2017 At-Large Campaign Announcement Video

Common Council Candidate Frank Cetera Outlines His Plan for "A SYRACUSE THAT WORKS"

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE, MAY 8, 2017

Downtown, Syracuse, NY - Frank Cetera, Candidate for Syracuse Common Council At-Large, today outlined his plan for A SYRACUSE THAT WORKS - jobs for its people and a city government that gets things done.

"I will be a leader in creating A CITY GOVERNMENT THAT WORKS well with each other as a governing body and with the residents, and that takes initiative in developing policy that is relevant and forward-thinking like my sidewalk municipalization proposal that will remove the high individual burden placed on residents with a shared solution for this shared infrastructure that is so important for our children as they walk to school, our residents as they walk to work, and our neighbors as they walk to shop for groceries and other necessities. I will also work to provide increased access to Council proceedings through a live streaming system in chambers. I look forward to working under incoming Council President Helen Hudson as she has proactively reached out and regularly communicated with me as a community and political leader following the 2015 election.

I will be a leader in creating A RELATIONSHIP THAT WORKS between our city, and the county and state, to facilitate worthwhile and well-thought out proactive economic development and shared prosperity without public bickering, such as changing from a regressive property tax to a progressive income tax - we want and need employees from the greater Syracuse metropolitan area to work in our city, and we will expect them to carry the shared responsibility of public infrastructure that supports their employers and jobs;

and lastly I will be a leader in creating A COMMUNITY THAT WORKS by increasing job opportunities through cooperative and worker-owned business development, increased workforce training, hiring policies that favor city residents, and short-term “CityWorks” placements for city beautification - such as trash pick-up - that will act as an employment pipeline to getting our residents gainfully employed. I will also increase the breadth and effectiveness of the Tomorrows Neighborhoods Today organization that will provide an increased voice for every resident, employee, business owner, and landowner in Syracuse, thus creating an informed and knowledgeable base of residents who can work with our elected officials in a positive way."

Frank Cetera is 44 years old and lives with his wife Ursula Rozum on Otisco St in the Near Westside neighborhood of Syracuse. He has worked as a NYS Certified Business Advisor with the Onondaga Small Business Development Center at Onondaga Community College since 2009, providing business development planning and analysis to small and medium sized enterprises. During that time, Cetera has accounted for the economic impact of 294 jobs created, and the $3,730,000 of capital investment into the small business engine of our communities. In service to his fellow workers, he also serves as Professional Administrators' At-Large Union Steward for NYSUT Local 1845 OCC Federation of Teachers and Administrators, as well as Delegate to the Greater Syracuse Labor Council.

Cetera's additional experience includes the role of Board President of Cooperative Federal Credit Union since 2010, a Community Development Credit Union that manages $22 million in assets and that serves those in Syracuse neighborhoods that are underserved by traditional banking entities. Cetera has also helped lead the recent rebirth of the Tomorrows Neighborhoods Today community planning sectors as citywide Vice-Chair, and Chair of the strategic planning committee; as well as initiated and implemented numerous grassroots projects such as the 610 Gifford St Community Garden, the Near Westside's Adopt-A-Trashcan program, and the NY Cooperative Business Network.

"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."

Cetera received 21% of the vote for 2nd District Councilor in a 3-way race with an incumbent Democrat and a Republican challenger in 2015. Cetera also has experience working on Green Party campaigns dating back to 2010 as a canvassing volunteer, finance advisor, volunteer coordinator, website and social media manager, and office manager. Cetera was also a local organizer for the Hawkins for Governor campaigns in 2010 and 2014, where he helped the Green Party secure a ballot line for the next four years as they received over 50,000 votes in 2010, and 184,419 (5% of the vote) in 2014, enough to leap over the Independence and Working Families parties to take the fourth line on New York ballots.

