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For immediate release: September 8, 2018
Notice of Media Availability
Date: Saturday, September 8
Who: Howie Hawkins for Governor, Mark Dunlea for Comptroller
Location: Troy Farmers Market
Time: 9:30 AM
Location: Rise for Climate rally, Governor’s Mansion, Eagle St
Time 11:00 AM
Location: Albany Jazz Festival, Corning Preserve
Time: 1 PM to 3 PM
Howie Hawkins, the Green Party nominee for Governor, will participate in the Rise for Climate rally at the Governor’s Mansion in Albany today at 11 AM.
The Green New Deal - moving to 100% clean energy by 2030 combined with a sustainable full employment economy - is the centerpiece of Hawkin’s campaign. Hawkins was one of the first candidates to call for a ban on fracking in his 2010 Gubernatorial run.
For immediate release: September 6, 2018
Calls for Increased State Action on Child Lead Contamination, Oil Bomb Trains
(Buffalo, NY) Howie Hawkins, the Green Party candidate for Governor, called today for increased state funding for public schools in Buffalo, a school desegregation program, and an end to the use of standardized testing to evaluate schools and teachers and impose state takeover of schools using receivership.
Hawkins, whose Lt. Governor running mate Jia Lia is a public school teacher in New York City, also called forincreased state action to reduce student exposure to lead contamination.
“We need a Governor who will ensure a quality education for every child regardless of where they live or the economic status of their parents. Cuomo has failed to comply with court orders to raise funding for high-poverty inner-city and rural schools. The most powerful way to improve education for all students is to desegregate our schools, which in New York are the most segregated in the country,” Hawkins said.
Hawkins said charter schools have increased segregation. “Cuomo has increased segregation by using standardized tests to justify the expansion of private charter schools that are even more segregated than our public schools. That rewards his hedge fund donors who profit off the charter industry, but it hurts the education of children,” Hawkins said.Read more
For immediate release: August 30, 2018
Howie Hawkins said he looks forward to debates in the general election that focus on solutions to the issues of concern to all New Yorkers rather than the personal sniping that took place in the primary debate between Cuomo and Nixon.
Hawkins said that he would be the Governor of all New York State. He noted that the Democratic Party primary debate acted like the Canadian border started just north of the city.
“We need a Governor who will work to raise wages for the average worker across the state. Wages have been stagnant while costs like housing and health care continue to rise. We need a pay raise,” Hawkins stated.Read more
For immediate release: August 28, 2018
Hawkins and Dunlea Support Efforts to Halt Cuomo’s Anti-Solar Rule Change
The Green Party candidates for Governor and Comptroller today called upon Governor Cuomo and the Public Service Commission (PSC) to halt Cuomo’s anti-solar rules adopted a year ago.
Community groups and solar developers are holding news conferences across the state today to urge Cuomo to restore net metering for community solar projects. A year ago, the PSC replaced net metering with a complex system called Value of Distributed Energy Resources (VDER). The NY Energy Democracy Alliance says that since the change, more than $800 million worth of investment in community solar has been threatened or canceled.
Mark Dunlea, the Green candidate for State Comptroller, said that state should also follow the lead of California which recently required all new building by 2020 to include solar power in their design.
“Cuomo keeps on putting out news releases claiming he has increased solar in the state by 1000% even though only 1% of the state’s electricity is coming from solar. The VDER rule adopted by the PSC last year brought the community solar farm efforts to a standstill. We need a Governor who will stop doing the bidding of the corporate-owned utilities and instead speed up the transition to solar, wind, and geothermal in New York,” said Hawkins, the Green Party nominee for Governor.
The Greens support the NY Off Fossil Fuels (NY OFF) bill (A5105A/S5908A) that commits the state to 100% clean energy by 2030, with one of its benchmarks requiring net zero carbon emissions for all new construction by 2020.Read more
For immediate release: August 27, 2018
Hawkins, who is running on a Green New Deal calling for increased action on climate change and securing the rights to a decent job, affordable housing, comprehensive health care, and a good education, will be available for media interviews.
He will discuss his ideas related to the development of the I-81 corridor, an issue raised by the County Executive during her visit last week to the State Fair with Governor Cuomo last week. Hawkins supports rebuilding the I-81 corridor as a community grid, with a mixed-income, mixed-use, walkable neighborhood that is serviced by public transportation.
He will also discuss his plan to tax the rich in order to pay for state mandates and increase state revenue sharing so fiscally stressed local governments like Syracuse can fully fund their services while cutting property taxes.
The state fair was plagued by mismanagement and corruption during the early part of Cuomo’s tenure. He has since pumped an estimated $100 million of state tax dollars into upgrades at the fair, while nearby Syracuse, with the most concentrated poverty for blacks and Latinos of any city in the nation, has received no state aid from the Cuomo administration to address its poverty and crumbling infrastructure.
For immediate release: August 24, 2018
Hawkins Supports Strong Local Rent Control, Expanded Public Housing, Tenants’ Rights
Howie Hawkins, the Green Party candidate for Governor, outlined his plan today to resolve the housing crisis in New York City and across the state, including returning control of rent laws to the city and massively increasing investment in public housing.
