The Steuben Greens meet on the 3rd Monday of the month by conference call or in person.
Our next meeting, Mon., May 20 is our annual meeting. We will gather at 6:30 pm at
90 West Market St., 2d Fl., in Corning. For info about the meeting, email email@example.com or
Darin Robbins has announced his candidacy for mayor of Corning as the Green Party
candidate in 2013. Darin is running to give the Corning community a new direction. "The
first step in this direction is to acknowledge that the residents of Corning are co-owners
of this city, each person who lives here is a stakeholder that has the right to participate
fully in the public life of our city, and any new policy must reflect this basic premise," Darin
said in his press release on Feb. 21, 2013.
In a recent letter to the editor published in the Corning Leader, but not
posted on their website, Darin says: "As a candidate for mayor, I know that
most direct way to protect Corning from the fracking process is to go beyond the
containment process that is only making appeals to state regulatory agencies and to
majority rights of our community over the minority rights of corporations. That is
why my first action as mayor, if elected, is to introduce a community Bill Of Rights
patterned after the work of the Democracy School seminars conducted by the Community
Environmental Legal Defense Fund. This Bill Of Rights would set the legal foundation
that the power of the city is inherent in its people, that corporate rights do not
subordinate citizens’ rights, and that the citizens have a right to clean land,
air, and water. This would set the precedent for a local ban on fracking. For our
own self-determination, we need to exercise this democratic process to protect our
For more information about Darin's campaign, click here.
System Change Not Climate Change
Green Party of New York State members and banner in Washington DC on Feb. 17, 2013.
The Steuben Greens support the Occupy movement. Click
here to read our statement in support. A number of our members in the Corning
area are participating in the Occupy Corning/Elmira general assemblies. Get updates
about Occupy Corning/Elmira activities on the group's Facebook
here for a video of Darin Robbins, a Green in Corning, speaking about the Occupy
Participatory Democracy Petitions for the City of Corning
Darin Robbins has developed two petitions for referenda for amendments to the Corning
City Charter. The first petition is for a referendum to set up a participatory budgeting
process. The second petition, which grows out of the work on the budgeting referendum,
is for a referendum to add a formal referendum process to the City Charter. To sign
the referendum process petition online, click
here. To sign the participatory budgeting petition online, click
here. Click here to download a PDF of the participatory
budgeting petition. Click here to download a PDF
of the referendum process petition. Return completed petitions to Darin Robbins, 78
Sterling Street, Corning, NY 14830.
State and National Green Party Candidates
Members of the Steuben County Green Party worked in 2012 for Jill Stein's campaign
for President of the United State and Colia Clark's campaign for US Senate from New
In Memoriam: Charles F. Rola
We mourn the passing of one of our most dedicated members, Charles F. Rola of Savona
in September 2012. His daughter Calen wrote a very nice obituary that appeared in the
September 21, 2012, Corning Leader, but only a notice is
2012 Annual Meeting
At the Annual Meeting of the Steuben County Green Party on Sat., May 5, 2012, new
officers were elected:
Chair, Joseph Duffy, Hornell
Secretary, Rachel Treichler, Hammondsport
Treasurer, Darin Robbins, Corning
State Committee Representative, Neal Pritchard, Corning
Chair, Renaissance Committee, Susan Donderewicz, Savona
Colia Clark for US Senate from New York in Corning May 1
Colia Clark, the Green Party candidate for US Senate from New York came to Corning
on May 1 and spoke at three Occupy events. The events received widespread press coverage,
including: WENY (ABC
affiliate), WETM (NBC
affiliate), the Corning
Leader, the Elmira Star-Gazette and YNN,
most of which featured Colia's participation.
A long time civil rights, peace and women's rights activist, Colia received GPNYS's
nomination as the party's 2012 US Senate candidate in March. Colia was the Green Party
nominee for U.S. Senate in 2010 for the seat presently held by Chuck Schumer. She is
a chair of Grandmothers for the Release of Mumia Abu Jamal. During the Civil Rights
era, Colia was a Special Assistant to Medgar W. Evers, field Secretary for the NAACP.
She later joined the Mississippi Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC) doing
voter registration work. Now a resident of Manhattan, Colia was the founder and Coordinator
for Poor Women Against Vietnam War, and the former coordinator of the Social Justice
Center in Albany.
Preparing a Steuben County Green Party Platform
We are working to prepare a Green Party platform for Steuben County. Please email
firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like to contribute your ideas.
Area Greens Host GP-US Annual Meeting at NY Green Fest 2011
NY Green Fest 2011 was held in conjunction with the annual national meeting of the
Green Party of the United States. Both events were held Aug. 5-7, 2011, at Alfred University
in Alfred, NY. NY Green Fest was organized by the Allegany and Steuben County Green
parties. Steuben Greens Darin Robbins and Joe Duffy spoke at the event. Darin spoke
the Anarchist Vote: Finding the Common Denominator of Autonomy, and Joe spoke at
the press conference of Green candidates.
