Frank Cetera has lived in Syracuse’s Northside, Eastside, and currently the Westside - where he’s known to neighbors and colleagues for his ability to accomplish a lot with a little.  

Besides running for office because I care, I am also running because I will be able to take my accomplishments at the community level and building upon them at the city level.

Never afraid to roll up his sleeves and get his hands dirty, Frank has lead the transformation of four 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. And Whether he’s leading snow-shoveling brigades with Westside Walks, securing funding for the neighborhood Adopt-a-Trashcan program, organizing educational events such as the two-time NY Cooperative Business Conference here in Syracuse, or representing his fellow workers as Professional Administrator Union Steward at Onondaga Community College and the Greater Syracuse Labor Council,

– Frank is a tireless advocate for community building and cooperation.

I've also got experience in the very important fields of community finance, business development and entrepreneurship, and project management.

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.  Over the past two years, Frank has served as Vice-Chair in helping create the rebirth of the city's Tomorrows Neighborhoods Today program, now an independent non-profit organization, where he has has served as Committee Chair in leading the strategic planning process.

Frank Cetera is committed to policies that will create A SYRACUSE THAT WORKS. 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.   

A Syracuse That Works means many things to me -

"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."

With your help we can elect the first Green to the Syracuse City Council, Frank Cetera, a community activist with a proven record of achievement and cooperation. Don't wait, participate. No more talk, take action with Frank.  Join our campaign team by signing up to volunteer and by making a donation today.

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    Syracuse Common Council missed the boat on responsive government (Commentary)

    Comment and interact with readers at By Special to Frank Cetera, of Syracuse, was the Green Party's at-large candidate for Syracuse Common Council in November. Cetera also applied to fill a council vacancy.  By Frank Cetera | Special to After the 2017 general election in November, a distinct difference in the political will of elected officials could be seen in looking at a case study of two very different cities as they moved to fill empty city council seats. Seattle, Washington, accomplished something that Syracuse, New York, could not (or would not) -- a resident-driven process for public engagement and input for appointing their next city councilor. The situation in Seattle was simple. Councilor Tim Burgess left the Position 8 seat to fill a short-term vacancy at mayor leading up to the November elections. The open seat was important even if it would only be held for a little over a month's time because the person sitting in that seat would have a voice in the 2018 budget process. Seattle City Council President Bruce Harrell made the decision to open the process to the public through a process advocated for by the Transparent Seattle Coalition -- which would include an open resume application and two community forums. This was all accomplished within 20 days time. The situation in Syracuse was similar to the description provided by Hayat Norminie at "No one seems to know much about the appointment process (though this isn't the first time the council has filled a vacancy). And little is being said about which direction council members are going with it."  What was known is that council President-elect Helen Hudson would move from her at-large council seat on Jan. 1, leaving it vacant until the next general election in November 2018 unless an appointment was made to fill it. And that Hudson, along with current Councilor Khalid Bey, had vehemently objected to an open councilor seat appointment in 2015 that they didn't agree with the process of, with Bey stating it was based on ""charlatans'' who resorted to "underhanded'' maneuvers in pursuit of "cronyism," as reported by Given this recent history, one might expect change in the air for Syracuse, as well. The Common Council was not prevented by any legislation from implementing a "fully apparent, open, and transparent process that is published and followed" as called for in a petition submitted with 135 signatures to the councilors. They decided to not go significantly above and beyond the charter that simply calls for an appointment process by council, even after the public distaste for the 2015 appointment. An understanding of the formal Rules and Procedures of Common Council are not well understood by the Councilors, let alone the public, as evidenced by failure of the council to read into the record the petition that was submitted, nor to allow comments on the appointment agenda item at a regularly scheduled Council study session meeting.Eventually, after advocacy that included the petition, an infographic publication and press releases, and multiple instances of media coverage, the council gave some lip service by posting a call for resumes online (which both the identity and resumes of the applicants were not revealed), and selecting three candidates for interviews. This was followed swiftly by a nominating motion and vote all in one fell swoop at a regular meeting with no notice on the published agenda.The question must be asked in each municipality, and of each candidate, come election time: What is the TARE in your community? What equivalency is given to Transparency, Access, Response and Engagement by council members and others who hold power? The call for next steps in ensuring a TARE that is not weighted against the public could include the following: Expanding study sessions and public hearings to a larger variety of times and locations; requiring committee meetings for all proposed legislation; open office hours for councilors; sharing with the public as to the reasoning/opinions behind the votes that are made; a ticket system for constituent services to ensure equal responsiveness for all neighborhoods; civic education for the whole city regarding legislative writing and processes; and fully functioning microphones and sound systems in council chambers. A recent note by resident members of the Near Westside's Take Back The Streets coalition in Syracuse regarding "needs from service providers" had transparency in the top slot, "about how funding works, how your agency works, your goals, your services and eligibility criteria..." Showing that at many levels, regular people are tired of being in the dark, and thus powerless. In Syracuse, where Mayor Ben Walsh ran on a movement of independence from the major party lines, and of a platform of "not business as usual," how did the Common Council miss the boat? Hold tight, a public movement for increasing the TARE is rowing the lifeboats.
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    2017 Sidewalk Snow Survey Results

