Suffolk Residents Elected to State and National Green Party Positions

On September 16, 2006 the Green Party of New York State (GPNYS) met in Albany for the thrice yearly State Committee meeting. In attendance were several Green activists from Suffolk County — Roger Snyder, Ian Wilder, and Kimberly Wilder.

During the meeting, the Nassau/Suffolk Region 1 Greens met to elect new representatives. Roger Snyder of Huntington was elected as one of the National Representatives to the Green Party of the United States (GP-US). This is Snyder’s second term. Snyder participates in important national committees such as the Accreditation Committee, which reviews applications by new states and caucuses, as well as the Bylaws, Rules and Policy Committee. Roger Snyder ran for State Senate for the 5th District in 2002.

In addition, Ian Wilder of North Babylon was elected as one of New York’s national representatives to the Presidential Campaign Support Committee. This is Wilder’s second term. The committee is recruiting and screening candidates to run for president on the Green Party line in 2008. Ian Wilder is a co-founder of the Babylon Greens and served as Co-Chair of the Green Party of New York State from 2004 to 2006. He ran for Supervisor for the Town of Babylon in 2001.

Kimberly Wilder of Babylon was elected to the Executive Committee of the state party. This is Kimberly’s third, non-consecutive term as a member of the GPNYS Executive Committee. Wilder is eager to support the Green Party’s efforts to regain automatic ballot status by earning 50,000 votes for Malachy McCourt on the governor line. Wilder has previously run for Suffolk County Legislator District 14 in 2001, and as a write-in for State Senate in the 4th District in 2004.

Outgoing GPNYS Secretary, Betty Wood of Cortland County said, “During the entire time I have worked with the Green Party, Roger Snyder and the Wilders are the most hard-working and dedicated Greens I have ever met. It is exciting to have this team supporting our ballot efforts and representing Greens from New York at the state and national level.”

Part of the GPNYS meeting was devoted to exchanging ideas, literature, and merchandise to support the five statewide campaigns. The Green Party of New York State is running author/activist Malachy McCourt for Governor, and union activist Howie Hawkins for U.S. Senate. The Wilders and Snyder have set up a website called “Long Island for Malachy!” The site is a place for Nassau and Suffolk voters to come together to send a message of peace by supporting Green Party governor candidate McCourt.  The web-site,, includes instructions for requesting “McCourt for Governor” lawn signs.

Photos above of Roger Snyder and Kimberly Wilder at the podium are by Robert A. Kelly.


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