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Green Party candidate says his chances are improving

Karen Dewitt
Howie Hawkins, Green Party candidate for governor, appears in Albany.

The Green Party candidate for governor, making a statewide tour, says there’s always been an alternative, left-leaning candidate for governor and he says his chances to win votes are now better than ever.

Howie Hawkins, the Green Party nominee for governor, calls the Working Families Party endorsement of Gov. Andrew Cuomo a sellout and says the nomination does not address lingering concerns about the governor on the left. He says several unhappy Working Families members have contacted him in the past few days, and he says the fallout could improve the Green Party’s chances in November.

“Double digits are definitely within reach,” Hawkins said. “The sky’s the limit.”  

Hawkins says the Working Families Party gave Cuomo all the power when they endorsed him, and are no longer in a position to criticize.

“They don’t have any leverage,” Hawkins said.

Karen DeWitt is Capitol Bureau Chief for New York State Public Radio, a network of 10 public radio stations in New York State. She has covered state government and politics for the network since 1990.