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Green Party's Howie Hawkins Makes Youth Lead Poisoning a Campaign Issue in Governor's Race

WAER (NPR, SUNY Oswego), July 18, 2018


Green Party candidate for governor Howie Hawkins stands in front of Blodgett Academy to announce his plan to combat lead and lead poisoning. Joining him is supporter Ursula Rozum.

Green Party Candidate for Governor Howie Hawkins says Syracuse is poisoning its children, and he has a plan to stop it.  A 2016 study by The Journal of Pediatrics found that, in terms of percentage, Syracuse’s youth had the highest lead levels in the nation between 2009 and 2015.   Hawkins is making it a campaign issue.

“Forty percent of Syracuse children have lead levels above the federal standard of five micrograms per deciliter in their blood tests,” Hawkins said. “Forty percent of our children are being impacted by lead which causes intellectual flow development, problems with motor skills, memory, and leads to behavioral problems.”

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Hawkins, Dunlea lay out Green Party agenda

Capitol Tonight, July 13, 2018

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The Green Party's statewide candidates are outlining major parts of their policy agenda today, including what they call "social ownership of the economy."

They want to create public banks, transition the energy system to public ownership, and encouarge more worker cooperatives.

If that all sounds like socialism to you, well, it does to them too.

But this is certainly not in response to the new wave of support for Democratic socialism.

Talking more about the policies are candidate for governor Howie Hawkins, and comptroller candidate Mark Dunlea.

Nixon Ignored Most Pervasive Form of Voter Suppression (Need IRV)

For immediate release: July 12, 2018

Howie Hawkins responded to fellow candidate for Governor of New York Cynthia Nixon’s plan for ending voter suppression with support for her proposals but serious concern for what was left out.

“Early voting, automatic and same-day voter registration are important steps toward real democracy, but the most pervasive form of voter suppression is our ‘winner-take-all’ electoral system that silences many of those who manage to vote, and discourages millions from voting at all. Why vote when most districts are non-competitive because they are dominated by one party in our single-member-district, winner-take-all system,” said Hawkins.

The Hawkins campaign and the Green Party support Ranked-Choice Instant-Runoff Voting for single-member executive offices and Proportional Representation in legislative bodies. These voting systems are common in most of the world’s democracies.

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Cuomo Should Ask AG to Investigate Trump

For immediate release: July 6, 2018

Hawkins Calls on Cuomo to Empower AG to Investigate Trump

Urges Cuomo to Return $64,000 in Donations from Donald Trump

Howie Hawkins, the Green Party candidate for Governor, said today that Governor Cuomo needs to stop protecting President Trump and authorize State Attorney General Barbara Underwood to formally investigate Trump and his foundation.

Hawkins also said that Cuomo needs to immediately return the $64,000 he has received in campaign donations from Trump. “We need a Governor who has some sense of ethics and principles, who doesn’t feel compelled to solicit money from every special interest that wants to curry his favor. He needs to stop collecting tribute from the fossil fuel industry, Wall Street and real estate industries who view a donation to Cuomo as the price to opening up the state’s piggy bank,” noted Hawkins. Hawkins has long advocated for a ban on pay-to-play campaign contributions and an enactment of a Clean Money full public campaign finance program.

On June 14, the State Attorney General filed a lawsuit against Trump and his foundation. The petition “alleges a pattern of persistent illegal conduct, occurring over more than a decade, that includes extensive unlawful political coordination with the Trump presidential campaign, repeated and willful self-dealing transactions to benefit Mr. Trump’s personal and business interests, and violations of basic legal obligations for non-profit foundations.

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Why do pollsters ignore NY Gov candidates Larry Sharpe and Howie Hawkins?

News Growl, June 22, 2018

A News Growl Special Report uncovers evidence of bias against third party candidates among some of America's most respected polling organizations.

by Steve Goodale

On November 6th New Yorkers will choose their governor using ballots with at least four options on them. Two of those options, Green Party candidate Howie Hawkins and Libertarian Larry Sharpe, are running unusually strong third party campaigns and have been doing so for months.

Yet reputable polling firms like Siena, Marist, and Quinnipiac routinely restrict the choices of their respondents to just the two major parties – ignoring the disconnect between the question they ask in the polls and the questions voters will ultimately answer in the voting booth.

We wanted to know why, so News Growl contacted all three organizations. Two of them replied, but not with the answers we were expecting.

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Howie Hawkins with runningmate Jia Lee
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In The News: Hawkins Supports Green Party Candidate Mark Dunlea Run for State Comptroller

Fox 40 WICZ-TV, Binghamton, June 20, 2018

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BINGHAMTON, NY - The Green Party candidates for Governor and State Comptroller made a stop in Binghamton Wednesday morning, calling for action on a number of issues.

Candidate for Governor, Howie Hawkins, endorsed Mark Dunlea for State Comptroller, discussing what he calls corruption in the Cuomo administration.

Dunlea centered the press conference around climate change, a major focus of his campaign.

“I think it’s the single greatest threat to humanity at this point, and we’re losing the struggle against climate change. I also want more progressive taxation in New York State, I believe the Comptroller should be standing up. The Governor and the state lawmakers violate the rules every year on how much money goes to our schools, that should be stopped.”

Dunlea said the refusal of the current Comptroller, Thomas De Napoli, to divest the state pension funds from fossil fuels is another main focus of his candidacy.

The Green Party candidate previously served as Executive Director of the Hunger Action Network of New York State.

“I think he has more financial background than De Napoli did when he went in. I think he’s a much better candidate. He’s much more qualified than anybody running.” - Howie Hawkins, Green Party Candidate for Governor

Dunlea will challenge Democrat incumbent De Napoli in the primary.

 

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