From the Rochester City Newspaper:
The Green Party became an officially recognized political party in New York on Monday – the day state officials certified the results of the November election. The Greens’ gubernatorial candidate, Howie Hawkins, received more than 50,000 votes, which was enough for the party to gain official recognition. That hasn’t happened since the party last ballot status in the 2002 elections.
Monday night, Monroe County’s Greens elected their executive officers, putting a county committee in place. The significance of that: it’ll let the party appoint a candidate for a mayoral special election, should City Council choose to hold one. And the party is eager to run a candidate.
“We wouldn’t be doing this if we weren’t,” says Dave Atias, the newly elected secretary of the county party.
The party will be looking for qualified candidates: officials don’t want to run candidates just for the sake of it, Atias says. The idea is to give voters a legitimate choice.
“That’s what this town needs, not just voting for the same Republican or Democrat just on a different line,” he says.