Candidates Forum, May 8th, 2018
Shore Hill Community Center, 9000 Shore Rd., Brooklyn
On Tuesday, May 8th I spoke at an Educational Forum: Meet the Candidates for the 11th Congressional District. Besides me, there were 6 Democrats and 1 Republican.
I told the group that I was also a senior and a member of AARP. I told the group that we had a bad economy in the USA that was causing unemployment, not enough repairs to our infrastructure, and poverty.
I told the audience that the cause of this bad economy was a maldistribution of wealth, and what we should do is tax the wealthy 1% 70 to 92% like we did from 1942 to 1980. THAT’S WHEN AMERICA WAS GREAT.
On Saturday, April 21, Peace Action of Staten Island invited me and 6 Democrats, who are running for Congress in the 11th Congressional District for their party nomination, to a Candidate Forum at the Unitarian Church of Staten Island. I introduced myself and stressed that we had to pay attention to the warning given by Dwight Eisenhower about the unwarranted influence to our society of the Military Industrial Complex.
We candidates were also asked a lot of questions about peace and I stressed the absolute need to carry out diplomacy with every country to maintain peace throughout the world. I also stressed that we should greatly reduce the number of foreign military bases we have around the world.
Here are the vote totals for the SI Borough President race from the NYC Board of Elections. Hank received 773 votes for .84% of the total. These are the unofficial numbers. Absentee and military ballots haven’t been counted yet.
On Monday, 11/6/17 , from 3 — 5PM, John Dennie and I went to the South Ferry Terminal and gave out 60 of my campaign fliers to people who were catching the ferry boat to Staten Island. A couple of people said they would vote for me.
The right to safe, affordable housing is a basic Green Party value. We fully support the efforts of union organizer and activist, Ray Rogers, and his Campaign to Stop REBNY Bullies.
From the campaign website:
“The Campaign to Stop REBNY Bullies seeks to end the political dominance of REBNY and its abuse of economic and political power. REBNY’s top policymakers have been described as a cartel of bullies and racketeers and REBNY as one of the worst institutions to ever plague NYC.
The Campaign stands by its claims that corrupt activities by many influential REBNY decision-makers and their companies are at the heart of the lack of affordable housing and homeless crisis, thousands of small businesses shutting down, hyper-gentrification and massive displacement, once vibrant neighborhoods disappearing, increasing construction worker fatalities and the compromising of our political system. Please visit stopREBNYbullies.org and watch the 5-minute animated film ‘BULLIES’.”
Campaign to Stop REBNY Bullies
PO Box 1002 Cooper Station
New York, NY 10276-1002
On 10/24/17 I gave a campaign speech at the Pleasant Plains Princess Bay Richmond Valley Civic Association Political Forum held at Staten Island Gateway Church on Boscombe Avenue in Tottenville.
Hank with forum organizer Janine Materna
I explained my views on how we could make the bad American Economy get revived and work again for all Americans not just the richest 1% of Americans that are wealthy.
Janine Materna organized the Forum and invited me.
On 10/20/17 I spoke at the Richmond County American Legion Political Forum held at the New Dorp Moravian Church on Staten Island. The forum began at 7 pm. There was about a 100 people there.
I explained that the 1% of Americans who own 35% of the wealth in the USA are wrecking the American economy and that we have to redistribute the wealth down to the working class, the middle class and the poor. In this way we can have enough demand to buy back the supply.
On Tuesday, October 17, I gave a 3 minute talk to New York State Women Staten Island Chapter Inc. forum co-sponsored by the American Association of University Women, Staten Island Women’s Political Caucus and several other groups active in the Sisterhood of Staten Island Women’s Organizations.
It was held at the Staaten Restaurant on Staten Island. There were about a hundred people there.
I pointed out that the Republican and Democrat policies were causing a bad economy and that the American people were going down the drain. I pointed out that the way to fix this situation was to redistribute the wealth in the USA away from the rich 1% of Americans who own 35% of the wealth.
On 9/4/17, Labor Day, I attended a barbecue in Willowbrook Park in Staten Island in the picnic section. It was very nice with about 100 politically progressive people, who were attending mostly from Staten Island.
One of the reasons I was invited was because I’m running for Borough President of Staten Island. I talked to many people explaining what we have to do to have a better society.I also gave out about 30 to 40 campaign fliers.
I explained to the people that because we have such a maldistribution of wealth in the United States it was causing a bad economy and horrible problems like crime, unemployment, drug addiction, pollution and the lack of adequate health care, to mention a few.
I explained that to take care of these problems we have to tax the wealthy 1% the way we did in the 1940’s, 1950’s and 1960’s . In that way we will have enough money to take care of problems and straighten out the economy. It’s as simple as that!