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Green Party Candidate for Governor Howie Hawkins says Syracuse is poisoning its children, and he has a plan to stop it.  A 2016 study by The Journal of Pediatrics found that, in terms of percentage, Syracuse’s youth had the highest lead levels in the nation between 2009 and 2015.   

Hawkins is making it a campaign issue.

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The visit of Ivanka Trump to the P-Tech program at Syracuse’s I-T-C school did not go unnoticed by demonstrators who wanted to protest immigration and education policy.  Rae Kramer was there to oppose Trump Administration border actions she calls cruel and racist.  And she believes Ms. Trump could persuade her father on the issue.

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Former Syracuse Mayor Stephanie Miner has decided to run for New York Governor after all.  The New York Times was first to report her independent campaign on Monday.  Since last fall, Miner had said she was mulling a run for governor or Congress but hadn't made a decision. 

Green Party's Howie Hawkins Announces Run for NY Governor

Apr 13, 2018
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Yet another candidate has announced a run for New York governor.  Syracuse’s own Howie Hawkins is seeking the Green Party nomination for the state’s top job. Four years ago, Hawkins earned more than 184,000 votes, which he says pushed the state in new directions.  

 “We got five percent and Governor Cuomo, I think, was compelled to compete for those progressive votes by adopting some of our demands like the ban on fracking, the millionaire’s tax, the $15 minimum wage, paid family leave. Well, we moved policy, and we intend to do the same thing this time.”

Syracuse Mayoral Candidates Discuss Sustainability in Debate at City Hall Commons

Oct 27, 2017
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Syracuse’s four mayoral candidates squared off for another debate Friday, this one moderated by WAER News at City Hall Commons. 

The theme was “sustainability,” and Howie Hawkins, Laura Lavine, Ben Walsh and Juanita Perez Williams offered their thoughts on how it figures into a wide range of topics.

The Green Party’s Howie Hawkins is never short of ideas, all of them progressive and some might say a bit radical.  So it might seem the Consensus Commission’s sweeping new recommendations for modernizing local government would fit his agenda.  But Hawkins has mixed reviews…

The chair of the Green Party in Onondaga County says a metropolitan government is needed to address segregation, poverty, and economic stagnation.  But Howie Hawkins says the model proposed by the consensus commission would only amplify those problems. 

He agrees with consensus that the recommendations to consolidate 16 functions of government like road maintenance and public safety can probably be done now and relatively quickly to provide better infrastructure and services.

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Syracuse advocates for renewable energy are urging Governor Cuomo to ramp up his efforts to reach a more sustainable New York. Mark Dunlea of the Green Education and Legal Fund says he is pleased that Cuomo recognizes climate change as a serious problem, but…

“Unfortunately, what he has proposed to date in terms of the state’s climate action agenda is not enough to really avoid catastrophic climate change.”

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Syracuse City Auditor Marty Masterpole wants to set the record straight on a number of allegations made by his green party opponent in recent weeks.  Masterpole is rebutting many of Howie Hawkins' claims, including that he’s not doing enough audits compared to his predecessor.

"My opponent references '11 audits per year and you're doing 4.'  I haven't counted 11 unique audits in 2008, 2009, 2010, or 2011.  There's no 11 unique audits."

Masterpole says he personally sets his office’s performance indicators; they’re not dictated by the city charter.  He says there’s a simple explanation for why the number of audits might be down. 

"The land bank audit was very extensive, it was time consuming, it was needed to help the land bank which is doing great work helping clean bad properties from our neighborhoods, collect taxes, etc.  Had I known at the time the extensiveness of that audit, maybe I would have set that performance indicator backwards."

Masterpole says the land bank audit is necessary to help the relatively new city-county entity build a path to success.  He also refutes a claim by Hawkins that audits of alcoholic beverage surcharge revenue at Clinton Square festivals are a low priority. 

"Before we started monitoring it, it would bring in  between$20,000 and $25,000.  Now I ask each festival, we want to know how much alcohol you sold, backed up with receipts from the beverage companies.  We're up to about $100,000, or up  $70,000 a year."

Which translates to about $250,000 over the past four years.  Masterpole says he’ll continue those audits because it makes sense to put that money back into parks operations.  

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  Green Party candidate for Syracuse City Auditor Howie Hawkins is getting support from three former city officials, all democrats.  Hawkins knows former Common Councilors Lance Denno and Pat Hogan, as well as former Deputy City Auditor Lawrence Bott are taking a bit of a political risk.

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  Three candidates are going to be on the Green Party ticket in this November’s elections. One of them is Howie Hawkins, who ran for Governor last November and earned about 5 percent of the vote.

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