Green Party Watch, March 4th:
New York’s Long Island Herald interviews Seth Hirsh, the Green Party nominee in the New York Ninth Senate District special election scheduled for April 19.
Hirsh, “an accountant who runs his private practice from his home, wants to impose a 1 percent tax, what he calls a stock transfer tax, on all Wall Street transactions that involve options and futures trading on essential commodities such as fuel, wheat and barley.” The funds “would pay for unfunded mandates and statewide county revenue sharing that would be used for infrastructure improvements and a new rail system from Albany to New York City. He also wants to create a state-charted bank that would also be funded by the stock transfer tax.”
He said, “I believe private banks are a complete rip off, a state-charted bank is not based on fees. I think it would be a big help like a federal credit union.”
Excerpt from the article:
North Woodmere resident Laurence “Seth” Hirsh said he is running as the Green Party candidate in the special election to fill the vacant 9th Senate District seat in the State Legislature “to eliminate corruption in Albany.”
“He’s well-versed in economic issues, studied the state issues focusing on taxes as he’s an accountant and ran previously for legislator,” said Nassau County Green Party Chairman Jim Brown, explaining why Hirsh was selected as their candidate. Hirsh lost to County Legislator Carrié Solages (D-Elmont) in last year’s Democratic primary.
Incumbent State Assemblyman Todd Kaminsky (D-Long Beach) and Republican candidate and Hewlett Harbor resident Christopher McGrath, both attorneys, are also running in the special election to be held on April 19, the day of the presidential primary in New York state, for the State Senate’s 9th District seat vacated by Dean Skelos after his December conviction on corruption charges.