Thursday, October 12, 2017

NYC Independence Clubs Back Constitutional Convention

The NYC Independence Clubs, which I am a Member, announced its Support for the New York State Constitutional Convention (Con-Con) which will appear as a Referendum on the General Election Ballot this November, remember to turn the Ballot over as the Referendum is on the Back. The Referendum is Mandated by the State’s current Constitution to be placed on the Ballot every 20 Years.

“The Constitutional Convention is important in so many ways, not least because it’s a chance to remind the politicians that the people have the right to rule directly on our own behalf. Albany is so caught up in its own power plays they forget who they work for. This campaign and this coalition will remind them,” said Cathy Stewart, Citywide Coordinator of the NYC Independence Clubs.

NYC Independence Clubs joins Citizens Union, New Kings Democrats, the New York City and State Bar Association, the League of Women Voters, and A People’s Convention in calling on New Yorkers to Vote “YES” to a Constitutional Convention on November 7th.

As Bill Samuels, the Founder of A People’s Convention, to promote a “YES” Vote for a Constitutional Convention asserts, “The people of New York can no longer afford to sit on the sidelines and wait for the dysfunctional status quo to fix itself. The stakes are just too high. We must make a stand now for a People’s Convention.”

Open Primaries, Nonpartisan Elections, Same Day Voter Registration, Restructuring the Local and State Boards of Elections to include Independents, Curbing the Partisan Abuse of Power by Elected Officials, are Hallmarks of the New York City Independence Club’s Vision for New York. All of these Issues could be taken up at a Constitutional Convention.

In addition, New York is one of 29 States without Initiative and Referendum (I&R) which Provide an Ongoing means for Citizens to By-Pass the Legislature and Engage in Lawmaking. The Clubs would be Eager to see this Pursued by a Constitutional Convention.

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