Howie Hawkins wants Zephyr Teachout voters — both progressives and conservatives who are frustrated with Gov. Andrew Cuomo — to consider the Green Party in November.
Hawkins, of Syracuse, says his platform to shift the tax burden to wealthy New Yorkers, fight against hydrofracking and impose a higher minimum wage should appeal to most of the 180,000 voters who supported Teachout on Tuesday.
“I’m the the anti-Cuomo vote,” Hawkins said. “If that was a progressive vote, I’m the last one on the ballot.”
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Citizen advocate Ralph Nader will be in Albany and Glens Falls on Sunday, September 14th to campaign for New York Green Party candidates Howie Hawkins (Governor), Matt Funiciello (US House of Representatives District 21), and Theresa Portelli (Comptroller).
Hawkins, Jones, Jimenez Call for a Green New Deal on Labor Day
$15 Minimum Wage, A Guaranteed Job, Health Care for All, Organizing Rights
Howie Hawkins, the Green Party candidate for Governor, said that as Governor he would unilaterally raise the state minimum wage to $15 an hour. “The raise will inject billions of dollars into the purchasing power of the state’s working class. That would be far more effective in stimulating the state’s economy than Governor Cuomo squandering public money on tax breaks for big business and the rich,” Hawkins said.
Hawkins also said that the state should guarantee every New Yorker a living wage job. He would create a public works program, as well as investing in transitioning the state’s energy system to 100% clean renewable energy by 2030. A peer-reviewed study in the journal Energy Policy projects that such an energy program would create 4.5 million jobs. Jobs and training would be guaranteed to existing current workers in the fossil fuel and nuclear industries.
“If the private sector can’t provide a decent job to everyone who needs one, the public sector will. Rather than an unemployment office, we will have an employment office that provides jobs,” added Hawkins. read more »
The New York Observer reports on Ramon Jimenez, New York Green Party candidate for Attorney General:
Ramon Jimenez–a Green Party challenger to Attorney General Eric Schneiderman–today argued that Republican Staten Island District Attorney Dan Donovan is too intimately tied to law enforcement to prosecute the officers involved in the chokehold homicide of Eric Garner.
Noting that Mr. Donovan has repeatedly received the endorsements of top cop unions and works with police in the prosecution of criminal offenses, the Harvard-educated Mr. Jimenez said that the Staten Island lawman cannot fairly bring justice in the case of Mr. Garner–who medical examiners determined last week died as a result of being placed in a throat restraint by undercover officers. Mr. Jimenez instead called for the appointment of a special prosecutor or for a federal indictment of the police involved.
“It certainly should be taken out of the hands of the Staten Island D.A.,” Mr. Jimenez said. “Donovan is very close to the police in Staten Island, we don’t know if there will be clarity.”
The Legislative Gazette in New York reports:
Howie Hawkins, the Green Party nominee for governor, renewed his call for debates after he rose to 7 percent in the latest NBC 4 New York/Wall Street Journal/Marist College poll released Tuesday.
Both Gov. Andrew Cuomo and his Republican challenger Rob Astorino dropped in the recent poll, the first after the Moreland Commission revelations in the new York Times broke on July 23.
“Voters have a right to hear where the candidates stand on the issues. I am facing two conservatives in the major parties who are out of touch with the needs and concerns of most voters. The more the voters hear about where the Green Party stands, the better I continue to do,” said Hawkins.
MSNBC recently covered Howie Hawkins’ campaign for NY Governor – here’s an excerpt from the article:
New Yorkers are hungry for an alternative to Cuomo, says Hawkins, who points to an April 2014 poll in which a generic nominee from the left-leaning Working Families Party (WFP) commanded 24% to Cuomo’s 39%.
“I think we’re the ticket that 24% is looking for,” Hawkins told msnbc. “They just haven’t found us yet. When they find us, we’ve got a real race.” read more »
From Howie Hawkins and Brian Jones, Green Party candidates for New York Governor and Lt. Gov:
This weekend was a turning point. It’s never been clearer that the ONLY gubernatorial candidate who actually stands with working families throughout New York is Howie Hawkins.
At the heart of our campaign is the struggle to defend and improve public education. Cuomo has made it clear that he supports the corporate privatization of our schools. That’s why Howie Hawkins asked Brian Jones, a long-time public school teacher and activist to be his running mate. As Howie said to a standing-room only crowd in New York City this weekend, “We don’t hesitate to challenge Cuomo, we’re ready for this fight.” read more »
ALBANY: New York’s Green Party is reaching out to the Working Families Party to explore a liberal coalition to defeat Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo. The rare overture reflects a growing dissatisfaction by some liberal leaders for Cuomo’s business tax cuts and spending reductions in his first term.
“We share opposition to the conservative economic, fiscal, educational, and environmental policies of Governor Cuomo,” states the letter signed by Green candidate for governor Howie Hawkins and his running mates. “We also share common progressive policy goals, including single payer health care, raising minimum wages, progressive tax reform, fully-funded public schools, tuition-free CUNY and SUNY, a ban on fracking, and building a carbon-free economy by 2030. It therefore makes sense that we should meet to discuss how we can work together for a united fight against the Cuomo agenda and for the policy goals we share,” the Green Party stated. read more »
Baker and political activist Matt Funiciello of Glens Falls, who recently kicked off his congressional campaign in New York’s 21st district, has been making headlines with a strong start to his grassroots campaign. From Denton Publications:
GLENS FALLS — Matt Funiciello, the Green Party’s candidate for Congress, formally announced his candidacy to replace retiring Congressman Bill Owens (D-Plattsburgh) at the Rock Hill Bakehouse, the bakery he owns and manages in Glens Falls, on Wednesday, May 7. Nearly 100 voters came to hear the candidate speak.
“The kickoff showed just how fed up people in the district are with the false divide in politics,” said Funiciello in a written statement. “They are tired of sending representatives to Washington who are funded by, and represent, big corporate interests.” read more »
The Green Party of Rhode Island is seeking to create a five-state alliance of Green parties (MA-RI-CT-NY-NJ) to STOP the proposed Algonquin Pipeline expansion. This $971 million project has moved into high gear, with a final application now on file at the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission. There’s been little public comment so far and the opposition, while growing, has been fragmented. Only the Green parties are positioned to quickly ramp up a coordinated, multi-state resistance.
In Rhode Island, the project would make “improvements” to the Burrillville Compressor Station, a rural facility which dramatically increases the transmission pressure of highly explosive gas, and is located adjacent to a fragile state forest, between two streams that feed reservoirs and the Blackstone River / Narragansett Bay watershed. All of this is to get more Marcellus Shale fracked gas from Pennsylvania and points West to Boston. Four even larger compressor upgrades are planned for Connecticut and New York. There is still time to stop this if the Green parties in the Northeast move quickly. read more »
State Green Parties in New York, New Mexico, Hawai’i, Maryland, Michigan, Maine, and California are holding meetings in coming weeks to nominate candidates, discuss strategy, and get to know new members. If you are near one of these upcoming state meetings, we hope you will attend.
The Green Party of New York State convention will be held in Troy on May 17th. More information is available here on the party’s website.
|I am excited to let you know that Brian Jones has stepped up to run as the Green Party candidate for Lieutenant Governor.
Brian would not just balance the Green Party ticket. He will multiply it.
To be sure, balance is good. He’s downstate; I’m upstate. He’s a Teacher; I’m a Teamster. He’s black; I’m white. He’s younger; I’m older.
Brian brings a record of effective and significant organizing, speaking, and acting on the issue that I am hearing the most about from voters as I campaign around the state: public education. read more »
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!
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 more »
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 more »
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.