“Homelessness has increased 36% since Cuomo came into office and the city lost 75,000 units of rent stabilized housing. As HUD Secretary, Cuomo demolished more public housing units than he built with subsidies to private developers for affordable units. He’s governor for his real estate donors, not millions of New York tenants,” Hawkins said.
“Under the de Blasio administration, rent hikes, combined with developer-friendly rezoning and harassment by landlords, are driving the working class out of Manhattan and much of Brooklyn and other parts of NYC,” said Hawkins.
“Since skyrocketing rents and displacement of working class tenants is what we get from self-styled progressive Democrats like Cuomo and de Blasio, it’s time for an alternative – and it’s not the Republicans,” Hawkins said.
Hawkins noted that unaffordable housing is a statewide problem. Over 50% of New York renters pay more than the federal affordability standard of 30% of household income. More than 25% pay more than 50% of their income in rent. Buffalo has the third highest rate of rent inflation in the nation. As bad as NYC is, it doesn’t make the top 25 U.S. cities for rent inflation.Read more
For immediate release: August 20, 2018
Hawkins Calls for Carbon Tax, Increase Mass Transit Fund to Reduce Climate Impact of Transportation
DEC holding “listening sessions” in Syracuse on Tuesday
Howie Hawkins, the Green Party candidate for Governor, said today that the state should enact a carbon tax on greenhouse gas emissions in order to accelerate the transition to clean energy. The revenues from a carbon tax should be used to help finance an increase in mass transit funding. (See Hawkins release on Fixing the Subways.)
Hawkins also said that as Governor he would push for a requirement that all new vehicles in the state be zero emission by 2025. He supports increasing the number of electric charging stations in NY and a higher tax credit for electric cars. He would also enact congestion pricing in NYC.
“While the Cuomo administration has moved at a glacial pace in moving our electric production from fossil fuels to wind, solar and efficiency, he has been even slower with transportation, which has an even bigger carbon footprint. We need action now to avoid climate chaos, while Cuomo prefers studies and more talk,” noted Hawkins.Read more
For immediate release: August 17, 2018
Statement of Howie Hawkins on the Passing of David McReynolds
(David McReynolds, the long time head of the War Resisters League, was twice the Socialist Party nominee for President. Howie ran for Congress on the Green Party ticket in 2004 when McReynolds was the Green Party nominee for US Senate.)
I will greatly miss David McReynolds, who died this morning. David was a longtime leader of the movements for peace and a socialist internationalism that opposes imperialism and authoritarianism East, West, or South. He was arrested in demonstrations opposing nuclear missiles in both the U.S. and Moscow.
I first met David in 1973 when I arranged for him to speak at Dartmouth College about ending the wars in Vietnam and all of Indochina and building an independent party of the left. David had just led the founding of the Socialist Party USA out of the ashes of the old Socialist Party of America associated with Eugene Debs, Norman Thomas, and A. Philip Randolph.
I immediately joined SPUSA while remaining a member of the People’s Party that had run America’s baby doctor, Ben Spock, and DC Statehood Party founder Julius Hobson for president and vice-president the year before. I got a hold of David through the People’s Party speakers bureau for which David was a featured speaker. Third-party leftists were talking about merging the People’s Party, SPUSA, and the post-SDS New American Movement.
Over the next 45 years, we were often at the same demonstrations together against aggressive U.S. wars, sometimes on the same panel about independent political action, and, in 2004, on the same Green Party ticket in New York State, David for U.S. Senate and me for U.S. Congress from the Syracuse area.
David was engaged to his last days, sending out environmental and anti-war news to his contacts. David’s was a long life – 1929-2018 – well lived.
For immediate release: August 17, 2018
Hawkins proposes ecological and progressive taxes to fund $100 billion subway fix
Howie Hawkins, the Green Party candidate for Governor, said today that he would propose a multi-year $100 billion capital spending plan to fix the MTA in his first year of office.
Hawkins said that the $100 billion for these capital improvements should be funded by a variety of revenue sources, including congestion pricing, a carbon tax, land value taxation, and increased taxes on the incomes and stock trades of the wealthy.
The Fast Forward modernization plan proposed by transit authority president Andy Byford calls for $19 billion in capital spending the first five years and $18 billion more the next five years for a total of $37 billion. The Regional Plan Association estimated it will take another $62 billion to extend subway lines to the city’s unserved “transit deserts.”
“My administration will use ecological and progressive income taxes to fully fund a $100 billion capital budget to modernize and expand New York City’s public transit system. The new revenues will stabilize the operating budget and enable free or reduced fares, as many cities around the world are now doing. Lower fares will help struggling working-class commuters and serve as an incentive to use public transit and reduce the negative impacts of cars in the city,” Hawkins said.Read more
For immediate release: August 9, 2018
Dunlea Running for Comptroller to Push Climate Action, Divestment from Fossil Fuels
Hawkins says Green New Deal is path to full employment
(Poughkeepsie, NY) The Green Party candidates for Comptroller and Governor came to Poughkeepsie today to call for increased action on climate change which they say is the path to full employment.
Howie Hawkins, who finished third in the race for Governor four years ago with 5% of the vote, was one of the first political figures to call for a ban on fracking nearly a decade ago and his call for a Green New Deal has increasingly been echoed by other candidates and parties seeking office.Read more