"Many of my supporters have urged me to run At-Large due to my diverse experience with all quadrants of the city, having lived, worked, and volunteered everywhere from the North Salina St corridor and Hawley-Green, to the Westcott neighborhood, to the Brighton & South Salina St corridor, and the Near Westside. Having moved to Syracuse in 2006 for graduate school and stayed for the community, I truly feel like I am a citizen of the city as a whole, and among my current challengers I can best represent every residents' interests ."

 


Cetera Outlines his plan for A SYRACUSE THAT WORKS

Downtown, Syracuse, NY - Cetera will outline his plan for A SYRACUSE THAT WORKS - jobs for its people and a city government that gets things done.

"I will be a leader in creating A CITY GOVERNMENT THAT WORKS well with each other as a governing body and with the residents, and that takes initiative in developing policy that is relevant and forward-thinking like my sidewalk municipalization proposal that will remove the high individual burden placed on residents with a shared solution for this shared infrastructure that is so important for our children as they walk to school, our residents as they walk to work, and our neighbors as they walk to shop for groceries and other necessities.  I will also work to provide increased access to Council proceedings through a live streaming system in chambers.  I look forward to working under incoming Council President Helen Hudson as she has proactively reached out and regularly communicated with me as a community and political leader following the 2015 election.

I will be a leader in creating A RELATIONSHIP THAT WORKS between our city, and the county and state, to facilitate worthwhile and well-thought out proactive economic development and shared prosperity without public bickering, such as changing from a regressive property tax to a progressive income tax - we want and need employees from the greater Syracuse metropolitan area to work in our city, and we will expect them to carry the shared responsibility of public infrastructure that supports their employers and jobs;

and lastly I will be a leader in creating A COMMUNITY THAT WORKS by increasing job opportunities through cooperative and worker-owned business development, increased workforce training, hiring policies that favor city residents, and short-term “CityWorks” placements for city beautification - such as trash pick-up - that will act as an employment pipeline to getting our residents gainfully employed.  I will also increase the breadth and effectiveness of the Tomorrows Neighborhoods Today organization that will provide an increased voice for every resident, employee, business owner, and landowner in Syracuse, thus creating an informed and knowledgeable base of residents who can work with our elected officials in a positive way."

Frank Cetera is 44 years old and lives with his wife Ursula Rozum on Otisco St in the Near Westside neighborhood of Syracuse.  He has worked as a NYS Certified Business Advisor with the Onondaga Small Business Development Center at Onondaga Community College since 2009, providing business development planning and analysis to small and medium sized enterprises.  During that time, Cetera has accounted for the economic impact of 294 jobs created, and the $3,730,000 of capital investment into the small business engine of our communities.  In service to his fellow workers, he also serves as Professional Administrators' At-Large Union Steward for NYSUT Local 1845 OCC Federation of Teachers and Administrators, as well as Delegate to the Greater Syracuse Labor Council.  

Cetera's additional experience includes the role of Board President of Cooperative Federal Credit Union since 2010, a Community Development Credit Union that manages $22 million in assets and that serves those in Syracuse neighborhoods that are underserved by traditional banking entities.  Cetera has also helped lead the recent rebirth of the Tomorrows Neighborhoods Today community planning sectors as citywide Vice-Chair, and Chair of the strategic planning committee; as well as initiated and implemented numerous grassroots projects such as the 610 Gifford St Community Garden, the Near Westside's Adopt-A-Trashcan program, and the NY Cooperative Business Network.  

"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."

Cetera received 21% of the vote for 2nd District Councilor in a 3-way race with an incumbent Democrat and a Republican challenger in 2015.  Cetera also has experience working on Green Party campaigns dating back to 2010 as a canvassing volunteer, finance advisor, volunteer coordinator, website and social media manager, and office manager.  Cetera was also a local organizer for the Hawkins for Governor campaigns in 2010 and 2014, where he helped the Green Party secure a ballot line for the next four years as they received over 50,000 votes in 2010, and 184,419 (5% of the vote) in 2014, enough to leap over the Independence and Working Families parties to take the fourth line on New York ballots.

