Green Party Gubernatorial Candidate Visits Binghamton

Published 07/09 2014 02:19PM

Updated 07/09 2014 05:20PM

The Green Party candidate for New York State Governor visited Greater Binghamton today to lay out some of his positions on the issues.

Howie Hawkins lives in Syracuse and is a member of the Teamsters working overnights unloading trucks for UPS.

He ran for governor in 2010 and received 60,000 votes.

Hawkins says he supports a living minimum wage of $15 per hour and higher taxes on the rich so that the state can provide more aid to struggling local municipalities.

He also says the state needs true ethics reform.

"Senator Libous down here has now been indicted. That makes about 30 in the last decade in the state legislature. This is an epidemic of corruption. I think what we need to do is what Cuomo said he would do and did not do in 2010 and that is have an independent ethics commission," said Hawkins.

State Senator Tom Libous has been charged with making a false statement to the FBI, a charge he denies.

Hawkins also says he's the only candidate who favors an all-out ban on hydrofracking.

He says a switch to renewable energy could also benefit our area's struggling economy.

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