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Green Party of New York

Green Party of New York
ChairpersonEric Jones
Peter LaVenia
Founded1992; 27 years ago (1992)
Headquarters87 Montrose Avenue Unit 2, Brooklyn, New York 11237
IdeologyGreen politics
Social democracy
Political positionLeft-wing
National affiliationGreen Party of the United States
Colors     Green
New York State Assembly
New York State Senate
New York City Council
Other elected offices2 (June 2019) [1]
Appointed offices3 (June 2019)[2]

The Green Party of New York is a ballot-qualified political party in New York. It was founded in 1992 and is a part of the national Green Party movement. The party regained ballot status for four years when Howie Hawkins received over 50,000 votes in the 2010 gubernatorial election and retained it for another four years in the 2014 election, when the party moved up to line D, the fourth line on state ballots, passing the Working Families and Independence parties, with 5 percent of the vote.


The Green Party of New York had its roots in local Green organizing of the mid-1980s. In 1998 the Green Party in New York achieved ballot status when its candidate for governor, Al Lewis, received over 50,000 votes.[3]Ralph Nader received 244,030 votes for President on the Green Party line in 2000.[4] As provided under electoral law, the party formed a State Committee, several County Committees, and set up county organizations. The party lost ballot status in 2002, when gubernatorial candidate Stanley Aronowitz received 41,727 votes, fewer than the 50,000 votes required.[5]

From 2003-2004 the Green Party had a city council majority (3 of 5 seats), in the Village of New Paltz.[6] This was the third-ever Green city council majority in the United States. New Paltz also elected a Green mayor Jason West in 2003.

The party's petition for the 2004 Presidential election was successfully challenged, and no Green Party candidate appeared on the ballot in 2004. National Green Party nominee David Cobb received 138 votes in New York as a write-in candidate. Meanwhile, Nader received 99,873 votes, appearing on the "Peace and Justice Party" and the "Independence Party" ballot lines.[7]

In the 2006 election, the party nominated Malachy McCourt for governor and failed to obtain ballot status by garnering only 40,729 votes, less than the required 50,000. Down-ticket candidates Rachel Treichler for Attorney General and Julia Willebrand for Comptroller fared better, but these votes do not count towards earning ballot status, and neither of these candidates were elected. The party also nominated Howie Hawkins for Senate who criticized incumbent Democrat Hillary Clinton for, among other things, supporting the Iraq War.

Nominated candidates


The Green Party candidate for president in 2008 was former Georgia congresswomen Cynthia McKinney, who ran with hip-hop activist and New York resident Rosa Clemente as her vice-presidential nominee. The all-woman of color ticket received 12,729 votes in New York.[8]

Green Party nominee Dr. Jill Stein and homeless advocate Cheri Honkala of Pennsylvania earned 39,982 (.56%) in 2012.


In 2010 Colia Clark ran for Senator of New York against Chuck Schumer, and in 2012 she ran against Kirsten Gillibrand.[9] In 2016, Robin Laverne Wilson is running against Chuck Schumer.[10]

Ian Murphy ran as the Green Party candidate for New York's 26th congressional district special election, 2011.[11][12] Ian Murphy lost and Kathy Hochul was elected. The seat was vacated by Chris Lee who resigned amid a scandal involving his response to a personal ad on Craigslist and the transmittal of shirtless photos. Murphy finished in last place in the four-candidate field.


Howie Hawkins ran as the Green Party candidate for Governor of New York, against six other candidates. His running mate was Gloria Mattera, of Brooklyn.[13]

Hawkins ran again in the 2014 Gubernatorial election against four other candidates receiving 5% of the vote.

Brian Jones, a socialist actor and activist from New York City, was the party nominee for Lieutenant Governor of New York in 2014.[14][15]


Dr. Alice Green received 5,448 votes[16] in the Albany, NY General Election for mayor in 2005, against incumbent Mayor Gerald Jennings.

Billy Talen ran for Mayor of New York City in 2009 as the Green Party candidate. He receive 8,902 (0.8%) votes.[17]

Alex White received approximately 9% of the vote in Rochester's special election for mayor in 2010.

Anthony Gronowicz ran for New York City mayor in 2013.[18][19] Christina González is currently running for New York City Council in District 7.[20]

Bryan J. Jiminez received 374 votes (2.29%) in the Albany, NY General Election for mayor in 2017.[21] Jiminez won in the primary election[22] in September, defeating Dan Plaat.[23]

Election results


Year Nominee Votes
1996 Ralph Nader 75,956 (1.20%)
2000 Ralph Nader 244,398 (3.58%)
2004 David Cobb (write-in) 138 (<0.1%)
2008 Cynthia McKinney 12,801 (0.17%)
2012 Jill Stein 39,982 (0.56%)
2016 Jill Stein 107,934 (1.40%)


Year Nominee Votes +/-
1998 Al Lewis 52,533 (1.11%) N/A
2002 Stanley Aronowitz 41,797 (0.91%) -0.20%
2006 Malachy McCourt 42,166 (0.89%) -0.02%
2010 Howie Hawkins 59,906 (1.30%) +0.41%
2014 Howie Hawkins 184,419 (4.86%) +3.56%
2018 Howie Hawkins 103,946 (1.70%) -3.14%