"Many of my supporters have urged me to run At-Large due to my diverse experience with all quadrants of the city, having lived, worked, and volunteered everywhere from the North Salina St corridor and Hawley-Green, to the Westcott neighborhood, to the Brighton & South Salina St corridor, and the Near Westside.  Having moved to Syracuse in 2006 for graduate school and stayed for the community, I truly feel like I am a citizen of the city as a whole, and among my current challengers I can best represent every residents' interests ."

 


Green Party Candidate for Syracuse Common Council At-Large 2017

For Immediate Release: Frank Cetera, Green Party Candidate for Syracuse Common Council At-Large
For more information: Frank Cetera; 315-308-1372frank.cetera@votecetera.orgwww.votecetera.org

WHAT: Announcement, Cetera for Councilor At-Large
DATE: Monday, May 8, 2017
TIME: 12:15 PM
WHERE: Syracuse City Hall, Front Steps


Frank Cetera will declare his candidacy for 2017 Councilor At-Large on Monday, May 8 at 12:15 PM on the front steps of Syracuse City Hall.

Cetera will outline his plan for A SYRACUSE THAT WORKS - jobs for its people and a city government that gets things done. 
 
"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."
Frank Cetera is 44 years old and lives with his wife Ursula Rozum on Otisco St in the Near Westside neighborhood of Syracuse.  He has worked as a NYS Certified Business Advisor with the Onondaga Small Business Development Center at Onondaga Community College since 2009, providing business development planning and analysis to small and medium sized enterprises.  During that time, Cetera has accounted for the creation of 294 jobs, and the economic investment of $3,730,000 into the small business engine of our communities.  In service to his fellow workers, he also serves as Professional Administrators' At-Large Union Steward for NYSUT Local 1845 OCC Federation of Teachers and Administrators, as well as Delegate to the Greater Syracuse Labor Council.  
Cetera's additional experience includes the role of Board President of Cooperative Federal Credit Union since 2010, a Community Development Credit Union that manages $22 million in assets and that serves those in Syracuse neighborhoods that are underserved by traditional banking entities.  Cetera has also helped lead the recent rebirth of the Tomorrows Neighborhoods Today community planning sectors as citywide Vice-Chair, and Chair of the strategic planning committee; as well as initiated and implemented numerous grassroots projects such as the 610 Gifford St Community Garden, the Near Westside's Adopt-A-Trashcan program, and the NY Cooperative Business Network.  
Cetera received 21% of the vote for 2nd District Councilor in a 3-way race with an incumbent Democrat and a Republican challenger in 2015.  Cetera also has experience working on Green Party campaigns dating back to 2010 as a canvassing volunteer, finance advisor, volunteer coordinator, website and social media manager, and office manager.  Cetera was also a local organizer for the Hawkins for Governor campaigns in 2010 and 2014, where he helped the Green Party secure a ballot line for the next four years as they received over 50,000 votes in 2010, and 184,419 (5% of the vote) in 2014, enough to leap over the Independence and Working Families parties to take the fourth line on New York ballots.
 
"Many of my supporters have urged me to run At-Large due to my diverse experience with all quadrants of the city, having lived and worked everywhere from the North Salina St corridor and Hawley-Green, to the Westcott neighborhood, to the Brighton & South Salina St corridor, and the Near Westside.  Having moved to Syracuse in 2006 for graduate school and stayed for the community, I truly feel like I am a citizen of the city as a whole, and among my current challengers I can best represent every residents' interests ."
 
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Simple solution is best solution for Interstate 81

Originally Published at Syracuse.com on December 22, 2016 - http://www.syracuse.com/opinion/index.ssf/2016/12/simple_solution_is_best_solution_for_interstate_81_your_letters.html

To the Editor:

With all the bustle that comes with the Christmas season, we sometimes forget what the holidays are all about. So I would like to offer everyone a wish for simplicity this time of year. The simplicity of a baby boy born in a simple stable. The simple act of loving that changes the world. A desire to return to simpler times brought on by the crisp air and snowy nights of the Winter Solstice. The height of sophistication,which is simplicity.

