Frank Cetera, Candidate for 2018 Syracuse Councilor At-Large Special Election
Media and News Release Public Awareness Announcement
For Immediate Release: September 19, 2018
For More Info: Frank Cetera, Frank.Cetera@votecetera.org, 315-308-1372
Local Candidate for Syracuse Citywide Councilor At-Large, Frank Cetera, Appears with Gubernatorial Candidate Hawkins, to Announce Progressive Campaign.
(Syracuse, NY) Local Candidate for Syracuse Citywide Councilor At-Large, Frank Cetera, appeared with Gubernatorial Candidate Howie Hawkins at today's media event, announcing his campaign on the Green Party ballot line to fill the open seat vacated by former At-Large Councilor Helen Hudson when she won the President's seat in the 2017 general election.
Cetera drew praise and media attention during the process to temporarily appoint an insider to this position, when he proposed and petitioned for an open and transparent appointment process by the sitting councilors in January 2018. The Councilors eventually relented to providing an interview process, but still ended up not surprising anyone by nominating and electing one of their own who had failed in his own party's own District 4 primary election that year, and with with no public consideration or prior inclusion on the Council's meeting agenda.
Cetera supports the message of a progressive platform and thinks Syracuse may be reaching the end of it's rope with traditional and cautious politicians: "The people of Syracuse expect more these days, after years of hearing how we are still stuck at the bottom of the poverty and segregation rankings. Though the people of Syracuse have not been able to rely on any of their elected officials to demand more, as they for example, fail to speak up against regular tax exemptions for developers, and spending on more police for reactionary enforcement rather than proactive mental health and addiction services.
Cetera is the most qualified candidate for this position, with over a decade of experience in Small Business Development as a Consultant with the New York SBDC where he has accounted for working with clients to create over $5 million dollars in local economic investment and the creation of hundreds of jobs, eight years serving on the Board of Cooperative Federal Credit Union helping manage $26 million in Syracuse residents’ assets while in the leadership role of President since 2013, and supporting workers as Professional Administrators Union Steward at Onondaga Community College and delegate to the Greater Syracuse Labor Council, whose endorsement he received last year.
Cetera also accounts for countless hours of service in the street and the meeting room working with community gardening groups in all four quadrants of the city through the not-for-profit Alchemical Nursery Project that he founded 10 years ago, the Tomorrow’s Neighborhoods Today organization where he served as Vice-Chair, Treasurer, and Committee Chair of the Strategic Planning process to direct the organization upon its independence from the City, and neighbor engagement groups such as Take Back The Streets, OGs Against Gun Violence, and The Westside Residents Coalition Westside Walks sidewalk snow removal program in the Near Westside where he currently lives with his wife Ursula Rozum at the home they restored that had been left for ruined and was in its fourth year of abandonment (when he purchased it for $1 in 2010 before investing his own money and labor for the repairs) into a vibrant household and recognized Syracuse.com CNY Living Garden Of The Week in 2015.
Cetera finishes with “The Syracuse Post-Standard Editorial Board recently called on Syracuse to be bold, and I know that I am the one candidate who can uphold that call and literally fight for the system changes we need to eventually create a #SyracuseThatWorksForAllOfUs. I’ve championed bold progressive ideas during my previous elections, but now it appears that the tide of public opinion is finally rising to carry bold progressive initiatives, and elect bold progressive candidates”.
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Election season is in full swing. Howie Hawkins and Jia Lee are the last progressives standing for Governor and Lt. Governor of NY and I am running in a special election for citywide Councilor at-Large. I hope we can count on your vote on Election Day, Tuesday November 6 and for your support reaching voters in the next 7 weeks.
Join the Syracuse Greens at our office Wednesday evening for a General Election Volunteer Kickoff. We'll be contacting local supporters to join us at the Westcott Street Fair this Sunday This is one of our best opportunities to talk to Syracuse residents about our solutions to the crisis facing our city.
Can you join us tomorrow night, Wednesday 9/19 at 2617 South Salina Street office for any time from 6:30pm-9pm?