The Green Fest program included more than 30 workshops on politics, energy, media
and ecology, four forums and great music on our solar stage. Many of these programs
are available on videos posted on
the Green Fest website. Presenters included Elizabeth May, Canada's first elected
Green Party member of Parliament, David Korten, author of Corporations will Rule the
World and co-founder of YES! Magazine, Tina Clarke from the Transition Towns Movement,
David Cobb, 2004 Green nominee for President, Virginia Rasmussen from the Program for
Corporations Law and Democracy (POCLAD), Gay Nicholson from Sustainable Tompkins, and
Richard Grossman from Frack Free Catskills.
NY State Green Party Wins 2010 Victory, Reclaims Ballot Line
The more than 58,000 votes cast for Howie Hawkins and Gloria Mattera have secured
the Green Party a ballot line for the next four years. Support for all the Green candidates
was strong. Unofficial figures show Comptroller candidate Julia Willebrand receiving
almost 98,000 votes, and US Senate candidates Colia Clarke and Cecile Lawrence receiving
about 40,000 and 34,000 votes respectively. Each of our candidates came in third in
"This is the best showing ever for statewide Green Party candidates. It is the
culmination of months of hard work on the part of many party members, and the candidates
themselves. Voters are fed up with Democrats and Republicans taking their votes for
granted, and are open to hearing ideas from a party not beholden to Wall St. and special
interests. Howie Hawkins campaigned tirelessly to promote the idea of a Green New Deal,
funded by progressive taxation on the wealthy, and using the stock transfer tax we
already collect to fill the budget gap. Voters who heard the message understood that
Howie's platform made sense, and that it's the austerity plans of Cuomo and Paladino
that are nonsense," said Peter LaVenia, co-chair of the NY State Green Party.
"This is a building block for the future. We are going to use this victory to
elect Greens statewide, starting at the local level and moving on up to the state," stated
Eric Jones, co-chair of the NYS Green Party.
Howie Hawkins on the Economics of Hydrofracking
Howie Hawkins, the 2010 Green Party candidate for governor of New York spoke at Pollywogg
Holler in Allegany County on August. 8, 2010, about hydrofracking and his campaign.
Greens at the 2010 EPA Hearing in Binghamton
Susan Donderewicz from the Steuben Greens at the anti-drilling rally outside the EPA
hearings in Binghamton on Sept. 15, 2010, with Green gubernatorial candidate Howie
Hawkins and hydrofracking activists from across the state. Photos by Joe Armstrong.
Green Party Candidates Call for Ban on Hydrofracking
"We're for a ban on hydrofracking because there are better options for energy.
What this really does is privatize the cost and socialize the risk," said Howie
Hawkins, Green Party Candidate for Governor said in Vestal on June 30. Cecile Lawrence,
Green Party candidate for US Senate, said organizing for a ban on hydrofracking is
a key issue for her campaign. Click
for link to WICZ Video.
Greens Nominate Hawkins, Mattera, Clark, Lawrence and Willebrand
Syracuse labor activist Howie
Hawkins was nominated for Governor and Gloria Mattera, a long time peace activist
from Brooklyn, was nominated for Lt. Governor at the Green Party state convention
in Albany May 15, 2010. Colia Clark was nominated for the US Senate seat presently
held by Chuck Schumer. Cecile Lawrence was picked to fill out the Senate seat previously
held by Hillary Clinton. Julia Willebrand from Manhattan, who received amost 118,000
votes for Comptroller four years ago, was chosen to run for comptroller again. Videos
of the nominating speeches of the candidates are at www.gpnys.org.
Steuben Greens support Gas Drilling Moratorium Legislation
The Steuben County Green Party has issued a memorandum in support of the Englebright
(A10490)/Addabbo (S7592) bill that would establish a moratorium on conducting hydraulic
fracturing for the extraction of natural gas or oil in New York State until 120 days
after the EPA finalizes a report on the effects of hydraulic fracturing on groundwater
and freshwater supplies. Click
here to read our memorandum.
Steuben Greens on YouTube
Meet members of the Steuben Greens on YouTube talking about politics and the Green
Party. Recorded at our April 28, 2010 meeting in Bath.
Acting on our concerns about the extensive environmental and health damages that are
likely to be caused by drilling gas wells in the Marcellus Shale if horizontal drilling
and high pressure hydrofracturing are allowed in New York State, the Steuben County
Green Party adopted a resolution November 16, 2009, calling on the state legislature
to adopt a ban on permitting gas wells that use these techniques. In so doing, the
party joins the Green Party of New York and 70
other groups across New York State calling for such a ban.