And along with the simplicity of the season, I offer you the simplicity of the choice to take down Interstate 81 and replace it with the community grid. It seems that many of the people in the Save 81 camp have delusions of being a Boston or a New York City. When really we are a small city with a huge heart, but not huge wallets, and that is OK. I, for one, am not ready to spend more money on an unneeded piece of infrastructure that will result in a sunk cost -- no matter where that money comes from. Instead I can imagine a time when those excess funds might be diverted or recommissioned for sidewalk maintenance and snow removal through public job creation in our fair, snowiest city.

Boston's Big Dig ran nine years over schedule, finishing construction in 2007 at a total cost overrun of 190 percent. Can we afford such a disruption, or can we accept a simpler and slower pace for ourselves? My self-esteem is not so low that I need a highway running through my yard to feel important.

Do we want to be a 20-minute city, as the framers of Save 81 contest? Or do we want to be a community? Instead of being a 20-minute city, we should be planning toward being 20-minute neighborhoods in which every home has local services and facilities within a 20-minute walk, cycle or public transport. We should not plan just so we can make it to our grandiose destiny as fast as possible.

Finally, the opponents of the community grid put forth everything as an us-against-them argument, short-term thinking intended to hold onto the status quo of social and economic systems. It is important to differentiate between wishes of grandeur and realistic hopes for the future. A re-evaluation of identity might show us that a down-scaling of production and consumption can increase human well-being and enhance ecological conditions and equity. Such societies will no longer have to "grow or die" but can "thrive and live" within our means.

Frank Cetera
Syracuse

The writer was a candidate for Syracuse Common Council in 2015.


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?):

TAKE ACTION:

  • 12710978_962252620534254_3545416910159714411_o.jpgUrban 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 https://www.facebook.com/events/901551539963397/
  • 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 https://independentmediacny.wordpress.com/

CONTACT ME and the GREEN PARTY of ONONDAGA COUNTY

frank@votecetera.org
https://www.facebook.com/Frank-Cetera-1631934180369597/
www.votecetera.org
315-836-3018
Instagram:Frank_Cetera

For Dignity ~ Frank


2nd District Month in Review: December 2015

10348624_10207577027319931_5762861756638695355_n.jpgAs 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:

RYAN WATCH (is your 2nd District Councilor working for you?):

TAKE ACTION:

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    • 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.
    • 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 COUNTY

frank@votecetera.org
https://www.facebook.com/Frank-Cetera-1631934180369597/
www.votecetera.org
315-836-3018
Instagram:Frank_Cetera

FOR DIGNITY ~ Frank


Month in Review November 2015


frank__hips.JPGCan you believe it has already been one month since Election Day 2015?  We can’t either, because we’ve done so much in such a small amount of time since then.  Here is an update towards continuing to build a Syracuse that works for #AllOfUs.

OUR SUCCESSES and PROGRESS:


RYAN WATCH (is your 2nd District Councilor working for you?):

TAKE ACTION:

Reject COR’s Application to OCIDA

Thanks to my friend KC for the following summary of the OCIDA (Onondaga County Industrial Development Agency) COR tax break application for Inner Harbor developments:

"COR had been working with SIDA (Syracuse Industrial Development Agency) but, due to not agreeing with a recent assessment value of its property, decided to take its PILOT to OCIDA instead of staying loyal to SIDA. The effect of this ... Our City's resources will still have to respond to COR's property with public safety, infrastructure and engineering needs, but the City will not be receiving property taxes, it will be the County that receives the taxes. The city will be then given a currently undetermined amount of money from those taxes the County receives. Also associated with this is that, currently 42% of the City's property tax dollars go to SCSD (Syracuse City School District). So, in a way, COR is hurting our children by going to OCIDA."

Please contact the OCIDA Board Members and demand they decline COR's application for tax relief at the Inner Harbor development projects.

