Cayetano For Council Thanks Volunteers, Voters and Hawthorne For Their Support!

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I want to thank all of our volunteers, Ward 3 voters, local businesses and the people of Hawthorne for their support of our campaign! As an Independent Green Party candidate, I knew we would face challenges and have to work to overcome objections. We ran a clean-transparent campaign, open to communication on every platform: Facebook, Twitter, & Instagram; conveyed a positive message; made a full-fledged website; designed descriptive materials and crafted a platform that could be embraced by everyone: the “Green Vision & Future” plan is a truly Tri-Partisan one! I knew that our Ward needed more voices and choices since the race last term was unopposed. So since day one, this has been a three way race!

We focused our attention on local small businesses by hosting fun and engaging events, from our Tag N’ Sip at Strange Moon Creative Shop-Rebel Child Designs to raise awareness on environmental issues, to our Voter Registration Drive with the Passaic County Greens at Billy’s Midway. Many local businesses posted our flyer to register to vote in a new and fun way. Our town is a gem, so I must also thank some of our fine dining establishments that helped feed our supporters: Fat Moe’s, El Gallo and Andy’s Corner. Tom and the staff at Andy’s Corner were very cordial and patient with our team as we hosted our weekend recap Breakfast Meetings on Sundays and our Coffee With Craig: Q&A there last week. I, like everyone else in town, am saddened by its sudden closure. 

We collaborated with the Passaic County Greens and Strange Moon Creative Shop-Rebel Child Designs to host a donation drive for those displaced by the fire at Straight and Narrow in Paterson. I publicly commented to thank Mayor Goldberg, the administration, council and the Municipal Alliance Committee for getting involved and collecting items, as well. 

Thanks to the media: InsiderNJ featured our statement Cayetano For Council Announces 1700+ Doors Touched in Ward 3 & Campaign Endorsements! Video endorsements on Facebook had an amazing impact.  They showcased current elected officials, former candidates, candidates this year and of course Hawthorne Ward 3 residents! Thanks also go to TAPinto Hawthorne, The Gazette and Hawthorne Press for their coverage of our campaign.

As our campaign went door to door and to businesses we heard people’s concerns and understood that there might be a long road ahead in making the town aware of the importance of our campaign. As an Independent Green Party candidate, we are automatically the underdog. I planned to visit the whole Ward at least once and in some cases, 2-3 trips back to talk to constituents who were still evaluating us. The hurdle was trying to convince them to believe in our message and then come out to vote. I think we succeeded, since they started to see that this was a Tri-Partisan race and that any one of us could win.

As I mentioned earlier, Independent candidates have to work 2-3 times harder to earn these voters' trust and respect. We also have to work hard to move people to look down the ballot since the main parties always fight for the top “A or B Row” by filling in their lines. This automatically equates to extra votes. Our team worked extra hard to point out our ballot location with messaging and visuals to “Vote Row C for Craig.”

I’m proud of the message, communication, vision and platform in our campaign. That’s what led many Independents, Republicans and Democrats to support us. Naturally, I made mistakes, which I’m happy to admit. It was a learning experience. I honestly feel we all have lessons to learn from the low 26.02% turnout for the next election. 

One way is to work toward adopting Ranked Choice Voting here in New Jersey. We currently have two bills in the state assembly, A1801 and A5205. One addresses local races and the other the larger gubernatorial, congressional, senatorial and presidential ones. This voting technique would eliminate the “spoiler argument” since voters would rank all the candidates that appear on the ballot instead of picking just one. Maine has led the charge to adopting this, increasing voter turnout and support, as have a lot of cities across the country. Other states are working to adopt RCV in the next 1-2 years. NYC just passed it for their citywide primary races on November 5th. It actually saves cities and states money. It acts as its own runoff election and allows people that felt disenfranchised to come back to the political process. They can vote for a candidate they align ideally with first, then their backup second and maybe the one they dislike third. Candidates are knocked out round by round until there is a 50+1 majority in a single seat race or a 33+1 majority in a dual seat race like the state assembly. It’s something I am personally working on here in New Jersey. I’ll happily share more about this in the upcoming weeks.

