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Green Party gubernatorial candidate, Howie Hawkins, called Cuomo’s efforts a “publicity stunt,” noting the legislation was introduced the same day climate change activists held a protest at the Capitol urging Cuomo to “Walk the Talk on Climate.”
“While he likes to proclaim himself as a national leader on climate change, he is flooding the state with imported fracked gas, giving billions of dollars to old nukes, and is getting only 3 to 4 percent of the state’s electricity from renewables,” Hawkins said.
Hawkins supports statewide plastic bag ban legislation that couples with a fee on paper bags, similar to legislation in California. He says that the fee is vital to ensure that consumers do not simply turn to paper bags.
“We should be not be harming our environment, spending our tax dollars and littering our communities solely to protect the profits of the plastic industry,” Hawkins said.
Howie Hawkins, the Green Party candidate for Governor in NY, was interviewed after appearing in Albany Police Court. Hawkins was one of 55 people arrested at the state capitol at a climate change protest. In addition to climate justice, Hawkins discussed May Day, worker rights and immigration issues.
ALBANY — While Democrats and Republicans continue to be the dominant party designations in New York, third parties also play a pivotal role in the state's political structure.
Actress and activist Cynthia Nixon has been nominated by the Working Families Party and is seeking the Democratic line this fall, while Dutchess County Executive Marc Molinaro is the Conservative Party's pick and appears close to clinching the Republican nod. The grassroots Green Party has tapped Howie Hawkins as their candidate for governor for the third time.
While Nixon and Molinaro were competing for headlines and Hawkins was in the news after he was arrested protesting a gas storage facility on Seneca Lake, a number of intriguing figures seeking to unseat Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo have slipped under the radar, getting little or no press coverage so far in this election cycle....
Two gubernatorial hopefuls marched with more than 1,000 climate change protesters to call on the Cuomo administration to implement more environmentally friendly policies, starting with a new microgrid project that heats and cools the Empire State Plaza.
Called the “Walk the Talk on Climate,” the event was the latest — and largest — in a series of attempts to push the governor to adopt greener environmental policies for New York state. According to the rally’s organizers, the walk had three distinct goals: Stop all fracking infrastructure projects, move to 100 percent renewable energy and make corporate polluters pay.
Attendees at the rally included Howie Hawkins, the Green Party’s nominee for governor, and “Sex and the City” star Cynthia Nixon who is looking to challenge Cuomo in the Democratic primary in September.
Both Hawkins and Nixon champion environmental policies that echo the three goals of the rally they attended, though only Hawkins spoke, citing the seriousness of climate change.
“If we don’t rapidly transition off of fossil fuels, the resulting climate catastrophe means mass extinctions, the collapse of ocean and land ecosystems, and flooding of the world’s cities and bread-basket deltas,” Hawkins said.
Also representing the Green Party at the march were Co-Chair of the Green Party of New York Gloria Matter and Mark Dunlea, a GPNY organizer and member of the State Committee.Read more
Guardian Angel Sliwa mulls run for governor, targets Cuomo; Minor party candidates are starting to voice their positions
Sliwa’s celebrity power in New York City could attract the 50,000 votes needed to give the Reform Party an automatic line on ballots for the next four years, ending the expensive and difficult effort to securing thousands of signatures for petitions to be placed on ballots statewide.
Environmental activist Howie Hawkins did just that four years ago for the liberal Green Party, and he is running again this year. Last time, he attracted more than 184,000 votes and moved the party to the fourth line on the ballot, behind Democrats, Republicans and the liberal Working Families Party. Hawkins attracts liberal voters, and his appeal to them could hurt Cuomo or his Democratic primary opponent, activist and actress Cynthia Nixon, in November.
“Progressives need to raise our expectations and demand more,” Hawkins said. He is calling for single-payer health care for all, more school aid, a ban on new fossil fuel plants and pipelines, and “100 percent clean renewable energy within 15 years.”