Green Party Candidate Fox Thomas Applauds Indictment of Reid, Calls for His Suspension from RenCo Legislature
Collin Fox Thomas, the Green Party candidate for Troy, New York City Council in District 4, called for ethics reform in light of the indictment and departure of Martin Reid as chair of the Rensselaer County Legislature. Fox Thomas called on the County Legislature to suspend him indefinitely pending trial, and that he should not remain a member of the Legislature while on trial for defrauding taxpayers. Candidate Fox Thomas also said the continuing parade of Capital District officials indicted for ethics lapses highlights the need for ethics reform at all levels.
"As a tax payer who doesn't make a living wage working two jobs, and has been denied unemployment insurance after losing a job, seeing Reid's indictment highlights the perception that the public holds of elected officials getting special treatment over working New Yorkers. Once again we see the need for comprehensive ethics even at the local level. Elected officials on trial for stealing public funds, such as unemployment insurance, should by suspended pending the trial's outcome. Reform at the state level is big news, but we also need to bring that down to the local level here in Rensselaer," said Fox Thomas.
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When will Pennsylvania and or Philadelphia learn to obey the law?
Philadelphia Green Party Nominee Petitions Challenged, Despite Court Order of July 24 that Struck Down Challenge Procedures for Greens
Philadelphia elects city offices on November 3, 2015, including City Commissioner (not the same office as City Councilmember). The only petitioning candidate this year for City Commissioner is Glenn C. Davis, chair of the Green Party of Philadelphia. His petition has been challenged, even though on July 24, 2015, a U.S. District Court struck down Pennsylvania's challenge procedures as applied to the Constitution, Green, and Libertarian Parties.
The U.S. District Court order in Constitution Party of Pennsylvania, et al, v Cortes, says, "It is hereby ordered that 25 P.S. 2911(b) and 25 P.S. 2937 are hereby declared unconstitutional as applied to plaintiffs." There will be state court proceedings this week on the Davis matter.