NY Green candidates rally against hydrofracking at Binghamton EPA hearing

New York Green Party gubernatorial candidate Howie Hawkins and US Senate candidate Cecile Lawrence were in Binghamton on 9/13 for the EPA’s public hearing on hydraulic fracture gas drilling, commonly known as fracking. The New York Greens have made a ban on hydrofracking, which many New Yorkers believe would put the state’s water at risk, a central campaign theme. The Binghamton Press & Sun-Bulletin covered the event and interviewed Hawkins and Lawrence:

Lawrence, 63, a Jamaica-born activist who resides in Apalachin, is active in the movements for health care reform, organic agriculture, renewable energy and a ban on hydrofracturing. Among the issues she discussed: she’s in favor of a single-payer, Medicare-for-all system, and wants healthier food fed to schoolchildren.

“We have horrendous rates of obesity, horrendous rates of disease, bad food being fed to our kids in school,” she said. “What we really need now is farm-to-school food.”

The Syracuse Daily Orange also published an interview with Hawkins, a Syracuse resident:

Hawkins is a Syracuse politician who has been supportive of Syracuse University student activism. Last spring, Hawkins showed up to the student protests against commencement speaker Jamie Dimon, chief executive officer of JPMorgan Chase & Co.

Read the full articles “Green Party candidates tout support for the people” and “Green Party lobbies for votes” in the Binghamton Press & Sun-Register and “‘I just keep going': Local politician Howie Hawkins runs for governor despite past political losses” in the Syracuse University Daily Orange.

Dave Schwab

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