Howie Hawkins, who ran on the Green Party line against Cuomo last time around, may be the best third party candidate/protest vote we're going to get against Cuomo this time around:
Howie Hawkins today announced he will seek the Green Party nomination to run for governor, as he did in 2010.
Hawkins, a graveyard-shift United Parcel Service worker from Syracuse's South Side, has no illusions about his chances of winning, but he does have ambitious goals for the race.
In 2010, Hawkins won 59,906 votes -- more than any other third-party candidate who ran against Democrat Andrew Cuomo. This time around, Hawkins wants to quadruple his vote total to lodge a "strong protest'' against the policies of Cuomo and the Democrats.
His message is one of help for the middle class and working poor. He advocates guaranteed employment, single-payer public health care, tuition-free state university education, and a $15-an-hour minimum wage. He supports a ban on hydrofracking and a transition to 100 percent "clean energy" by 2030, among other positions.
Sounds like a great message to me.