Hawkins To Campaign in Corning

For immediate release: October 24, 2018

Howie Hawkins News Conference Wed Oct 24 at Hakes Landfill, 2 PM

Howie Hawkins, the Green Party candidate for Governor of New York, will make two campaign stops in the Corning area on October 24th. 

At 2:00 P.M., the candidate will hold a press conference just outside of the Hakes Landfill in order to discuss the need to ban the importing of fracking waste from Pennsylvania and to maintain the current ban on fracking in New York.

At 2:30 P.M., the candidate will tour Market Street in Corning and introduce himself to the local businesses and shoppers.

Hawkins to Outline Criminal Justice Reforms

For immediate release: October 24, 2018

Notice of News Conference
Date: Wednesday, October 24,
Time: 10:30 AM
Location: 44 Hawley St, State Office building Binghamton
Who: Howie Hawkins for Governor

Hawkins to Outline Criminal Justice Reforms in Binghamton on Wednesday, October 24

Howie Hawkins , the Green Party candidate for Governor, will hold a news conference in Binghamton to outline his criminal justice reform agenda. The news conference will be in front of the State Office building at 44 Hawley Street on Wednesday October 24 at 10:30 AM.

Hawkins will also respond to the previous night Gubernatorial debate.

Q&A: Local political figures Stephanie Miner, Howie Hawkins make bids for the statehouse

Syracuse New Times: October 24, 2018


Hawkins: Liberals and conservatives, Democrats and Republicans, make poverty a big mystery. They create so-called anti-poverty programs that pay professional middle-class people to supposedly educate, train and counsel the poor on how to behave. And the poor stay poor because wages remain low, there are not enough good jobs, and the rent is too damn high.

The answers are clear. Raise wages and public assistance. Enforce laws against discrimination and segregation. Rebuild the housing, infrastructure and businesses in poor neighborhoods.

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The Three Other Candidates on Your Ballot for New York Governor

WNYC, New York City: October 24, 2018


The Green Party candidate Howie Hawkins is no stranger to the campaign trail. He ran against Cuomo twice before in 2010 and 2014; The New York Times reported that he'd lost 23 different elections for posts ranging from Syracuse Common Council to auditor. While he didn't beat Cuomo in either cycle, he said his campaign helped to pressure Cuomo to move left .

"Cuomo couldn't take us for granted. I think that’s why we got the fracking ban we were demanding, paid family leave, at least he’s talking about a $15 dollar minimum wage," he said. Cuomo helped pass the $15 dollar minimum wage legislation in 2016 which is still being phased in across the state. 

Hawkins hopes to pressure issues like single payer healthcare, clean energy and raising taxes on the wealthiest one percent of New Yorkers. He wants to use the funds levied from a millionaire's tax to invest in infrastructure like bridges, public housing, and the subway, and to increase school funding.

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Syracuse New Times interviews Hawkins

Syracuse New Times: October 24, 2018

Q&A: Local political figures Stephanie Miner, Howie Hawkins make bids for the statehouse

By Walt Shepperd

Like the Syracuse New Times, gubernatorial candidates Howie Hawkins and Stephanie Miner are local and alternative.

As the backbone of the local Green Party, and former rank-and-file member of UPS union 317, Hawkins has run for office unsuccessfully 24 times. But winning is not the point, he observes, since amassing more than 50,000 votes in each of the last three elections for governor has ensured a place on the ballot for the following election and a platform for his ecologically friendly messages.

After a stint on the Syracuse Common Council and two terms as the city of Syracuse’s mayor, Miner, currently teaching at New York University, expressed interest in a congressional run before gathering enough signatures from registered voters to qualify as an independent candidate for governor on the Serve America Movement line.

Miner is not talking about next year’s county executive race, occasioned by Joanie Mahoney’s resignation, but Hawkins says he is definitely not interested — at least for now.

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Howie Hawkins and fairness

Ruth's Report: October 23, 2018

Governor candidate, NY
Howie Hawkins Retweeted CBS New York
Since you have failed to return the phone call from my attorney, I want to put you on notice that as the Green Party candidate for Governor I demand equal time with respect to airing a debate today that you sponsored that included 2 of my opponents but excluded me.

