Cuomo was born on December 6, 1957, in Queens, N.Y. The son of former Governor Mario Cuomo, he graduated from Archbishop Molloy High School, Fordham University, and Albany Law School. Cuomo was named a top aide to his father's inaugural campaign for governor shortly after receiving his law degree.
Nixon was raised on the upper west side of Manhattan in New York City. She attended Barnard College of Columbia University. Nixon's professional experience includes acting and performance as well as political advocacy related to abortion, LGBTQ issues, education, and racial issues.
Joel Giambra is the former two term County Executive of Erie County, serving from 2000 to 2008. Under his tenure, he cut property taxes by 31%, reduced county spending, and pushed for further property tax relief by shifting the County’s reliance away from the punitive property tax and towards the consumption-oriented sales tax. He often warred with the region’s political and business establishment, and took bold risks to force changes in Albany’s relationship with local government.
While serving as Buffalo City Comptroller early in his career he was an aggressive advocate for regional governance – often deriding Western New York’s political culture that prized municipal fiefdoms. He railed against Erie County’s 42 separate general purpose governments and instigated a regional conversation focused on making government smaller, more efficient, and more affordable.
“We are a community that grows older, poorer, and sicker; but our governments grow bigger, more costly, and less efficient,” he would often explain. That conversation would later enable the regional cooperation that followed. Giambra was never afraid to embrace bipartisanship, and reveled in an independent political style. He was a Democrat early in his career, later becoming a Republican in 1999.
Giambra was one of the youngest Buffalo Common Council members ever – and was an early champion of progressive urban revitalization efforts. He was a leading preservationist before the movement had a name for itself – championing the restoration of the Connecticut Street Armory and helping to prevent the large-scale slum clearance of the historic Columbus Park and Prospect Hill neighborhoods.
Raised in the ethnic Italian neighborhood of the Lower West Side of Buffalo, Giambra was born in 1951 to a single mother. He grew up in the Lakeview Housing Project. He later reflected that, “it was an environment where everybody was poor but we didn’t know it.”
Giambra attended Grover Cleveland High School and Erie Community College, married Michelle Lettieri in 1982, and raised four children: Gabriella, Nicholas, Dominic, and Joel. He resides in Tonawanda, NY. In recent years Giambra has embarked on a mission to rebuild his childhood neighborhood – buying up vacant lots and building new homes.
He is a cancer survivor, defeating an aggressive stage-four form of throat cancer that almost took his life, requiring him to endure intensive radiation and major surgery during his first term as County Executive.
Howie Hawkinshas been an organizer in movements for peace, justice, labor, the environment, and independent working-class politics since 1967 when he got active in "The Movement" as a teenager in the San Francisco Bay Area.
Howie is a socialist who believes self-organization, independent political action, and international solidarity by the working class and oppressed people for full political and economic democracy is the way to build a society of freedom, equality, solidarity, peace, and ecological sustainability.
After attending Dartmouth College, Howie worked in construction in New England in the 1970s and 1980s. He helped organize a worker cooperative that specialized in energy efficiency and solar and wind installations.
When the Socialist Partyof Eugene Debs, A. Philip Randolph, Helen Keller, and Norman Thomas re-established itself in 1973, Howie joined and remains a member. He is also a member ofSolidarity, which promotes "socialism from below" and international solidarity because the fight for freedom against all dictators and imperialisms is worldwide and indivisible.
He was a co-founder of the anti-nuclearClamshell Alliancein 1976 and theGreen Partyin the US in 1984. In the 1970s and 1980s, he was a leader in the anti-apartheid divestment movement to end US corporate investment in the racist system of oppression and labor exploitation in South Africa.
Howie moved to Syracuse in 1991 to develop cooperatives for CommonWorks, a federation of cooperatives that promoted cooperative ownership, democratic control, and ecological sustainability in the local economy.
Howie has been a Green Party candidate for city council, mayor, and auditor in Syracuse. His vote has grown from 3% for at-large councilor in 1993 to 48% for a district council seat in 2011. In 2015, he received 35% of the citywide vote for city auditor.
As the Green Party's candidate for Governor of New York in 2010 and 2014, he campaigned for a ban on fracking, 100% clean energy by 2030, single-payer healthcare, an end to Governor Cuomo's test-punish-privatize-and-segregate education agenda, and for progressive taxes and revenue sharing as the alternative to Cuomo's austerity budgets for schools, cities, and public services. In 2014, he received 5 percent of the vote, the most for an independent progressive party candidate for Governor in New York history except the 5.7% in 1918 and 5.6% in 1920 received by the Socialist Party candidates.
Howie's articles on politics, economics, and environmental issues have appeared inAgainst the Current, Black Agenda Report, CounterPunch, Green Politics, International Socialist Review, Labor Notes, New Politics, Peace and Democracy News, Roll Call, Society and Nature, Z Magazine, and other publications. He is the editor of and a contributor toIndependent Politics: The Green Party Strategy Debate(Haymarket Books, 2006).
A life-long upstate resident, Stephanie Miner has been fighting for New Yorkers for decades. As two-term Mayor of Syracuse, she spurred economic development; directed rebuilding of local infrastructure; and created open data policies to fight corruption through increased voter transparency and better access to information.
