Monday, August 7, 2017

New York Constitutional Convention Forum on September 14th

My New York State Senator, Liz Krueger [D,NY-28th District], is Co-Hosting an Event with the Lexington Democratic Club titled “Forum on a New York Constitutional Convention: Opportunity or Threat?”

CLICK HERE for information about the Lexington Democratic Club.  

The Event will take place at:

All Souls Church

1157 Lexington Avenue at 80th Street

From 6:00 to 8:00 p.m.

To RSVP, go to or call her office at (212) 490-9535.

This year’s November 7th General Election will include a Proposal on whether or not New York State should hold a Constitutional Convention to Review potential Amendments to the State Constitution.

This Forum will offer an Opportunity to hear from both Supporters and Opponents of the Proposal for a Convention.

Speakers will include:

Evan Davis, Partner, Clearly Gottlieb
Adriene Holder, Attorney in Charge, Civil Practice, Legal Aid Society of NYC
Jordan Marks, New Yorkers Against Corruption
Bill Samuels, President, EffectiveNY

New York's Constitution mandates a Statewide Referendum every Twenty Years on whether to Convene a State Constitutional Convention. The time has come to begin preparing for the next Referendum Vote on November 7, 2017, at which time Voters will decide whether there is a Convention.

Amending the New York Constitution

The current New York State Constitution of 1894/1938 can be Amended in two main ways:

- By a Proposal of an Amendment in the Legislature, subject to Voter Approval.

- Through a Convention, also Subject to Voter Approval, which can be called in one of two ways: By Proposal of the Legislature, subject to Voter Approval; Through the Automatic Referendum every Twenty Years.

New York Proposal 1, the Constitutional Convention Question, is on the Ballot in New York as an Automatic Ballot Referral on November 7th, 2017.

A "YES" vote supports holding a Constitutional Convention to Develop and Propose Changes to the State Constitution that Voters would vote on at the Election on November 5th, 2019.

A "NO" vote Opposes holding a Constitutional Convention.

The Ballot Question is the first Step in the Process of calling a Constitutional Convention in New York.

If a Majority of Voters cast their Ballots in favor of Holding a Convention on November 7th, 2017, Voters would Elect 204 Convention Delegates on November 6th, 2018. These Members will be Compensated on the Level of an Assembly Member.

Fifteen of the Delegates would be Elected Statewide. Three would be Elected from each of the State's 63 Senate Districts.

The Constitutional Convention would convene on April 2nd, 2019, in Albany. Delegates would Draft a New Constitution or Amendments to the Existing Constitution.

Referring a Constitution or Amendment to the Ballot would require a simple Majority vote of the Delegates.

Citizens would Vote on the Convention-Proposed Changes to the Constitution on November 5th, 2019.

An Approved Constitution or Approved Amendments would take effect on January 1st, 2020.

NYC Wins When Everyone Can Vote! Michael H. Drucker
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