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Letter: Cross-endorsement should come to end

Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo appearing at a meeting

Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo appearing at a meeting in Syracuse on April 14, 2014. Photo Credit: Office of the Governor / Darren McGee

A number of recent articles in Newsday have dealt with New York's system of fusion and political cross-endorsements, including what amounted to an editorial on the whole issue ["Fire party leader from both jobs," May 9, 2014].

Newsday states, "Cross-endorsements should be outlawed in New York. Every party should have to put up its own candidate on its own line."

The Green Party of New York State also has called for an end to New York's system of fusion voting. For many years, the Green Party has chosen to run its own candidates for statewide offices such as governor, lieutenant governor, comptroller, attorney general and U.S. senator. It has not always been easy to obtain ballot status by running our own independent candidates, but it has been important for our party to present its own progressive ideas and policies, undiluted, to the electorate.

After Howie Hawkins' strong gubernatorial race in 2010, when we regained official ballot status by winning more than 50,000 votes, Green Party organizations across the state have increased their commitment to running our own Green candidates as well.

This stand fosters political independence. Not only do we refuse corporate money, but we also reject candidates of corporate parties. The Green Party knows that fusion is confusion.

We urge that New York's system of cross-endorsements, which generate corruption and electoral confusion, be ended once and for all.

Jim Brown, Island Park

Roger Snyder, Huntington

Editor's note: The writers are Green Party chairmen in Nassau and Suffolk counties, respectively.