Finally, I congratulate Gary Sinning and wish him the best this term. I’m offering him my time, knowledge and perspective to work with him, the administration and incoming council, not only as a member of Hawthorne’s Green Team, but as a regular citizen, to try and address some of the concerns we all have in Ward 3 and Hawthorne. When I announced my candidacy, I promised to be an advocate for everyone. Just because the outcome wasn’t what I had hoped it would be,  it won’t dissuade me from trying to improve our community. I’m blessed to have had 171 people show their faith in me by voting for and supporting us. I wanted this to be a serious campaign, fun and engaging. I’ve made many friends this year, which I’m proud of and will work to show them why their vote was worthwhile and that we still won! Thank You, All!

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Hawthorne Decides: 2019 Council Elections Overview

Hawthorne Decides: 2019 Council Elections Overview
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HAWTHORNE, NJ - Pollsters and political scientists expect a low overall turn-out for the 2019 elections, given it is neither a national mid-term nor presidential election, but nevertheless, the elections on a local level will make very tangible impacts on the communities they serve.  In Hawthorne, a spirited race has been in full swing and voters will finally make their decision Tuesday.

When Republican Councilman John Bertollo (Ward 2) announced he would not seek re-election, a race was sparked for his successor.  Rayna Laoisa, who serves on the Hawthorne Environmental Commission, was the winner for the Republican nomination, initially challenged by Phil Speulda.

The Democratic ticket in Ward 2 presented one of the more unusual races in town, when Thomas Bushnauskas defeated the Hawthorne Democratic Organization-backed candidate by three votes in the primary.  Bushnauskas has run his own campaign, independently of the support of the local party, which is running incumbent Councilman Joseph Wojetcki (Ward 1), Kimberly Maciejewski (Ward 3), and Jennifer D'Angelo (Ward 4) against the Team Goldberg ticket.

Team Goldberg, which has outspent the Democrats by $8,415 according to the latest campaign finance report, is running JoAnn Fitzsimmons (Ward 1), Councilman Garrett Sinning (Ward 3), and Council President Frank Matthews (Ward 4).  Laoisa and Sinning both faced primary challenges, the Ward 3 race being contested by Carey Cornett, Jr., until his withdrawal from the race almost immediately after filing.

Ward 3 is a battleground of particular interest as it is the only ward to give voters three choices instead of two.  Craig Cayetano of the Green Party has been running his own campaign, squaring off against an incumbent Republican as well as a Democrat challenger.

On Tuesday, the polls will be open from 6:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.  Voters unsure of where to go can click here to find their polling location.


Cayetano For Council Announces 1,700+ Doors Touched in Ward 3 & Campaign Endorsements!



Mission accomplished! The Cayetano For Council Campaign led a weekend full of activity in Ward 3. They held a Coffee With Craig Q&A at Andy’s Corner on Saturday morning then spent much of the day with volunteers canvassing throughout Ward 3. On Sunday, they finished their goal of going back into Ward 3 one more time and touching over 1,700+ doors!


Craig Cayetano said “I’m so proud of our volunteers! Our message is being embraced in town and our Green Vision & Future plan is being received by all Hawthorne residents, not just those in Ward 3. Our volunteers have been a mix of people across political lines, Independents and of course our local Hawthorne residents, not paid canvassers. This is what grassroots democracy looks like and people power is what has propelled this campaign. With a win on Tuesday I look forward to working with the current administration and the incoming council!”


In these last two days the campaign will continue its work to get out the vote. Communication has always been key with the campaign and they are making time to be accessible in person or via social media. This builds upon Craig Cayetano’s principles of being locally involved, in the Hawthorne Green Team and especially by attending town council meetings. They have had a full website:, Facebook page: Cayetano4Council, Twitter: Green4Ward3 and Instagram: Cayetano4Council since their original campaign announcement.


As an Independent Green Party candidate for Hawthorne Ward 3, it can be hard to get traditional, organizational or party backed endorsements. This makes the campaign most appreciative of the Green Party US LatinX Caucus endorsement along with Green Party NJ & US support this year. Also, the Good Government Coalition Of New Jersey (GGCNJ) showed support online, ranking the campaign with three badges!


This is a link to their ranking of the campaign.


They have received multiple personal endorsements of support for their campaign, as posts or videos on Facebook, from former candidates for political office in New Jersey across party lines, current office holders, those currently running for office and Hawthorne residents.


Elisabeth Dello Buono, Hawthorne Ward 3 resident was quoted saying, “Acting local and thinking global is a critical part of our future. Not only does Craig have the best interest of everyone on a societal level he’s also fighting for better environmental conditions on a realistic local scale. We can’t afford to wait. Change begins with us now.  Leaders like Craig have to be our future.”