Howie Hawkins is the Green Party candidate for governor of New York.

He should not have been excluded from the debate.

It is about fairness. 

It is about a free exchange in the public square.

It is about being an informed citizenry.

It is about the airwaves and digital access we, as a country, have given CBS and what they, in turn, owe us.

Howie Hawkins should sue and CBS should provide him with equal time.

At Long Last, Cuomo and Molinaro Set to Debate Tuesday

WNYC: October 22, 2018

Hawkins, the Green Party candidate, said his team was exploring its legal options to see if the debate violates the Federal Communications Commission's rules on providing equal air time for all candidates.

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Media donations to Cuomo campaign exceed $850K

News Growl: October 22, 2018

News Growl invited each of the five New York gubernatorial campaigns appearing on the November ballot to contribute to this story. As of publication we have heard only from Howie Hawkins of the Green Party, and Larry Sharpe of the Libertarian Party.

Speaking to News Growl in an email, Hawkins said:
“My campaign and the Green Party don’t accept contributions from any for-profit businesses or their PACs and trade associations.
“Of course media company contributions are corrupting — legalized bribery. They want access, favorable regulation, and campaign ad buys.
“That’s why they function like state media for the two-party system of corporate rule.”
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Hawkins says a Realistic Subway Fix Needs Congestion Pricing, Millionaire’s Tax, and More

For immediate release: October 22, 2018

Green gubernatorial candidate Howie Hawkins said today that he is the only candidate with a realistic approach to funding the upgrades needed to the New York City subway system.

Hawkins called Gov. Andrew Cuomo “irresponsible” for proposing to fund the MTA’s Fast Forward plan to fix the subways over the next decade by splitting the cost “fifty-fifty” between the state and the city.

“It is the state’s responsibility to provide most of the funding for the MTA. The governor controls it. He appoints the majority of the MTA board. He should stop using the MTA as a ping pong ball in his intramural competition with Mayor De Blasio,” Hawkins said.

Hawkins said that the city should continue contributing, but that most of the funding should come from state revenues.

Hawkins also blasted the other gubernatorial candidates’ proposals. “The idea of Republican Marc Molinaro and Serve America’s Stephanie Miner to pay for subway upgrades by cutting costs is as unrealistic as Libertarian Larry Sharpe’s idea of funding it by selling corporate naming rights for MTA bridges and tunnels. Cutting funding to the MTA in order to cut costs has been what governors have done for decades and look at what a mess they have made of the subway system,” Hawkins said.

Hawkins said that MTA board members have a better grasp of the MTA funding crisis. MTA board member Carl Weisbrod said recently,  “We don’t yet have a final target price on Fast Forward, but congestion pricing and the millionaires tax together are unlikely to fund Fast Forward, much less our other transportation needs.”

Hawkins proposes ecological and progressive taxes to fund $100 billion subway fix

Hawkins said he would propose in his first year of office a multi-year $100 billion capital spending plan to fix the MTA, expand it to so-called “transit deserts,” and improve commuter trains from the suburbs.

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.

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Worker Cooperatives: Keep the Full Fruits of Your Labor

Workers World Today: October 22, 2018

BROOKLYN (Workers World Today) — When we work in a capitalist business, we produce more value than we receive in wages. It’s called exploitation. A rich class lives high off the hog on the labor of a working class. Under slavery, it was  slaveowners exploiting slaves. Under feudalism, it was the landowners exploiting serfs. Under capitalism, it is capitalists exploiting wage workers.

In a capitalist business, our wage as workers is fixed. But the business owners take all the net income for themselves as profits. Because most people earn their living working for the tiny class that owns most business assets, the rich get richer and the rest of us struggle to pay our bills.

The other problem with working for a capitalist is you lose your freedom. The owner – or the supervisor he hires to boss you around – makes you work as directed if you want to keep your job. You have little say in how to get your work done, even if you know your job better than your boss, which in my experience has been quite often.

In a worker cooperative, each worker receives a salary during the year and then at the end of the year a share of the cooperative’s net income – a “patronage dividend” –  that is proportional to the labor each worker contributed. The workers collectively make management decisions or, in a larger business, elect the board that hires the managers.

Each worker has one vote, no matter how big or small their ownership share of the business.


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