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Howie Hawkins launches Green Party campaign for New York Governor

April 9, 2014 in State Wide Elections

From Howie Hawkins for NY Governor:

The week of April 8, Howie is officially kicking of his campaign with events across New York State. Please join us and please spread the word to your friends and political allies! 

p howie hawkins supporters syracuseSyracuse – Tuesday April 8, 5:30 pm
New York City – Saturday, April 12, 7 pm
New York City - Sunday, April 13 Press Conference

Stand with Howie next week and show your support for a political vision that prioritizes the needs of people and planet and economic justice and fairness. Cuomo relies upon the 1% to fund his campaigns. Howie is relying on you to help build the movement we need for radical social change.

The Albany Times Union reported on Hawkins’ announcement Wednesday morning:

Green Party gubernatorial candidate Howie Hawkins has a message for members of the Working Families Party who are contemplating a genuine left-flank challenge to Gov. Andrew Cuomo: Think about endorsing him.

“I think they should run against Cuomo,” Hawkins said of the WFP during a Wednesday press conference. “I think they should nominate me.” Read the rest of this entry →

Howie Hawkins protests Cuomo’s budget, proposes progressive taxes for NYS

February 11, 2014 in State Wide Elections

Syracuse.com reports oHowie Hawkinsn a protest by union members including Howie Hawkins, who recently declared his campaign for Governor of New York:

SYRACUSE, N.Y. – About 15 people from local unions and the Green Party protested in Syracuse today against Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s $142.1 billion budget, which they said includes too many tax cuts for businesses and puts government services at risk. Read the rest of this entry →

Howie Hawkins seeks 2014 Green nomination for New York Governor

January 27, 2014 in State Wide Elections

p howie hawkinsFrom HowieHawkins.org:

Watch Capital Tonight with Liz Benjamin interview with Howie on his campaign.

Governor Cuomo delivered his annual State of the State address outlining his priorities for the coming legislative session. We heard more of the same from Governor 1%: Talk Left, Walk Right. Cuomo touted prosperity while practicing austerity.

Cuomo says he’s providing tax relief for the middle class but his “reforms” will soak the working class by forcing local governments and school districts to make deep cuts. His tax reforms will push dozens of local governments toward insolvency and anti-democratic state takeovers by Financial and Educational Control Boards, like Detroit and Philly.

Read Hawkins’ response to Cuomo’s State of the State on the Green Party NY website.

Howie Hawkins is seeking the Green Party’s nomination to run for Governor in order to advance the Green Party’s platform for fundamental, structural change: Progressive Taxes and Revenue Sharing to end the fiscal crises of our local governments and schools, Tuition-Free Public Colleges and Universities, Single Payer Health Care, $15 Minimum Wage, Public Banking, Union Co-ops, a Ban on Fracking, a Climate Acton Program scaled up to meet the crisis, and more.

2013 Green Party election results

November 6, 2013 in Local Elections

Minneapolis, MN – Green Cam Gordon is reelected to the City Council, representing Ward 2.

Green-endorsed candidate Ty Moore received 1565 of 4310 votes, or 36.3%, in second place behind Democrat-Farmer-Labor candidate Alondra Cano, who has 39.4% of first-round votes (and who was endorsed by former Green vice presidential candidate Winona LaDuke). There were four other candidates in the race (see full results). Since Minneapolis uses instant-runoff voting, election administrators will begin round-by-round counting on 11/6, and continue until one candidate has at least 50% plus one.

Syracuse, NY – In unofficial results, Kevin Bott is at 2,305 votes for Mayor, or 15%, slightly behind Conservative Ian Hunter. Democrat Stephanie Miner wins the race.

Howie Hawkins is at 995 votes, or 40%, for District 4 City Councillor, behind Democrat Khalid Bey. As when Hawkins ran for the same seat in 2011, the Working Families Party invested resources in his opponent in the final days of the campaign. “Every Green vote was a conscious vote”, wrote Hawkins in his reflections on the campaign.

New York City, NY –  Anthony Gronowicz received 4,741 votes, or 0.5%, for Mayor.

Julia Willebrand received 19,544 votes, or 2%, for Comptroller.

James Lane received 16,088 votes, or 1.7%, for Public Advocate.

Carl Lundgren received 1,358 votes, or 1.1%, for Bronx Borough President.

Henry Bardel received 476 votes, or 0.7%, for Staten Island Borough President.