Can you join our outreach table at the Westcott Street Fair on Sunday 9/23?
RSVP for a shift here!
Call or text Michael O'Neil at with any questions.
We need your help on Sunday 9/23 at the Westcott Street Fair. We'll be talking with folks about the issues at stake in the upcoming election, registering new voters, and inviting them to support Green candidates on November 6. Sign up here: https://goo.gl/forms/KcUa1LgpvUNPeeE92
We need a true progressive on the council and we need a working-class activist like Howie Hawkins in the Governor's office. It's up to us to give voters a choice on Election Day.
Join us for World Cleanup Day 2018 alongside a projected 13 million people from 144 countries and territories, for what will be the largest peacetime civic action in human history.
Frank will be speaking on the state of the Employee Ownership community ecosystem on Wednesday August 29 as part of the Pathways to Ownership webinar series - http://www.onondagasbdc.org/pathways-to-ownership.html
Frank Cetera talks about Workplace Democracy with Green Party Gubernatorial Candidate Howie Hawkins. How can Worker-Owned, Worker Co-ops build democracy in the workplace and Real Wealth that stays in our communities?
This year, the special election for an open citywide Councilor-At-Large seat will take place on the general election day of Tuesday November 6th.
I am writing to ask you for a seed donation so that my campaign can produce print materials for our first canvassing actions.Please visit https://votecetera-syracusegreens.nationbuilder.com/donate_2018
I am asking you to support my campaign with a donation not because I am a Green Party member, but because I am the most active, experienced, and successful candidate on the ballot.
I am Your Independent Candidate: Accepting no for-profit interest financial donations from either individuals, PACs, or political/campaign committees. Advocating for equal party representation on our elected government bodies and non-partisan ballots.
I am Your Workers Candidate: Public Employee providing Small Business Development Assistance to Entrepreneurs; AFL/CIO/AFT/NYSUT/OCCFTA Local 1845 Steward Representative for over 100 Professional Administrators; Delegate to the Greater Syracuse Labor Council; Delegate to the National American Federation of Teachers Convention.
I am Your Community Candidate: Manage two Community Gardens on South Salina St and Gifford St providing fresh food for the neighborhoods; Member/Participant of Take Back The Streets initiative; Near Westside resident and activist (Adopt-A-Block and Adopt-A-Trashcan, Westside Walks Snow Shoveling Brigade, TNT - Tomorrow's Neighborhoods Today citywide Board Member).
I am Your System Change Candidate: Drafted Legislation for Syracuse as Sanctuary City, and Sidewalks Repair/Maintenance/Snow Removal; Advocate for Public input and participation for Councilor open seat appointment, participating in drafting change to charter to provide for special elections without special interest appointments.
I am Your Walkable/Bikable Syracuse Candidate: Regular year-round bicycle and pedestrian commuter to work and for errands; Successfully implemented traffic calming projects such as street mural, additional stop signs; Volunteer for Bikes 4 Peace Pop-up Bicycle repair clinics.
I am your Leadership Candidate. I am the only candidate who publicly posted a resume for this position's appointment earlier this year - and who still believes in transparency as a first principle in politics. I am the Board President of the 24 million dollar in assets Community Development Financial Institution Cooperative Federal Credit Union. I led the strategic planning process of the new TNT after formation as an independent organization.
Let's make history together in Syracuse this year, and I'll be your watchdog, your advocate, and your Councilor-At-Large not afraid to speak up!
Sincerely ~ Frank
Join Frank in his role as neighborhood organizer and community gardener as he welcomes OGs Against Gun Violence to the 610 Gifford Street Community Garden on Saturday June 30th, at 12 noon.
We'll hear from OG Clifford Ryan about his work disrupting street violence, you can take home a sign for your home/business to support the movement, and enjoy a hot dog in our community garden at 610 Gifford St.
There will be hot dog options for both carnivores and vegetarians! And berry picking as well! Come earlier if you'd like to help out and learn more about the garden itself. The crew is out every Saturday at 11 am growing food together.