    Thank you for being one of the 95 individuals who submitted your sidewalk snow management survey during March and April of 2017. The results received were overwhelmingly in support.  87.4% of responses were an 8 or higher on the scale of 1 - 10 with 10 being 100% in favor of the proposal. The next phase in the campaign to get this implemented has started.  Please visit the following link to read background, summary, and draft legislation for sidewalk repair, maintenance, and snow removal municipalization - to create: "A Local Law of The City of Syracuse Authorizing the creation of Operations within the Department of Public Works for the coordinated snow removal along with maintenance and repair, of all sidewalks within city limits, in the same manner that roads and streets are municipally managed." At the Madison website, which "is a government policy co-creation platform that opens up laws and legislation previously off-limits to individuals and the Internet community, you can access the law as it’s being written, leave comments, annotate specific content, and interact with other civic-minded participants. Madison brings the lawmaking process straight to you, and gives you a say in your government’s decisions." Please click here > Rochester model could work in Syracuse with curb fees levied on all properties, including those owned by non-profits. Having a walkable city is very important. It's time to address the miles of unshoveled sidewalks. I am so tired of excuses from the city and the residents. Let's do it!   I don't live in Syracuse at this time but would like to see municipal snow management in many parts of CNY Not every person in syracuse drives and not every person is capable of shoveling.  Commercial businesses can't be bothered to even maintain their own sidewalks.  Drivers and pedestrians both need the streets and the sidewalks to be safe for them to drive and walk on.   Kids walking to school, the elderly, the disabled all have a right to be able walk safely in their city. I think it's a shame that the city sidewalks are not shoveled and people have to walk in the road.  It's dangerous for them and for people driving. Have been dreaming of a block by block system... Co-owned snowblowers... Many city residents are unable to keep sidewalks clear for walking. Because this is a safety issue, because visitors to the city need clear paths, it would be good to provide for sidewalk clearing as a service to busineases and residents.  None   I usually take care of my own sidewalk in front of my home   We need to care more for our community and the people in it. We should stand around guessing who should it, we all should! Property owners should be responsible for maintenance of their property (snow or grass), not the city or county. However, if the property owner is not in compliance, the municipality should be able to ticket or fine them. If owner is still not in compliance, then the municipality should complete the work needed and bill the owner. I live across from Roberts Elementary School and find the need to shovel at least 3 times per snow event due to the high speed of plow drivers plowing snow back onto my walk multiple times per day. As such, I can't keep up even though I know the importance of keeping the walks cleared for the kids. We are on the same page with our goal of snow removal yet working at cross purposes. The school has heavy duty snow removal equipment for their walks - more efficient than my back! My neighbor does plow (praise the Lord) yet I still need to shovel the heavy plow spray. So yes, for those of us who are aging (like my neighbors to the left) or the renters next door who don't bother (also across from the school), I agree with a municipal plan for all to be safe while out walking. I'd be interested in seeing a breakdown of how much this would cost on a municipal level compared to if a neighborhood were to contract on their own.  I imagine the per-household cost would be cheaper municipally. This is a great initiative!     Hey Frank: The WRC snow brigades of the winters of 2012 & 2013 were among the most memorable collective projects I have been involved in. We started a legislative conversation back then with the Common Council and I would love to see that conversation reignited.           No Brainer- Watched in amazement in Rochester a couple weeks ago as a small fleet of small tractors deployed onto downtown sidewalks- figure out the costs and fund it.   I am a teacher at McKinley-Brighton and live in Strathmore. It is so sad and scary to see so many children walk to school in the street. Their faces show fear or nothing at all which is a statement that they are not surprised. To me this is a terrible message we are sending to our children! They deserve better and should know that.   I have questions regarding how the property owners would pay for it, and in some cases, people with snowblowers might not want to opt in. I need to know how this will take shape, so I can make an informed decision. I am disabled and cannot  take care of my sidewalk shoveling any longer.  