There’s nothing new about Green Party NY-24 candidate Usula Rozum’s message in her first (and I believe only) TV ad of the campaign.

Health care for all. No more corporate greed. Student debt forgiveness. Free college education.

All these are topics Rozum has touched on throughout her underdog campaign against Democrat Dan Maffei and Republican Rep. Ann Marie Buerkle.

But Rozum also makes brief mention of climate change in the ad, which is running on cable stations in Central New York this week.

Although that’s not an unusual focus for a Green Party candidate, it’s one that perhaps has slightly more resonance in the post-Sandy era when top elected officials like Gov. Andrew Cuomo and Mayor Bloomberg are talking about extreme weather and the need for New Yorkers to adjust to a “new reality.”

Rozum was polling in the single digits the last time Siena took voters’ temperatures in NY-24, but that was enough to cause a dead heat between the two major party candidates.

The convention wisdom is that Rozum’s presence in the race pulls support from Maffei and helps Buerkle, which explains why the congresswoman has been more than happy to appear with her Green Party opponent at multiple town halls, forums and debates on which Maffei took a pass.

The NY-24 contest is considered one of the most competitive House races in the country and is being closely monitored by national leaders of both parties as they battle for control of the chamber.