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When Howie Hawkins ran for governor in 2010, his fledgling Green Party scored a significant milestone by netting enough votes to qualify for “permanent” ballot status – barely.
Now Hawkins is scoring as high as 9 percent in some polls, and the longtime Syracuse activist is hoping this year’s candidacy will further cement his Greens as a force in state politics. He acknowledges the “long odds” of beating either Democrat Andrew M. Cuomo or Republican Rob Astorino, but looks for his party to soon have a seat at New York’s political table.
Hawkins, who placed third in the 2010 race, said Cuomo's suggested debate lineup shows he wants to exclude the Green Party from the New York City debate because he may be vulnerable there to a challenge from the left. He said Cuomo is including the third parties in the Buffalo debate to diminish Astorino's chances in more conservative western New York.
"I don't think it's right," Hawkins told The Associated Press. "By any reasonable standard I should be included (in all the debates). The people have a right to hear from all of us. This should be about more than tactics."Read more
Green Party candidate Howie Hawkins also accepted his invitation to participate in the Buffalo debate, but took issue with his exclusion from the downstate debate. Hawkins said in a statement, "The law should be changed so that if you want to run for office in New York State, you have to agree to participate in a series of public debates with all candidates who meet the legal requirements to be on the ballot."
Astorino and Cuomo seem to be locked in a battle over which candidate can come up with the nuttiest advertisement. Recently, Astorino accused Cuomo of killing unicorns, locking Santa Claus in a chimney and pushing Humpty Dumpty off a wall. Cuomo, meanwhile, implied that Astorino would be a lousy governor because he’s a Miami Dolphins fan. Guess what? Nobody cares. None of this nonsense matters a smidgen to New Yorkers. New Yorkers want jobs. New Yorkers want lower taxes. New Yorkers want safe communities to raise their children.
Interestingly enough, Green Party candidate Howie Hawkins seems to be sticking to the issues in his mission to become governor. Hmmm. Imagine that. The issues.Read more
Nationally known education advocate and liberal leader Diane Ravitch endorsed Green Party candidate for governor Howie Hawkins on Friday. Ravitch had worked for presidents George W. Bush and Bill Clinton and is an education historian, policy analyst and author. The Democrat called it her first “protest vote.”
The Green Party of Allegany, Steuben and Cattaraugus counties will welcome Green Party New York gubernatorial candidate Howie Hawkins during three local campaign appearances this Sunday, Sept. 28.Read more
By rejecting corporate money and funding his campaign solely with the help of small individual donations, Hawkins holds himself fully accountable to the middle- and working-class people of New York. If you are tired of a New York state funded on the backs of working people and of SUNY schools that continually raise tuition and cut student services, Howie Hawkins is a viable option to consider before entering the voting booth this fall.
For Cuomo, it will be hard to say “no” to the Green Party nominee, since four years ago, polling much lower, Hawkins was on the stage with a phalanx of gubernatorial candidates, including Cuomo, who was running for a first term. The results of this month’s Democratic Primary make it clear that Cuomo has soft support on his “left.” What he does not need is someone like Hawkins, who is now touting himself as the one true “progressive” in the race, siphoning off votes – which he will do more easily if he is given a platform to speak from – especially on the issue of hydrofracking, where there is political support to be gained. What “creative” argument could Cuomo use this year to deny such a spot, even though he might reasonably not want Hawkins on the same stage?Read more
A new poll out today from Siena College shows the Green Party’s New York gubernatorial candidate Howie Hawkins running strong on his home turf. The survey of 598 likely voters in the Empire State’s 24th congressional district shows Governor Andrew Cuomo leading Republican challenger Rob Astorino by 44% to 32%, with Hawkins drawing the support of 15% of voters. In the city of Syracuse, where Hawkins has made numerous bids for local office over the years, the Green candidate collects an impressive 24% of the vote. Hawkins received more than 5% of the vote in Onondaga County during his 2010 run for governor, his best showing in that race.
