Why I fight to Unite NY

When people ask me why I’m involved with Unite NY, I tell them it’s very simple, it’s an organization that is working very hard to raise voter awareness about many of the problems that are hurting our democratic process. I’m honored to currently be serving my 7th term on the Rome Common Council, and ever […]

Why I Fight to Unite NY

I’m fighting with UNITE NY because the baseline question for selecting those who represent us has changed. Engaged voters used to ask, “Is this candidate qualified?” and “Is this someone I can trust to be my voice?”  Those questions now are secondary to, “Is he or she a “good” Democrat or a “good” Republican?” Not […]

Why I Fight to Unite

New York State, and the entire country, is trapped in a duopoly that robs us of our freedom, mutes our voices, takes power from the masses, and concentrates it in the hands of the few. Not Google and Facebook – I mean the Republican and Democratic Parties.  Independent voters are being intentionally shut out of […]

Governor’s Race – Government Reform Taking Center Stage

Unite NY has been diligently advocating to any candidates for Governor willing to listen the importance of pro-democracy reforms like Open Primaries as tools to fix this broken system. That’s why we were excited to see Larry Sharpe formally announce his candidacy this week. Larry has been a strong supporter of Unite NY’s efforts to […]

Why I Fight to Unite

Our political system in American is suffering from the long-term effects of a two-party stronghold that has made reasonable political discourse and good governance nearly impossible. Our political differences are constantly inflamed by both major parties, intent on stoking emotions and inflaming animosities with buzz words and phrases. The good news is the voting populous […]

Why I Fight to Unite

This country is desperately looking for an outlet or an escape hatch from the current vice grip of our failed two-party system, run by Democrat and Republican leadership that have completely lost their way. They clearly do not care for the American people or this sad state of affairs that we find ourselves in, as […]

The System Is Rigged…But It Doesn’t Have To Be

I recently had the opportunity to join Keeler in the Morning for a lively discussion on the problems posed by party primaries in New York and the benefits to opening up the political process to allow unaffiliated voters to participate.  I advocated opening up the primary process, as is done in 41 other states, could […]

Why I fight to Unite

For most of my adult life, I have watched the political world around me crumble. Partisanship has driven wedges between my friends, family, and neighbors.  Many of my state’s leaders have resigned or been imprisoned due to corruption. Debt levels have risen to extraordinary and unsustainable levels.  Education has fallen by almost every metric. Our […]

Why I Fight to Unite

Since the launch of Unite NY a few months ago, the feedback we’ve received has been strong. Our message of People Over Party is resonating. Everyone is tired of hyper-partisan finger pointing. Our leaders need to focus on finding solutions to our most pressing issues! Fixing a broken system isn’t easy – and starting a new political […]

A Win for Democracy in Buffalo

Last week something remarkable happened, with two separate court rulings netting a significant victory for everyone who believes ballot access is fundamental to a well-functioning democracy. This happened when judges in separate proceedings in state and federal courts both ordered the Erie County Board of Elections to put Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown’s name on an […]