Pelham Mayor Michael Volpe plans to run for state lieutenant governor on an Independent party line with former Syracuse Mayor Stephanie Miner.
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Miner, a registered Democrat, is running against Gov. Andrew Cuomo of New Castle as an independent candidate -- as reported here by Daily Voice.
Volpe said he will continue as Pelham's mayor while running for statewide office.
"In the coming weeks I will be working with a running mate and a team to become an independent candidate for Lieutenant Governor in New York," Volpe wrote in a prepared statement. "Our party will be SAM which is affiliated with the Serve America Movement .
"We hope to get on the statewide ballot by securing at least 15,000 signatures on petitions before the state imposed deadline in late August,'' Volpe said.
"I am doing this because I believe our two-party (political) system is broken and our country and state are heading in the wrong direction. We need an independent, bi-partisan and cooperative approach to government locally, statewide and on a national level. Many people talk about this and desire such an approach, but do nothing."
Volpe said he will continue working in the coming months but may take a short leave-of-absence from Venable, his law firm, in the fall -- assuming the petition effort is successful.
Volpe suggested that anyone who needs to contact him should use his personal email for political issues: firstname.lastname@example.org.
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