The Reform Party–NYS’s Newest Party–Is it needed?

New York State has a new political party—The Reform Party, and you may see it on NYSREFORMPARTYorg2010the ballot in the local elections in November.

When Rob Astorino ran against Governor Cuomo in 2014, he ran on three party lines—the Republican Party, the Conservative Party, and the newly created single issue Stop Common Core Party. Although Astorino was defeated, the Stop Common Core Party received enough votes (over 50,000) to have it qualify to automatically appear on the ballot through 2018. Astorino expanded the party’s  focus and changed its name to the Reform Party. It is affiliated with the national Reform Party.

The New York State Conservative Party isn’t happy  about the newly formed Reform Party. The Chair of the New York Conservatives has said: “The [Conservative Party ] members were very vocal that they were upset at the changes (with the Stop Common Core party). The purpose was to stop Common Core. My exact words, on a personal level, were that ‘I’m asking you to please consider not taking the Reform Party (line on the ballot) if it’s offered to you.”

The Yates County town where I live, Milo, has four seats on the County Legislature. There are seven running in the September 10 Primary for four Republican spots on the November General Elections ballot.  Three are incumbents,  and four are challengers. No Democrats will be running for the County Legislature.

One of the challengers has been endorsed by the Reform Party. If he is successful in the September 10 Republican Primary, he will be on the November ballot on three Party Lines–The Republican, The Conservative and the Reform Parties.

The websites of the State Republican, Conservative, and Reform parties explains their priorities, issues and platform. Comparing the three platforms you’ll see that the New York State Reform’s platform is broadly written and not very detailed. It consists of eleven topics with a one sentence explanation. For example- Topic (TAX POLICY-The Reform Party SUPPORTS fair taxation policies without prejudice or special interest exceptions.) There is not much, if anything, that would guide a County Legislator on how to vote on local county issues. Their ENVIRONMENTAL POLICY, which is “The Reform Party SUPPORTS safeguarding our nation’s natural resources balanced with the need for economic development.” Both Zephyr Teachout and Tom Reed could use that statement to justify their Fracking stand.

What is the real purpose of the Reform Party? Could it be a vehicle for Rob Astorino to organize a 2018 run for Governor?

About pystew

Retired Teacher, political science geek, village trustee. I lean a little left, but like a good political discussion. My blog, the New NY 23rd (http://newny23rd) is about discussing the issues facing the people of our new congressional district. Let's hear all sides of the issues, not just what the candidates want us to hear.
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7 Responses to The Reform Party–NYS’s Newest Party–Is it needed?

  1. whungerford says:

    Anoter new party: “The Women’s Equality Party.”


  2. Deb meeker says:

    Is this ( Reform Party) another one issue party emerging? Since the Reform Party is mainly calling for eliminating the debt, can we assume their main goals will be the same as Libertarians and ultra Conservatives: eliminating social programs, preventing spending for infrastructure and schools without reciprocal cuts elsewhere, and working to use industrialized hydraulic fracturing to “boost the economy”?


  3. whungerford says:

    Practically, the Reform Party could give a moderate candidate who might not be acceptable to the Conservative Party, Tom Reed for example, another chance for multiple ballot lines.


  4. whungerford says:

    What unites all members of the Reform Party is our drive for clean, responsible government, a balanced budget and an end to the runaway spending that has pushed our national debt to over $12 trillion.

    • So what would happen if the Federal Budget were balanced by cutting spending?
    • Economic growth would slow, perhaps decline; unemployment would rise.
    • Wealthy persons would continue to benefit from historically low taxes.
    • Persons struggling with poverty would lose benefits.
    • Defense spending would decline; jobs would be lost in defense industries.
    • The gap between the one per cent and the rest would increase.

    Nothing good would happen. When the Reform Party and others advocate a balanced Federal Budget, they invariably fail to consider the consequences. A balanced budget would be less harmful if achieved by raising taxes, but few (Bernie Sanders is an exception) dare advocate for that.


  5. OU812 says:

    No Democrats will be running for the County Legislature. because nobody wants to be associated with the party or Cuomo.


  6. pystew says:

    In Yates County the Republican controlled Legislature has recently been very poor at their financial control. We had an over 14% tax increased a few years ago, followed by a 9% tax increase. Even though they say they are republican, they definitely do not follow the Republican platform, which will be a topic of a future article. Many are against the Tax Cap, which the State GOP takes credit for (see their platform). They are always using PILOTs (Payments in Lieu of Taxes) which the GOO frowns on(also see their platform. They are forcing new, more conservative county members to run for office, as I mentioned some on as many as three lines, and others on their own independent lines. When we had a Dem on the Board, the Republicans often would not second their motion even to discuss the issue. The Dems can complain and embarrass the legislator–not the best situation, but it is the one that we have evolved into.


  7. whungerford says:

    Some Chemung Country districts are so safe they are all but hereditary. No matter how irresponsible the incumbent or how promising the challenger, a challenge is seen as futile.


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