Dear Elected Official:
Now that we have made our statewide endorsements, it is my hope that we can better educate the public and our elected officials on the values of the Independence Party of New York State. It’s important to us that you – as a public official – understand the Party’s priorities. Toward that end, I would like to bring to your attention our 2014 Legislative Agenda, which is enclosed for your consideration. The Agenda was adopted by our Executive Committee, with input from our diverse leadership throughout the State.
Our critics have stated that the Independence Party lacks a “philosophical core.” This could not be further from the truth.
The Independence Party has a simple and straightforward platform which promotes “centered and pragmatic leadership.” Over time, the party has reinvented its core values to embody what it means to be a true “independent,” and has done away with all politically divisive and polarizing language which asserts strong positions on hot-button social issues.
The core premise of the Independence Party is that elected officials should be free to legislate and use common sense in governing, and shouldn’t be tied to a highly partisan social platform that fails to represent their electorate. They should be free to make policy and legislative decisions based on sound reasoning and input from their constituents, not heavy-handed political party bosses or special interest groups.
All too often we have heard about candidates, especially those in party primaries, bending their views to meet the narrow tenets of a Party’s platform in order to gain a political advantage over their opponents. We believe that much of the dysfunction in politics is due to highly partisan maneuvering, fueled by inter-party battles and polarizing social issues which effectively prevent reasonable compromise. Public officials and candidates should be free to talk honestly to the public and vote their conscience.
Anyone who thinks that this belief reflects that we “stand for nothing” need not worry. There are two very powerful, well-funded major Parties and influential third parties that address their need and desire to express more partisan views. The Independence Party is an organization for the rest of us who simply do not fit into either extreme, and there are millions of people that share this political viewpoint. Apparently none that edit downstate newspapers, and that’s okay, but we disagree 100% with their desire to impose their traditional political dialog on us.
We are different.
And we believe the People of this State and the nation are yearning for something very different. In fact, members of the Independence Party who have been elected to public office often say it’s refreshing to not be beholden to a divisive social agenda. More than 20 Independence Party members have been elected to public office in my home county of Suffolk alone!
However, we do present a Legislative Agenda each year and as stated earlier in this letter, our current agenda is attached for your consideration. We encourage you to make a reasonable assessment of each of these important bills and priorities, and trust that you will give our agenda your full consideration.
We look forward to your feedback, and please be assured that while we urge action on these agenda items, it will in no way be a litmus test for our endorsements during the upcoming election season.
Thank you for your anticipated consideration.
5/23/14 (Albany, NY) The Independence Party of New York endorsed candidates for November’s election at its state convention in Albany this morning. The party’s delegates gave their nod to Governor Andrew Cuomo and his running mate, Kathy Hochul, Comptroller Tom DiNapoli and Attorney General Eric Schneiderman.
“We are proud to endorse Governor Cuomo and Kathy Hochul to lead the State of New York for the next four years. All of our statewide candidates are highly qualified and embody the vision of pragmatic leadership for which we stand,” stated Independence Party State Chairman Frank MacKay.
The Independence Party of New York State rose to prominence during Ross Perot’s presidential election in 1992. More than 20 Independence Party members have been elected to public office in Suffolk County alone, and New Yorkers from all walks of life continue to embrace its platform of centered and pragmatic leadership.
“What our Independence Party elected officials all share in common is the freedom to legislate without interference from political leaders and special interests. We encourage an open and honest dialogue with their own constituencies, and we believe Governor Cuomo, Kathy Hochul, Tom DiNapoli and Eric Schneiderman share this vision,” added MacKay.
“The Independence Party has a simple and straight forward platform. Our basic premise is that elected officials should be free to legislate and use common sense in governing, and shouldn’t be tied to a highly partisan social platform that fails to represent The People.
The Independence Party doesn’t take a position on controversial social issues; but candidates do, and they should be free to talk honestly to the American public and the voters of the State of New York without dictates from political leaders.
We understand with this will come criticism from the press and partisans. We stand steadfast in striving forward to provide the public with an alternative to the major political parties.” Chairman Frank MacKay 3/15/14