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Green Party's Hawkins makes campaign stop in Buffalo

DOWNTOWN BUFFALO -- Green Party gubernatorial candidate Howie Hawkins tried to paint himself as alternative to Democrat Andrew Cuomo during a campaign stop inside City Hall this morning.

12:40 p.m.: Hawkins was asked what he thought of GOP candidate and Buffalo developer Carl Paladino. Here's what he said:

12:18 p.m.: Here's some recent media coverage of Hawkins in the Rochester Democrat & Chronicle, the Auburn Citizen and the Politics on the Hudson blog.

11:53 a.m.: Hawkins said he supports increasing taxes on the rich in order to raise funds to pay for state services.

Hawkins said he believes that the "trickle down" economic theory -- which he says has seen tax breaks for the rich over the past 30 years -- hasn't worked.

He said he also favors the state Legislature granting more "home rule" powers to cities which would allow those interested in implementing income or commuter taxes to do so.

He also said he does not support a property tax cap.

Here's more of what Hawkins said when asked about the impact of his proposed tax policies:

11:24 a.m.: Hawkins said that while "it looks like Cuomo's going to win," progressives and environmentalists have another choice. 

Here's an audio clip from his press conference:

Check back for more audio and video (sorry folks, no video coming) from Hawkins' stop.

--Aaron Besecker

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