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BTF endorses Howie Hawkins for governor, recommends Cuomo for WFP line
BUFFALO, N.Y. — The relationship between the Buffalo Teachers Federation and Governor Andrew Cuomo hasn't exactly healed.
"I think that there's still resentment towards the governor because of his actions on the APPR testing, student testing," said BTF President Phil Rumore.
For the second consecutive election, the union has endorsed someone other than Cuomo. In 2014, it was Working Families Party candidate Zephyr Teachout.
This year, the union has endorsed Howie Hawkins from the Green Party.
"Howie Hawkins actually wrote for our endorsement and came in and did an interview and when the council of delegates got to vote, they decided that they'd voted overwhelmingly," Rumore said. "Look it, we're going to endorse him. The governor did ask for our endorsement, he did."
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.
Hear from Howie Hawkins- the Green Party Candidate for Governor.
Hawkins, who lives in Syracuse, is facing several opponents.
- Incumbent Andrew Cuomo (D
- Marc Molinaro (R)
- Cynthia Nixon (Working Families Party)
- Stephanie Miner (Service America Movement)
- Larry Sharpe (Libertarian Party)
- Jimmy McMillan (Rent Is Too Damm High)
For more information on Hawkins you can click here.
This interview was conducted on September 25th, 2018.
Cuomo’s opponents quickly issued statements condemning the WFP’s switch. "The only vote left for progressives and socialists is the Green Party ticket after the Working Families Party once again nominated Andrew Cuomo,” said Green nominee Howie Hawkins.Read more
Syracuse Post-Standard: October 3, 2018
by Mark Weiner
Howie Hawkins, the Green Party nominee for governor, says he's planning a series of four debates with Gov. Andrew Cuomo in every region of the state - including Syracuse - after the governor asked if he would organize the events.
Hawkins, of Syracuse, said he's taking Cuomo's off-the-cuff remarks about debates seriously after the two talked backstage Saturday at the Global Citizen Festival in New York City.
Hawkins, making his third bid for governor, said he ran into Cuomo as the governor was preparing to address the annual festival in Central Park that's dedicated to fighting global poverty.
"I said, 'Hi, governor. I'm looking forward to our debates,'" Hawkins said. "He looked a little concerned and said, 'What debates?' And then he asked, 'Are you going to organize them?'"
The lineup is packed. In total, there are six candidates in the running for governor of New York. Howie Hawkins is running once again on the Green Party line, former Syracuse mayor Stephanie Miner is running on the newly created Save American Movement line, Cynthia Nixon is still — as of Wednesday — listed as the nominee of the Working Families Party, and Larry Sharpe is running for governor as a Libertarian.Read more
It is likely any general election debate for governor will include additional candidates on the ballot running for governor: Green Party candidate Howie Hawkins, Libertarian Larry Sharpe and Stephanie Miner, a Democrat running on the Serve American Movement ballot line.Read more