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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.

Howie Hawkins

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.

Hawkins welcomes Nixon to Governor race

For immediate release: March 20, 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.
 
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.

Reaction to NY corruption verdict: a blow to 'Cuomo's criminal allies'

Syracuse Post-Standard, March 14, 2018

Sharpe condemns “stench of the swamp” in Cuomo administration revealed by Percoco conviction

News Growl, March 13, 2018

Hawkins calls for clean sweep

Former Green Party candidate and possible contender for November, Howie Hawkins, tweeted his comments on the conviction as well:

No matter how many politicians and insiders are sent to jail, the corruption in Albany has continued to grow under[Governor Cuomo] who extracts tens of millions in tribute from those seeking favors. Rotten to the core. Time for a clean sweep, full public campaign finance reform.

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'Rotten to the core': Critics rail at Cuomo after guilty verdict in NY corruption case

Syracuse Post-Standard, March 13, 2018

Green Party gubernatorial candidate Howie Hawkins, also from Syracuse, said corruption has "continued to grow" on Cuomo's watch, despite convictions like today's.

"Rotten to the core," Hawkins tweeted. "Time for a clean sweep, full public campaign finance reform."

Hawkins has a goal in mind, and it's not winning governor's race

Spectrum News, March 12, 2018

Economic justice, education equality, clean energy and universal healthcare.

Those are four key issues the Green Party's Howie Hawkins plans to advocate for during his campaign for governor.

"They're voting for us because they're voting for the issues we stand for, not with the expectations that I'll be the next governor."

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Green Party's Howie Hawkins likely to launch third campaign for NY governor

Syracuse Post-Standard, March 8, 2018

In the last two campaigns for governor, Hawkins pushed for a living wage for workers, a ban on fracking and a millionaires' tax - all positions that Cuomo later adopted as part of his platform.

In the 2014 election for governor, Hawkins received 184,419 votes, or about 5 percent of the statewide vote. It was enough to push the Green Party onto the fourth line of the New York ballot, surpassing the Independence and Working Families parties. 

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