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For immediate release: November 6, 2018
Howie Hawkins, the Green Party candidate for Governor, declared “mission accomplished” tonight as his vote total surpassed the 50,000 votes needed to maintain a ballot line for the Green Party in New York.
Hawkins successfully regained ballot status for the Greens in 2010 after they lost it in the 2002 election. In 2014, Hawkins won almost 5% of the vote, the highest vote total for an independent left party candidate for governor in New York history and the highest percentage since 1920. Today’s accomplishment is the first time that one candidate has won a ballot line for a third party for three consecutive gubernatorial elections in New York history.
“We have secured a Green Party ballot line in New York state for three consecutive elections by running our own candidates instead of running a major party candidate on our line. That’s a significant achievement in a system designed to create so-called third parties that merely function as extra ballot lines for the Democratic and Republican parties,” said Hawkins.Read more
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
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.”
For immediate release: November 3, 2018
Howie Hawkins, the Green candidate for Governor, said today that to reverse the growing inequality in New York, state policy needs to promote worker cooperatives and public enterprises that distribute income more equitably than capitalist firms.
The share of income going to the top 1% of the state has grown from 12% in 1980 to 33% in 2015. New York has the highest income inequality of any state in the nation.
A new study out this week from the think tank Third Way found that about two-thirds of the jobs in New York’s metropolitan regions don’t pay enough to support what is commonly considered a middle-class lifestyle.
Hawkins has called for public state bank with a division devoted to planning, financing, and advising worker cooperatives. He has also called for public enterprise in the fields of electric power and broadband. He wants to expand public housing in order to increase the supply of affordable housing and reduce rents in the broader market.
Though he has called for more progressive taxation, he said, “Tax and transfer programs can only partially mitigate income inequality. The purpose of taxation is to finance public services and infrastructure. If we really want to reduce economic inequality, we need a fairer distribution in the first place at work.”
Hawkins released the following statement explaining his approach to reducing income inequality in New York State.Read more
For immediate release: November 1, 2018
Green Party candidates call to cut military budget 50% to re-invest in NY domestic needs
Green Party candidates in New York called today for at least a 50% cut in the federal military budget in order to free up funds to invest in combatting climate change and meeting other domestic needs such as education, infrastructure and housing.
“Cutting the military budget is far more important to the well-being of New York residents than Cuomo’s attempts to enable wealthy taxpayers to continue to deduct state and local taxes. Almost two-thirds of the federal discretionary budget now goes to the military budget, which is primarily a bi-partisan deal for pork-barrel spending,” stated Howie Hawkins, the Green Party candidate for Governor.
The Green Party said that the defense budget has little to do with protecting the country from invasion but more to do with using dominant military might to advance the needs of multinational corporations worldwide. Tremendous savings would be possible if we adopted a cooperative approach based on mutual security and respect and worldwide improvements in quality of life. Nuclear disarmament alone would save $60 billion plus annually.
“The US should become the world’s humanitarian superpower and make friends instead of enemies. It would be a lot cheaper than policing the world on behalf of global corporations. The world would be a much safer place,” said Hawkins.Read more
For immediate release: October 31, 2018
Howie Hawkins Wants NY to Release Results from Train Inspections
Calls for a Green New Deal to create living-wage jobs building clean energy system
Howie Hawkins, the Green Party candidate for Governor, said today that New York must do more to protect state’s residents from the dangers posed by oil bomb trains in New York.
For immediate release: October 30, 2018
Howie Hawkins, the Green Party candidate for Governor, and Mark Dunlea, the NYS Comptroller candidate, were in Utica on discuss their respective campaigns.
Both candidates want to repeal the state’s 2% cap on local property taxes and replace it with a restoration of state revenue sharing with local governments. State law (Sec. 54 of State Finance Law) used to require the state to share 8% of its revenues with local governments. Under Cuomo, revenue sharing has dropped to 0.4%.
“Upstate New York suffers from the highest property taxes in the country and the Governor’s tax cap has been just a sound-bite gimmick that has done nothing to lower them. The state government has a much broader base than the sales and property tax to finance government operations. Restoring revenue sharing would offset the cost of unfunded mandates and enable local governments to reduce local taxes while making needed investments in services and infrastructure,” said Hawkins.Read more
For immediate release: October 29, 2018
Westchester like rest of state needs to desegregate
The Green Party candidates for Governor and Attorney General were in White Plains today to call for an overhaul of the state’s education policies, including more funding for schools in low-income communities.
Howie Hawkins, the Green Party candidate for Governor, said that New York must desegregate its schools and housing.
The Greens say the state should close the $4.2 billion cumulative shortfall in Foundation Aid funding that was intended to meet the requirements of the 2006 ruling in the Campaign for Fiscal Equity case. They say the Attorney General should settle, not fight in court, the lawsuits from New York City and Syracuse parents and the Small Cities for full Foundation Aid funding.
Hawkins noted that the “best way to improve education is end the racial, class, and academic segregation in public schools. Integration has been the most powerful progressive education reform since Brown v. Board of Education by far. It substantially reduces the achievement gap between low- and middle-income students. And all students do better in terms of intellectual self-confidence, creativity, critical thinking, problem solving, teamwork, and tolerance.”
Hawkins blasted Governor Cuomo for failing to address the race and class segregation of schools in New York State.Read more
For immediate release: October 25, 2018
Hawkins Supports Universal Coverage with Single-Payer New York Health Act
Only Candidate for Governor Committed to Signing NY Health Act
Slams Insurance Industry and Business Council for Spreading Misinformation
Syracuse NY – Green Party candidate for Governor Howie Hawkins, standing outside of health insurance giant Blue Cross Blue Shield, announced that when elected Governor, he will sign into law the New York Health Act, making New York the first state in the nation to implement universal single payer healthcare.
“There’s only one way to cover everyone and save money, and that’s with the New York Health Act and Medicare for All. I am the only candidate running for governor who is committed signing the bill,” said Hawkins, a long time advocate for universal single-payer healthcare.
Hawkins slammed the Business Council, Blue Cross, and the health insurance industry for spreading misinformation about the New York Health Act: “They are scaring people with lies, on the radio and in mailers attacking candidates, claiming single payer healthcare and Medicare for all will end Medicare. In fact, NY Health Act will expand benefits to Medicare beneficiaries like myself because it will cover our vision, dental, hearing, and long-term care.”
“In addition, the NY Health Act will lower costs for Medicare beneficiaries by eliminating copays, deductibles, cost-sharing, and out-of-pocket fees for uncovered services. Those of us on Medicare will have better benefits at less cost to and still be able to have our choice of doctor and hospital. The New York Health Act will actually strengthen the Medicare program, and guarantee healthcare for everyone in our communities,” Hawkins said.
For immediate release: October 24, 2018
Hawkins Calls for Criminal Justice Reforms to Stop Discrimination Against the Poor and People of Color
Binghamton – Howie Hawkins, the Green Party candidate for Governor, called today for an overhaul of the state’s criminal justice system to ensure that all people are treated fairly regardless of race, age or economic status.
Hawkins stated his support to abolish cash bail for misdemeanors and nonviolent felonies; enforcement of the right for a speedy trial; full funding for a statewide public defenders’ office; banning solitary confinement; ban the box; and passage of the Child Victims Act.
Hawkins has long called for an end to the war on drugs starting with the legalization of marijuana. He also repeated his call for the establishment of a Truth, Justice and Reconciliation Commission to address the impact of mass incarceration on people of color.Read more