UPDATE: With 100% reporting, Lynne Serpe has 2,412 votes, or 15% for New York City Council District 22, behind Democrat Constantinides who has 67%. Serpe finished ahead of the Republican candidate, who took 11.2%.

Other City Council races:

District 2: Miles Budde received 1,359 votes for 6.8%.

District 6: Tom Siracuse received 690 votes for 1.9%.

District 7: Christina Gonzalez received 1,581 votes for 8%.

District 11: John Reynolds received 481 votes for 2.6%.

District 12: Trevor Archer received 243 votes for 1.3%.

District 18: Walter Nestler received 302 votes for 1.9%.

District 20: Evergreen Chou received 373 votes for 3.4%.

District 43: Patrick Dwyer received 342 votes for 1.7%.

Cleveland, OH – Cleveland City Councilman Brian Cummins, a Green, defeated challenger Brian Kazy 917-892 to win reelection to his Ward 14 seat. Cummins’ challenger was endorsed by Cleveland’s mayor, who had pushed a trash-to-energy plant that Cummins opposed.

Bangor, ME – Josh Plourde, a 22 year-old Green, was the top vote-getter for 3 spots on the Bangor City Council.

Portland, ME – Anna Trevorrow was the top vote-getter for 2 seats on Portland’s School Board.

Portland voters also passed a ballot question legalizing recreational marijuana for adults, with about 70% voting in favor. Portland’s Green Party was a strong supporter of the initiative.

California - Sixteen California Greens were elected to local government on November 5th, bringing to 18 elected overall in 2013, an all-time high for the party in an odd-numbered year – and bringing to 54 the number of California Greens currently holding public office statewide. Full story at gp.org.

Marnie Glickman, who ran in a competitive race for Las Gallinas Valley Sanitary District Board, appears to have come just short of winning a seat. Glickman took 21% of the vote, compared to 23.7% for the candidate who took the third of three seats.

Arlington, VA – Audrey Clement earned 31% of the vote for Arlington County Board, finishing behind incumbent Democrat Jay Fisette.

Seattle, WA – Kshama Sawant, a Socialist Alternative candidate for Seattle City Council District 2 endorsed by the Seattle Green Party and 2012 Green Party presidential candidate Jill Stein, is at 46.7% of the vote to 53% for incumbent Richard Conlin with slightly less than half of ballots now counted. A victory for Sawant is still plausible in this tight race.

New London, CT – Mirna Martinez was elected to the New London Board of Education, the sole non-Democrat on the 7-member board.

Pennsylvania – The Green Party of Pennsylvania reports the following election victories:

Neil B. Haagen III was elected to Snow Shoe Boro Town Council.

Tausif Khan was elected Judge of Elections in Falls Township.

Eric Hamell was elected Inspector of Elections in Philadelphia.

Albany, NY – Theresa Portelli received 665 votes, or 4.5%, for Mayor.

Peter LaVenia received 55 votes, or 12.6%, for City Council Ward 11, finishing second ahead of the Republican, Independence Party, and Working Families Party candidates in the race.

Rochester, NY – Alex White received 1,690 votes, or 5.16%, for Mayor.

Emily Good received 12,952 votes, or 11.97%, for Monroe County Sheriff.

Three Greens running for 5 open seats on Rochester City Council fell short, with all five seats going to Democrats. Dorothy Paige received 3,426 votes for 3.05%, David Atias received 2,997 votes for 2.67%, and Drew Langdon received 2,814 votes for 2.5%.

In the race for School Commissioner, Lori Thomas finished 6th of 8 candidates for 3 seats with 2,775 votes for 3.89%.

Fall River, MA – Green-Rainbow Party candidate for Mayor Joe Carvalho came short of unseating incumbent Mayor Will Flanagan. Carvalho received 3,792 votes, or 31.4%, in Massachusetts’ tenth-largest city.

Holyoke, MA – Rick Purcell fell short of winning an at-large seat on Holyoke City Council, receiving 1,717 votes for 4%.

Pittsfield, MA – Mark Miller fell short of winning one of four at-large seats on Pittsfield City Council, receiving 2,378 votes, as compared to 3,459 for one incumbent who won reelection.

Cambridge, MA – In Cambridge’s at-large city council election, which uses a form of proportional representation, Elie Yarden finished 19th of 25 candidates for 9 seats.

