Media donations to Cuomo campaign exceed $850K

News Growl: October 22, 2018

News Growl invited each of the five New York gubernatorial campaigns appearing on the November ballot to contribute to this story. As of publication we have heard only from Howie Hawkins of the Green Party, and Larry Sharpe of the Libertarian Party.

Speaking to News Growl in an email, Hawkins said:
“My campaign and the Green Party don’t accept contributions from any for-profit businesses or their PACs and trade associations.
“Of course media company contributions are corrupting — legalized bribery. They want access, favorable regulation, and campaign ad buys.
“That’s why they function like state media for the two-party system of corporate rule.”
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Hawkins says a Realistic Subway Fix Needs Congestion Pricing, Millionaire’s Tax, and More

For immediate release: October 22, 2018

Green gubernatorial candidate Howie Hawkins said today that he is the only candidate with a realistic approach to funding the upgrades needed to the New York City subway system.

Hawkins called Gov. Andrew Cuomo “irresponsible” for proposing to fund the MTA’s Fast Forward plan to fix the subways over the next decade by splitting the cost “fifty-fifty” between the state and the city.

“It is the state’s responsibility to provide most of the funding for the MTA. The governor controls it. He appoints the majority of the MTA board. He should stop using the MTA as a ping pong ball in his intramural competition with Mayor De Blasio,” Hawkins said.

Hawkins said that the city should continue contributing, but that most of the funding should come from state revenues.

Hawkins also blasted the other gubernatorial candidates’ proposals. “The idea of Republican Marc Molinaro and Serve America’s Stephanie Miner to pay for subway upgrades by cutting costs is as unrealistic as Libertarian Larry Sharpe’s idea of funding it by selling corporate naming rights for MTA bridges and tunnels. Cutting funding to the MTA in order to cut costs has been what governors have done for decades and look at what a mess they have made of the subway system,” Hawkins said.

Hawkins said that MTA board members have a better grasp of the MTA funding crisis. MTA board member Carl Weisbrod said recently,  “We don’t yet have a final target price on Fast Forward, but congestion pricing and the millionaires tax together are unlikely to fund Fast Forward, much less our other transportation needs.”

Hawkins proposes ecological and progressive taxes to fund $100 billion subway fix

Hawkins said he would propose in his first year of office a multi-year $100 billion capital spending plan to fix the MTA, expand it to so-called “transit deserts,” and improve commuter trains from the suburbs.

Hawkins said that the $100 billion for these capital improvements should be funded by a variety of revenue sources, including congestion pricing, a carbon tax, land value taxation, and increased taxes on the incomes and stock trades of the wealthy.

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Hawkins to Outline his Plan to Pay to Fix the NYC Subways, Debate Update

For immediate release: October 21, 2018

Howie Hawkins, the Green Party candidate for Governor, will hold a news conference in Williamsburg on Monday October 22 at 1:00 PM. The event will be at the corner of Bedford and N. 7th St., the entrance to the L line.

Hawkins will discuss congestion pricing, an increased millionaires tax and other revenue sources to pay for the needed repairs and infrastructure upgrades to the city’s subway and mass transit system.

Hawkins will also discuss the subway plans of his opponents.

Hawkins will also provide an update to possible debates with gubernatorial candidates.

Gubernatorial candidates agree to League of Women Voters debate — except for Cuomo

NY Post: October 19, 2018

By Nolan Hicks


Every gubernatorial candidate in the state — except Gov. Cuomo — agreed Friday to attend a debate organized by the League of Women Voters.

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0-for-23: An Undeterred Green Party Candidate on His Long Losing Streak

New York Times: October 19, 2018

Howie Hawkins, who is running for governor of New York, has run for an elective office 24 times. He has lost 23 times. Despite his losing record, he doesn’t get discouraged.

Howie Hawkins, a perennial political candidate, was one of the founders of the national Green Party in 1984.           Credit Nathaniel Brooks for The New York Times
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Hawkins Says He Will Participate in League of Women Voters’ Gubernatorial Debate

For immediate release: October 19, 2018

Howie Hawkins, the Green Party candidate for Governor, says he will participate in the League of Women Voters’ gubernatorial debate regardless of which other candidates agree to show up.

Hawkins thanked the LWV for organizing the debate and inviting all the candidates to attend.

“The League is viewed as the gold standard for holding debates. It is time for Cuomo and Molinaro to stop their political gamesmanship and show up to give the voters’ the opportunity to hear all the candidates for Governor discuss their ideas about how to make our state better,” said Hawkins.

Hawkins urged the media to cover the debate, including broadcasting it on television and cable.

“The media needs to stand up for democracy and the voters’ right to have a debate and stop caving in to the demands of Governor Cuomo. Stop covering elections like a reality game show and remember the media’s historic role in our democracy, a role enshrined in our Bill of Rights,” added Hawkins.

Cuomo accepts last-minute radio debate; Molinaro calls it a 'staged fraud'

Gannett Albany Bureau: October 19, 2018

But Green Party candidate Howie Hawkins said he would be there if asked.

"I don't need any time to prepare to debate Cuomo. Please give me a call to arrange for my participation," Hawkins wrote on Twitter.

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Hawkins Says Kick Out Cuomo to Clean Up Albany with Public Campaign Financing

For immediate release: October 19, 2018

Greens Call for “Clean Money” System of Full Public Campaign Financing

Green Party candidates Howie Hawkins (for Governor) and Mark Dunlea (for State Comptroller) said that Cuomo’s fundraising practices highlights the need for New York to adopt a full public campaign finance program to end the practice of selling government to the highest bidder.

The State Comptroller’s office has long been viewed as a prime source of pay-to-play problems with donation in New York, so much so that the state had a limited public campaign finance pilot for the office four years ago.

Hawkins mocked Gov. Cuomo after his spokeswoman Abbey Collins said, "No donation of any size influences any government action — period."

“Really? That’s what Trump says while he uses his office to enrich himself. Like Trump, many of Cuomo’s top aides and donors are leading a parade to prison for public corruption,” Hawkins said.

“Big pay-to-play campaign donations have become the most lucrative investment that wealthy real estate, Wall Street, and other special interests doing business with the state can make. The taxpayers are stuck with the bill for the tax breaks, subsidies, contracts, and regulatory favors this legalized bribery buys,” added Dunlea.

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Cuomo and Molinaro Debate Debating

NY State of Politics: October 19, 2018

Cuomo so far has not agreed to a televised debate with Molinaro or accept one that includes the minor party candidates like Larry Sharpe of the Libertarians, the Green Party’s Howie Hawkins and Stephanie Miner, a Democrat mounting an independent bid for governor.

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Cuomo Still Hasn't Agreed to General Election Debate

Gotham Gazette: October 19, 2018

With just two and a half weeks to go until election day, Governor Andrew Cuomo, a two-term Democrat running for reelection, has not yet agreed to a general election debate with his challengers.

A new poll from Quinnipiac University shows Cuomo leading Republican challenger Marc Molinaro 58 percent to 35 percent among likely voters, suggesting that the race will likely be a landslide for the governor. Third party candidates Stephanie Miner of the Serve America Movement, Howie Hawkins of the Green Party, and Larry Sharpe of the Libertarian Party, were not included in the poll. 

The four challengers have repeatedly called on the governor to participate in debates ahead of the November 6 general election.

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