Greens Rage Against Bronx Machine, Challenge Incumbents

Sunday, July 15th, 2012

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What makes Greens in the Bronx run?

“We are all enthusiastic supporters of the Occupy movement,” said John Reynolds, Chairperson of Green Team (2012) New York, “and many of us have been participants in OWS since the beginning.”

According to Reynolds, the Bronx is itself “occupied territory”; and the Demopublican and Republicrat machine–as he calls the two major parties–is the political arm of the hostile occupation.

“That’s why Greens are running on our independent Green party line–to liberate the people of the Bronx from one-party political machine mis-rule,” Carl Lundgren, Chair of the Bronx County Green party, further explained. 

This year, Green party candidates in the state’s poorest county are challenging incumbents in two NY State Senate districts, and in three state assembly districts.

In the 34th Senate district in the North Bronx, county party chair Lundgren is facing off against incumbent  Jeff Klein who captured no less than four lines on the ballot–Democratic, Republican, Independent, and Working Families parties.  “It makes it sort of difficult for people to figure out what my opponent stands for,” said Lundgren.  Klein (there is also another candidate running on the Conservative line)  has been criticized for taking anti-tenant positions, and for pay-for-play practices.

Manhattan Green party chairperson, Tom Siracuse, is running in the 29th Senate District against Democrat Jose M. Serrano in a district that spans parts of Manhattan and most of the South Bronx.

Green candidate Trevor Archer is challenging nominal Bronx Democratic party boss, Carl Heastie, in the 83rd Assembly District; and parks advocate

In the 87th AD, Walter Nestler, who has organized tours of toxic sites in the Bronx, is running on the Green party line against Democrat Luis Sepulveda, the anointed heir of the Bronx machine to succeed Peter Rivera who resigned under a cloud after his former law partner and campaign treasurer was sentenced to six months in prison after pleading guilty last June to federal mail fraud involving a non-profit.

Finally, veteran Bronx radical activist, Dan Zuger, has claimed the Green party line in his bid to unseat Democratic machine hack, Marcos Crespo, the incumbent in the 85th AD in the East Bronx.



One Response to “Greens Rage Against Bronx Machine, Challenge Incumbents”

  1. gracchusgreen Says:

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