I do have loving neighbors that help me when they can, but would prefer a system that would take care of it. What about all those inmates just sitting around? Why can't we use them ? The sidewalk situation is awful in syracuse.. businesses, houses for sale (realtors) etc. do not clear their sidewalks.  For the people who are out shoveling and clearing the sidewalks before they leave for work come home to find the plow has thrown even more snow on the sidewalk and drive way.. that's seems to be my problem. So I know a lot of my neighbors say what's the point the plows will just cover it again.. a lot of times the could change their plows to throw snow in another direction or slow down.  When I drive home from work through the city of Syracuse, I see many people-women with young children, people with shopping bags, kids from schools with backpacks walking to the Centro hub. When it snows and sidewalks are not cleared, they have to walk in the street which is filled with cars and very narrow shoulders. Very scary and unsafe. The day after Obama was elected, and it seemed a new post-racial society was born, I turned onto E. Genesee St. to encounter many children of color forced to walk alongside the busy traffic, because the sidewalks were blocked by snow. This is what sociologists call structural racism and structural violence. People with disabilities who use wheelchairs, walkers, canes or other assistive devices must walk in traffic in the streets, because the sidewalks are blocked by snow: another example of structural violence, of harm done to persons by policies and practices, not by an individual actor. On my street, which connects two major bus lines, some don't clear their walks because they have a suburban mentality and think that everyone has a car. Some don't clear their walks because they are older and disabled and need assistance to do that. (I try to clear as much of the block as I can, but I am getting older, too, and it's hard labor.) I have seen people waiting for the bus on Erie Blvd. forced to stand in that busy thoroughfare, because the Centro bus stops weren't cleared of snow. I live two blocks from Seeley Rd., a major north/south thoroughfare with a steep hill and which does not have sidewalks. There are low-income apartments on this hill, and it's the only way to walk to the supermarket at the bottom. I regularly crest the hill in my car, only to discover people, including parents carrying shopping bags and carrying or walking with children, forced to walk in the street in traffic, day and night, because of the lack of sidewalks and/or the condition of existing sidewalks, both broken and blocked with snow. This is structural violence, harm caused to people by the structures, the policies and practices in our city. Let's enable our citizens and denizens. Snow is plead on sidewalk then my son has to walk in the street to go to school.   People in Liverpool and Rochester pay taxes to have the sidewalks plowed. The same thing should happen in Syracuse. This is just one of the ways we have been shirking responsibility for keeping Syracuse kids safe.   We need to start fining scofflaws who don't shovel their sidewalks or who plow snow unsafely and illegally I am old and handicapped.  My neighbor does my driveway but he has a busy job with the utility company and has to be out to help them.   He does my walk when he can.   The other issue is that I am the only one on this part of the street who had to put in a sidewalk.  The rest of the neighbors do not or do not maintain their walks.  There is  great inconsistencies there. I have personally shepherded several children to school safely this winter by driving slowly behind them so the cars behind me wouldn't hit them. It's a disgrace that we allow our city kids to literally risk their lives to get to school. I offered these children a ride and they wouldn't take it. I'm sure out of fear and good for them for not giving in to a stranger's offer! I'm sick about this. Something better has to be in place before next  winter for our kids and all of our citizens.  This is a priority especially for students who don't yet have universal bus passes, as well as for all of us who walk for our failure to succeed in providing effective public transportation.  Syracuse is my home and I would like to see a better service that provides roads that are walkerable and clean environments  In some ways a city paid program to keep our sidewalks clear would be ideal.  However, I'd prefer that citizens take responsibility for their property. I commend you for your efforts   Accessibility is key to a community Great job illustrating the problems and suggesting solutions.     Syracuse should adopt the Rochester model.    