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Vote Yes: Call A New York State Constitutional Convention

Vote Yes: Call A New York State Constitutional Convention

Sunday, October 15, 2017

This November, New Yorkers will vote on a rare proposition: whether or not to call a constitutional convention. This question, which appears on the ballot every 20 years, could set in motion the first New York state constitutional convention, or Con-Con, in a half-century. But just what could a convention accomplish?  And why might voters want one? Proponents argue that a convention poses a unique opportunity to act on the issues voters care about most, including: restoring a balance of power in Albany, revitalizing an outdated constitution to serve 21st century citizens, and instating new protections for people and the environment alike. Opponents, fearful of a runaway convention in which special interest groups and big money run rampant, argue that a convention would put worker and civil rights protections at risk. Is it time to rethink New York’s founding document and call a state constitutional convention?


Gerald Benjamin Co-Editor, New York’s Broken Constitution & Distinguished Professor of Political Science, SUNY
Liz Krueger New York State Senator (Dem.)


Adriene Holder Attorney-in-Charge of the Civil Practice, The Legal Aid Society
Henry Garrido Executive Director, DC 37



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