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Final Election Results

New York State Board of Elections: December 14, 2018

The New York State Board of Elections posted the certified election results on December 14, 2018 after counting all the absentee and other paper ballots and canvassing the voting machines. You can see the county and statewide results here.

Our final vote total was 103,946. In 2014, we received 184,419 votes.

The biggest drop offs were liberal college areas (St. Lawrence, Tompkins, Ulster counties), where Cuomo seems to have got the anti-Trump Democratic vote, and the capital district, where public employees had given us the most votes in 2010.

Our smallest drop-off upstate was in the Buffalo area, where local Greens organized several good events and we received the Buffalo Teachers Federation endorsement. Our drop-off was also much smaller in Orange County, home to our Attorney General candidate, Michael Sussman.

In the New York City area, we almost maintained our 2010 vote in Brooklyn and actually got slightly higher votes in the Bronx and Queens. The rest of the metro area declined roughly proportionately with our overall decline.


Thank You, Congratulations, and What's Next

Congratulations to all of us for achieving our baseline goal in this election – retaining the Green Party ballot line statewide for the next four years.

Thank you to all of you who leafleted, phone banked, text banked, organized events, donated, and voted for the cause.

We live to fight another day. Between the collapse of the climate and the living standards of working-class New York, we have to keep fighting.

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Just voted! #DemandMore #GetOUTtheVote - Howie Hawkins For Governor

11:15 am, Tuesday, November 6, 2018

Vote Today, 6 AM - 9 PM. Green Party. Row D. Defy Cuomo and Trump

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.

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

Hawkins pitches 'Plan B' for progressives in governor's race

Buffalo News: September 20, 2018

By Keith McShea

Green Party gubernatorial candidate Howie Hawkins is billing himself as "Plan B" for New Yorkers who didn't vote for Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo in last month's Democratic primary.

Hawkins, who garnered about 5 percent of the vote in finishing third in the 2014 gubernatorial election won by Cuomo, made that his overriding message Thursday as he kicked off his general election campaign at Broderick Park in Buffalo.

"We had half a million people vote for the progressive Democrats" in the primary, Hawkins said, "and I'm here to tell them that I'm Plan B when we get to the general election for those progressive voters. And also to appeal to those progressives who according to public opinion polls think Cuomo's a liberal ... no, look at the platforms. I should be your vote."

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Why We "Demand More!"

Socialist Worker: September 18, 2018

By Howie Hawkins and Jia Lee

Howie Hawkins and Jia Lee, Green Party candidates for governor and lieutenant governor in New York, explain how their campaign is aiming to raise expectations that have been systematically lowered by the state’s Democratic Party leaders.

WHEN OUR Green Party campaign for governor and lieutenant governor of New York settled on the campaign slogan of Demand More! we had three points in mind.

First, we wanted to “raise our expectations,” as Ralph Nader always enjoins us to do. In New York, that means, first of all, clean government. Public corruption is rampant.

More than 50 state officials have been driven from office since 2000 for ethical or criminal violations. During Governor Cuomo’s most recent term, the Speaker of the Assembly, the leader of the Senate, two of Cuomo’s top aides and a slew of Cuomo campaign contributors who received lucrative state contracts have been convicted of a variety of bid-rigging, bribery, fraud and kickback charges.

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Hawkins Progressive on Ballot, calls for Debates

For immediate release: September 13, 2018

Howie Hawkins Says He is the Progressive Candidate for Governor
Calls for 4 Regional Debates

I congratulate Andrew Cuomo on his primary victory and Cynthia Nixon for raising progressive alternatives.

Now that the primary is over, I look forward to a robust debate with Cuomo, Molinaro, Sharpe, Miner, and Nixon, if she chooses to stay in the race.

In particular, I will go beyond Nixon in the general election debate to put forward the eco-socialist policies we need for real solutions to the serious problems we face.

We need 100% clean energy by 2030, not 2050, to address the climate emergency.

Universal rent control is pointless without repeal of the Urstadt Law so that cities, not the state legislature, set their own rent regulations. And rent control is not enough. We need to radically expand public housing in order to make affordable housing a reality for all.

To provide every child a good education, we must not only fully fund high-poverty school districts. We must also desegregate New York’s most segregated schools in the nation and Opt Out of high-stakes testing that are used to evaluate teachers and use to put high-poverty schools into receivership and privatization as charter schools.

After the primary debate which largely ignored upstate New York and many critical issues starting with climate change, I proposed four regional debates (NYC Metro area, Capital District, Central NY and Western NY) to each focus on a topic area: The Economy, Government Reform, The Environment and Climate, and Social Policy, including education, health care, housing, transit, criminal justice, and civil rights.

Unlike the primary debate, the rules should be determined by all of the candidates and the media, not just Mr. Cuomo.

What Keeps Howie Hawkins Running

55 Plus, August-September 2018

The 65-year-old Green Party leader continues to ‘demand more’ — he has run for public office 21 times in the past 25 years. He is now running for governor. Again? He explains why

By Aaron Gifford

Hawkins speaking at the People’s Climate March, New York City, Sept. 14, 2014. Photo courtesy of Colin D. Young.
Hawkins speaking at the People’s Climate March, New York City, Sept. 14, 2014. Photo courtesy of Colin D. Young.

Even though he has yet to win an election and has been arrested now and again to make a point, Central New York’s most well-known socialist-environmentalist third-party candidate has accomplished far more during his ongoing political career than most people realize.

Sixty-five-year-old Howie Hawkins, of Syracuse, is the co-founder of the Green Party and played a major role in his party’s presidential runs with candidate Ralph Nader. The two major political parties and even some industries have adopted Green Party ideas.

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