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11:15 am, Tuesday, November 6, 2018
Stephanie Miner, who spent eight years as Syracuse's Democratic mayor, is making a longshot bid for governor with an upstart political outfit based in Colorado.
She's one of five candidates on the ballot, including another Syracusan, Green Party activist Howie Hawkins.
Miner rankled many in her own party when she decided to run as an independent. And her support so far in the campaign has been fledgling -- she's polling around 2 percent.
How will she do in Syracuse? Can she keep up with the two major party candidates in her hometown? Will she get enough votes to best Hawkins or even Larry Sharpe, the Libertarian with a base of support in Syracuse?
6 am, November 6, 2018
Vote today as if our lives depended on it. They do.
Today is election day. Polls are open to 9 PM.
Please vote Row D, Green Party. Most important is our ticket of Howie Hawkins and Jia Lee. Only votes for Governor / Lt Gov count towards the 50,000 threshold needed to continue as a ballot qualified party, which makes it much easier for us to field candidates.
Our other statewide candidates are Mark Dunlea for Comptroller and Michael Sussman for Attorney General. We have more than a dozen Greens running for Congress, State Legislature, City Council and Mayor of Lockport. Read about them here.
Today is also Divestment Tuesday. Mark’s campaign has focused on climate change, starting with the need to get the state to Divest its pension fund from fossil fuels. A vote for Greens is a vote for divestment and climate action.
Call NYS Comptroller Tom DiNapoli at 518 474-4044. Script: Please divest the NYS pension from fossil fuels. The NYS Attorney General is suing Exxon for defrauding investors like the NYS pension funds, so why would the Comptroller keep investing in such companies? It is wrong to invest the pension fund in companies that are destroying the planet through global warming.
NYC Kids PAC have endorsed Howie Hawkins and Jia Lee due to their outstanding positions on the education issues most public school parents care about, whether it’s keeping the cap on charter schools, more equitable education funding, reducing class size or reforming mayoral control; Jia, in particular, is a NYC teacher and has testified eloquently before Congress on the damage done by high stakes testing.
If you do not know where to vote, you can find it here. https://voterlookup.elections.ny.gov
If you are at a polling place that is the correct polling place for where you presently live at, and the poll workers says you are not listed as a registered voter, you should ask to fill out a provisional ballot, known as an affidavit ballot.
Please remind your friends and neighbors about the importance of voting green.
By voting Green Party on this Election Day you will make sure that we can field independent candidates who take no corporate money, who are teachers, teamsters, college students. Pushing the Democrats who get elected to take the progressive positions they talk about happens when Green Party vote totals are good.
They say New York is a Democratic Party stronghold yet it has the largest gap between rich and poor; the most segregated school system by race and class. New York needs a Green Wave to move our elected officials to care about all of us.
Defy Trump and Cuomo. Vote Green. Row D.
And yes, we still need donations. Grow the revolution.
The Green Party
The first topic up for discussion was diversifying the upstate economy. Molinaro affirmed that “upstate New york needs to be treated with more respect.” Both Hawkins and Miner want to invest in infrastructure, with Hawkins focusing on clean energy and mass transit. He plans to tax the rich to give more funding to the Metropolitan Transit Authority (MTA). Sharpe had an opposing approach.
“Every time you hear ‘invest’ it means ‘more taxes.’ My ideas won’t raise taxes,” Sharpe said. He continued on, saying that he will not put more money into the MTA because “they suck.”Read more
In New York’s metropolitan regions, it is worse than the national average of 62% of jobs not supporting a middle-class life: New York City, 67%; Nassau/Suffolk, 76%; Albany, 63%; Syracuse, 64%; Utica, 66%; Binghamton, 68%; Rochester, 64%; and Buffalo, 63%.
Howie Hawkins, a recently retired Teamster in Syracuse, is the 2018 Green Party candidate for Governor of New York.
For immediate release: November 5, 2018
Howie Hawkins, the Green Party candidate for Governor, will vote at 11:00 AM on Tuesday, November 6 at the polling place in the Seals Community Center in Kirk Park, 300 W. Borden Ave., Syracuse.
Howie Hawkins and Jia Lee have outstanding positions on the education issues most public school parents care about, whether it’s keeping the cap on charter schools, more equitable education funding, reducing class size or reforming mayoral control; see their surveys here. Jia, in particular, is a NYC teacher and has testified eloquently before Congress on the damage done by high stakes testing.
In contrast, Governor Cuomo is still captive to the charter lobby. He just received $130,000 from donors with ties to the charter school industry, including the heirs to the Walmart fortune, Eva Moskowitz’ PAC and others. During his one debate with Mark Molinaro, Cuomo said he would sit down with Mayor de Blasio to try to persuade him to give charters more space in our public school buildings.
By Nick Reisman
The Green Party this weekend released its first TV ad of the campaign, featuring gubernatorial candidate Howie Hawkins.
The ad has already appeared on social media, but will play on cable TV the Syracuse and Albany markets.
Hawkins, who ran in 2010 and 2014, pointed to the safe lead incumbent Democrat Andrew Cuomo has in polling over Republican Marc Molinaro and that voters can “send a message” by backing his candidacy.
“I am the only progressive remaining on the ballot in New York. With Cuomo holding a safe double digit lead over Molinaro, voters need to send Cuomo a message that they demand action on climate, jobs and wages, single payer health care, and progressive education reform,” Hawkins said.
“Voter don’t like being taken for granted by politicians. And there is a lot of displeasure over Cuomo’s performance and the level of corruption he is presiding over and benefiting from.”
Hawkins is one of several independent party candidates running for governor this year, including Libertarian Larry Sharpe and Stephanie Miner, the former mayor of Syracuse and a Democrat running on the Serve America Movement ballot line.
For immediate release: November 4, 2018
Hawkins Begins Airing TV Ads as Siena Poll Shows 3rd Parties Surge
Howie Hawkins, the Green Party candidate for Governor, has begun to run television ads as the newest Siena College poll shows a surge in support for third party candidates.
Hawkins had been running video ads for several weeks on social media but has now bought cable television ads in the Syracuse and Albany markets, and has been trying to buy time elsewhere.
Seven percent of New Yorkers in the Siena poll said they planned to vote for one of the third party candidates, with Hawkins polling at 2%. He received double that in 2014. Another 7% of the voters are undecided.
Cuomo is badly losing in upstate New York.
“I am the only progressive remaining on the ballot in New York. With Cuomo holding a safe double digit lead over Molinaro, voters need to send Cuomo a message that they demand action on climate, jobs and wages, single payer health care, and progressive education reform,” said Hawkins.
Hawkins said he and the other third party candidates would be doing even better if any television or radio network had broadcast last week’s gubernatorial debate that Cuomo skipped.
“Voter don’t like being taken for granted by politicians,” noted Hawkins. “And there is a lot of displeasure over Cuomo’s performance and the level of corruption he is presiding over and benefiting from.”
Rivals criticized Cuomo for chasing political glory over substance
At the forum, other gubernatorial candidates criticized Mr. Cuomo for mismanaging economic development efforts—two former advisers were convicted of federal corruption charges this year, though the governor has never been accused of wrongdoing— and for chasing political glory over governmental substance.
“Are we going to give Cuomo a free ride, or are we going to demand more?” Green Party candidate Howie Hawkins asked.
A supporter of his campaign attended the debate in a chicken suit, wearing a Cuomo sign.Read more