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BINGHAMTON (WBNG) — Green Party nominee, Howie Hawkins, made a stop in Binghamton today to speak about criminal justice reform.
During his stop he spoke about Tuesday night’s debate between Governor Andrew Cuomo and Republican Marc Molinaro.
“They excluded those of us who are trying to bring real issues to the forefront and instead they had a debate where again, they did not talk about upstate issues. How are we going to redevelop the economy upstate?” said Hawkins.
Hawkins’ and other third party candidates are hoping for another debate, including everyone, ahead of the November 6th election.
At this time, there are no other gubernatorial debates scheduled.
CORNING, N.Y. (WENY) -- With election day nearing one of the New York Gubernatorial candidates took his travels to Corning today. The Green Party representative stopped by Hakes Landfill and then to Market Street to present his agenda to local residents.
Howie Hawkins continues on the path of his campaign trail here in the Southern Tier. After his stop at the landfill, the Syracuse native made his way up and down Market Street hitting up as many businesses and restaurants he could. After politely greeting all who would hear what he had to say, Howie went into the key points of what he stands for including a big increase in solar and wind power, adding clean energy jobs, and working to stop fracking in the Empire State.Read more
Howie Hawkins of the Green Party is a self-described socialist "who believes in self-organization, independent political action, and international solidarity by the working class and oppressed people for full political and economic democracy."
A member of "The Movement" in the 1960s in San Francisco, Hawkins enlisted in the Marines when his draft number was called in 1972. He remains a member of Vietnam Veterans Against the War as well as a member of the American Legion Dunbar Post 1642 in Syracuse.
Hawkins is currently the Secretary for the Eat To Live Food Cooperative and Treasurer for the Southside Community Coalition,
As the Green Party's candidate for Governor of New York in 2010 and 2014, he campaigned for a ban on fracking, 100% clean energy by 2030, single-payer healthcare, an end to Governor Cuomo's test-punish-privatize-and-segregate education agenda, and for progressive taxes and revenue sharing.
For more information visit his official campaign website.Read more
In 2014, Howie Hawkins received nearly five percent in that year’s gubernatorial election and achieved automatic ballot access for the Green Party. With an upcoming five way gubernatorial contest, will he be able to build on that success?
In the second of our interviews with the candidates seeking to be the next Governor of New York, the Green Party’s gubernatorial nominee Howie Hawkins stops by to discuss his stances on key issues including taxation, economic development, and the environment.
Howie Hawkins, the Green Party candidate for New York governor, says debates should feature all of those who are seeking the office.
Democratic Governor Andrew Cuomo faced one challenger, Republican Dutchess County Executive Marc Molinaro in a New York City debate on Tuesday.
Hawkins, during an interview on WNBF Radio's Binghamton Now program Wednesday, said New York residents deserve more than a single debate featuring the two major party candidates.
Hawkins renewed his proposal for four debates in four cities on four topics: the economy, government reform, climate and the environment, and social policies.
Hawkins, who lives in Syracuse, said he believes it is wrong to exclude candidates who will be on the ballot on November 6 just because they aren't affiliated with one of the major parties.
Hawkins said "Marc Molinaro's chances of winning this race are about as good as mine - so why is he included and not me?"
Libertarian Party candidate Larry Sharpe will be on the general election ballot as a candidate for governor, as will former Syracuse mayor Stephanie Miner, who will represent the Serve America Movement.
Hawkins: Liberals and conservatives, Democrats and Republicans, make poverty a big mystery. They create so-called anti-poverty programs that pay professional middle-class people to supposedly educate, train and counsel the poor on how to behave. And the poor stay poor because wages remain low, there are not enough good jobs, and the rent is too damn high.
The answers are clear. Raise wages and public assistance. Enforce laws against discrimination and segregation. Rebuild the housing, infrastructure and businesses in poor neighborhoods.
Q&A: Local political figures Stephanie Miner, Howie Hawkins make bids for the statehouse
By Walt Shepperd
Like the Syracuse New Times, gubernatorial candidates Howie Hawkins and Stephanie Miner are local and alternative.
As the backbone of the local Green Party, and former rank-and-file member of UPS union 317, Hawkins has run for office unsuccessfully 24 times. But winning is not the point, he observes, since amassing more than 50,000 votes in each of the last three elections for governor has ensured a place on the ballot for the following election and a platform for his ecologically friendly messages.
After a stint on the Syracuse Common Council and two terms as the city of Syracuse’s mayor, Miner, currently teaching at New York University, expressed interest in a congressional run before gathering enough signatures from registered voters to qualify as an independent candidate for governor on the Serve America Movement line.
Miner is not talking about next year’s county executive race, occasioned by Joanie Mahoney’s resignation, but Hawkins says he is definitely not interested — at least for now.Read more
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
Howie Hawkins is the Green Party candidate for governor of New York.
He should not have been excluded from the debate.
It is about fairness.
It is about a free exchange in the public square.
It is about being an informed citizenry.
It is about the airwaves and digital access we, as a country, have given CBS and what they, in turn, owe us.
Howie Hawkins should sue and CBS should provide him with equal time.