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November 7, 2017 Island Vote: Constitutional Convention on the Ballot

Posted by Melinda Rosati | Oct 30, 2017 | 0 Comments

Signs and bumper stickers asking Long Islanders about a state constitutional convention have peppered the region ahead of a public referendum on whether one should be held.

If there is a state constitutional convention, delegates could consider changes or amendments to the state constitution.

"Once every 20 years, New Yorkers get a chance to rewrite the blueprint of their government," explains Blair Horner, of the New York Public Interest Research Group.

Supporters say it's a perfect opportunity to tackle important issues like ethics reform, which state lawmakers may be afraid to tackle on their own.

Opponents are against it because they say that some of the powerful protections for public unions -- pensions in particular -- may be diminished.

If voters approve the convention, then next year voters statewide would select delegates to attend it in 2019.

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