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Video: Green Party of New York State, May 19, 2018

Howie Hawkins for Governor, Green Party of New York State nominee, on his goals for this election and thereafter at State Convention, May 19.

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Party Nominations for Statewide Elections Come Into Focus

Gotham Gazette, May 21, 2018

The Green Party has put its statewide slate forward, with Howie Hawkins again topping the ticket as the gubernatorial candidate. Jia Lee will be the Green Party nominee for lieutenant governor.

After laying out a progressive policy agenda and framework for social, economic, and environmental justice, Hawkins said at Saturday’s convention, “The way this is going to play out in the fall is there’ll be the progressive Greens, the centrist Democrats, and the conservative Republicans. And the argument, the narrative against us is we’re going to spoil it and elect the Republicans, and we have to say ‘no, we’re the progressive alternative, the Democrats won’t solve our problems, don’t waste your vote, vote for what you want, make your vote count, make the system come to what you want -- and that’s how we leverage power and we make a difference.”

Mark Dunlea will be the Green candidate for comptroller and Michael Sussman will be the Green candidate for attorney general.

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At state convention, Green Party designates Hawkins as candidate for NY governor

CNY Central (CBS, CS, Fox - Syracuse), May 20, 2018

Green Party candidate Howie Hawkins (CNYCentral File Photo)

Howie Hawkins was designated as the Green Party's designated candidate for New York governor on Saturday at their state convention in the Capital Region.

The party also designated New York City school teacher Jia Lee for lieutenant governor. The convention was held at a church in Rennselaer.

Hawkins, a retired UPS worker from Syracuse and Green Party staple, has run for governor twice before — in 2010 and 2014. Four years ago, he finished in third place, receiving 5 percent of the vote, the largest percentage of any third party except the Conservative Party line. Hawkins' strong showing in 2014 moved the Green Party up to the fourth line among ballot-qualified parties.

Hawkins has also unsuccessfully run for other offices in the past, the most recent being Syracuse mayor in 2017.

The Green Party said it plans to campaign on single-payer health care, 100 percent clean energy by 2030, fully-funded public schools, legalization of marijuana and desegregation of schools in the state — something Hawkins has been a leading voice in for years.

"Integration has been by far the most effective education reform for closing achievement gaps and improving the education of children of all backgrounds," Hawkins said. "But testing and charters have become the bipartisan evasion of confronting segregation."

Election Day is Nov. 6.

Working Families Party endorses Nixon in advance of major party conventions

WFBO (NPR, Buffalo), May 20, 2018

New York's Working Families Party has formally endorsed actress Cynthia Nixon as its gubernatorial candidate. The small, progressive party held its annual convention on Saturday in Harlem.

The 52-year-old Emmy award-winning activist accepted the party's support.

The state's Green Party Saturday endorsed Howie Hawkins for governor. Hawkins is a retired teamster who is making his third run for the office.

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Hawkins secures Green Party designation for Governor

WSYR-TV (ABC, Syracuse)

SYRACUSE, N.Y. (WSYR-TV) - Howie Hawkins received the Green Party designation for Governor.

This will be Hawkins' third consecutive run for the position. He finished with 5% of the vote in 2014. 

The Green Party is focusing their campaign this election season on clean energy, single-payer health care, legalization of marijuana, and fully-funded public schools.

“Testing and charters have become the bipartisan evasion to confronting segregation. Integration has been by far the most effective education reform in closing achievement gaps and improving the education of children of all backgrounds,” Hawkins said in a statement from his campaign. 

Governor Cuomo is facing a Democratic primary challenge from Sex and the City star Cynthia Nixon. Republican Marc Molinaro is also seeking the state's top political seat. 

Green Party nominates statewide candidates

Buffalo News, May 19, 2018

The Green Party has endorsed Howie Hawkins in his third bid for governor. Here, Hawkins is pictured during his 2010 campaign. (Robert Kirkham/Buffalo News file photo)

At its state convention in Rennselaer on Saturday, the Green Party nominated Howie Hawkins for governor, Jia Lee for lieutenant governor, Mark Dunlea for comptroller and Michael H. Sussman for attorney general.

Hawkins, a retired Teamster from Syracuse, will be making his third consecutive run for governor. He received 5 percent of the vote in 2014 and is a co-founder of the Green Party in the United States.

Lee is a public school teacher and UFT chapter leader in New York City. She is a leader in the Opt Out movement and active in the Movement of Rank and File Educators.

Sussman is a prominent civil rights and environmental lawyer and is from Goshen. Dunlea is from Poestenkill and is an anti-poverty activist.

The Green ticket will campaign for single-payer health care, 100 percent clean energy by 2030, fully funded public schools, legalization of marijuana and public campaign finance.

Green Party Nominates Howie Hawkins for Governor and Jia Lee for Lt. Governor, Mark Dunlea for Comptroller, Michael H. Sussman for Attorney General

At its state convention in a Rensselaer church on Saturday, the Green Party designated Howie Hawkins for Governor and Jia Lee for Lieutenant Governor.

For Hawkins, a retired Teamster from Syracuse, it will be his third consecutive run for Governor. Hawkins finished third with 5% of the vote in 2014. Hawkins has been an organizer in progressive movements since the late 1960s and was co-founder of the Green Party in the U.S.

Lee is a public school teacher and parent in New York City. She is a leader in the Opt Out movement against high-stakes testing. A UFT chapter leader, she is active in the Movement of Rank and File Educators, which ran her for UFT president in 2016 where she came in second with nearly 11,000 votes.

The Green ticket will campaign for longstanding Green demands for single-payer health care, 100% clean energy by 2030, fully-funded public schools, legalization of marijuana, and public campaign finance.

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Michael H. Sussman to Seek Green Party Nomination for New York State Attorney General

For immediate release: May 18, 2018

Michael H. Sussman, an attorney from Orange County, proudly announces that he is seeking the Green Party nomination for New York State Attorney General. Sussman is a 1978 Honors Graduate of Harvard Law School and has been one of the Hudson Valley's most prominent civil rights and trial lawyers since the 1980's when, as lead counsel for the Yonkers Branch of the NAACP, he helped end racial segregation in the City of Yonkers public schools.

Click here to download the complete text of Sussman's release announcing his candidacy.

The Green Party of New York's convention will be held Saturday, May 19 at Rensselaer Presbyterian Church, 34 Broadway in Rensselaer, NY. Programming for rank-and-file Greens, including guest speakers Vijay Prashad and Dr. Alice Green, will begin at 11am. Statewide candidate nominations are scheduled to begin at 2:30pm.

Green Party Statewide Nominating Convention in Rensselaer

Urban CNY, May 18, 2018

Rensselaer—The Green Party of New York will hold its nominating convention for statewide candidates on Saturday, May 19, from 11am-6pm at the Rensselaer Presbyterian Church, 34 Broadway, Rensselaer, NY.

Announced candidates seeking nomination include: Howie Hawkins (Governor), Jia Lee (Lt. Governor), Michael H. Sussman (Attorney General), Adrienne Craig-Williams (Comptroller), and Mark Dunlea (Comptroller).

Featured speakers will include former Green Party Lt. Governor candidate Dr. Alice Green, historian and journalist Vijay Prashad, and Green Party official Christine Elms of the South Glens Falls Village Board.

Guest speakers and workshops for rank-and-file Greens are scheduled to begin at 11am. Statewide candidate nominations are scheduled to begin at 2:30pm.

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