OCIDA Board Members

Dan Queri, Chair, dqueri@queridevco.com

Jessica Crawford, jcrawford@medtech.org

Victor Ianno

Janice Herzog, jmherzog@syr.edu

Lisa Dell, lisadellforcountyclerk@gmail.com

Patrick Hogan , oldstodg@hotmail.com

Steve Morgan , SteveMorgan@ongov.net

Donna DeSiato , superintendent@esmschools.org

Mike Allen

Letters can be sent to the following physical address:

Onondaga County Industrial Development Agency, 333 W. Washington Street, Suite 130, Syracuse, NY 13202

NEXT MEETING of OCIDA

On tuesday December 1st, multiple city groups and residents came out to speak against COR's application to OCIDA. However, no board members or COR representatives were there to hear the community’s concerns. Now, the OCIDA board will be voting on COR's application on December 15th, join us in standing up for Syracuse!

CONTACT ME and the GREEN PARTY of ONONDAGA COUNTY

frank@votecetera.org

https://www.facebook.com/Frank-Cetera-1631934180369597/

www.votecetera.org

315-836-3018

Instagram:Frank_Cetera

For Dignity ~ Frank

Reject COR's Application to OCIDA

Dear OCIDA Board members, Executive Mahoney, and Chairman McMahon,
 
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Please reject the COR application for Inner Harbor tax breaks from OCIDA.  First, the City of Syracuse has an independent IDA whose territory and autonomy of decision making may be respected.  Second, the loss of tax dollars to a private for-profit development, who has already received numerous tax and purchase benefits from the city, will go a long way towards the City's continued struggle with poverty and segregation, please don't let that be on your hands.  Third, COR has not committed to any detailed and formal local hiring plan or community benefit agreement, and are unwilling to see themselves as part of the fabric of our city, rather, as an outside developer intent on sucking as much capital from our city fabric as possible.

 

Lastly, it was a true scavenger hunt to find all of the email addresses for the OCIDA members, please don't make it this hard for residents to communicate with you.  Your email addresses should be listed on your webpage.  After all the searching, we were still unable to find email addresses for Mike Allen, Victor Ianno, and Joania Mahoney, so please forward this message to them.  In addition, why is there not a single group email address for the OCIDA Board to simplify communications, centralize them so we know everyone receives public communication attempts, and look more professional?

 

Sincerely,

Frank Cetera, Green Party 2nd District Syracuse
LEARN MORE:

Thanks to my friend KC for the following summary of the OCIDA (Onondaga County Industrial Development Agency) COR tax break application for Inner Harbor developments:

COR had been working with SIDA (Syracuse Industrial Development Agency) but, due to not agreeing with a recent assessment value of its property, decided to take its PILOT to OCIDA instead of staying loyal to SIDA. The effect of this ... Our City's resources will still have to respond to COR's property with public safety, infrastructure and engineering needs, but the City will not be receiving property taxes, it will be the County that receives the taxes. The city will be then given a currently undetermined amount of money from those taxes the County receives. Also associated with this is that, currently 42% of the City's property tax dollars go to SCSD (Syracuse City School District). So, in a way, COR is hurting our children by going to OCIDA.

Please contact the OCIDA Board Members and demand they decline COR's application for tax relief at the Inner Harbor development projects.

OCIDA Board Members

Dan Queri, Chair 
dqueri@queridevco.com

Jessica Crawford 
jcrawford@medtech.org

Victor Ianno

Janice Herzog
jmherzog@syr.edu

Lisa Dell
lisadellforcountyclerk@gmail.com

Patrick Hogan 
oldstodg@hotmail.com

Steve Morgan 
SteveMorgan@ongov.net

Donna DeSiato 
superintendent@esmschools.org

Mike Allen

Letters can be sent to the following physical address:
Onondaga County Industrial Development Agency
333 W. Washington Street, Suite 130
Syracuse, NY 13202


Our Accomplishments from Election 2015

No small thing we did. Here’s some quick thoughts on what we accomplished:

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  1. More people than ever before, by far, decided to vote for a Green Party candidate to represent them in the 2nd District with our vote tally of 413 (just under 21% of total votes cast). Every vote cast for my candidacy on the Green line was a conscious vote that we earned, unlike the “party-line” voters who will vote straight down the D or R line. We won these votes by reaching out and having conversations one-on-one with people about a vision for economic justice in our city. 

