Women Voters would organize a debate among all the mayoral candidates in the general election.  The League had already organized one for the Democratic candidates in the mayoral primary.  She said that it would be too difficult to have a debate among all of the eleven mayoral candidates and what criteria would be used to reduce the number?  Where there is a will there is a way.  Why not extend the time of the debate from 30 to 60 minutes or have three debates, for 3 or four candidates at a time?  It seems to me that the League was not that interested in giving independent candidates an opportunity to get their message out to public.Report


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District 6 Candidates Debate on MNN

I will be debating Helen Rosenthal, Democrat candidate for Council District 6 , Wednesday,  October 9 at 9:30 AM at the Manhattan Neighborhood Network TV studios, 537 West 59th Street (between West End Ave. and Amsterdam Ave).  Take the 11, 31, or 57 buses or the subway to W. 59th Street and Columbus Circle.  I am allowed to have 5 people to accompany me.  If you’re interested please contact me ASAP.

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District 6 candidates forum at Goddard Riverside Center

I will be debating with 6 Democratic candidates running for the Council District 6 seat (covering W. 54-W. 98 St) at the Goddard Riverside Center on the NE corner of Columbus Ave and West 88th Street, Thursday, August 29 from 6 -8 PM.


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Bradley Manning Support Rally, July 27, Strawberry Fields

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Tom Siracuse to appear with six Democrats at candidate forum on May 13

Tom Siracuse-Green Party, will share the podium with six Democrats as candidates for the 6th NYC Council District in Manhattan.  The forum will take place at the West Park Presbyterian Church, West 86th Street and Amsterdam Ave. on Monday, May 13 from 6:30-8:30 PM.  The Democrat candidates are:  Ken Biberaj, Debra Cooper, Noah Gotbaum, Marc Landis, Helen Rosenthal and Mel Wymore.  Democrat Gale Brewer, the present councilperson whose term limit is expiring, will also appear. 

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Meet Your Candidates for City Council

[I’ll be one of the participants in this candidates forum]



West Park Presbyterian Church

West 86th Street and Amsterdam Ave.

Monday, May 13, at 6:30 PM

All seven candidates for City Council District 6 will be on hand to present their plans for our neighborhood and to answer your questions.

Ken Biberaj (D)

Debra Cooper (D)

Noah Gotbaum (D)

Marc Landis (D)

Helen Rosenthal (D)

Tom Siracuse (Green)

Mel Wymore (D

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Why Should You Vote For The Green Party?

The Green Party believes there is no significant difference between the Democrats and the Republicans and we reject the idea that the Democrats are better or that they are the “lesser of the two evils”.  Obama’s record on the environment, for example, is abysmal.  He supports more drilling for oil off the coasts of North America including the fragile Arctic, fracking for gas, building nuclear power plants for the first time in over 40 years and the continued extraction of coal.  Is it not obvious that he is under the control of the fossil fuel and nuclear power industries just as the Republican Party is?  Besides the environment, what about his aggressive use of the military, assassinations, drones, the shredding of the Bill of Rights as the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) that gives the President the authority to arrest and jail and even kill Americans without charges!  What about his refusal to really regulate the destructive speculations of Wall Street, or to restore the tax levels on the super that existed only decades ago, and to enact budget cuts that would put the burden of the economic crisis on the backs of the working class?  Why should we assume that Romney would have acted differently if hew had been elected?  Wasn’t Romney considered a “moderate” governor of Massachusetts?   I believe it would be harder for Romney to impose austerity programs, undermine the Bill of Rights and trash the environment than Obama since Obama still has much of the American people believing that he really is a good guy.  In any case, although Obama and Romney sound different, they have the same boss–the 1%.  I constantly hear people say that a vote for the Green Party is a wasted vote because the Greens cannot win.  The Green Party realizes it can’t win the Presidency but we believe that we have a responsibility to give the American people an opportunity to consider an alternative way to address the real issues confronting us by using the electoral process.  The reason the two corporate parties took away the presidential debates from the League of Women Voters is to prevent the American people from hearing alternative views and insure their monopoly on the political process.

The country’s economy and the planet’s ecology are quickly approaching a disastrous collapse!  The Green Party believes that we must end corporate control of our economy and our politics by preventing Wall Street from engaging in destructive speculation, enacting laws so that political campaigns are publicly funded and by small contributions from individuals, requiring the mass-media to give time to the candidates of all ballot parties and to have proportional representation of all ballot parties in our federal and local legislatures. The GP wants the NDAA repealed and the policies of racial profiling prohibited.  Law abiding undocumented immigrants who have been living in this country should be allowed to become legal residents and an immigration policy based on social and economic justice should be put in place.  Our present immigration policy is hypocritical and inhumane.  U.S. foreign policy is a large factor that causes millions of immigrants to leave their homelands and then it encourages illegal immigration into this country so that these immigrants can be super exploited.  The U.S. must end using war to extend its power and economic control over other countries.  The wars in the Mideast are wars to get control of oil resources.  They have nothing to do with spreading democracy or securing us from terrorism.  These destructive wars cause such hatred overseas that they increase the chances for terrorism.  These wars drain our economy, are a major cause of our national debt and siphon funds away from social programs, education and infrastructure.

The GP believes that we must phase out dirty fossil fuels such as oil, coal and gas, and also dangerous nuclear energy. These fuels together with an economy that encourages runaway consumption and lack of conservation is causing an environmental disaster.  The GP wants to transition to clean, renewable energy –solar, wind, wave/tidal and geothermal.  Other countries have already begun to phase out fossil fuels and nuclear energy but the U.S. is the biggest source of contamination in the world.

What prevents us from pursuing policies that will save our planet for future generations is a power elite (the 1 percent) that is blinded by its quest for super profits and its control over our political system.  Both parties and their candidates are under this control.  One way to force Obama to change is for the Green Party to significantly increase its vote. That would shake up the two corporate parties and the power elite.  Otherwise, why would Obama and his Wall Street backers feel compelled to change if they know that we will vote for Obama anyway as the “lesser of two evils”?

Tom Siracuse, Candidate for the 6th District of the NYC Council and Chair of the Manhattan Green Party

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