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For immediate release: October 11, 2018
Hawkins Says Cuomo Cheats Voters by Failing to Debate
Calls for Mandatory Debates as part of Public Campaign Finance System
Green gubernatorial candidate Howie Hawkins said today it was past time for Cuomo to agree to debates.
“The ‘Cowardly Cuomo Campaign Plan for Buying Elections’ is: Step 1. Promise favors to special interests like real estate barons and Wall Street financial tycoons in exchange for tens of millions in campaign contributions. Step 2. Avoid reporters. Step 3. Dictate to the media the time, place, and format of one debate. Step 4. Bury his opponents’ messages with paid ads that market him like the newest Apple gadget,” said Hawkins.
In his two Gubernatorial campaigns, Cuomo accepted only one debate. In 2010, the one debate was on October 18 and in 2014 on October 22.
“It’s getting late,” Hawkins said. “Voters should be worried that Cuomo thinks he’s satisfied his one debate quota with his Democratic primary debate with Nixon.”Read more
For immediate release: October 10, 2018
Hawkins: Tax the Rich to Revitalize the Public Sector
Albany – Green gubernatorial candidate Howie Hawkins wants to tax the rich to pay for his Green New Deal program for revitalizing public infrastructure and services.
Hawkins said Wednesday that New York needs to invest on the order of $44 billion a year over the next decade to build a 100% clean energy system, to repair and upgrade the state’s infrastructure after decades of under-investment, and to fully fund education from universal pre-K through tuition-free education in the SUNY and CUNY systems. Hawkins also wants the state to pick up the tab for its unfunded mandates on and restore state revenue sharing so that local governments can provide better services while cutting regressive property and sales taxes.
“New York can afford these public investments if the rich pay taxes at the rates they did in the 1970s. 40 years of conservative fiscal policies promoted by both major parties have combined tax cuts for the rich with spending cuts on public services and infrastructure. This trickle-down economics hasn’t worked. They gave more money to the rich but it didn’t trickle down to the rest of us. It just made the rich richer,” said Hawkins, a retired Teamster from Syracuse.Read more
Testimony of Howie Hawkins
Green Party Candidate for Governor
In Support of Legalization of Marijuana (Cannabis)
October 9, 2018
My name is Howie Hawkins. I am a resident of Syracuse and the Green Party nominee for Governor.
The Green Party calls for the immediate legalization of the growth, sale, and possession of cannabis under New York State law, and for the state Attorney General to defend New Yorkers against federal prosecutions of producers and users of cannabis products.
The prohibition of cannabis and the resulting “drug war” have unfairly incarcerated countless individuals and scarred communities, disproportionately Black and Latino communities. It has wastefully diverted public resources from pressing problems.
The present law decriminalizing possession of small amounts of marijuana has failed to reduce the trade or consumption of marijuana and has continued to foster a violent drug market. It is time to legalize, regulate, and tax marijuana in New York State.
We support the legalization of marijuana as outlined Marijuana Regulation and Taxation Act, with certain amendments. The act (S3040, A 3506) will also raise revenue for the state, portions of which will go back through government agencies and programs to communities that have been negatively impacted by cannabis prohibition.Read more
For immediate release: October 5, 2018
Notice of Press Conference
Where: Potts Deli & Grille, 41 S Rossler Ave, Cheektowaga, NY 14206
When: Friday, October 5, 7:00 PM
Who: Howie Hawkins for Governor; Jill Stein former Green Party Presidential candidate; Mark Dunlea, Green candidate for State Comptroller
Hawkins to Hold News Conference in Cheektowaga at 7:00 PM prior to event with Jill Stein, former Green Party Presidential candidate
Green Party Gubernatorial candidate Howie Hawkins is visiting Buffalo with 2016 Green Presidential candidate Dr. Jill Stein and State Comptroller candidate Mark Dunlea.Read more
For immediate release: October 4, 2018
The Green Party candidates for State Comptroller and Governor said it was time for New York to follow the lead of North Dakota and create a public bank.
“Unfair monetary and lending practices by the banking system are a major cause of economic problems. All too often small business and community initiatives including worker cooperatives are unable to raise the capital needed to finance their work or are forced to pay usurious rates. New York should create a state-owned bank to target investment into the new technologies and businesses of a sustainable green economy,” noted Dunlea.
The Green Party candidates, including Howie Hawkins for Governor, said the state should conduct a feasibility study on how to best set up and operate the bank.