  2. I carried my home Ward Election District 8-3, which is the portion of the Near Westside where I live, by a vote tally of 23 to 22 to 11. Unfortunately, we did not succeed in mobilizing the vast majority of voters to participate in this year’s election. According to Board of Elections data, there are 414 registered voters in this Ward Election District.  District wide, only 20% of eligible voters cast votes for the Council position.

  3. We raised just over $10,000 from near and far, that is a significant showing of support, and we needed every penny of it. We are deeply appreciative of every dollar you donated. Thank you.

  4. Our Green Party line received the second highest amount of votes. The Republican candidate Maryrose Angelo needed FOUR ballot lines to come in second, and beat us, barely.  

  5. Screen_Shot_2015-08-11_at_9.34.07_AM.pngOur team impressed many people with our professionalism, skill-set, values, and hard work. The cheers have been coming in continuously through email and in-person from community activists, political observers and the media.

  6. We had a good time! Collecting signatures door to door with the Urban Jobs Task Force, walking the neighborhoods of the city with our first campaign door hanger, dancing on Halloween...we put the social in social movement. :) (on the right that's Billy, Ursula and Henry, campaigning at a summer festival.  

So what comes next? Deepening relationships and continuing to do the real grassroots work that creates opportunities for #AllOfUs to live lives of dignity. Yes we’ll need funds to help do this. As always, if you can contribute please do.  I ask that you sign up to make a recurring monthly donation to the Green Party of Onondaga County during the election off-season to sustain our efforts to build a progressive independent party here in New York.

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When you meet someone who is voicing concern, I welcome you to create the conversation around asking them if they know who they voted for?  And see where it goes from there.  Point them to me if you get the chance and I will gladly follow up.  And let’s keep working together, please don’t hesitate to call, emailfacebook message, or tweet to me.

For Dignity ~ Frank Cetera

"Maybe next time. Proud of our team. 
We're walking with our heads up and our paths clear. 
Can barely wait to get back to work for #‎AllOfUs
Militant for dignity."

Vote Cetera
http://syracusegreens.nationbuilder.com/


Vote Dignity Tomorrow, I'm Coming with Policies In Hand

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Tomorrow is Election Day.  I am writing to you today to ask for your vote and to present why I am the most qualified and passionate candidate running for 2nd District City Council.  Learn much more about me at www.votecetera.org Contact us if you need a ride to your polling place (find out where to vote at http://vic.ntsdata.com/onondagaboe/pollingplacelookup.aspx)

As a NY Certified Small Business Advisor and Board President of Cooperative Federal Credit Union, I have a record of supporting local economic development. I’ve worked to improve quality of life in our community with grassroots organizations like the Westside Residents Coalitions, Westside Walks, the Near Westside Initiative, and Tomorrow’s Neighborhoods Today. I understand natural resource management and have helped to create five community gardening spaces in Syracuse, including one Land Bank lot on Gifford St and am finishing the renovation of a once-abandoned home on Otisco St. I’ve succeeded at the neighborhood level and want to bring my record of success to city government.

I have been out talking to voters with my volunteer team since early June. I’ve had three letters to the editor published, including an Op-Ed in this previous week’s Thursday edition about our need to take action in the face of a poverty epidemic, with ideas for how we can accomplish a change. http://votecetera-syracusegreens.nationbuilder.com/syracuse_for_all_of_us_ps2015  

Constituent services must be a priority for a district councilor and I will give my 100% to respond to your needs in city government. But constituents services is not all that a councilor should be doing. Only focusing on constituent services is only looking for another two-year term. That is not enough to fix the systemic problems facing our community – significant improvements will require introducing ordinances, policies, legislation, and programs.  I also demonstrated my passion and innovative ideas at the Washington Square Neighborhood Candidates Forum.

