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: Cayetano4Council.com, 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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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
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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 Cayetano4council.com 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!
2019 Green Wave Telethon
Surf’s up! The Green Party of the United States is preparing for its 2nd annual "Green Wave Telethon," a fundraising effort that is scheduled for broadcast on Facebook on Thursday, October 3rd from 9:00 – 10:00 pm ET!
The telethon will feature live candidate interviews and recorded videos from dozens of Green Party candidates and supporters. The two-hour long event will be hosted by Erin Fox and Craig Seeman. Guests will include the following 2019 Green Party candidates:
- Monica James, running for District #4 Muncie City Council, Indiana
- Craig Cayetano, running for Hawthorne Council Ward 3, New Jersey
- Kat Bruner-James, running for Ferndale City Council, Michigan
- Dave Sutliff-Atias, running for Rochester City Council
The Coordinated Campaign Committee (CCC), along with the Media Committee, is hosting the 2019 Green Wave Telethon to celebrate all of the awesome campaigns happening this year and to raise funds that the CCC can distribute to Green candidates.
Zero Hour in Bergen: The Rutherford Labor Day Street 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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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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.
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.
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.
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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!”
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
Facebook: Craig Cayetano - @cayetano4council
Cayetano will face off against incumbent Councilman Garret Sinning and Democrat Kimberly Maciejewski in the November general election.