The Campaign wants the focus to be on the issues and concerns for those in Ward 3. Every voice matters to them…As advocates for Hawthorne, the campaign seeks to connect the community and work towards the future every resident deserves! Vote “Person Over Party” on November 5th. Vote Row C for Craig in Ward 3! The campaign thanks you! 

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Hawthorne Council Races: A Campaign Finance Snapshot

Hawthorne Council Races: A Campaign Finance Snapshot
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HAWTHORNE, NJ - As Election Day draws nearer--that's Tuesday, November 5--TAPinto Hawthorne offers this glimpse at the campaigns in town from a financial perspective.  The information below was obtained through the 29-day filing reports, which indicate the reported activities up to early October.  There is another filing date for campaign committees which the campaigns should have submitted their information to with the most recent activity that will be reported on later.

The Hawthorne Republican slate, consisting of JoAnn Fitzsimmons (Ward 1), Rayna Laiosa (Ward 2), Garrett Sinning (Ward 3), and Frank Matthews (Ward 4), began the campaign with $10,000, the total of which was contributed by Mayor Richard Goldberg's campaign account. According to the 29-day report, the candidates spent around $9,500: $4,500 on regular lawn signs, $3,300 on large signs, and $1,500 on campaign literature. As of October 7, when ELEC received their report, the committee had $585 cash-on-hand remaining.

Mayor Goldberg, who is not on the ballot this year, has over $17,000 cash-on-hand in his own re-election campaign account towards his next campaign, should he pursue re-election in 2021, as of his latest September filing.  That figure doesn't yet include the $10,000 contribution to the Republican council slate.

The Hawthorne Democratic Organization-backed council slate, which excludes the Ward 2 Democrat candidate, consisting of Joseph Wojtecki (Ward 1), Kimberly Maciejewski (Ward 3), and Jennifer D'Angelo (Ward 4), has raised slightly over $7,000, with $5,000 coming from the Hawthorne Democratic Organization.  The committee's biggest expenditure, according to the 29-day pre-report, is $1,100 for tote bags and promotional items, and spent a total of slightly over $2,700. As of October 9, when ELEC received their filing, the four-candidate committee has $4,338 cash-on-hand.

The Hawthorne Democratic Organization started the year with nearly $6,000, and currently has $673 cash-on-hand, after contributing $5,000 to the candidate committee and several other expenditures and contributions, according to the latest report filed in October.  The Hawthorne Republican County Committee began the year with $1,866 and currently has cash-on-hand of $1,766, according to the latest report filed in back in July. 


A Fair and Welcoming Hawthorne

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I am appalled that Hawthorne might have a “completely repugnant and backward unofficial policy” as Kimberly Maciejewski mentioned in her letter to the editor, towards handling marriage requests. Hawthorne must be a welcoming community to all that already live here and those considering to settle down in our town. The Green Party platform has fought for the rights of everyone and for inclusiveness since state Green Parties started organizing in the mid 1980s. As a Green, I support civil rights for all LGBTQIA people. I want a truly stigma-free Hawthorne for everyone. 

Our last gubernatorial candidate, Seth Kaper-Dale, was one of the first pastors to perform LGBT ceremonies in this state. I was proud to volunteer, campaign for and call him a friend. While this issue needs to be discussed further, I do think that for the last weeks of the campaign, we as citizens, need to focus on who has the best platform and policy for Ward 3 and the town as a whole. We need someone to build bridges within the community. I’m proud of the work done on the Hawthorne Green Team and know I can continue this work on a larger scale to benefit all of us. 

As a Green, I believe in our approach. As we go door to door we see support from Democrats, Republicans and Independents this election. I am listening to people and business owners. I am willing to dedicate the time needed to pursue a bold vision and plan for Hawthorne. Will we have the same level of commitment by staying with the status quo? 

I, as perhaps many in town, were unaware and only recently learned that the mayor has elected to not perform civil ceremonies for marriages. I feel strongly that the issue should be brought up at a town council meeting and made a part of the public comment.

As a Green, an advocate and activist for the people, I’ve been at numerous council meetings across the state for various other issues. I would be happy to bring this issue up to the mayor directly at the next council meeting, win or lose, on November 5th and have it addressed publicly. There needs to be a formal response and Mayor Goldberg, who is not personally on the ballot this November, should be afforded the opportunity to formally respond. 

5. Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity

In keeping with the Green Key Values of diversity, social justice and feminism, we support full legal and political equality for all persons regardless of sex, gender, sexual orientation, or gender identity, characteristics, and expression.

The Green Party recognizes the full civil rights of sexual and gender minorities. The existing civil rights act prohibits discriminating on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, sex, age, and disability. We will work to add sexual orientation, gender identity, and gender expression to the existing civil rights act…

Link to full Social Justice Key Value:

Thank you all!


Craig Cayetano – “I Have Bold Ideas & Offer a Clear Vision for the Future of Hawthorne,” Said Green Party Candidate for Council in Hawthorne Ward 3 


Craig Cayetano – “I Have Bold Ideas & Offer a Clear Vision for the Future of Hawthorne,”Said Green Party Candidate for Council in Hawthorne Ward 3



October 10th, 2019


My name is Craig Cayetano and I am running for Town Council in Hawthorne’s Ward 3 to be an advocate for everyone. I’m a lifelong Northern New Jersey resident. I grew up in Bergenfield, but reside in Hawthorne for over 15 years now. I’m second generation Peruvian on my father’s side and Italian/German descent on my mother’s. Both my mother and grandmother were hardworking waitresses; living paycheck to paycheck.


For that reason, I have always believed in, and worked for, fairness and inclusion of all people and political parties in the United States. I study all sides of the political spectrum to develop a common sense or “real world” approach to issues. I have seen the control, influence and harm the two-party system has inflicted on the electoral process. I respect and understand those who still vote in every election, but remain Independent or Unaffiliated. Working on a variety of campaigns in New Jersey over the last few years, I was able to converse about the day-to-day issues that matter most to people. I believe in and strive to build the Green Party because it is focused on the concerns of the community, environment, small local businesses, and labor and not beholden to any corporate interests or donors. I’m now one of our state’s National Delegates and also a State Co-Chair. I try to lead by example and have been a listener, activist, and organizer. I will be a strong advocate for the people here in Ward 3 and for all of Hawthorne.


I have been a proud member of the Hawthorne Green Team for the past year. We have done wonderful work introducing styrofoam collection drives, showcasing electric and plug-in hybrid vehicles at our events and bringing EV charging station infrastructure conversations to the forefront.


Yet, there is even more that needs to be done. That is why I decided to step up and run a campaign that encompasses numerous bold ideas & offers a clear vision for the future of Hawthorne.


I am making this a fun and informative campaign from our Tag N’ Sip: environmental themed art with the support of Strange Moon Creative Shop and Fat Moe’s, and our Voter Registration Drive/Meet & Greet at Billy’s Midway with El Gallo. I’m hosting weekly recap meetings and breakfast at Andy’s Corner on Sundays. I have had a fully active and engaging campaign on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and a full-fledged website since May.


I’m proud of the connections made with our local small businesses, the townspeople and the Board of Education (BOE). I’ve been the only candidate in Ward 3 that fully supported the referendum on social media and door to door since early this year. I believe that there needs to be a strong bond between the BOE and Town Council. I also advocate for a stronger bond with the BOE and the Environmental Commission in regards to the Sustainable Jersey Schools program. You will see this in greater detail in my full “Green Vision & Future For Hawthorne” platform.


Today is the public release of my platform online which is formulated under these main values, central to the Green Party vision: Grassroots Democracy, Ecological Wisdom, Community Based Economics and Future Focus & Sustainability. I’m committed to bringing bold and original ideas to Hawthorne that can be accomplished. Here is the link to this “Green Vision & Future” plan.


For the few that are long term, I’m here to fight and get them started. As I knock on doors and see how people love our campaign message, it really makes me proud when they say, “We’ll be voting for the person, not the party on November 5th.” Can we turn Hawthorne Green? I know we can with your support and vote! Thank you!

Cayetano For Council, Hawthorne Ward 3 Gaining Momentum: Hawthorne Day, Gaming With The Greens, Green Wave Telethon & Canvassing!

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The weather was perfect for a full day of talking to constituents during Hawthorne Day on September 22nd. Craig Cayetano said “it was great to connect with people across the town at this massive event. Our message was well received.”

