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Syracuse's Howie Hawkins jumps into NY governor's race

Syracuse Post-Standard, April 12, 2018

Howie Hawkins of Syracuse will seek the Green Party nomination in the New York governor's race and a chance to challenge Gov. Andrew Cuomo in the November election.
Howie Hawkins of Syracuse will seek the Green Party nomination in the New York governor's race and a chance to challenge Gov. Andrew Cuomo in the November election.

Syracuse political activist Howie Hawkins plans to launch his campaign for governor today, seeking the Green Party's nomination to take on Gov. Andrew Cuomo in November.

For Hawkins, 65, it will be his 22nd campaign for public office and his third consecutive bid for governor against Cuomo. Hawkins said last month that he was assembling a campaign team and would likely enter the governor's race to promote the Green Party's agenda.

In an interview Wednesday night, Hawkins said he plans to campaign as an "eco-socialist" and tout reforms that include a single-payer healthcare system, a ban on new fossil fuel plants and pipelines, and a switch to 100 percent clean, renewable energy within 15 years.

Hawkins said he also wants to promote public financing of political campaigns to curb corruption in Albany.

In the 2014 election, Hawkins received 184,419 votes, or about 5 percent of the statewide vote for governor. His vote total pushed the Green Party onto the fourth line of the New York ballot this year, surpassing the Independence and Working Families parties.

Media Release: Howie Hawkins Is Running for Governor to “Demand More”

For immediate release: April 12, 2018

Howie Hawkins of Syracuse announced today that he is running for Governor to demand more progressive reforms and system change. Hawkins finished 3rd in the 2014 Gubernatorial race. His 184,419 votes moved the Green Party up to the 4th line among ballot qualified parties.

"Progressives need to raise our expectations and demand more," Hawkins said. Topping his list of winnable reforms are single-payer health care, fully-funded public schools, a ban on new fossil fuel infrastructure, and 100% clean renewable energy within 15 years.

Hawkins will campaign as an eco-socialist. "We are demanding more than piecemeal reforms. We are demanding system change. Capitalism's blind, ceaseless growth is devouring the environment. As long as workers are bound to a fixed wage and capitalists take the remaining value that labor creates as profit, the rich get richer and the rest of us struggle to make ends meet. We need more social ownership and democratic planning to provide a decent standard of living for all that is ecologically sustainable," Hawkins said.

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The Rojava Revolution and the Battle Against ISIS

Love and Rage: April 7, 2018

This event will consist of a panel discussion including cofounder of the US Green Party Howie Hawkins, Rochester community organizer and Kurdistan solidarity activist Cresczenzo Scipione, IWW Organizer and Adjunct Professor of History Brendan Dunn, a  veteran of the YPJ militia who volunteered to fight in the revolution, and a Kurdish refugee.

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Howie Hawkins: The Art of Defeat

The Alt (Albany), March 28, 2017

A popular quote states that the definition of insanity is to do the same thing over and over while expecting a different result. Howie Hawkins, Green Party Gubernatorial candidate, is set to mount his third challenge to incumbent Democrat Gov. Andrew Cuomo. The average voter, if aware of Hawkins’ bid at all, probably regards his previous two bids as failures.

Hawkins lost both general-election contests by huge margins. Hawkins, however, believes his two gubernatorial bids paid off in spades. Hawkins crossed the 50,000 vote threshold in both elections, guaranteeing the Green Party automatic ballot status in the next election cycle.

Hawkins believes that campaigning on major progressive issues like the $15 minimum wage, a ban on hydraulic fracturing and free college tuition forced Cuomo to the left in search of larger vote margins to tout to boost his rumored presidential bid.

“Our plan is to get on the ballot line, and leverage our performance to secure real reforms,” said Hawkins in a recent phone interview. Under Hawkins, the Green Party outperformed the Working Families Party and the Independence Party on the gubernatorial ballot in 2014. This won the group a higher spot on the ballot line.

It isn’t insanity to do something over and over if it gets you exactly what you want.

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Howie Hawkins to officially launch 3rd bid for governor

Daily Orange (Syracuse University), March 27, 2018

“We want to leverage reforms because Gov. Cuomo can’t take progressive votes for granted. We got five percent in 2014,” Hawkins said. “Cuomo has to compete for progressive votes and as a result he’s moved our way on over a dozen issues.”

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Capital Pressroom Interview

Capitol Pressroom, March 22, 2018

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In 2014, Howie Hawkins received the most votes ever for a Green Party gubernatorial candidate in New York. Now, he joined Susan to discuss the issues impacting New York State as he weighs a third consecutive run for the Governor’s office.

Howie Hawkins Welcomes Cynthia Nixon to the Race for Governor

Urban CNY, March 21, 2018

Howie Hawkins, the Green Party’s 2014 gubernatorial candidate who is contemplating another run in 2018, welcomed Cynthia Nixon’s declaration of her candidacy with the following statement:

I welcome Cynthia Nixon’s entrance into the gubernatorial race. Her candidacy should open up debate on issues New York must address, starting with the need to finally fully and equitably fund all public schools.

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I hope her candidacy will provoke more action in Albany during this legislative session around funding mass transit, public campaign finance, ethics reform, single payer health care, and clean energy.

I would be happy to host a public forum with Cynthia Nixon in my home city of Syracuse for a wide-ranging discussion of the issues.

Here's exactly how much trouble Cynthia Nixon can cause for Andrew Cuomo

CNN, March 21, 2018

In term two, Cuomo made peace with the state's major public employees unions and the New York State United Teachers union. He banned fracking soon after his re-election, winning him praise from environmental groups. He won the passage of an increase in the state's minimum wage, which will phase in to $15 in the New York City area in the coming years. The $15 minimum wage policy was actually on the platform of the Green Party candidate, Howie Hawkins, in 2014. The $15 minimum wage went from the Green Party to state law in two years.

Green candidate Howie Hawkins plans on third run for Governor

WSYR-TV Syracuse (ABC), March 20, 2018

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Hawkins has run for governor two times before, in 2010 and 2014, being beaten by Governor Andrew Cuomo twice.

Hawkins says the Green positions have forced Cuomo to move toward their position on several issues including tuition-free college and the minimum wage.

Green Party’s Hawkins Wants A Forum With Nixon

NY State of Politics, March 20, 2018

Green Party gubernatorial candidate Howie Hawkins in a statement Tuesday welcomed Cynthia Nixon to the race for governor, saying her run could help spur needed debates on issues.

“I welcome Cynthia Nixon’s entrance into the gubernatorial race. Her candidacy should open up debate on issues New York must address, starting with the need to finally fully and equitably fund all public schools,” Hawkins said. “I hope her candidacy will provoke more action in Albany during this legislative session around funding mass transit, public campaign finance, ethics reform, single payer health care, and clean energy.”

Hawkins is making his third bid for governor this year. In 2014, Hawkins pushed for a $15 minimum wage and supported a ban on hydrofracking. Both became policies adopted by Cuomo after he won a second term.

Hawkins wants to work with Nixon, or at least appear with her upstate for a forum to discuss issues in the election, he said.

“I would be happy to host a public forum with Cynthia Nixon in my home city of Syracuse for a wide-ranging discussion of the issues,” he said.

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