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The Green Party candidate Howie Hawkins is no stranger to the campaign trail. He ran against Cuomo twice before in 2010 and 2014; The New York Times reported that he'd lost 23 different elections for posts ranging from Syracuse Common Council to auditor. While he didn't beat Cuomo in either cycle, he said his campaign helped to pressure Cuomo to move left .
"Cuomo couldn't take us for granted. I think that’s why we got the fracking ban we were demanding, paid family leave, at least he’s talking about a $15 dollar minimum wage," he said. Cuomo helped pass the $15 dollar minimum wage legislation in 2016 which is still being phased in across the state.
Hawkins hopes to pressure issues like single payer healthcare, clean energy and raising taxes on the wealthiest one percent of New Yorkers. He wants to use the funds levied from a millionaire's tax to invest in infrastructure like bridges, public housing, and the subway, and to increase school funding.Read more
Rising temperatures, algal blooms, billions (with a B) of tons of food waste and the growing need for renewable energy sources have New York politicians under pressure from environmental groups and voters alike. Prickly hosts Kacie and Andrew chat with Green Party candidate Howie Hawkins about his gubernatorial bid and City & State’s Rebecca Lewis.
The other candidates in the race also have not raised a lot of cash. Independent candidate for governor Stephanie Miner has just $55,000 in her account. Green Party candidate Howie Hawkins has just over $31,000, and Libertarian candidate Larry Sharpe has $24,000.
They are relying on news conferences, media interviews, and mentions on social media to get their message out.Read more
Green Party candidate Howie Hawkins, a retired UPS worker from Syracuse, and former Vietnam war protester, is running for governor for the third time, challenging popular incumbent Andrew Cuomo from the left. Hawkins, in a conversation with WXXI’s Karen DeWitt, explains why he thinks he is a true alternative and not just a protest vote.
The party rejected a request from the Green Party to endorse its candidate for governor, Howie Hawkins. Afterward, Hawkins condemned the party, saying it “is nothing more than a political club firmly entrenched within the corporate-dominated Democratic Party.”
“Look at results, not the rhetoric,” Hawkins said. “They’ve now endorsed Cuomo three times. A quintessential corporate Democrat.”Read more
Howie Hawkins has become a familiar name on the gubernatorial ballot.
The Syracuse-area resident and Green Party candidate is taking up the charge for the third consecutive election cycle. He said earlier this year he preferred not to run again but admitted the party struggled to find someone else to lead the way.
Our Karen DeWitt sat down with him on a recent visit to Albany.
WBAI: October 1, 2018
The audio is in the WBAI archive at https://www.wbai.org/archive.php. The show was aired at 5 pm on Monday, October 1, 2018