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GREEN PARTY MAKES LOCAL DEBUT

The Green Party of Erie County will make its debut in electoral politics today when it introduces its first slate of endorsed candidates at 10 a.m. in Room 103 of the Buffalo Convention Center. The endorsements include four Green Party members and three other candidates.

The Green Party members are Andy Goldstein, a Buffalo printer, for Council member at-large; Valerie Neiderhoffer, a Lower West Side community activist, for Ellicott District Council member; Mo Saladin of Buffalo, a licensed acupuncturist, for Erie County executive; and Bill Metzger of East Amherst for 16th District county legislator.

The other candidates are Charlie Fisher III of the Grassroots organization for Council member at-large; Mary Martino of the Working Families Party for South District Council member; and Susan McCartney, a candidate for the Democratic endorsement for Niagara District Council member.

Goldstein said Wednesday that the party platform includes setting up neighborhood councils for deciding how to spend community block-grant money, improving the parks and schools and expanding the Metro Rail system.

The Green Party currently has no registered voters, Goldstein said, because it is under interim Election Law rules that cover new parties in their first year.

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