Frank Cetera lives on Syracuse’s Westside where he’s known to neighbors and colleagues for his ability to accomplish a lot with a little. 

Frank has a proven record of economic development through his day job as a New York State Senior Small-Business Advisor.

As peer-elected Board President at Cooperative Federal Credit Union, Frank is an active promoter of community finance for working families and local businesses.

Never afraid to roll up his sleeves and get his hands dirty, Frank has lead the transformation of five unused Syracuse green spaces into productive fruit and vegetable gardens with the Alchemical Nursery, the non-profit he founded after earning his Masters in Forestry at SUNY-ESF,

Whether he’s leading snow-shoveling brigades with Westside Walks, securing funding for the neighborhood Adopt-a-trash-can program, or organizing educational events – Frank is a tireless advocate for community building and cooperation.

Frank Cetera is committed to policies that will create a Syracuse for ALL of us. The goal of city government must be to end poverty and create opportunities for all families to have a dignified life – with living wage jobs, fully funded schools and a responsive city government.   

With your help we can elect the first Green to the Syracuse City Council, Frank Cetera, a community activist with  proven record of achievement and cooperation. Don't wait, participate. Join our campaign team by signing up to volunteer and by making a donation today.

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    Cetera vs. Ryan vs. Angelo: Post Standard Questions

    SYRACUSE, N.Y. -- There's a three-way race for Syracuse Common Council in the 2nd District, which covers much of the West Side of the city, and part of the North Side. Councilor Chad Ryan, 30, a Democrat, is seeking re-election to a second term. He faces Green Party candidate Frank Cetera, 43, and Republican Maryrose Angelo, 26. 1. Would you favor a new fee on property owners to pay for sidewalk maintenance, similar to what Ithaca or Rochester have? If not, how can Syracuse improve the condition of its sidewalks? Ryan: No. Sidewalks are the responsibility of the property owners. Many property owners currently take care of their sidewalks. By adding a fee you are punishing those who follow the rules to help those who do not. The city has policies and procedures in place for sidewalks. To improve the condition the city needs to better exercise its enforcement of the current ordinances that are already in place. Cetera: Yes. Sidewalks should be a city responsibility like roads for improvement, repair, and snow removal. Therefore, adding sidewalk embellishment fees to the already existing roadway fees on property tax bills would be appropriate and within precedence. This increase would be reasonable in extent at 27 percent, or approximately $50, increase annually, (based upon Rochester's program utilizing average lot front footage as an example). Fines are a regressive system disproportionately affecting the poor and disabled, and many of the residents of the city live in rentals and are therefore often at the mercy of absentee landlords who are lax in maintenance and snow removal. Our current system isn't working and is dangerous. Fines are typically hard to enforce without neighbor complaints, which are detrimental to neighbor cohesiveness. Angelo: We should have safe, passable sidewalks throughout the city at an affordable cost in all seasons. Property owners should be allowed to make repairs and replace portions of damaged sidewalks, without having to incur the cost of a complete five-foot wide replacement. Competitive bidding should be required for sidewalk repairs and replacements that are contracted by the city and billed to the property owner. Creative solutions should be explored for addressing the snow clearing needs of elderly and disabled property owners, such as community volunteer engagement.
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    Month in Review - January 2016

