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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.
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
4. Will minor parties keep/claim ballot lines?
...Between the Green Party and the WFP, it may come down to a matter of ballot placement, depending on which one fares better. The WFP has made a significant showing this year by backing several progressive upstarts in state Senate races and successfully deposing several incumbent Democrats, putting them squarely in the spotlight, while also initially backing Cynthia Nixon and Jumaane Williams for governor and lieutenant governor until they lost in the Democratic primaries. Hawkins has also shown a fare bit of success on the Green Party line, pulling in 184,419 votes in 2014 compared to 126,244 on the WFP line for Cuomo.
The race’s minor party candidates — Green Party member Howie Hawkins, Libertarian Larry Sharpe and former Syracuse Mayor Stephanie Miner — are supported by 7 percent of voters, with 7 percent still undecided, the poll found.Read more
The poll found Cuomo leading Molinaro 49 percent to 36 percent.
But that’s a smaller gap than the 22 percentage point difference that existed between them in October, when Cuomo led 50 percent to 28 percent.
Seven percent of voters are still undecided. Cuomo is seeking a third term this year and the independent party candidates, Larry Sharpe, Howie Hawkins and Stephanie Miner, all received less than 5 percent of support in the poll.Read more
Cuomo maintains comfortable lead over Molinaro heading into Election Day even as race has tightened considerably
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.Read more
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.Read more
WHAM-TV (Sinclair: ABC, Fox, CW): November 3, 2018
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.Read more