The resolution lists the reasons why the party is calling for a ban:
Because of our concerns that environmental and health damages lasting long beyond
our lifetimes will extend across New York State if gas drilling is permitted using
horizontal drilling and high pressure hydrofracturing,
Because damaging economic consequences to residential and commercial property
values, tourism, agriculture, forestry, wineries, colleges and universities will
result from damaging health effects,
Because the infrastructure costs of building and repairing roads, water treatment
facilities, and other public services needed by the gas drilling industry will exceed
the economic benefit to local communities,
Because New York State has no laws restricting industrial scale water withdrawals
from our rivers, lakes and aquifers,
Because the citizens of New York are not protected from the toxic effects of oil
and gas drilling by Federal and New York State environmental laws that apply to other
Because the subsidies granted to oil and gas drilling promote the use of fossil
fuels and undermine the development of conservation, efficiency, and renewable energy
Because the global warming effects of the methane in natural gas are many times
greater than the global warming effects of carbon dioxide,
Be it resolved that the Steuben County Green Party calls on the New York State
legislature to adopt a ban on permitting gas wells that use horizontal drilling and
hydro-fracturing to release gas from tight sand and shale formations.
Green Party candidates in New York had some of their best results ever this year.
Mary Jo Long who won re-election to a seat on the Town Board of Afton in Chenango County.
Lynne Serpe, Howie Hawkins and Joe Duffy had excellent showings in their races for
NYC Council, Syracuse City Council and Mayor of the City of Hornell. They won 44%,
41% and 34% of the vote in their respective races. Click
here for non-offical returns for all NYS Green Party Candidates.
Reconsidering the Property Tax, Thurs., June 18, Bath
A public forum considering whether taxes based on property are the best way to raise
public money was held Thursday, June 18. The forum is one of a series of public programs
on the local economy sponsored by the Steuben County Green Party. This year’s
program, entitled “How Property Tax Has Shaped Our Economy (and look at the shape
we’re in)," was introduced by Susan Donderewicz, a Green Party member from
Savona. We discussed problems inherent in the property tax and alternatives to it. Click
here to read the text of Susan's remarks.
Presentation on Living Green
Suzanne Miller from Hornell spoke about simple green lifestyle changes you can make
at the May 2009 meeting of the Steuben County Green Party. in Hornell. She described
simple lifestyle changes you can make to reduce your carbon foot print.
Presentation on Humanitarian Mission to Gaza by Local Doctor
On March 16, 2009, the Steuben Greens and the Hornell Alfred Unitarian Universalist
Society sponsored a presentation in Hornell by Dr. Ismail Mehr about his recent humanitarian
mission to Gaza. Dr. Mehr led a team of 9 physicians and 2 non-medical personnel on
a ten day medical mission to Gaza in February 2009. Dr. Mehr is an anesthesiologist
at St. James Mercy Hospital in Hornell. The trip was sponsored by the Islamic Medical
Association of North America. It was the first US medical mission to Gaza this year.
Photo from the Buffalo
News. For more information about Dr. Mehr's trip, visit www.ammgaza.com
Showing of Rural Impact
On Nov. 5, 2008, the Steuben Greens joined with the Bath Peace and Justice Group to
sponsor a showing of a documentary film on the impacts of horizontal drilling and hydraulic
fracturing in Colorado by Two Cent Films and Crestone Media. The documentary features
Dr. Theo Colborn, an environmental health analyst who has studied the chemicals used
by drilling companies in their drilling and hydraulic fracturing fluids. Dr. Colborn's
gives the results of her studies of the health effects of the products and chemicals
used in drilling, fracturing (frac'ing, or stimulation), recovery and delivery of natural
gas. She has analyzed chemicals used by gas drilling companies in Colorado, Montana,
New Mexico, Washington and Wyoming. Her research provides a glimpse at the patterns
of possible health hazards for those living in proximity to gas development.
Building Bath’s Local Economy
On Thursday, May 29, 2008, the Steuben Greens sponsored a panel discussion on grassroots
strategies for building Bath’s local economy. Three Green Party members from
the Bath-Corning area, Susan Donderewicz, Darin Robbins and Rachel Treichler, discussed
how developing a more community-based, decentralized local economy could change Bath.
The speakers looked at Bath’s economy today and showed how a micro-lending program,
a local currency, local food production, promotion of local businesses, removing regulatory
barriers and alternative healthcare, schooling and transportation systems could create
more sustainable ways to live in Bath as the world economy changes.
Citizen Power Alliance
The Steuben Greens have joined the Citizen
Power Alliance. The Citizen Power Alliance is a coalition of independent groups
organized to promote sound energy and environmental policy. The mission of CPA is
to hold public officials and regulators accountable, while seeking the protection
of the public interest. The group belives that ecological preservation requires fiscal
responsibility and viable technological solutions.