Howie Hawkins, the Green Party candidate for governor, sits down with Errol Louis to discuss his campaign platform and how he intends to unseat Andrew Cuomo.
Cuomo's critics say the state has invested heavily at the expense of smaller projects, like water and sewer upgrades. Green Party candidate Howie Hawkins pointed to lead in Syracuse water as a result of old infrastructure. He says money can be spent now to hire more inspectors to test for lead.
“It's not rocket science,” said Hawkins. “It's something totally do-able. And it's the kind of improvement that could be done very quickly if we just put our minds to it.”Read more
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."
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.
Green Party Candidate for Governor Lays Out Plan to Tax the 1 Percent by Adding Tax Brackets
Green Party candidate Howie Hawkins also stopped in Binghamton today.
Hawkins is placing a big emphasis on divesting the state pension fund from fossil fuels and cracking down on corruption.
He believes climate change is the most pressing issue at hand and wants to make the transition to 100% clean energy by 2030.
Hawkins says this change would create jobs while also cleaning up the environment.
He says voters want a third option.
"The next break through is a major party, a third party, that represents the people instead of these two corporate funded parties. We know from public opinion polling that a majority of people want to see that. The number of independents not enrolled in either party is growing to where I believe they surpass both major parties. So all that bodes well for a third party," he said.
This will be Hawkins third time on the ballot for Governor.
He garnered a little over 1% of the vote in 2010 and around 5% in 2014.
As the focus shifts to the general election, Green Party nominee Howie Hawkins is calling himself the most progressive candidate in the race for governor.
He's pushing a platform that includes some of the issues that came up in the Democratic primary, like education and health care, and some completely different ideas, like replacing the property tax cap with local revenue sharing.
And he's calling for a series of regional debates for all the candidates to talk policy.