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Dunlea Announces for Comptroller, Seeks to Divest State Pension Funds from Fossil Fuels; Hawkins to Address Issue of Corruption, Miner Entrance into Race
For immediate release: June 19, 2018
Notice of News Conference
Date: Wednesday, June 20, 2018
Location: Clinton Square , Syracuse (rain under the eves at SUNY Oswego Metro Center across Water St. from Clinton Square)
Time: 2 PM
Who: Mark Dunlea for State Comptroller; Howie Hawkins for Governor
Mark Dunlea, the Green Party candidate for State Comptroller, will hold a press conference in Syracuse on Wednesday June 18 to announce his candidacy. A major focus of his campaign is on climate change, starting with requiring the state pension funds to divest from fossil fuels. Dunlea has helped coordinate divestment campaigns in NYC and NYS over the last 5 years. NYC has recently agreed to divest but the State Comptroller prefers to talk with Exxon and other fossil fuel companies.
Dunlea will be accompanied by Syracuse resident Howie Hawkins, the Green Party candidate for Governor. Hawkins will discuss the recent entry of former Syracuse Mayor Stephanie Miner into the gubernatorial race.
Hawkins and Dunlea will discuss the ongoing problems with corruption in the Cuomo administration and in Syracuse during the Miner administration. Cuomo’s top aid was recently convicted for political corruption related to the CPV power plant in Orange County and economic development in Syracuse. Other Cuomo administration officials and donors are presently on trial over the awarding of government contracts as part of the so-called Buffalo Billion. Cuomo convinced the legislature to end the oversight of various state contracts by the state Comptroller before the contracts for the Buffalo Billion were entered into.
The FBI and the Manhattan District Attorney are also investigating the Cuomo administration over the awarding of $25 million in state contracts to Crystal Run right after the health care firm in the Hudson Valley gave Cuomo large campaign donations.
Dunlea was the long-time Executive Director of the Hunger Action Network of NYS. Hawkins is a retired Teamster from UPS.