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What Keeps Howie Hawkins Running

55 Plus, August-September 2018

The 65-year-old Green Party leader continues to ‘demand more’ — he has run for public office 21 times in the past 25 years. He is now running for governor. Again? He explains why

By Aaron Gifford

Hawkins speaking at the People’s Climate March, New York City, Sept. 14, 2014. Photo courtesy of Colin D. Young.
Hawkins speaking at the People’s Climate March, New York City, Sept. 14, 2014. Photo courtesy of Colin D. Young.

Even though he has yet to win an election and has been arrested now and again to make a point, Central New York’s most well-known socialist-environmentalist third-party candidate has accomplished far more during his ongoing political career than most people realize.

Sixty-five-year-old Howie Hawkins, of Syracuse, is the co-founder of the Green Party and played a major role in his party’s presidential runs with candidate Ralph Nader. The two major political parties and even some industries have adopted Green Party ideas.

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Howie Hawkins on Newsmakers

WSYR-TV (ABC, Syracuse), July 29, 2018


This week on Newsmakers with Dan Cummings, Dan talks to Howie Hawkins of Syracuse, the Green Party candidate for Governor in the November elections.

Jia Lee Interview on Capital Tonight

Capital Tonight, July 25, 2018


The race for lieutenant governor is getting more attention this year than in past cycles thanks to a contentious Democratic primary. But in the general election, each party runs a ticket. And for the Green Party, teacher and union activist Jia Lee is running for L-G alongside gubernatorial candidate Howie Hawkins.

Green Party Candidates Want 'Controlled Choice'

Politico New York Education, July 23, 2018

GREEN PARTY CANDIDATES WANT ‘CONTROLLED CHOICE’ — POLITICO’s Madina Touré: Green Party gubernatorial candidate Howie Hawkins and his running mate, lieutenant gubernatorial candidate Jia Lee, are calling on New York City to scrap the use of standardized tests for entrance to gifted high schools, urging the city to adopt a gifted-quality curriculum in all high schools. Read more here.

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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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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