Steve Greenfield of New Paltz announced he is running as a Green Party candidate in the race for the state’s 19th Congressional District on Monday, Feb. 10.
Greenfield, a volunteer firefighter and former school board member for the New Paltz Central School District, is running on the Green Party line for the seat held by Rep. Antonio Delgado, D-Rhinebeck. The 19th Congressional District includes Delaware, Otsego and Schoharie counties, among others.
If elected, Greenfield said, his voting strategy would be simple.
“Every bill will be subjected to the same standard,” he said in his announcement video. “Is it Constitutional, is it good for the 19th District, is it good for America, is it good for the planet and do we have an effective way to pay for it, including returns on investment? If the answer is yes to all of them, the bill will get my vote. If the answer is no to even one of them, my vote will be no — and no donor or party boss will have any influence over that whatsoever.”
Greenfield has been active in civil resistance groups dedicated to fighting climate change and closing immigrant detention camps, according to the release.
He first ran to represent the 19th Congressional District in 2018, where he came in third. This time, he plans to do more fundraising, home visits and door-knocking, among other things, he told The Daily Star on Monday.
“We need to have a real focus here because the economy in the 19th district is overwhelmingly based on small family farms, educational institutions and outdoor recreation,” Greenfield said.
Greenfield’s priorities include building a sustainable post-fossil fuel economy, promoting quality education and health care for everyone, returning economic and governmental power, returning economic and governmental power to “smaller-scaled, better-serving, more efficient, more democratic local control,” restoring constitutional separation of powers and ending non-defensive war, according to the release.
He emphasized how high the military budget is — more than $700 billion according to national defense budget estimates.
“We’ve been at war 18 years now,” Greenfield said. “We need to get a more peaceful posture in the world and allow the citizens in the United States to keep some of their own money in their pockets.”
Of particular urgency, he said, is the need for an aggressive intervention into climate change.
“It’s the biggest issue all around in the United States and the entire world,” Greenfield said.
Shweta Karikehalli, staff writer, can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or 607-441-7221. Follow her @DS_ShwetaK on Twitter.