Think about if it is time to set aside party loyalties and vote for the most qualified candidate.  I saw the Democratic party door hangers that were distributed this weekend - they only listed names and pictures of candidates, and pleaded for voters to choose the Democratic line, with no information on policies, legislation, or specific priorities. Are you ready to only vote for a name, a party line, the same old message?

I have heard from many of you while campaigning the Northside, Near Westside, Skunk City, Far Westside, Tipperary Hill, Franklin Square, and Park Ave neighborhoods over the past five months.  Here are some ideas I am proposing based on my conversations with you, and I look forward to discussing how we may implement them further when you elect me to be your next 2nd District City Councilor.

SCHOOL & NEIGHBORHOOD SAFETY Our police officers should be trained and dispatched in community policing including bicycle and foot patrols to improve police-community relations.  And to further this, I will work to convert our struggling and underutilized schools into neighborhood hubs that offer more intensive and comprehensive wrap-around services to address educational and social-emotional needs of our neighborhoods - including youth recreation after-school and on weekends.

LIVING WAGE & RESIDENT JOBS I am the only candidate who has openly and fully spoken in support of the $15 living wage.  I will continue my work to create a program for businesses to voluntarily adopt the $15 living wage, while advocating to the state for home rule to raise our minimum wage across the board for all employers.  Our campaign has also worked with the Urban Jobs Task Force and collected over 200 petition signatures, during our campaign canvassing, to create an ordinance that will require contractors of city public works jobs to higher at least 20% of employees form city residents.

PARKING & WINTER SNOW PLOWING I propose we reduce the the number of times needed to switch sides each week to only twice - 3 days odd and 4 days even.  This will save many of us from having to pay those odd-even tickets and reduce traffic policing costs; it will ease the ability to travel narrow neighborhood streets by reducing the days per week that cars are parked across from each other during the 6 pm transition period; and will also make for an easier job of plowing snow by reducing obstacles when plows come through.

ABSENTEE LANDLORDS & PROPERTY MANAGEMENT  This issue cuts across all neighborhoods in our district. If our infrastructure such as roads and water lines are the bones of our neighborhoods, our houses and landscape are the face and heart. I’d like to work to implement a property manager registration program that will require regular reporting to neighborhood representatives, and will work with the codes office to make sure that absentee landlords who are not being responsible property owners are held to the strictest scrutiny.

SPEEDING VEHICLES I know a speeding car or two from living on the Near Westside’s Otisco St.  The police are unable to do anything because the perpetrators are long gone by the time the patrol arrives. I propose to install speed humps on all extended length stretches of street longer than one block where there is not currently any speed control infrastructure such as stop signs in place. There are two green streets being installed in Syracuse which will contain speed humps and will be useful as precedent for increasing these installations (different from speed bumps in that they have a gentler slope, allowing snow plows to navigate them while clearing the streets).

COMMON COUNCIL COMMUNICATION You’ve said that there is not enough communication from your current common council members, and I agree. I will initiate a bi-weekly email update corresponding with Council meetings that will be sent to those who wish to receive it. We’ll make sure to follow-up with citizens about the ramifications of new legislation, reminders about odd/even parking changes, and special events such as important meeting dates - right in your own in-box or mailbox.  Think of it as public service announcements from your elected representatives.

COMMUNITY BUDGET CONTROL  I will empower everyone by implementing a participatory budgeting ordinance in Syracuse that would dedicate up to 20% of the municipal budget to citizens themselves to identify, discuss, and prioritize spending as they see fit, giving each of us the power to make real decisions about how public funds are used in our community. 

My goal is to create a Syracuse that works for #AllOfUs - to make Syracuse a city of safety and dignity for everyone so that your children and friends will not only want to stay in Syracuse, but will speak loudly and highly of it.

For Dignity - Frank Cetera
www.votecetera.org

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