 

Rochester Green Party slate in the news

November 1, 2013 in Local Elections

With a slate of 6 candidates running for local offices including mayor, city council, school board and sheriff, the Green Party of Rochester, NY is shaking up the city’s elections, normally one-party affairs dominated by the Democratic Party. Here are some recent stories about Rochester Greens:

Rochester City Newspaper: Meet Your Greens

Rochester Democrat and Chronicle: Emily Good (sheriff) will upend status quo

Rochester Democrat and Chronicle: Alex White (mayor) vows change on day one

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NY Greens make final drive in Syracuse, Queens

October 31, 2013 in Local Elections

From the New York Green Party:

SYRACUSE: Funds Needed For Get Out The Vote Drive
This week, Howie Hawkins found out that the Working Families Party brought out-of-town canvassers into Syracuse to support his opponent in the last days of the campaign for the Common Council’s 4th District. They did that in 2011 and Howie lost by 96 votes.
Why the Working Families Party is more concerned with defeating a Green than helping their endorsed Democrats beat Republicans is one question. Why they support THIS Democrat — a champion of tax breaks for developers whose campaign is funded by developers, who preaches the conservative message of fiscal self-sufficiency for Syracuse on a property tax base that is 56% exempt in a city with a 38% poverty rate — is another question.

The question for progressives is, can we beat the conservative class agenda of the Democratic Machine with an independent, progressive alternative? Read the rest of this entry →

Feisty Green Party candidate waging spirited campaign in Harlem

October 30, 2013 in Local Elections

p christina gonzalezFrom Uncovered Politics:

On September 24, Christina González, a Green Party candidate for the open District 7 New York City Council seat in upper Manhattan, was arrested in a Harlem subway station on her way to protest the hiring of former CIA Director and U.S. General David Petraeus by the previously tuition-free City University of New York (CUNY).

Gonzalez is determined not to let the arrest detract from her campaign.  She explained recently that the incident was prompted by the fact the city’s public transportation has become prohibitively expensive for many New Yorkers.  More than 1.6 billion people use the subway yearly in New York City, and while some view public transit for being “just for poor people,”the average New York straphanger makes $55,000 a year, hardly a working-class wage. Read the rest of this entry →

Queens Chronicle interviews Lynne Serpe, Green for New York City Council

October 29, 2013 in Local Elections

p lynne serpeFrom the Queens Chronicle:

Lynne Serpe, one of several candidates looking to take the District 22 City Council seat being vacated by Peter Vallone Jr. in January, says residents are in need of a change.

“Democracy is about choice,” she said. “This is the first time in a long time that the seat is completely open. For me, this election really gives the voters the opportunity to move forward and move forward in a way that is sustainable.”

As a candidate on the Green Party line, almost all of Serpe’s goals for District 22, which includes most of Astoria, involve sustainability.

“The city keeps rezoning industrial building zones but there is a way to support these businesses without rezoning,” she said. “If we want solar panels on commercial buildings, those need to be built somewhere, so why not bring those jobs here? The Brooklyn Navy Yard, though it is in a different ownership situation … by investing in rooftop farming and other environmentally friendly tactics, is a great example of what development can be.” Read the rest of this entry →

Rochester & Syracuse Democrats refuse to debate Greens

October 21, 2013 in Local Elections

p kevin bottFrom Green Party US:

Syracuse

Green Party demands debate going into mayoral election

“We feel given the state of the city right now, the people deserve to hear all ideas and perspectives about the cities future,” said Green Party candidate Kevin Bott.

When asked if she would debate, Democratic Mayor Stephanie Miner said “I am working from sun up to sun down, 12-14 hours a day. There is just not a lot of time in the day,” she said. “I’m meeting with lots of people, talking about lots of issues so that is what I am focused on,”

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Lovely Warren won’t debate Alex White in Rochester Read the rest of this entry →

Green New York City council candidate: Tax Wall Street

October 17, 2013 in Local Elections

From The Villager:

With no Green Party candidate in sight for the City Council District 2 race, Miles Budde decided to step up to the plate. A few months ago, a friend of Budde’s told him the Green Party was looking for a candidate to run in the East Side district. Budde agreed to help with the search, and said if they could not find anyone, he would take it a little further and be the candidate — and the offer stuck. Read the rest of this entry →

Green Party: After shutdown, Americans still need Medicare for All, Social Security without reductions, deep cuts in military spending

October 16, 2013 in Social & Economic Justice

green party earthflowerFrom Ralph White at Hot Indie News:

Green Party leaders spoke out yesterday about the budget impasse, government shutdown, bipartisan plans to scale back Social Security and Medicare, and looming negotiations on the debt ceiling.

