“Fifteen dollars an hour is just simple justice,” Hawkins said. “And in New York City, it should even be higher. The governor has the power to form a minimum wage board. In fact, he’s been instructed by legislation to deal with the tipped workers who were left out of probably the world’s worst minimum wage law. That law creates a ceiling as well as floor because it subsidizes teenage workers. It’s ridiculous.” Governor Cuomo was supposed to convene the minimum wage board to address the plight of tip workers in the food industry as part of the legislation that ever-so-slightly nudged the minimum wage in New York Sate to $8 an hour last year. But that has not happened.
Cuomo had $33 million in his campaign war chest on January 15, 2014.
Only 4273 people contributed to Cuomo by Jan. 15, 2014 in the three years since he took office in Jan. 2011.
81% of Cuomo's campaign money came from donations of $10,000 or more.
45% of Cuomo's campaign money came from donations of $40,000 or more.
Less than 1% of Cuomo's campaign money came from from donations of less than $1,000.
These numbers come from a NYPIRG analysis you can read here.
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Standing in front of the (Boss) Tweed Court House, Howie Hawkins announced today in that he will run for Governor as the progressive alternative to the pro-austerity and anti-union policies of the Democratic incumbent Andrew Cuomo and his Republican challenger Rob Astorino.
Hawkins chose to announce in front of the NYC Board of Education to highlight his call for adequate funding for public schools and an end to high-stakes testing. Hawkins said, "High-stakes tests are designed to define the children, teachers, and schools of disadvantaged communities as failures in order to privatize their schools as charters for profit-seeking investors. Public schools are not for sale. It's time to stop the corporate privatization agenda."
NY1 VIDEO: Howie Hawkins, a candidate for governor, joined Inside City Hall to preview his campaign to become the Green Party's candidate for governor and explain why he thinks the Cuomo administration has failed to deliver on a host of progressive priorities for the state.
Howie Hawkins announced his plans to run for New York state governor under the Green Party in front of East High School Thursday morning. Hawkins said he chose East High as the place for his announcement because the school is slated to be closed by the Board of Regents, and it’s an example of the problems Gov. Cuomo has created by underfunding local schools and anti-poverty programs.
Thank you to Syracuse Greens and supporters for joining Howie for the first event of his statewide campaign kick off blitz.
You can watch full video of the announcement on Indymedia CNY
Howie was joined by a room full of supporters as he outlined why he is running for Governor of NY against Democrat Andrew Cuomo. Howie outlined his Green New Deal platform, a plan to create badly needed jobs for unemployed New Yorkers addressing community need and building the clean energy system we need to reach a goal of a carbon free economy by 2030. After the official kick off, Howie spoke at a Funk Not Fracking event near Syracuse University (photos below.) You can read early coverage of the kickoff from the Post Standard's Tim Knauss, 5 Questions for Howie Hawkins.
The week of April 8, Howie is officially kicking of his campaign with events across New York State. Please join us and please spread the word to your friends and political allies!
Stand with Howie next week and show your support for a political vision that prioritizes the needs of people and planet and economic justice and fairness. Cuomo relies upon the 1% to fund his campaigns. Howie is relying on you to help build the movement we need for radical social change.
Originally printed on CounterPunch
by HOWIE HAWKINS and STEVE BREYMAN
Yesterday’s US Supreme Court decision in McCutcheon v. FEC removed limits on the total amount that rich donors could contribute to all candidates in an electoral cycle. The need for a voluntary system of public campaign financing for candidates to run with no-strings-attached clean money is now greater than ever.
With the recent passage of the state budget, Governor Andrew Cuomo and legislative leaders missed an opportunity to enact just such a system. What New Yorkers got was a watered down partial public financing system for Comptroller races only. That minor “reform” does not change the basic picture: New York has the best government money can buy.
Hear Howie Hawkins at Syracuse McCutcheon Rapid Response Rally.