A WWNY-TV7 News/Siena College poll showed Mr. Cuomo leading Mr. Astorino 44-35 percent, with 12 percent of the vote going to Howie Hawkins, the Green Party candidate for governor. The poll, which surveyed likely voters in New York’s 21st Congressional District, had a margin of error of plus or minus 4 percentage points.
In 2010, Howie Hawkins succeeded in getting 50,000 votes in the governor’s race, which qualified the Green Party for official ballot status in New York for four years. This year, making a repeat run, his goal is not just to qualify for ballot status, but to get 250,000 votes, about 5 percent of the total vote
With Cuomo still on the fence about fracking and his Republican challenger Rob Astorino firmly in favor of fracking, the anti-fracking position come November will be left to Howie Hawkins, the Green Party candidate for governor. Whether or not Hawkins can capitalize on the no-fracking momentum Teachout built remains to be seen.
Running to Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo's left in the Nov. 4 election, Green Party candidate Howie Hawkins wants to pull in voters who backed Zephyr Teachout in the Democratic primary. So here was Hawkins, 61, of Syracuse, in front of a big Pathmark in East Harlem on Friday, doing his best to drum up interest, one pedestrian at a time.