I like the idea of the municipal program and think it's important to keep the financial responsibility on the landlords who are currently neglecting it As a senior citizen I have to walk in the road to aviod falling. This is not safe. Fall and risk breaking a bone or risk getting hit by a car! !!     What would a municipal sidewalk snow and maintenance program in Syracuse entail? In good weather, the City has miles of sidewalks that are part of city property that are in disrepair. The City avoids upkeep of residential sidewalks by claiming "liability" for the sidewalk is that of the property owner. I don't see how the City can shovel a sidewalk it would potentially damage if it requires the resident to pay for repairs. Furthermore, the City should first start by clearing the sidewalks that are explicitly adjacent to City property before expanding this to residents' sidewalks. For example, the sidewalks around many of the City parks are not shoveled. Second, there is a "law" requiring the clearing of snow. However, the Common Council voted to look the other way when it comes to this ordinance. Fees were voted down particularly because of concern that elderly, sick, or low socioeconomic residents would be unfairly targeted. However, many of the busiest streets are primarily populated by businesses (e.g. James St, Salina, State St, Irving, Fayette, East Genesee, etc) . In addition to the City setting an example for its residents by clearing the property for which it is obviously responsible, enforcing the ordinance that is already on the books as it relates to businesses and landlords (effectively a business), should be the first priority before creating another government committee or expenditure. Instead, smart selective enforcement of the preexisting ordinance could generate revenue for Syracuse. we are only asking for a safer trip to school for our children   Thank you Frank! Let's create some more local jobs and get these sidewalks clear!  There are far too many students walking to school on the street instead of the sidewalk after a snowstorm I believe it is time for the City to start a serious conversation (with results) on what they plan to do to address the many snow-covered sidewalks, sidewalks in disrepair, and overall maintenance. I would be open to the idea of raising the City's property taxes to address this matter and help those in need.  In the last storm the city did and epic and commendable job cleaning streets for cars.  But why are people with cars given such attention when those who walk get no help? Even worse, why is there no consequences for those who plow up huge banks, blocking sidewalks?   Many other countries around the world have crews to clear snow off of sidewalks and plazas, etc. Surely the United States can rise up to their level of concern for all its citizens, not just drivers.  We need cleared sidewalks to keep our children safe. Walking is a great way for people to get some exercise and stay healthy- unless careless city management continues to allow these dangerous conditions to exist.   (not expecting my personal info to be shared) I don't know what city-wide efforts have been made to date, but I am interested in the problem of unshoveled walks. Ideally this would be a municipally-funded undertaking, but considering the financial state of the city, I'm not encouraged.  In the meantime I'd like to discuss any suggestions  to this problem.     I walked to school in Syracuse for two decades and have seen it all I think. As the snowiest city in US + highest concentrated poverty, the winter conditions creates a transportation crisis for our poorest residents trying to get to work/ school daily. Recent piece on NPR about transportation to work being largest limiting factor for people trying to rise above poverty- I will try to locate a link. This issue is critical for Syracuse, keep up the good work!  We need stiffer penalties for citizen scofflaws who refuse to comply with the snow removal laws.    Pedestrians need priority status     In a city like Syracuse, which receives so much snow, this should be a part of the city's plan. However, I am concerned it will become just another bungled part of DPW. I also think the snow removal can't be addressed until the upkeep of sidewalks is addressed. First, no one is going to be pleased to pay for DPW's maiming of their sidewalks. Second, we shouldn't be paying for them to begin with if they are so restrictive about what can be done with them. I'd like to see a privatized solution, that creates jobs in Syracuse, rather than an in-house mess that creates hard feelings and more problems.  Definitely need more of this!   Students and elderly people are often unable to maintain their sidewalks but live in neighborhoods with high foot traffic Keep up the good work Keep up the good work Frank!     Would love to see Euclid cleared  Awesome!     Totally for this!!    Na   We need better infrastructure for sure , it's bad everywhere I'm Syracuse  
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