Greens emphasized that the Affordable Care Act, which remains at the center of the stalemate between Democrats, traditional Republicans, and extremist Tea Party Republicans, must be replaced with a single-payer national health care system (“Medicare For All”).

• James Lane, Green candidate for Public Advocate of New York City (http://www.VoteJamesLane.org): “After the shutdown ends, Congress and the White House will deal with the debt ceiling, but we can count on both Democratic and Republican leaders to ignore the major cause of the nation’s rising debt — the bloated military budget and President Bush’s unfunded wars. The ceiling was enacted in 1917 to protect U.S. taxpayers from the financial cost of war and the tendency of presidents to go to war without raising money to pay for it. The invasions of Afghanistan and Iraq were accompanied by massive tax cuts for the wealthy and followed by the economic collapse and bailout of Wall Street. Instead of cuts to food stamps, Medicare, Social Security, and other sorely need social programs during the lingering recession, we need deep reductions in military spending. Greens have called for elimination of hundred-billion-dollar subsidies for defense contractors and a halt to military strikes on countries that haven’t attacked the U.S. Defense spending should only cover the immediate defense of U.S. borders from outside attack and continuing services for veterans.” Read the rest of this entry →

Green candidate for Albany mayor outlines plan for city

October 15, 2013 in Local Elections

p theresa portelliFrom the Albany Times Union:

Laying out her economic plan for the city Monday morning, Green Party mayoral candidate Theresa Portelli said she wants Albany to replace property tax with a land value tax to battle blight and create jobs, adding that she feels much-discussed plans for a downtown convention center and aquarium are not practical or sustainable.

“I’d rather invest and raise awareness of Albany as the sixth oldest city in the U.S.,” Portelli said outside the new Honest Weight Food Co-Op on Watervliet Avenue. “I think it’s really a tourist draw.”

Portelli chose to speak in front of the co-op because, she said, Albany needs more successful member-owned businesses that mirror Honest Weight.

She said that instead of standard property tax she’d like to see a land-use tax. Such a plan would disregard value of buildings and property and take into account the value of the land itself. Portelli said this would help force owners who sit on abandoned or vacant properties to give up or develop those assets. Portelli said she would like to see jobs created by hiring people to renovate those buildings into sustainable housing. Read the rest of this entry →

Syracuse Green mayoral candidate Kevin Bott Q&A transcript

September 19, 2013 in Local Elections

p kevin bottSyracuse Green Party mayoral candidate Kevin Bott recently answered questions in a live chat on Syracuse.com.

Kevin Bott, the Green Party candidate for Syracuse mayor, said in a live chat with Syracuse.com readers Wednesday that he is in the race to win. ”I’m not in this race as a symbol, or just to get new ideas out there. I don’t roll like that,” Bott said.

See the transcript of the Q&A session at Syracuse.com.

Howie Hawkins campaign plans moneybloom for Friday Sept. 27

September 18, 2013 in Local Elections

p howie hawkinsHowie Hawkins is a long-time New York Green organizer who is running for Syracuse Common Council. He received nearly 60,000 votes as the New York Green Party’s candidate for governor in 2010, winning ballot access for the party, and earned 48% of the vote for Syracuse Common Council District 4 in 2011 – the same seat he is running for now.

Howie Hawkins’ campaign team is organizing a moneybloom – when supporters pledge to give on a single day to collectively reach a fundraising goal – to support Hawkins’ campaign on Friday, September 27th. From Howie Hawkins for 4th district councilor:

Howie is running for Syracuse City Council in order to speak up for the policies needed to fully fund our schools and public services. He is a lifelong activist, always working hard, agitating and organizing for practical solutions.

To support him, we are organizing a MoneyBloom, a one day, online fundraising event.

Please pledge to donate whatever you can spare to support Howie Hawkins and a historic Green win in Syracuse!

Green campaign for Syracuse mayor to launch Wednesday

September 10, 2013 in Local Elections

p kevin bottFrom the Syracuse Post-Standard:

Kevin Bott, the Green Party candidate for Syracuse mayor, will kick off his campaign on the steps of Syracuse City Hall Wednesday afternoon – the day after the Democratic Party primary.

Expect to hear about some issues not discussed so far in the race. The five issues listed on his website include leadership, poverty and jobs, education, justice and birth.

Bott is the associate director of Imagining America: Artists and Scholars in Public Life. He is also the founder and artistic director of The D.R.E.A.M. Freedom Revival, in Syracuse. He has also directed a downstate non-profit that works through theater with men recently released and in prison. He has a doctorate in educational theater from New York University. Read the rest of this entry →