Off to the Races

Chalkbeat, April 17, 2018

OFF TO THE RACES Howie Hawkins, a Green Party candidate for New York governor, said his platform includes pushing for more education funding and integrating schools. Politico

Fallout From GOP Co-Opt Of Green Party Line

NY State of Politics, April 17, 2018

The Erie County Green Party said local Republican operatives co-opted its line by circulating petitions in NY-27 for a candidate who does not represent party values. Green Chairman Eric Jones said it is the latest and most publicized implementation of the tactic, but it’s certainly not the first time this has occurred....

The situation is particularly sticky for the Green Party this year because its officials want to make sure their members vote in the gubernatorial race. Howie Hawkins is again running for governor – for the third time – and the party needs at least 50,000 votes to maintain ballot access under New York state law.

Jones said making sure people don’t continue to go down the line after checking the box for Hawkins will take a significant educational effort. He said the party is planning on sending direct mail to Green voters who live in NY-27, which, of course, will be costly.

Another Voice: New York State Legislature steps up on climate change

Buffalo News, April 16, 2018

By Howie Hawkins and Steve Breyman

New York State government has taken a well-deserved beating in recent years in the press and the public eye. Corruption appeared at the highest levels of both executive and legislative branches. From brazen demands for “ziti” and low show jobs from individuals and firms doing business with the state, to charges of bid-rigging and millions in illicit payments in exchange for official favors.

It’s most welcome then when Albany gets something right. That something is the boldly ambitious bill recently introduced by Assemblyman William Colton and Senator Brad Hoylman (A5105/S5908) — at the behest of a coalition of more than one hundred citizen groups across the state — to move New York to a completely renewable-energy-powered economy by 2030.

The bill arrives at a crucial moment. To closely follow climate science on a daily basis as we have for the past 30 years is to be convinced of two things: (1) climate change is real, human-caused, happening now, and worsening; and (2) time is of the essence. There is virtually zero doubt among climate scientists of these two facts.

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New York Gov: Legal Cannabis is ‘Going to be Here Anyway’

Ganjapreneur, April 16, 2018

Nixon isn’t the only candidate supporting legalization. Republican candidate Joel Giambra, the former Erie County executive, has said he supports legalization and would advocate for using the revenues for infrastructure funding. Green Party candidate Howie Hawkins has long supported broad cannabis legalization.

Green Party holding fundraiser

Glens Falls Post-Star, April 16, 2018

QUEENSBURY — The Warren County Green Party is holding its annual fundraiser from 6 to 10 p.m. April 21 at Sunnyside Bar & Grille, 168 Sunnyside Road.

Speakers will include recently elected South Glens Falls Village Trustee Christine Elms; as well as Lynn Kahn, congressional candidate for NY-21; and Howie Hawkins, Green Party candidate for governor.

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Howie Hawkins talks about the WFP endorsement of Cynthia Nixon

Can’t Dems do better than Cynthia Nixon?

Adirondack Daily Enterprise (Editorial), April 14, 2018

We, too, have mixed feelings about Cuomo but think Nixon is a deeply unqualified candidate who doesn’t deserve the attention she has received....

Thankfully, there are other candidates. Two Republicans are officially running: Dutchess County Executive Marc Molinaro and Sen. John DeFrancisco of Syracuse. Both have strong resumes and thorough understanding of government, as does former Syracuse Mayor Stephanie Miner, who is taking steps toward entering the Democratic primary race. Meanwhile, Syracuse activist Howie Hawkins is making a third run on the Green Party line.

It’s been far too long since New York had a close race for governor. In 1994, George Pataki came out of nowhere to edge Gov. Mario Cuomo, but that’s the only time the final result was within 15 points since 1982, when Mario Cuomo won his first of three terms. After two easy victories by our current Gov. Cuomo, we’re due for a real reckoning. If he wins that, so be it, but in a state this blue, Democrats need to produce a better primary challenger than Nixon.

Working Families meeting offers glimpse of governor race – but Cuomo not seeking endorsement

Buffalo News, April 13, 2018

Another variable that could affect Cuomo centers around Howie Hawkins, the Green Party candidate who Friday announced his candidacy during a rally in Niagara Square.

He was slated to advocate fully funding and desegregating public schools, ending high-stakes testing, and providing a quality education for all students, according to his campaign. Hawkins was also slated to speak on ending “corporate welfare” and promoting a “Green New Deal” of public works to include improving mass transit and achieving 100 percent clean and renewable energy in 15 years.

Hawkins ran for governor on the Green line in 2010 and 2014. In 2014, he finished third with 184,419 votes.


Today, April 13: Howie Hawkins' First Buffalo Visit for 2018 Green Party Gubernatorial Campaign

For immediate release: April 13, 2018

Howie Hawkins, who is seeking the Green Party nomination for Governor of New York, will speak in Buffalo about his campaign today at 4pm. The address will take place in the historic Niagara Square (1 Niagara Square).

Hawkins will speak on the need to fully fund and desegregate public schools, while ending high-stakes testing, to provide a quality education for all students in New York. Hawkins will also speak on the need to end wasteful, corrupt "corporate welfare" and instead devote investment toward an aggressive "Green New Deal" of public works, such as improving mass transit and achieving 100% clean and renewable energy in 15 years.

Hawkins was the Green Party candidate for Governor in 2010 and 2014. In 2014, he finished third with 184,419 votes, which moved the Green Party up to the 4th line among ballot qualified parties.

Hawkins is a retired Teamster who lives in Syracuse NY.

The Green Party will hold its nominating convention for statewide candidates in Albany on Saturday May 19. The Green Party is committed to ecology, grassroots democracy, nonviolence, and social and economic justice.

Howie Hawkins, Syracuse resident, launches third Green Party run for NY governor

Auburn Citizen, April 13, 2018

Howie Hawkins

Howie Hawkins, the Green Party candidate for New York governor, waits for a television interview to begin at WMHT on Wednesday, Sept. 17, 2014, in Troy, N.Y. (AP Photo/Mike Groll)

Howie Hawkins is back.

The Syracuse resident who recently retired from his job at UPS announced Thursday that he is running for governor. He will seek the Green Party nomination for a third time.

Hawkins, who was the Green Party's candidate for governor in 2010 and 2014, outlined his objectives as he seeks to become New York's top executive. He wants his candidacy to help build the Green Party in New York and ensure the party retains its automatic ballot line.

The Green Party has had an automatic spot on the ballot since Hawkins received 59,906 votes in the 2010 election. For a party to secure automatic ballot access, its gubernatorial nominee must receive at least 50,000 votes. 

Hawkins received 184,419 votes in the 2014 race for governor. 

Another factor that led to Hawkins' entry in the race is a desire to be the "independent progressive option" in the general election. He believes his positions on issues, including hydraulic fracturing and a $15 minimum wage, put pressure on incumbent Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo during the last gubernatorial campaign.

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