The following was originally published in the Post Star.
GLENS FALLS — Green Party gubernatorial candidate Howie Hawkins said Thursday that he did not hear a lot about the needs of upstate residents during Wednesday’s Democratic debate between Gov. Andrew Cuomo and primary challenger Cynthia Nixon.
Hawkins said the two candidates seemed to spend a lot of time sniping at each other and avoiding the economic issues that people are talking to him about. They face rising property taxes and rising costs for their health care and food, he said.
“I can’t pay my bills. Wages have been stagnant,” he said, talking to reporters during a campaign stop outside Crandall Public Library.
Hawkins, who also ran for governor in 2010 and 2014, is pitching a “Green New Deal,” to switch the state to 100 percent energy from renewable sources by 2030. He said that is a more aggressive timetable than Cuomo and other candidates have put forward.