A few days later on September 27th, Cayetano and the Passaic County Greens held its fun, free and nostalgic event: “Gaming With The Greens.” This was part of a voter registration drive, plus a Meet & Greet with free gaming at Billy’s Midway at 312 Lafayette Ave, in Hawthorne NJ. Attendees were treated to empanadas, a taco station and light refreshments courtesy of El Gallo. Cayetano unveiled his “Green Vision & Future for Hawthorne” platform to propel Hawthorne ahead for the next decade. It’s a bold vision which will be published for media on, Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

Madelyn Hoffman, Green Party 2020 Senate Candidate and Cayetano’s Campaign Manager said, “These events have been ways for Hawthorne residents to meet this dynamic candidate, who’s running with a political party that’s gaining popularity throughout the world. Greens are concerned about global climate change, ecological sustainability, commitment to local businesses and an economy based on peace, not war.”

On Thursday night, October 3rd, Craig Cayetano will discuss elements of his platform with a national audience via Green Party US’s 2nd Annual Green Wave Telethon. The Telethon will raise awareness and money for Green Party candidates across the country. “We are proud to be invited to appear on the Green Party US Facebook page for this livestream!” said Ward 3 Candidate Cayetano. The livestream event will take place on Facebook from 9pm to 10pm EST. You can login at this link on Thursday night.

Finally, the campaign will continue its “Breakfast & Canvassing” each Sunday at 10am until election day, meeting first at Andy’s Corner on 438 Lafayette Ave, in Hawthorne. “The campaign’s goal is to knock on over 700 doors in Ward 3,” said manager Hoffman.“Canvassing is the best way to find out what Hawthorne residents really want and Craig has been listening. Lawn signs are on the way and volunteers are always welcomed! I urge you to become part of this community-building effort!”




Gaming With The Greens & Craig Cayetano for Council: Hawthorne Voter Registration Drive/Meet&Greet


Gaming With The Greens & Craig Cayetano for Council: Hawthorne Voter Registration Drive/Meet&Greet

September 27th, 2019



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The Cayetano For Council Campaign For Ward 3 Hawthorne along with The Green Party of Passaic County have been working with local small businesses to help increase their visibility in our community.


This is the next big event for the campaign, which is collaborating with Billy’s Midway Arcade, 312 Lafayette Ave in Hawthorne, New Jersey. A Voter Registration Drive for those newly of age, those that aren’t aware if they are registered and a campaign meet & greet for the rest. The event is scheduled for Friday, September 27th, 7pm until 9pm. It offers Hawthorne residents a chance to have a unique, fun and free night out.


Craig Cayetano said, “This is a golden opportunity to have conversations about important local issues, to register new voters and partake in this awesome arcade for up to two hours!” There will be light food and refreshments provided by another prominent local business, El Gallo, for those who attend.


This evening promises to be a lot of fun and give attendees more information on whom to support in the November election. Cayetano: “I’m in this campaign to be an advocate for everyone. I value grassroots democracy and want to show our youth the importance of registering to vote. They can have a say in electing candidates on a local level committed to protecting the environment, not beholden to corporate or special interests and willing to work towards creating sustainable infrastructure.”


Tickets are free and going fast due to occupancy limits. Donations will be kindly accepted at the door. You must pre-register online with Eventbrite or Facebook below. Up to one set per person. October 15th is the last day to register in New Jersey for Election Day on November 5th.

2019 Green Wave Telethon



Zero Hour in Bergen: The Rutherford Labor Day Street Festival


Rutherford Labor Day Festival

The Rutherford Labor Day Street Festival has been a tradition drawing in tens of thousands of visitors for some time now, and anyone who wants to make some face time does well to make an appearance there—even in the midst of intermittent rainstorms, as was the case Monday.  Enter, then, some of Bergen’s political and would-be political figures.

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Democrat Frank Nunziato, a councilman seeking to succeed outgoing Mayor Joseph DeSalvo, Jr.

Outside his campaign headquarters was a booth for Democrat Frank Nunziato, a councilman seeking to succeed outgoing Mayor Joseph DeSalvo, Jr.  Nunziato defeated Murphy-ally Stephanie McGowan and is running on a ticket with incumbent Councilmen Mark Goldsack and Thomas Mullahey.  Democratic campaigners marched with signs for Nunziato’s team along with incumbent Assemblymen Clinton Calabrese and Gary Schaer; plus Freeholders Germaine Ortiz, Thomas Sullivan, and Mary Amoroso.  The political representation extended to the federal level as well: Congressman Bill Pascrell and Congressman Josh Gottheimer made appearances and Bernie Sanders campaigners had set up a booth.  The Green Party of New Jersey was represented as well with Madelyn Hoffman—challenging Cory Booker for US Senate—and Craig Cayetano of Hawthorne (in Passaic), seeking his town’s 3rd ward council seat.

