New York's Third Parties

Thursday, October 14, 2010

Dan Cantor, executive director of the Working Families Party, Michael Long, Conservative Party of New York State chairman, and Frank MacKay, chairman of the Independence Party of New York State , talk about New York's "third" parties.


Dan Cantor, Michael Long and Frank MacKay

Comments [13]


I thought that this would be the one major show to give the Greens an ear. Ah no, I'm sorely disappointed.

Oct. 18 2010 10:38 AM
rick tannenbaum from Rockland County

It was not a real conversation on third parties. It excluded the Green Party and Howie Hawkins candidacy for Governor. The Greens have a complete platform and are not a one-issue party, bent on advancing a narrow agenda. I'm disappointed in the limitations of the presentation. It oculd have been so mcuh more. Perhaps the media fears the Hawkins campaign because it would indubitably siphon votes away from Andrew Cuomo?

Oct. 15 2010 01:28 PM
Carl Arnold from Brooklyn

WFP, Conservative and Independent parties -- all with the tops of their tickets with either Republicans or Democrats! How in the world is that third-party representation?

With Greens and Libertarians running but excluded from this show, one can only wonder why there's such a conspicuous exclusion.

Uninformative, unfair and undemocratic -- especially from this show. Correct the error! Thank you.

Oct. 15 2010 02:25 AM

How does a conversation on public radio regarding New York's third parties without the Greens or Libertarians serve the mandate to inform the public when two larger third party players are excluded? It's quite ridiculous actually. For these mid-term elections, several minor parties who are running candidates (WFP not being one of them however) continue to be excluded by corporate media to participate in the electoral politics discourse. However, public radio is not corporate media. It should do better than it.

Oct. 14 2010 02:28 PM
Jude L. from Riverdale

Your 3d-party commentator sound like he's waiting for a Messiah-- just waiting for that national 3d-party candidate to be born.

Oct. 14 2010 10:47 AM
Robert from NYC

You got that right Susan from Village, hear, hear!!

Oct. 14 2010 10:46 AM

Independent Party is a joke. As a registered independent I often watch is amazement on how the "independent" party always tows the Democratic line. I left the Democratic Party because I found their vision myoptic and often unreasonable when dealing with NYC realities. Independent is an oxymoron when it comes to the Party.

Oct. 14 2010 10:41 AM
Edward from NJ

These parties get to stay on the ballot because they got 50,000 votes in the last election, but it seems like they rarely run their own candidates. Perhaps there should be an additional requirement that they run certain number of candidates that aren't with any other party if they want to retain their ballot lines.

Oct. 14 2010 10:38 AM
Susan from Village

I stopped voting on the Working Families line when they cynicallly endorsed Christine Quinn after she colluded with Bloomberg to undermine democracy. We need REAL third parties and REAL choice--not "me too" sops to the major parties.

Oct. 14 2010 10:38 AM

I'm hoping the northeast republicans form a moderate party. there is no more room for them in the teabaggers GOP.

Oct. 14 2010 10:35 AM
Mike from Brooklyn

If you're a 3rd Party in New York State and you depend on a Democrat or Republican candidate for Governor to keep your ballot status then you are a paper tiger, incapable of fighting for an independent agenda.

If you're the Working Families Party, and you depend on Andrew Cuomo to retain your ballot status (after he attacked labor and treated your membership like dirt) then you are a paper **kitten**.

And before anyone plays the George W. Bush/spoiler card on the Green Party, if you voted for Hilary Clinton or any of the other 111 craven Democrats in Congress who signed off on the Iraq War, then you did more to create the nightmare of the last 7 years than Ralph Nader or anyone who voted for him.

Oct. 14 2010 10:25 AM

Pretty strange that a show allegedly dedicated to covering third parties only include parties that are running the Democratic and Republican candidates.

The Greens and Libertarians are the nation's third and fourth largest parties, both have candidates Howie Hawkins and Warren Redlich) on the ballot in NYS, and yet they are not represented.

Nor is the newly formed Freedom Party, which is running its own candidate.

Oct. 14 2010 09:34 AM
Chris Archer from Harlem

I am surprised that, in a show about New York State’s third parties, you haven’t invited a representative from the Green Party. Those you have invited come from third parties who have endorsed candidates from either the Democratic or Republican parties.
In contrast, the Green Party of New York State has its own slate of candidates for statewide office – not someone else’s candidates. Howie Hawkins of Syracuse is running for governor; Gloria Mattera of Brooklyn is the candidate for lieutenant governor; Colia Clark of Harlem and Cecile Lawrence of Binghamton are running for the two U.S. Senate seats; and Julia Willebrand of Manhattan is running for State Comptroller. All of these candidates are life-long activists in their communities.
The Green Party of New York State is the only party that is truly independent of the duopoly of the two major parties. The party does not take one penny from corporations.

Oct. 14 2010 07:26 AM

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