Year Nominee Votes
1998 Joel Kovel 14,735 (0.32%)
2000 Mark Dunau 40,991 (0.60%)
2004 David McReynolds 36,942 (0.30%)
2006 Howie Hawkins 55,469 (1.2%)
2010 Colia Clark 39,185 (1.0%)
2010 (Special) Cecile A. Lawrence 35,487 (0.79%)
2012 Colia Clark 36,547 (0.60%)
2016 Robin Laverne Wilson 113,413 (1.53%)

Attorney General

Year Nominee Votes
1998 Johann L. Moore 18,984 (0.44%)
2002 Mary Jo Long 50,755 (1.23%)
2006 Rachel Treichler 61,849 (1.44%)
2014 Ramon Jimenez 76,697 (2.06%)
2018 Michael Sussman 72,512 (1.21%)


Year Nominee Votes
2018 Mark Dunlea 70,041 (1.16%)


The platform of the party is based upon the Four Pillars of the Green Party that originated with European Green Parties: Peace, Ecology, Social Justice, and Democracy. The Pillars are included in and expanded on in the Ten Key Values of the Green Party.

The official Green Party platform[24] in New York is set by The Green Party of New York State Committee.[25]


The Green Party of New York supports the ban on hydraulic fracturing, which was brought up in the gubernatorial debate by Howie Hawkins[26] and later approved by the state health department. Hawkins also pushed for a ban on genetically modified foods.[27]

2013 officeholders

As of September 12, 2013, there were 3 elected Green mayors in New York State: David Doonan of Greenwich, James M. Sullivan of Victory, Saratoga County, New York and Jason West of New Paltz. The party did not have any officeholders at the county, state or federal level.

List of officeholders

  • Rome Celli - Brighton School Board, Brighton
  • David Doonan - Mayor, Greenwich (Washington County)
  • Jennifer Dotson - Common Council, First Ward, City of Ithaca (Tompkins County)
  • Margaret Human - Town Planning Board, New Paltz
  • Brian Kehoe - Village Trustee, Catskill
  • Mary Jo Long - Town Council, Afton (Chenango County)
  • Edgar Rodriguez - Board of Education, New Paltz Central School District (Ulster County)
  • James M. Sullivan - Mayor of Victory, Saratoga County, New York
  • Jason West - Mayor of New Paltz
  • Jonathan Wright - Town Planning Board, New Paltz

See also


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  3. ^ "NYS Board of Elections Governor Election Returns Nov. 3, 1998" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on March 4, 2016. Retrieved 2015.
  4. ^ "NYS Board of Elections President and Vice-President Election Returns Nov. 7, 2000" (PDF). Retrieved 2015.
  5. ^ "NYS Board of Elections Governor Election Returns Nov. 5, 2002" (PDF). Retrieved 2015.
  6. ^ [1] Archived September 28, 2007, at the Wayback Machine
  7. ^ "NYS Board of Elections President and Vice-President Election Returns Nov. 2, 2004" (PDF). Retrieved 2015.
  8. ^ "NYS Board of Elections President and Vice-President Election Returns Nov. 4, 2008" (PDF). Retrieved 2015.
  9. ^ "Colia Clark for U. S. Senate | Traveling the Green Highway in 2012". Archived from the original on January 16, 2016. Retrieved 2015.
  10. ^ "Filings received for the 2016 State/Local Primary Office: State Senator". NYS Board of Elections. July 26, 2016. Retrieved 2016.
  11. ^ "Ian Murphy, Green Party Candidate, CD 26". Green Party of New York State. Retrieved 2017.
  12. ^ "Scott Walker's prank caller Ian Murphy officially announces Green Party run in NY-26". Independent Political Report. March 23, 2011. Retrieved 2017.
  13. ^ [2] Archived August 16, 2010, at the Wayback Machine
  14. ^ Tarleton, John (May 13, 2014). "NYC Educator Runs for Lt. Gov: An Interview with Brian Jones". The Indypendent. Retrieved 2015.
  15. ^ Jones, Brian (May 7, 2014). "Brian Jones Statement of Candidacy for Lt. Governor". Howie Hawkins. Retrieved 2017.
  16. ^ "2005 General Election Results" (PDF). Albany County Board of Elections. December 6, 2005. Retrieved 2017.
  17. ^ "Board of Elections in the City of New York". Retrieved 2015.
  18. ^ "THE OCCUPY CANDIDATE". The New Yorker. September 19, 2012. Retrieved 2017.
  19. ^ Schwab, Dave (November 6, 2013). "2013 Green Party election results". Green Party Watch. Retrieved 2017.
  20. ^ Schwab, Dave (October 30, 2013). "Feisty Green Party candidate waging spirited campaign in Harlem". Green Party Watch. Retrieved 2017.
  21. ^ "2017 General Election Official Results". Albany County Board of Elections. November 29, 2017. Retrieved 2017.
  22. ^ Fries, Amanda (July 26, 2017). "Green Party to have primary in Albany". Times Union. Times Union. Retrieved 2017.
  23. ^ Plaat, Daniel. Plaat for Mayor Retrieved 2017. Missing or empty |title= (help)
  24. ^ Platform. "Green Party New York " Platform". Retrieved 2010.
  25. ^ "Green Party New York " Committees". Retrieved 2010.
  26. ^ "Green Party of New York State". October 28, 2015. Retrieved 2015.
  27. ^ "Green Party of New York State". October 28, 2015. Retrieved 2015.

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