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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