Hawkins said, “A public bank for New York State will bypass the fees and commissions charged by big bank middlemen. The interest on loans will come back to the public treasury, not out to Wall Street. We can lower the costs of financing private businesses and public infrastructure and target our investments to meet public priorities.”Read more
For immediate release: October 3, 2018
The only vote left for progressives and socialists is the Green Party ticket after the Working Families Party once again nominated Andrew Cuomo.
The WFPers who worked for Cynthia Nixon's campaign, and the progressive Democrats who voted for her, will find that it is Green Party’s platform that calls for real solutions to the problems we face, from the climate emergency to the growing concentration of wealth in the hands of the 1% that leaves many of us in the 99% struggling for living-wage jobs, affordable housing, on-time transit, good schools, and adequate health care.
For immediate release: October 3, 2018
If Howie Hawkins is not elected governor, the Green Party candidate plans to go back to work at UPS during the holiday peak season in November and December for $10.40 an hour.
When Gov. Cuomo praised Amazon on Tuesday "for following New York’s lead and raising the minimum wage to $15,” Hawkins asked, “What $15 wage?”
The minimum wage in upstate New York is currently $10.40 an hour. It will go up in steps to $12.50 by 2021. Then the state will take another look at the upstate minimum wage.
“Cuomo is campaigning around the state saying he got us a $15 wage. He’s no more reality-based than Trump. By the time we get to $15 upstate, it will still be a poverty wage. It’s time to demand $20 by 2020 statewide,” said Hawkins.Read more
For immediate release: October 2, 2018
Hawkins Says Time to Stop Plastics in NYS
Wants Ban on Plastic Bags, Fee on Others; Ban Plastic Straws, Styrofoam
Howie Hawkins, the Green Party candidate for Governor, said today that as Governor he would introduce legislation to ban plastic bags from being used by retail outlets, regardless of size, with a 10 cents fee on other single use bags (paper) in order to promote the use of returnable bags.
“We need to halt the use of plastics because they degrade into microscopic particles that are rapidly destroying species, fisheries, and ecosystems and harming human health with plastic chemicals. They create massive worldwide litter even in remote places. They cost taxpayers tens of millions of dollars to dispose in landfills,” said Hawkins.
Two years ago Governor Cuomo blocked the plastic bag law for New York City from going into effort. Mark Dunlea, the Green Party state comptroller candidate, had been one of the major organizers of the 5-year effort to pass the NYC law.
Hawkins said he supported the bill in New Jersey that was voted out of a Senate Committee last week. The measure - S2776 - would ban plastic grocery store bags, Styrofoam food containers and plastic straws. It would also impose a 10-cent fee on paper bags at grocery stores.
At the end of the recent legislative session Cuomo did propose a ban on thin plastic bags but did nothing to move the bill in the legislature. Many environmental groups opposed the bill since its failure to include a fee on other bags such as paper would just cause a shift to such bags, which have their own environmental problems.
The New York City Department of Sanitation currently estimates that it collects an average of 1,700 tons of plastic bags per week, costing $12.5 million per year in disposal expenses. Experts estimate that over eight million metric tons of plastic waste ends up in the world’s oceans each year.
“New York needs to adopt a zero waste approach to garbage. We need to pass a solid waste packaging act that requires packaging to be returnable, reusable or at least recyclable. We need the state to invest in making it easier to collect and market recyclables,” added Dunlea. Dunlea said he supported A3941 / S1935 on packaging. Packaging represents one-third of the municipal waste stream.
For immediate release: September 30, 2018
Howie Hawkins, the Green Party nominee for Governor, discussed the issue of Gubernatorial debates at the Global Citizen Festival in New York City on Saturday.
Both Hawkins and Cuomo addressed the crowd on the issue of criminalization of poverty, particularly the need to end cash bail. Gubernatorial candidates Larry Sharpe and Stephanie Miner also spoke.
Backstage, Hawkins approached Cuomo about debates, to which Cuomo replied “what debates?” After Hawkins shared his proposal for debates held in different regions of New York, Cuomo asked “are you going to organize them?”
“If I have to,” Hawkins responded, and so the Hawkins/Lee campaign has accepted the challenge and begun contacting media outlets to discuss sponsorship of the debates.
Hawkins proposes four regional debates (NYC Metro area, Capital District, Central NY and Western NY), each to focus on a topic: The Economy, Government Reform, The Environment and Climate, and Social Policy — including education, health care, criminal justice, and civil rights.
Unlike the primary debate, the rules will be determined by all of the candidates and the media, not just Mr. Cuomo.