LTE Avalanche Starts Now!

Today, I completed my interview with the Post-Standard Editorial Board, and they will be announcing a Councilor At-Largeendorsement in the near future.  There is no time like right now to send a Letter to The Editor (LTE) in support of my candidacy to letters@syracuse.com

I am asking you to write in support of my unwavering progressive policy proposals and support of social justice advocacy and activism, as well as the fact that I am the most qualified professionally and experientially for the position, my resume is on my website, but you would be hard pressed to know anything about the qualifications of the other two candidates.                                             
Here are some tips to get you going:                             
Check out my resume at:                                              

Read more about my:

Support my campaign with a donation today, 

Distribute door hangers near your own home at anytime.                                                                      

Send your endorsement letter today for my candidacy to letters@syracuse.com   


LTE Tips

I will be compiling resources and tips from various sources on the topic of writing Letters To the Editor. 

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Starting with these thoughts from https://campaignforguaranteedhealthcare.org/op-ed-or-lte/

Letters to the editor are :

  • usually written in direct response to an article, editorial, op-ed, or column that the target paper has printed, or a reaction to a newsworthy event
  • are short – 250 words or less – and can be summarized in 1 or 2 points, succinctly stated
  • timely and relevant to news that’s at most 2 days old

Letter to the Editor Guidelines
Many papers provide guidelines for submitting an LTE, which should be checked before putting pen to paper. Here’s a few more style suggestions:

  • Focus on one important point; don’t try to address separate issues in one letter.
  • Maximize your chance of being published by removing every non-essential word. For example, don’t say, “I think…”
  • Don’t use all capital letters or bold text to emphasize a word.
  • Use local statistics if writing to a local/regional paper

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Here are some simple guidelines from Classroom.com - https://classroom.synonym.com/how-to-write-a-letter-to-endorse-a-political-candidate-12083824.html

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Also, here's an enjoyable Opinion piece from the NY Times - https://www.nytimes.com/2017/08/25/opinion/tips-for-aspiring-op-ed-writers.html


Cetera Campaign Announcement Syracuse September 19th, 2018

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TEXT VERSION:

Frank Cetera, Candidate for 2018 Syracuse Councilor At-Large Special Election

www.votecetera.org              https://www.facebook.com/FrankCetera1/

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”.

https://www.syracuse.com/opinion/index.ssf/2018/09/syracuses_dismal_poverty_ranking_should_ring_alarm_bells_editorial.html

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Volunteers needed! Westcott Fair and more!

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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?
RSVP Here

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 917-825-3562 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.


World Cleanup 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.

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NEWS RELEASE: Employee Ownership Network Ecosystem Live Webinar with Frank Cetera

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

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Worker Cooperatives Live-stream Discussion

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?

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http://votecetera-syracusegreens.nationbuilder.com/worker_cooperatives_live_stream_discussion


Bitternut Homestead Garden Tour

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Adopt-A-Trashcan Round 3

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First 2018 Canvassing

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