The Green Party's Howie Hawkins might be lagging in the race for New York state governor, but in Syracuse he's getting much higher poll numbers than the rest of the state. According to a recently released Syracuse.com, Post-Standard, Siena College Research Institute poll, Hawkins is supported by nearly one out of every four voters in the city of Syracuse.Read more
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Who: Howie Hawkins, Green Party candidate for Governor
What: Howie Hawkins closes out his four day Climate Change campaign tour in New York City with an appearance at Zuccotti Park in lower Manhatten in support of #FloodWallStreet. Hawkins will also discuss his plan for 100% clean energy by 2030 and the stock transfer tax.
When: Monday, September 22 at 11:00 am
Where: Zuccotti Park, Lower Manhatten, New York City
A WWNY-TV7 News/Siena College poll showed Mr. Cuomo leading Mr. Astorino 44-35 percent, with 12 percent of the vote going to Howie Hawkins, the Green Party candidate for governor. The poll, which surveyed likely voters in New York’s 21st Congressional District, had a margin of error of plus or minus 4 percentage points.
In 2010, Howie Hawkins succeeded in getting 50,000 votes in the governor’s race, which qualified the Green Party for official ballot status in New York for four years. This year, making a repeat run, his goal is not just to qualify for ballot status, but to get 250,000 votes, about 5 percent of the total voteRead more
The Green Party's Howie Hawkins bills himself as the last progressive standing in the New York governor's race. Hawkins is running to the left of heavy-favorite Gov. Andrew Cuomo at a time when liberal Democrats are signaling dissatisfaction with the governor. While a surprisingly strong primary challenge from college professor Zephyr Teachout fell short this month, voters stirred up this summer are still out there and Hawkins is working to get them. "He knows he's vulnerable on his left, I mean seriously vulnerable," Hawkins said of Cuomo at an event in Albany this past week.
In 2010, Howie Hawkins succeeded in getting 50,000 votes in the governor’s race, which qualified the Green Party for official ballot status in New York for four years. This year, making a repeat run, his goal is not just to qualify for ballot status, but to get 250,000 votes, about 5 percent of the total vote.Read more
Green Party gubernatorial contender Howie Hawkins and Randy Credico–the gadfly perennial candidate who recently placed third in the Democratic primary behind Gov. Andrew Cuomo–hit the corner of 125th Street and Lexington Avenue in Manhattan today in an effort to make inroads in the usually loyally blue enclave.
A lifelong third-party activist and veteran of Dr. Benjamin Spock’s 1972 presidential campaign on the long-forgotten People’s Party ticket, the 61-year-old Hawkins is hoping New York’s 125th Street and Lexington Avenue — a familiar spot picked out by Credico — proves to be his lucky corner, just as 116th Street and Lexington Avenue proved to be the late Fiorello H. La Guardia’s “Lucky Corner” during his long and colorful political career. Like Hawkins, the fiery and energetic La Guardia was an extraordinary fighter for downtrodden and forgotten New Yorkers — a progressive in every sense of the word.Read more
While most polls call it a two dog race for governor between Andrew Cuomo and Rob Astorino, Green Party Nominee Howie Hawkins wants to remind people there is another option.
In 2010, Howie Hawkins succeeded in getting 50,000 votes in the governor’s race, which qualified the Green Party for official ballot status in New York for four years. This year, making a repeat run, his goal is to not just qualify for ballot status, but to get 250,000 votes, about 5 percent of the total vote. Achieving that would establish the Green Party as a “third major party” that would be the voice of liberal voters in New York, he said Wednesday in a meeting with The Post-Star editorial board.
Today's lead editorial in the Times Union lambasted Cuomo & Astorino for failing to run serious campaigns and praised Howie Hawkins, writing "The real voice of reason in this race comes instead from left field, from Green Party candidate Howie Hawkins, who has waged a consistently serious race and who on Wednesday issued a call for his fellow candidates to stop arguing about sports teams and debate issues like jobs, health care and climate change."
While most politicians have been quick to praise the Pegulas and their bid to buy the Bills, the Green Party candidate for governor is raising questions about where Terry Pegula got the money. Howie Hawkins says it's a scandal that Terry Pegula is buying the Bills with proceeds from hydrofracking