From the Green Party’s website, March 17th, 2016:
A fresh perspective is needed in Albany to bring about ethics reform, said Green Party State Assembly candidateRobin Barkenhagen.
“It’s not going to be insiders doing it. It’s going to be outsiders doing it,” he said.
Barkenhagen, owner of 42 Degrees art and glass gallery in Glens Falls, announced his candidacy at the Warren County Green Party Gala on Saturday.
He is running against Assemblyman Dan Stec, R-Queensbury.
A Democratic candidate has not been announced.
Barkenhagen said public campaign financing, education reform and alternative energy will be among his key issues.
“If we’re going to be offering grants and tax credits and tax incentives, that’s what we should be looking for,” he said. “We should be giving people tax incentives in order to reduce the amount of fossil fuels we are using.”
State funding to rebuild infrastructure is another priority.
“Create good paying (construction) jobs, and in the mean time we avoid the catastrophes we’re starting to see around New York State,” he said.
Barkenhagen previously ran for state Assembly in 2002, and for Glens Falls 3rd Ward supervisor in 2001 and 2003, before taking about a decade hiatus from politics.
He said Matt Funiciello’s Green Party congressional campaign in 2014 inspired him.
“Once we started organizing the party and started seeing people there every month for the meeting … it inspired me to run again,” he said.
The Post Star
By Maury Thompson
March 12, 2016