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Cuomo maintains comfortable lead over Molinaro heading into Election Day even as race has tightened considerably

NY Daily News: November 4, 2018

Cuomo now leads Molinaro 49% to 36% among likely voters, with three minor-party candidates totaling 7%, according to the Siena College poll released Sunday morning. Another 7% remain undecided....

Libertarian candidate Larry Sharpe has 3% of the vote, while Green Party candidate Howie Hawkins and former Syracuse Mayor Stephanie Miner of the newly created Save America Movement party each have 2%, the poll found.

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Editorial: New York's Next Governor

Albany Times Union: November 4, 2018

Howie Hawkins, a shipping company line worker from Syracuse, is making his third bid for governor on the Green Party line. He chides Gov. Andrew Cuomo for failing to clean up corruption, and favors replacing the Excelsior Scholarship with a true free-tuition program, implementing a single-payer health care in the state, and committing to a 100 percent clean energy plan by 2030.

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Final push for votes in NY Gubernatorial race

WHAM-TV (Sinclair: ABC, Fox, CW): November 3, 2018

Gov. Andrew Cuomo and challengers Marc Molinaro and Howie Hawkins were in Western New York to rally their supporters Saturday. (WHAM photo)

Green Party candidate Howie Hawkins said he's the right pick to combat poverty in the state.

“What I want to do is restore taxation on the rich, have the state pay for its own funded mandates, and restore the revenue sharing they used to provide, so we can cut local property taxes and provide better services that are local,” said Hawkins.

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An equitable economy requires a socialist economy of public enterprises and cooperatives

News Growl: November 3, 2018

Howie Hawkins advocates equitable economy

Howie Hawkins, Green Party candidate for Governor of New York, is appearing at three locations around the state today to talk about his vision for ending inequality in New York. His speech advocating for an equitable economy, first given in Syracuse this morning, is reprinted with his permission.

By Howie Hawkins

The mounting climate crisis is an existential threat that should concern us all. But millions of working-class New Yorkers are in crisis every day struggling to pay their bills and stay in their homes.

New York is the most unequal state in the nation. The top 1% took home 12% of all income in 1980. By 2015, the top 1% took home 33% of all income in the state and 41% of all income in the New York City.

Meanwhile, over these same four decades, inflation-adjusted wages declined while rent, property taxes, health dare, day care, and college costs increased far faster than the general rate of inflation. It’s a crisis right now for working people in New York.

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Hawkins Calls for Worker Cooperatives and Public Enterprises to Reduce Income Inequality

For immediate release: November 3, 2018

Howie Hawkins, the Green candidate for Governor, said today that to reverse the growing inequality in New York, state policy needs to promote worker cooperatives and public enterprises that distribute income more equitably than capitalist firms.

The share of income going to the top 1% of the state has grown from 12% in 1980 to 33% in 2015. New York has the highest income inequality of any state in the nation.

A new study out this week from the think tank Third Way found that about two-thirds of the jobs in New York’s metropolitan regions don’t pay enough to support what is commonly considered a middle-class lifestyle.

Hawkins has called for public state bank with a division devoted to planning, financing, and advising worker cooperatives. He has also called for public enterprise in the fields of electric power and broadband. He wants to expand public housing in order to increase the supply of affordable housing and reduce rents in the broader market.

Though he has called for more progressive taxation, he said, “Tax and transfer programs can only partially mitigate income inequality. The purpose of taxation is to finance public services and infrastructure. If we really want to reduce economic inequality, we need a fairer distribution in the first place at work.”

Hawkins released the following statement explaining his approach to reducing income inequality in New York State.

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Hawkins To Outline How New York Should End Income Inequality

For immediate release: November 3, 2018

Notice of Press Conference
When: Saturday Nov. 3
Time: 10 AM
Location: Rochester Public Farmers Market, main entrance
Who: Howie Hawkins for Governor, Michael Sussman for Attorney General
Why: Income Inequality in New York

Hawkins To Outline How New York Should End Income Inequality

Howie Hawkins, the Green Party candidate for Governor, will hold a news conference on Saturday November 3 at the Rochester Public Market, 280 Union St N,  to outline his plan to end income inequality in New York. The news conference will be at 10 AM at the main entrance to the market.

Hawkins will be at the market during the morning (starting at 8 AM) along with Michael Sussman, the Green Party candidate for Attorney General.

The share of income going to the top 1% of the state has grown from 12% in 1980 to 33% in 2015. New York has the highest income inequality of any state in the nation.

A new study out this week found that about two-thirds of the jobs in New York’s metropolitan regions don’t pay enough to support what is commonly considered a middle-class lifestyle.

All candidates for governor but Cuomo attend debate

Upstate NPR: November 1, 2018

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Green Party candidate Howie Hawkins and independent candidate and former Syracuse Mayor Stephanie Miner participate in the League of Women Voters' debate Thursday.

Green Party candidate Howie Hawkins offers what he calls a “Green Deal” for New Yorkers, including single-payer health care, a shift to 100 percent renewable energy by 2030, full funding for schools, the elimination of charter schools and a true $15 minimum wage for upstate New York.

Hawkins said it’s a disservice to voters that there were only two debate forums in the entire general election campaign, and that Cuomo only showed up for an event that excluded third-party candidates.

“Shame on Andrew Cuomo for not coming here,” Hawkins scolded as the audience applauded.

The League of Women Voters, in a statement, expressed frustration that the governor did not participate, saying they don’t understand why Cuomo “does not feel a fair, nonpartisan debate is an appropriate venue to speak directly to voters.”

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Gubernatorial Candidates Discuss PFAS Contamination Without Cuomo

WAMC (NPR, Albany): November 2, 2018

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Green Party candidate Howie Hawkins said the current administration was late to recognize the water problems in Hoosick Falls. PFOA was first detected by a Hoosick Falls resident in 2014. DEC confirmed the presence of PFOA in village water supplies in 2016.

“And then this Water Council was announced, it was supposed to meet in March, it just met, I think, two weeks ago, finally, to start setting these standards. This is ridiculous. Look, I’m a candidate of the Green Party. This is a priority for me. For us. And we’re going to make sure the DEC is staffed and we’re going to deal with issues like water, lead, algae blooms in our lakes, and climate change – that’s the one that’s really threatening our civilization,” said Hawkins.

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Hawkins Interview on WNYC

WNYC Radio: November 2, 2018

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Meet the Candidates: Hawkins, Sharpe, & Miner

Hear from the candidates for New York Governor on the ballot on the “other” party lines: the Green Party’s Howie Hawkins, then the Libertarian Party’s Larry Sharpe, followed by Stephanie Miner, former Democratic mayor of Syracuse, running for governor on the SAM (Serve America Movement) line.

New York gubernatorial debate: how best to upset the status Cuomo?

News Growl: November 2, 2018

Hawkins made the most direct attack on the absent media and the absent incumbent.

“Shame on Andrew Cuomo for not coming here,” he said in his closing statement to an (against the rules) round of applause. “Shame on the broadcast and cable corporation networks for not broadcasting this, and for bowing down to Cuomo,” he continued, referring to the $850,000 in donations the governor has received from media conglomerates.

“They are acting like state media for the two-party state…they only give you the illusion of choice.”

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