Schaer and Calabrese troops.

Schaer and Calabrese troops.

But heavily represented though it was, the political left was not the only show in town. Republicans Khaldoun Androwis and Foster Lowe ducked out of the rain to talk a moment while red signs were carried for Rutherford council candidates Ryan Weist, State Committeeman of the Bergen County Young Republicans, and businesswoman Kristina Gagliardi-Wilson.

Rutherford Labor Day Festival

Lowe is a property managing agent who ran for Assemblyman in district 36 with Rosina Romano against Democratic incumbents Gary Schaer and Marlene Caride in 2013. He was on the streets with financial executive and Wallington councilman Khaldoun Androwis in his second term.  Androwis and Lowe face a tough challenge against the incumbents.  Androwis cited Murphy’s troubles.  “I think for us we have some problems with Murphy and the EDA, Schools Development.  He stated he wants to make New Jersey a sanctuary state, we aren’t too pleased.  Taxes are always an issue.”  Lowe believes that to reduce the tax burden, an unpopular but-oft-cited option may have to be considered: shared services.  “I’m a home rule guy, but we may have to do something in the future.  Property taxes are out of control.  I think that’s what may have to be done.  People love their towns, we all do, but one of these days we may have to back off.”

Governor Phil Murphy championed adult-use marijuana, meeting with no success in the legislature.  Androwis and Lowe are only half-convinced.  “I don’t think we need recreational,” Androwis said, explaining that he made a motion to pass an ordinance in Wallington that no marijuana businesses could open in the borough if legalized statewide.  On medical, the two have no problem, but recreational, they say, presents a danger.

Foster said it had been years since LD36 had a Republican seat but the challengers were not daunted.  Paul DiGaetano was the last man to have a red Assembly seat, back in 2005, sharing the assembly slot with Democrat Frederick Scalera.  “I don’t vote by party line,” Androwis said, “I vote for what is best.”  He even had some kind words for Pascrell, saying he is “a good guy” but declined to say he would go so far as to vote for him.  “People gave us a chance to make sure we can do something better and more efficient for the district.  You need some new blood in there, some new ideas.”

Hoffman was another challenger on the ground in rainy Rutherford, fielding a third party campaign


against US Senator Cory Booker who is also seeking the Oval Office.   “I got 25,000 votes last time, the most of any third party candidate.  Booker and Menendez both have specific issues, they’re not the same, but the broader national issues are the same,” she said.  “Booker has water issues with lead contamination, with education, pharma…”

On Bernie next door, “It’s not competition, they’re going for Bernie in the primaries, then after that, all bets are off.  Some of them are Greens.”

“A lot of third parties are going to be under a lot of pressure to step aside, there’s a sentiment that ‘any blue will do’, I ran into that last time when I ran for US senate, but it’s going to be stronger this time.  My answer is that I can’t do that, I can’t do that in good conscience.  If we get Joe Biden, what have we changed?  It’s kind of scary that people are willing to accept ‘any Democrat’.”

Next to Hoffman’s booth was a stand for Bernie Sanders where campaigners were handing out literature.  “I can understand where Bernie Sanders offers, at least in rhetoric, something different,” Hoffman said, “but in reality will the Democrats ever give us something different?  We keep moving to the right—it’s the Green Party last year that got Democrats talking about a Green New Deal, one of the first issues they took up—they watered it down, but they were talking about it.  That’s why I feel the Greens are as important as ever.  In a democracy there should always be room for a third party and let the voters decide.”

Hoffman has been involved with the Green Party for over two decades.  She ran with Ralph Nader in 1996 as his vice presidential running mate and ran for NJ governor in 1997.  “‘If you keep voting for the lesser of two evils’,” she said, quoting Nader, “‘you keep getting evil and it keeps getting lesser and lesser’.  Case in point, Donald Trump.  That model has failed.  That’s why I feel it’s important to continue to run.  People can say what they like but we can’t step aside.  On the presidential election, I’m going to vote Green, even if Bernie Sanders wins.”

