LI, NY: Local Green Party candidate gets coverage for himself and third party members throughout Long Island

A high profile, Election Day article at Long Island Press, features Green Party candidate Cesar Malaga. The article goes on to put Malaga in a context, with a list of past and present third party candidates and elected officials in Suffolk County.

(Excerpt from) Long Island Press
Green Party Hopeful Vies for Suffolk Legislature
by Timothy Bolger on November 8th, 2011

Cesar Malaga is a 73-year-old retired engineer from West Babylon and candidate for Suffolk County Legislature vying to become the first Green Party nominee to win a seat on Long Island, where only a handful of other third party hopefuls have done the same in the past.

Malaga, a Peruvian immigrant, president of the Hispanic American Association and a former member of the Long Island Rail Road commuter’s council, is unabashedly progressive. Bolded on his online list of platform issues is donating half of his compensation to local food pantries and he supports the Occupy Wall Street movement. But he also favors more mainstream ideals like open space preservation, affordable housing and county workforce consolidation…

If elected, Malaga would join a small but growing club of minor-party Suffolk politicians who hold sway in stark contrast to Nassau County, where the bitter divide between Democrats and the Republican majority arguably mirrors the dysfunctional climate in Congress.

The 12-6 Democratic majority in Suffolk includes allies Legis. Jay Schneiderman (I-Montauk), the former Republican East Hampton town supervisor, and Kate Brown (WF-Shirley), an Irish immigrant and former school bus driver…

But they are not alone east of the county line. Suffolk County Sheriff DeMarco is a registered Conservative Party member, along with 11 judges and seven town officials…

The East End also is home to the Independence Party’s only state lawmaker from Suffolk, Assemb. Fred Thiele (I-Sag Harbor). Southampton Supervisor Anna Throne-Holst, who is up for re-election, is also a registered Independence Party member…

Magala is facing Legis. Wayne Horsley (D-Babylon), who has the Conservative and Independence party lines, and Republican challenger Edward Blankenhorn Jr. of Lindenhurst in the 14th legislative district…

“He’s a rarity,” [Green Party of Suffolk Secretary Ian] Wilder said, touting his candidate’s independence from the corrupting influence of corporate campaign donations and regular attendance at county legislative meetings. “Most candidates are not that familiar with the workings of the office they’re running for.”

4 thoughts on “LI, NY: Local Green Party candidate gets coverage for himself and third party members throughout Long Island

  1. Michael Cavlan RN

    Kim and All

    Just so that you know.

    David Cobb spoke in Minneapolis today. He is on the Move To Amend speaking circuit. During his speech, he actually said “Folks, We do not need a new political party” and then went on to congratulate some of the selected Democratic Party officials, both present and not there.

    Oh yeah and he mentioned Dennis Kucinich a few times.

    He seriously sounded like a cheap political huckster. He reminded me of a used car salesman. All the Democrats who were there loved him.

    I plan to write a story about it soon.

  2. VAGreen

    I can understand why Cobb thinks that we do not need a new political party- he’s already committed to the Greens. He raised about $5,000 for us at our Annual National Meeting earlier this year.

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