Green Party’s Tony Gronowicz to run for NYC’s next mayor
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The NYC mayoral race is in full swing as Michael Bloomberg prepares to step down after 12 years on the job. The race gets a lot of attention as beyond the leading candidates, there are a slew of other politicians running to become for New York City’s next mayor. The VoR spoke with Michael O’Neil, he is Co-Chair of the Green Party of NY State, who represents mayoral candidate Anthony Gronowicz.
VoR: Good afternoon, Michael, and tell us a little about your candidate.
MO: Hi, Angela, it’s great to be on. The Green Party is a recognised party in New York State, we won that by exceeding 50,000 votes per governor in 2010, which all parties have to do every four years to maintain their ballot status. We don’t have a primary this year because Tony Gronowicz is a person who partitioned as the Green Party candidate, so his nomination is guaranteed. Tony was one for Mayor in the past and this year he is running on the Green New Deal platform and this is something that has spun out of our 2010 campaign for governor and also our presidential campaign of 2012. Next year we are really looking at the ideas how the Green New Deal can be applied on the municipal level, talking about things like living wages and full employment to public works programs, like this country had during the 1930s. Proper housing is a focus for us, as well as the universal health care system. We are also talking about free higher education, such as the City University of New York had from 1847 to 1975. Tony Gronowicz is an educator within a unique system and that is a topic that still needs a lot of organizing with the student population. Many students in this country have just been crushed under the student loan debt, much as our home owners were crushed under the housing debt and continue to see a foreclosure crisis there. So it’s interesting to see these different Democrat candidates jerking to be seen as progressive when in reality because of the party they belong to, because of the allies they’ve made none of them are going to be capable of standing up to the municipal ballot holders, to people’s corporations in this city and this state, to actually tax them, to make them pay a fair share for any of the programs that they are offering.
VoR: Tell me, what does Tony Gronowicz have that Michael Bloomberg didn’t have and the other candidates don’t have?
MO: The fact that Tony Gronowicz is a candidate who has refused all corporate donations, and all the Green Party candidates refuse corporate donations, makes him uniquely capable of standing up to the financial interests that determine the austerity not just in New York City but around the country. And Tony’s analysis of the United States as the capital of global capitalism and New York City as the financial capital of American capitalism, and his ability and courage to stand up to that makes him unique among other candidates.