Cetera will run for one of two open at-large seats on the Common Council this fall.
Cetera, 44, lives on the city's Near Westside with his wife, activist Ursula Rozum. He works for the Onondaga Small Business Development Center at Onondaga Community College, consulting small- and medium-sized businesses. He is an official with the teachers union there, a delegate to the Greater Syracuse Labor Council and board president of Cooperative Federal Credit Union.
Among his top priorities for the city are creating a municipal sidewalk program to keep sidewalks clear of snow, creating a worker's cooperative to stabilize the workforce and forging collective relationships with the county and the state.
He also supports a progressive income tax for people who live and work in the city, something proposed by Green Party mayoral candidate Howie Hawkins.
"We need the folks in eds and meds who live in the suburbs and surrounding towns and villages," he said. "But we also need them to take on their fair share of responsibility for city infrastructure."
Cetera said he would encourage live-streaming of Common Council meetings for people who couldn't attend.
Cetera ran for the Council's 2nd District seat in 2015, losing to incumbent Chad Ryan, a Democrat. He took 21 percent of the vote in a three-way race that also included Republican Maryrose Angelo.
The Green Party's influence locally has steadily expanded beyond its small group of party members in recent elections. There are 378 registered Greens in the city -- about one-half of a percent of the registered voters. In 2015, though, Hawkins earned more than 5,000 votes in a losing race for city auditor and Cetera took 413 votes in the 2nd district.
Cetera joins Hawkins on the Green ticket this year. Hawkins said Monday the party will likely have several more candidates in races for local office.
There are four Democrats seeking the party's endorsement for the two seats: Khalid Bey, Kyle Madden, Gary Morris and Tim Rudd. The Democrats meet later this week to choose candidates.