    Our Winter so far has generally been mild, yet when the snow has arrived it has done so in volumes.  And every day I witness another unshoveled sidewalk, another ice-crusted intersection bus-stop ramp, and another sidewalk covered with plowed snow from a local business.  Last year’s legislation to fine plow operators, and create an enforcement state in which we have to tattle on each other, has not resulted in a walkable city. Here is my January Month in Review update towards continuing to build a Syracuse that works for #AllOfUs. NEWS: Received my Interfaith Works Dialogue Circles Facilitator training to End Racism Certificate at Onondaga Community College, and will be facilitating dialogue circles with students this Spring Semester.   Provided constituent information on the proposed housing development at 831 West Fayette St by sharing a written form of the proposal as well as personally providing video live-streaming and archiving of the neighborhood discussion at PEACE Inc. on Wyoming St - Learn more at this video link from Independent Media CNY and view the meeting online. Continued the 2016 Westside Walks season as a member of the Westside Residents Coalition by conducting a discarded television set pick-up and recycling effort, as well as continued clearing of snow from strategic locations.  Read the short story “What Would Arlo (Guthrie) Do?” that recollects one of our more adventurous outings. Completed proposal for Green Party of Onondaga County District and neighborhood Delegates, to ensure distributed representation and liaison activities towards growing Green Party enrollment and undertaking constituent needs. Ask me how you can start organizing the Green Party with your neighborhood residents! Served through attendance at meetings and action items for the Citywide TNT Board, Executive Committee, and HR Committee; Syracuse United Neighbors, Greater Syracuse Labor Council, Green Party NYS Rules & Policies Committee, Cooperative Federal Credit Union board,  and OCC Federation of Teachers and Administrators. RYAN WATCH (is your 2nd District Councilor working for you?): January 11, 2016, Council Agenda Notes: Counselor Ryan Absent. January 25, 2016, Council Agenda Notes: Four agreements/contracts for Parks spending.  No legislation. TAKE ACTION: Urban Jobs Task Force PROTEST FOR JOBS!!  Thursday, February 18 at 12 Noon -  12:30 PM, Corner of Solar & Court Streets, Syracuse COR and OCIDA: The Inner Harbor project tax deal is wrong!  COR: Settle out of court! Negotiate jobs & contracts for city residents! OCIDA: Stop giving developers our tax $$$! For more information or a ride: Call Aggie at 478-4571 or Rich at 476-7475 or visit Become a contributor to the INDEPENDENT MEDIA CNY online blog Report-backs from actions, photo essays, statements from the community that don't get printed in the Post-Standard, feedback from legislative visits, video documentation, can be published in a central site, archived for future finding and viewing online, and referred back to when needed with permanent links. We will create a movement among many social justice activists and progressive newsmakers, so that we continue to build coalitions across coalitions - while demonstrating transparent policy and development behavior.  Please check out the current platform at CONTACT ME and the GREEN PARTY of ONONDAGA COUNTYfrank@votecetera.org For Dignity ~ Frank
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    2nd District Month in Review: December 2015

    As we enter the New Year, we have much to celebrate and much to be done. We’re still looking at the 2015 Election Day results and making analysis from it all to help us plan better for next time.  One interesting fact is that from the Board of Elections July Periodic Report until the 27-Day Post-Election report, my opponent Chad Ryan received $13,385.00 from 116 individual donations; and although we came up shorter than that in total at $8,097.00, our total individual donations were 150 in number, so thank you everyone who contributed, even the smallest amount! Your show of support is empowering and inspiring. Here is my December Month in Review update towards continuing to build a Syracuse that works for #AllOfUs. NEWS: Gave time as Board President of Cooperative Federal Credit Union in meeting and discussing mission-based finance with community members at the Plowshares festival at Nottingham High School. Completed the Interfaith Works Dialogue Circles Facilitator training to End Racism at Onondaga Community College, and will be facilitating dialogue circles with students during the Spring Semester..   Attended the Near Westside Initiative hosted Service Providers meeting atWCNY Studios for planning session on 2016 community calendar. Opened the 2016 Westside Walks season as a member of the Westside Residents Coalition by doing a sidewalk and brush clean-up on 700 block of Oswego St with Karaline, Susan and Melissa - see pic >>>>. Submitted an approved show proposal to deliver progressive news and stories on the new Syracuse SPARK FM Radio Station - coming soon in 2016! Collected 24 signatures at the OCC-FTA Holiday Gathering for the NY State United Teachers 2015 Petition to Protect Income Security by strengthening and expanding social security, protecting earned and defined pension benefits, and strengthening medicare and medicaid for long-term care. Wrote and submitted a grant application to the Cornell Lab of Ornithology Celebrate Urban Birds fund to create an educational citizens’ science event at the 610 Gifford Street Community garden. RYAN WATCH (is your 2nd District Councilor working for you?): December 7, 2015, Council Agenda Notes: No agenda items acted upon. December 21, 2015, Council Agenda Notes: One agenda item. A perfunctory item to re-appoint Carole J. Horan as a member of the Citizens Review Board for the term ending on December 31, 2018. TAKE ACTION: Green Party of Onondaga 2016 Kickoff!  Monday, January 11 at 7:00 - 9:00 PM 2015 was a big year for our local Green Party. Citywide, more people cast votes for our Green candidates than in any previous election. Green Party activists and recent candidates are continuing work on the issues that were important to our 2015 campaigns, such as school funding, local job creation, sidewalk maintenance, and making Syracuse a city for #AllOfUs. Join us on January 11th to hear about what is coming up in 2016 and to talk with local Green Party activists about ways you can get involved with local organizing for people, peace, and planet. Syracuse Tomorrow's Neighborhoods Today Kickoff!  Wednesday January 6 at 4:30 - 5:30 pm Kickoff the new #Syracuse #TNT with me, the rest of the Citywide TNT Directors, and special guests. Make your voices heard in the future of planning our city!  City Hall Commons Atrium, 201 East Washington Street.  Meet the new Citywide TNT Director Tina Zagyva, a resident of the Near Westside.  CONTACT ME and the GREEN PARTY of ONONDAGA COUNTYfrank@votecetera.org DIGNITY ~ Frank
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