Miner broke new ground as the first female Mayor of any major New York city. Elected at the height of the economic meltdown, she applied innovative and tech-oriented solutions to issues from rebuilding roads to repairing civic water mains to incentivizing construction of affordable housing for working families. She was named a “trailblazing woman” by the Northeast Women in Public Financing. In 2013, Syracuse voters reelected her to a second term as Mayor with over 68% of the vote.
Miner has consistently been an advocate for public education. As Syracuse Common Councilor, Stephanie Miner was instrumental in creating the groundbreaking Say Yes to Education program, which offered free or reduced college tuition for all graduates of Syracuse public high schools.
Prior to entering public office, Miner worked for ten years as a labor attorney with the firm of Blitman & King, representing both unions and employees.
Miner also served as the Central New York Regional Representative for Governor Mario Cuomo in 1994 and Upstate Coordinator for Geraldine Ferraro’s 1992 U.S. Senate campaign.
Stephanie Miner graduated Magna Cum Laude from Syracuse University and received a J.D. from SUNY Buffalo. She lives in her hometown of Syracuse with her husband John F.X. “Jack” Mannion and their dog Fig. She has fond childhood memories of her first foray into political activism, sitting at her grandmother’s kitchen table stuffing envelopes.
Marcus J. Molinaro was elected to be Dutchess County’s 7th County Executive in November 2011 with 62% of the vote. At the age of 36, he took office as the youngest County Executive in Dutchess County history. Marc Molinaro was first elected to public office at the age of 18 in 1994, serving as a member of the Village of Tivoli Board of Trustees after having volunteered and worked in the village, and interning for then-Assemblywoman Eileen Hickey. The very next year he became the youngest mayor in the United States. He was re-elected mayor five times and elected four times to the Dutchess County Legislature, where he served as Chairman of the Budget, Finance and Personnel Committee and Co-Chairman of the Commission on Child Protection.
In 2006, Molinaro brought his passion for public service to Albany when he was elected to serve in the New York State Assembly as the representative of the 103rd District. During his tenure Marc led the fight to preserve the Hudson River Valley Greenway and adopt sweeping budget and ethics reform legislation. He joined then-Attorney General Andrew Cuomo in sponsoring and adopting the “Government Consolidation and Citizen Empowerment Act.” He was the sponsor of several improvements to New York State’s Election Law, opposed the MTA payroll tax and worked to provide the necessary relief to revitalize our economy and improve our shared quality of life. Molinaro was appointed by Assembly Minority Leader Brian Kolb to serve as Assistant Assembly Minority Leader Pro Tempore. He was appointed by Governor Andrew Cuomo to serve on his Transition Team and subsequently to serve as a member of the Governor’s Mandate Relief Redesign Team.
Molinaro has served as an active member of the Tivoli Fire Department as well as numerous community and civic organizations including the Hudson River Valley Greenway Communities Council, Dutchess County Historical Society, Hudson Advisory Board, Dutchess County American Cancer Society, Dutchess County Farm Bureau, Red Hook Senior Services and Hardscrabble Committees. He has also been a Red Hook Little League coach.
In 2010, he was honored with the VV Anderson Award for Community Service presented by the Anderson Center for Autism. In 2011, Astor Services for Children and Families presented him with the Louise Marillac Public Service Award in recognition of the work he has done on behalf of children and families in the community.
Molinaro is a graduate of Dutchess Community College, where he earned a Dutchess United Educators award, and the PACE Land Use Law Center Community Leadership Alliance. He has been recognized by the Greater Southern Dutchess Chamber of Commerce and “Capitol” news publication as one of their first “Forty under Forty” leaders. The Albany Times Union cited him as one of Albany’s “True Reformers,” the Hudson Register Star recognized him as a “strong advocate,” and the Poughkeepsie Journal called Molinaro a “voice of reason." In 2012, the readers of Hudson Valley Magazine voted Molinaro “Best Politician” in the Hudson Valley region.
County Executive Molinaro, his wife Corinne an children Abigail, Jack and Eli reside in Red Hook, NY.
Larry isn’t just a leader; he develops other people into great leaders, too. With almost 15 years of experience training and mentoring international executives, entrepreneurs, and sales people, he has a wealth of experience across a variety of industries. In his professional life, Larry empowers people to realize their full potential, and as our Governor, he’ll empower New Yorkers to achieve prosperity and freedom. In the private sector, he’s honed his skills in building relationships between companies and their clientele—in government, he’ll bridge the gap between Democrats and Republicans, and between the citizens of New York and its government, in a new era of ethics and transparency.
Larry’s business experience isn’t limited to teaching; his professional life began with ventures in trucking and distribution, where he built enough value in his last enterprise to sell it to an eager buyer. As Managing Director of The Neo-Sage Group, he builds his own business while helping his clients to thrive as leaders in their respective industries. Larry will use his experience to guide the governorship into a position of competency. In past projects, he has successfully reorganized companies to optimize efficiency and effectiveness, helping them to accomplish more with less. He’ll use this mindset to trim the fat in government while hiring the right talent to build a better New York.
As a Marine Corps veteran and father, Larry values duty, service, honesty, and loyalty. His experience imparted crucial skills like flexibility, resilience, discipline, and focus. With nearly seven years of active duty and an honorable discharge, teamwork and strategic thinking are at Larry’s core. He is attuned to the needs of veterans, as well as to the value of human life and liberty. As a loyal husband and honest businessman, he values ethics in everyday life. And as the father of two daughters, he understands that time is precious and that it is important to do now what is needed for the future. As Governor of New York, Larry will put all of these values to work for you.