While Hoffman aspires to the US Senate, the borough of Hawthorne is the Green Party’s local-level battleground right now, with Craig Cayetano challenging Republican long-time incumbent Gary Sinning, the 3rd ward councilman.

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Passaic County Green Party & Strange Moon Creative Shop in Hawthorne Call for Donations Paterson Fire Victims


It was devastating to see the fire at the Straight and Narrow in Paterson, New Jersey, on Saturday, August 23 but relieved to learn that there were no casualties. Straight and Narrow has been a vital asset to this community for more than 50 years. The building was most recently home to 50 men who graduated from drug and alcohol recovery programs, transitioning back into society. They lost their personal belongings and have been permanently displaced. About 200 residents are affected by power outages due to the fire. The Passaic County Greens, together with Strange Moon Creative Shop, are calling on our local community to help with donations. A partner agency, Oasis- A Haven for Women and Children, 59 Mill Street, Paterson, posted on Facebook needed items: already worn men’s clothing, shoes, sneakers, socks, new underwear, soap, shampoo, deodorant, toothpaste, toothbrushes, combs, razors, shave gel and other toiletries. 

Craig Cayetano, Green Party of NJ State Co-Chair and Green Party candidate for Hawthorne Town Council Ward 3 said, “I was alerted to the fire by other activist allies in Paterson and then saw the damage on the news. Sam Nygard and Dan Frye of Strange Moon Creative Shop reached out to me to collaborate in receiving donations. We are aware that people may not be able to make it to Paterson during posted drop off times so Strange Moon Creative Shop has offered to accept donations this week. We will then get them to Oasis in Paterson the following day. We have all had someone close to us: a friend, family member or someone we love that have battled with addiction. This is the least we can do to help those trying to restart their lives.”

If you are able to help Strange Moon Creative Shop is located at 728 Lafayette Ave, Hawthorne NJ 07506. Their hours are Monday through Friday 10am-5pm and Saturday 9am-12pm. We thank you in advance for your assistance!

Cayetano For Council Collaborates With Local Businesses For Educational, Creative and Fun Campaign Event


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On August 16th, Craig Cayetano, Green Party Candidate for Hawthorne Town Council Ward 3, co-hosted a campaign event with Strange Moon Creative Shop. “Tag The Town Green” welcomed townsfolk, friends, supporters, Cayetano’s team and the Passaic County Green Party to experience a wonderful artistic space in Hawthorne, NJ. The environmentally themed event was a way to introduce people to certain issues going on locally and nationally today: Fighting for Peace, Utilizing Ecological Wisdom and Mandating Water Protection.

Through three artistic designs created by artist and owner Samuel Nygard, patrons were able to paint and tag them in their own creative way. Social media was used to unveil two of the designs before the event. The third, “Water is Life,” was revealed to participants upon arrival. This activity created awareness and engaged conversations. 

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Samuel Nygard, owner said, “Small businesses in this town definitely suffer from a lack of support. It was a breath of fresh air to collaborate with Craig on the event. Great to see all of the fresh ideas, as well as community involvement.” 

Though this was the first public event of Craig Cayetano’s campaign, he has been active in the community, attending numerous events and going door-to-door. Focusing on the value of small business, improving infrastructure, preserving the environment and grassroots democracy, Craig refuses to take any corporate, developer or fossil fuel industry money. 

“As an advocate for those in Ward 3 and Hawthorne, I am proud to support an artistic space like Strange Moon Creative Shop. I have mentioned on social media how our community can grow and appeal to people in other ways than our neighboring towns. As a Green Party candidate independent of the major parties, I can create bridges in the community and can work objectively. My sole focus is to elevate the voices that may not ordinarily be heard. I would like to acknowledge Fat Moe’s, another local business, for the variety of delicious food provided for our guests.”

The campaign is planning another event shortly and is asking those in our community to reach out with your top concerns or issues not only in Ward 3, but in the town as well.

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Photographs courtesy of Craig Cayetano (photo of Strange Moon Creative Shop and participants holding completed pictures) and Brian Johnson (@mrbrianphotography on Instagram) photo of Barry Bendar, new Treasurer-elect of GPNJ and Sam Nygard explaining the process of creating a completed picture

Meet Craig Cayetano, Green Candidate for Hawthorne Council Ward 3 at Strange Moon Creative Shop’s Tag N’ Sip: The Town Green


Strange Moon Creative Shop is hosting their second Tag N’ Sip Night this time with an environmental-themed event. Located at 728 Lafayette Avenue in Hawthorne, New Jersey.

