New Paltz-based musician, social media gadfly, WKNY commentator, volunteer firefighter and former school board member Steve Greenfield has thrown his hat into the ring for US Congress. He announced last week that he will be seeking the Green Party’s nomination for election to the House of Representatives for the 19th Congressional District of New York, the seat currently held by freshman Republican John Faso.
In his press release, Greenfield described himself as “the only candidate seeking to unseat Faso who has held office and has a legislative record; the only one whose professional life, family life and community service history mirrors those typical of the 19th District; the only one not beholden to and constrained by corporate donors or party bosses; and the only one offering nonpartisan, common-sense, low-cost, cooperative solutions to everyday challenges of life, commerce and democratic governance in our district, as well as the larger national and international issues under the auspices of the United States House of Representatives.”
Born in the Bronx and educated at Columbia College, Greenfield has been an active member of the Local 238-291 of the American Federation of Musicians and graduated from the Citizens’ Police Academy, as well as serving 14 years as a volunteer firefighter and two terms on the New Paltz Central School District’s Board of Education. Among his political priorities is the overhaul of New York’s property tax-based system of funding public schools.
Greenfield is the latest addition to a crowded field of opponents vying to swing the 19th District away from Faso. Current candidates for Democratic Party nominee include Jeff Beals, David Clegg, Erin Collier, Antonio Delgado, Brian Flynn, Gareth Rhodes and Pat Ryan; Steven Brisee and Sue Sullivan have already withdrawn from the Democratic race. Diane Neal and Luisa Parker are running as Independents.
To find out more about the candidate and his platform, visit www.facebook.com/steve.greenfield.ny19.