Developing Community Solar in Steuben County, July 28, Savona
The Steuben Greens are sponsoring a presentation and discussion
of what would be involved in developing a community solar program
and New York's NY-Sun
by Michael Straight from NYSERDA in Corning. The presentation is
at 6:30 pm, Tuesday, July 28, 2015, at Susan Donderewicz's farm,
Collier Road, Savona, New York. The presentation will be preceded
by a tour of apple, asparagus, garlic and hops plantings at Susan's
from 5:00 - 6:00 pm, and a potluck dinner at
6:00 pm. To RSVP for the event on Facebook, click
Steuben Green Party 2015 Annual Meeting, July 28, Savona
The Annual Meeting of the Green Party of Steuben County will be
held Tuesday, July 28, 2015, at 7:30 pm at Susan Donderewicz's
farm, 5819 Collier Road, Savona, New York. The agenda includes
for the upcoming year and annual officer elections. Nominations
will be made at the meeting. The meeting at 7:30 pm will be preceded
by a tour of apple, asparagus, garlic and hops plantings at Susan's
from 5:00 - 6:00 pm, a potluck dinner at
6:00 pm, and a presentation
on developing community solar in Steuben County at 6:30 pm. Bring
a dish to pass.
National Green Party 2015 Annual Meeting, July 23-26, St. Louis
The Annual Meeting of the national Green Party in St. Louis
July 23-26 is an opportunity to meet Greens from all over the
country who are working to build the independent political movement
to create a world that works for all of us!
There will be workshops on producing videos, running for office,
using online tools, student organizing, framing issues, promoting
the Green New Deal and more. There will be a field
trip to Ferguson Missouri to build solidarity with the
founders of the Black Lives Movement. Programs will run from Thursday
Sunday morning (July 23-26), with most events scheduled for Friday
and Saturday. For schedule and registration information,
go to http://2015greenpartyconvention.org/
Darin Robbins Announces Candidacy for Mayor of Corning in 2015
Darin Robbins has announced he will challenge Corning Mayor Frank
Negri again and seek the Green Party nomination. Darin is quoted
in an article in the Corning Leader announcing his campaign, "The
primary theme of my campaign is that the residents of Corning are
the co-owners of the city, and we should have policies that reflect
that. 'My platform is focused on promoting direct democracy and
resiliency to external economic and environmental change. This
includes development and support of worker owned cooperative businesses,
local energy production through renewable solar and wind power,
and giving residents the chance to have a direct say in how some
of their taxes are allocated in the city budget." Corning
Leader, March 4, 2015. For more information about Darin's campaign, click
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.
Howie Hawkins 2014 Gubernatorial Campaign
Howie Hawkins ran for governor for a second time on the Green
Party ticket.“The historic role of third parties is to bring
issue to the floor and because they start to get votes, the major
parties pick them up,” Hawkins said a press conference. “Our
goal is really, not to influence the major parties, but to replace
them. Our political system is so bought and paid for by the one
percent that we really need to start electing our own people.” See Hawkins
to run again on Green Party line, Ithaca Journal,
April 9, 2014.
Joe Duffy for Mayor of Hornell in 2013
Joe Duffy was the Green Party candidate for mayor of the City
of Hornell in 2013. Joe received 440 votes in a two way race against
Democrat Shawn Hogan, who received 818 votes, according to the Steuben
County 2013 official election results.
Darin Robbins for Mayor of Corning in 2013
Darin Robbins was the Green Party candidate for mayor of the City
of Corning in 2013. Darin received 357 votes in a two way race
against Frank Negri who received 1296 votes on the Republican,
Conservative and Independence lines, according to the Steuben
County 2013 official election results.
March Against Monsanto, May 2013, Corning
Elmira-Corning March Against Monsanto
In solidarity with the national action against Monsanto,
the Steuben Greens participated in the March Against Monsanto
in Corning on May 25. We marched and had a community supper
to share information about the dangers of GMOs and the patenting
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 movement.
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 York.
Colia Clark for US Senate from New York in Corning 2012
Colia Clark, the Green Party candidate for US Senate from New
York came to Corning on May 1, 2012 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
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 on Courting
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 their races..
"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
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
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 industries,
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 sources, and
Because the global warming effects of the methane in natural
gas are many times greater than the global warming effects of
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 website, http://www.endocrinedisruption.com/,
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.