Post-Election Gratitude

We are facilitators of our own creative evolution…

There’s been about a week or so for the smoke to clear, so it’s time to post some THANK YOUs. For brevity’s sake, we won’t be detailing why every single person mentioned was included, but know that they all played a significant role in our effort, or had an important impact on what we were able to accomplish in this race.  So without further adieu,

THANK YOU to:

Erin Shroll, Megan Gilligan, Simonetta Jean, Laura Genna, Daisy Millard, Leslie Brown, John Martin, Heather Warburton, Javier Vilca, Jennifer Hamilton, Jacky Stapel, and Troy Knight-Napper.

ALSO, thank you to Pam McPheron, Wendie Goetz, Craig Cayetano, Nick Shah, Margareta Arvidsson, Jessica Hickok, Robert Lynch, and Rebecca Musarra.

FINALLY, we should also mention Rachel Marlowe, Shelly Morningstar, Leslie Meyer Huhn, Tristan Rader, Peter Jacob, Wayne Levante, Scott McDonald, John Valentine, and Harvey Roseff. You are all very much appreciated.

And last, but not least…and perhaps FIRST 😉 …our deepest love and thanks to Rev. Seth Kaper-Dale.

We are also grateful for the professional services of the Inn at Millrace Pond, Good Impressions Printing & Mailing, Graphic Image Inc., and the ladies of the Budd Lake and Belvidere branches of Valley National Bank.

In closing, we would like to leave you with these words from Aaron as quoted in the wrap-up article written by David Danzis in the New Jersey Herald:

“We know this is a Republican stronghold and the GOP side did what they needed to do to hold their ground,” Hyndman said. “Moving forward, I hope the opposition factions can learn from this and understand what it’s going to take to create a viable coalition for the future. For the sake of good policy and a healthy democratic process in our region, I hope this can happen as soon as possible.”

A REAL VISION for Economic Growth through Investment in Technology Infrastructure

The classic Josh Gottheimer photo op, this time with two Warren County mayors

Telecommunications infrastructure improvements are a vital part of the much-needed economic growth of our region. So while we appreciate Rep Josh Gottheimer for his interest in the needs of our rural district, if events such as those taking place this week are to be more than just a publicity stunt, the congressman and other leaders, from state legislators down to municipal committee members, MUST realize that a proactive and FORWARD THINKING agenda has to be laid out, not ideas that are relics of a past generation’s technology. For that reason, we urge the following actions:

1) Congressman Gottheimer and our other officials MUST stand up in defense of Net Neutrality and make that a key issue. It’s one thing to collaborate in partnership with telecomm firms like CenturyLink, but without Net Neutrality, our small businesses will suffer because these firms will be able to prioritize profit over fair and equal access to the internet for EVERYONE in this district.

2) We need to address the need for improvements in modern 21st Century WIRELESS technology, not the old 20th century broadband. While it’s nice that CenturyLink is at the table, companies that control the MOBILE signals such as Verizon and AT&T, MUST BE PRESSURED TO IMPROVE the horrific service we have in northwestern New Jersey if our region is going to be truly competitive with other parts of the state and make the most of our strategic location and potential to attract professional services firms to be the backbone of our economic revitalization in the towns of #LD24. HUNDREDS OF MILLIONS IN SUBSIDIES were provided to the telecomm industry in the 1990s to outfit New Jersey with a state-of-the art network of fiber optic cable infrastructure. IT NEVER REALLY HAPPENED and now OUR REGION LAGS BEHIND. And given the realities of what it would take to lay those cables, between the cost and the regulatory/bureaucratic impracticality of actually installing those miles and miles of cable in an ecologically sensitive area that is far more built out than it was in the 80s and 90s when cable lines were initially installed…well…you get the picture. We’re being sold a pipe dream that can never become a reality…which brings us to…

3) DEMAND that Congressman Gottheimer work for the best interests of his constituents and not his buddies at the FCC, and push for regulatory reform that would free up currently restricted bandwidth and re-allocate it toward consumer broadband WIRELESS internet service. This would be a GAME CHANGER for rural areas. So if the congressman actually wants to put his money where his mouth is, THIS IS THE ACTION HE SHOULD BE TAKING.

You’re not hearing any of this from Oroho, Space, and Wirths, or any others who pay lip service to economic growth in this district, but lack either the political fortitude or policy/technological background to get it done. That’s why you need an independent representative ready, willing, and able to take on any political power that doesn’t have the best interests of this region at heart. And in addition, our best bet would be to to elect someone like Aaron, with a policy background and a college degree in Communication, who actually did recent research on mediated communication infrastructure. That’s why Aaron Hyndman is the best choice to represent the 24th Legislative District on Election Day this November. Vote for Aaron Hyndman and Kenny Collins to be YOUR truly independent voice.

Taking It To The Streets!

brochure and palm card – thank you to everyone who donated to cover the cost of our new campaign lit

HERE WE GO!!!  Our first big canvassing push takes place tomorrow in Belvidere, Aaron’s hometown!  On the heels of a successful and provocative (sorry, Hal!) performance in this week’s candidate forum in Ogdensburg, we are ready to bring the message of Ecology, Equality, and Prosperity, to the neighborhoods that meant so much to Aaron, his brothers, and his friends through the formative years of their lives.  This is why we are doing what we do.  This is OUR community and the time has come to take it back for the people.  JOIN US! Send an email to info@Green24th.us if you want to get involved, either this weekend, or at any time between now and November 7th …and beyond.

Where’s Hal???

With his wife expecting their first child this fall, we’re all aware of the reason Kenny isn’t actively campaigning. So Hal Wirths, what’s YOUR excuse? As the third wheel of the so-called “District 24 Republican Taxpayer Team,” he sure seems content to ride the bench.

What’s Hal trying to hide from? His cushy life on the public dime as a Chris Christie appointee, first as Labor Secretary, where under his guidance New Jersey failed to regain 100 percent of the jobs lost during the Great Recession, despite New York’s 286% increase during that same time frame? Or perhaps it’s his subsequent tapping by Governor Christie to serve on the Parole Board, with its $120,000 per year salary going to someone with no legal or criminal justice background in a sham of an appointment that was described by Senator Raymond Lesniak at the time as an “example of more waste of taxpayer dollars,” and “another pension-padding scheme by Governor Christie.”

But now is no time to be silent. With his running mate Parker Space under fire for his public affinity for the Confederate flag and his disrespectful language in reference to Democrat challenger Kate Matteson, it makes perfect sense that Hal wants to lay low. But if he wants to show that he’s worthy of being our representative in the state legislature, HAL WIRTHS NEEDS TO SPEAK OUT, and stop hiding behing canned statements from his GOP running mates.

We’re waiting, Hal. All of us in #LD24 would love to hear what YOU have to say.

Hello, Everyone! HERE WE GO!!!

We’re FINALLY live on our campaign’s website, www.Green24th.US! Special thanks to Theresa Markila for all her help in getting this set up, and thank you, our followers and all the residents of LD-24, for your patience as we continue to build this website, and prepare to mobilize our campaign to Get Out The Vote on November 7th!  Be sure to visit us frequently; we will be blogging regularly and also adding to our issues page throughout this final stretch of campaign season 2017.