They are collaborating with The Passaic County Greens and the Cayetano For Council campaign for this fundraiser, scheduled on Friday, August 16th, from 8 pm until 10:30 pm.  

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“This isn’t your ordinary Paint and Sip,” said Samuel Nygard, artist, and owner. “You’ll have 3 designs to choose from two which will be displayed on social media over the next week and one surprise one at the event.”

This is the first public event of Craig Cayetano’s campaign for the Hawthorne Town Council Ward 3 race. “I’m so glad we have a creative space and amazing venue like Strange Moon Creative Shop here in town. I’ve been speaking about how our community needs to embrace and support their local small businesses. Hawthorne can appeal to people in many different ways if we open ourselves to it. Come on out, make a painting, sip adult beverages and meet the candidate!”

Admission is $20. Ages 21+ only, please. You can reserve your tickets online. 



Candidate Craig Cayetano Signs Pledge, Says "No Fossil Fuels Money" for Campaign


HAWTHORNE, NJ - Craig Cayetano has put down in writing that he and his campaign will refuse to accept any money from sources "whose primary business is the extraction, processing, distribution of sale of oil, gas and coal" according to a statement released Monday.  Cayetano is running as the Green Party candidate and is seeking to serve as Ward 3 Councilman in Hawthorne, running against incumbent Republican Gary Sinning and Democrat challenger Kimberly Maciejewski.

"I pledge to the people of Hawthorne that, as a Green Party candidate for Hawthorne Town Council, I will take no money from the fossil fuels industry," Cayetano said in a statement.  "The original pledge sets a limit of $200 per candidate who signs it, but I’ve gone further than that. I pledge to accept no money at all from the fossil fuels industry. Since I am independent of the two mainstream political parties, you can be confident that I will not compromise when it comes to protecting the environment. I will be beholden to no company with a special interest in making profits from the sale or use of fossil fuels, one of the primary contributors to global warming and climate change."

The Green Party is particularly concerned with environmental causes, and Cayetano's campaign asserted that the pledge represented his desire to protect future generations.  "I am inspired by youth locally and across this country taking action regarding the current climate chaos happening. We need to move Hawthorne, New Jersey and the U.S. away from its dependence on fossil fuels for energy use."

Cayetano made his announcement standing outside of Hawthorne High School, a video of which can been seen here.

Craig Cayetano Enters Race for Hawthorne Ward 3 Council as Green Party Candidate


HAWTHORNE, NJ - Hawthorne resident Craig Cayetano announced to TAPinto Hawthorne that he has filed at the Passaic County Administration Building to run as a Green Party candidate for the Ward 3 Council.  The statement reads below.

Hello everyone! I’m so excited to announce that I have filed to run for Hawthorne Town Council in Ward 3. I have been a resident of Hawthorne for almost 15 years. Last fall I decided to join the Hawthorne Green Team and help the town in any way possible. I’m very proud of my continued work there and proud of the work that the Environmental Commission has done as well. But I still feel compelled to do more for my ward and town. 

I decided to run as a Green Party Candidate, independent of the two main political parties and will focus on people, planet and peace over profit.

  • People - I want to hear from each person in my ward. There are many homeowners and renters with issues that feel they have no advocate for them. Our community is constantly evolving and we need to work together to forge relationships with each and every one of us.
  • Planet - I’ve been environmentally conscious since my teens and am constantly involved with county and state activism on the behalf of protecting the resources here in New Jersey. There are still areas of unresolved environmental impact in town that truly need to be addressed.
  • Peace - As a Green I will work to be a bridge between the other major parties. Greens can work with others objectively and can put “party” aside for the best of the community. My sole focus is to be an advocate for my ward and elevate the voices here that may not ordinarily be heard.
  • Over Profit - As a Green who is Independent of the other two parties I don’t have to “toe a party line”. I don’t have to waver on what I feel compelled to support. I also won’t be beholding to big corporate donors, developers or special interests.

I am grateful for the response I’ve had already from my community and look forward to doing my best to win this fall. I truly want to be an advocate for everyone. Thank-you all!

Madelyn Hoffman - Campaign Manager


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Cayetano will face off against incumbent Councilman Garret Sinning and Democrat Kimberly Maciejewski in the November general election.

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