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Constitutional Convention Education

LWVNYS to Support 2017 Con Con Ballot Proposal

Panel Discussion on History of Original NYS Constitution (12/6/2016)

  • View the YouTube video of the Panel Discussion here.
    • Gerald Benjamin, Associate Vice President for Regional Engagement and Director of the Benjamin Center for Public Policy Initiatives at SUNY New Paltz
    • Peter Galie, professor emeritus of political science at Canisius College in Buffalo
    • Moderator, Susan Arbetter, Director, News and Public Affairs at WCNY and Host of The Capitol Pressroom

Constitutional Convention Materials Sent to Local Leagues (12/1/2016)

Articles on Constitutional Convention

Con Con Presentations at Regional Workshops in March and April 2016

Con Con Education
On November 7, 2017, voters will go into voting booths throughout New York State and, as they are every 20 years, will be faced with the Constitutionally mandated question, ”Shall there be a convention to revise the constitution and amend the same?”

  • Constitutional Convention Presentation by LWVNYS in White Plains(2/17/2017)
    League of Women Voters of White Planes forum on holding a Constitutional Convention. This forum was presented by Sally Robinson, LWVNYS Vice President of Issues and Advocacy.
  • Oct 21. 2016: Final installment of WCNY’s Connect: NY, Conventions Effects | Member Supported Public Television, Radio |WCNY (11/28/2016)
  • Seeds of Failure. LWVNYS 1967 Book on Con-Con (5/31/2016)
  • Six Part Series on Connect NY (WCNY) on Issues Regarding a Constitutional Convention in NYS
    (5/17/2016)
    • Archived episodes are available at http://www.wcny.org/connect-ny/
      • May 16, 2016
        NY’s Constitutional Convention: Halley’s Comet of Change
      • June 2016
        Re-imagining New York: Environment
      • July 2016
        Re-imagining New York: Crime & Punishment
      • August 2016
        Re-imagining New York: Ethics & Power
      • September 2016
        Re-imagining New York: Education
      • October 2016
        Con Con 2017: From Imagination to Reality?
  • Convention Land – Road Map to a Constitutional Convention
  • Website of Joint Project with Rockefeller Institute on Education of Public
    Timeline, Events, Potential Issues, Publications, and more
  • Can a NYS Constitutional Convention Strengthen Government Ethics
    • Video
    • March 25th, 1:30-4:30, Albany Law School (To register, please e-mail Amy Gunnells)
    • Introductory Remarks by Former NYS Comptroller H. Carol McCall; keynote by Richard Briffault of Columbia Law School; moderated by Henry M. Greenberg, attorney with Greenberg Traurig, LLP
    • Panelists include:
      • Barbara Bartoletti, legislative director of the New York State League of Women Voters
      • Richard Brodsky, senior fellow at Demos and the Wagner Graduate School of Public Service at NYU, and a former 14-term member of the NYS Assembly;
      • John Dunne, attorney with Whiteman Osterman & Hanna, former NYS senator, and former U.S. assistant attorney general;
      • Blair Horner, executive director of the NY Public Interest Research Group;
      • Lawrence Norden, deputy director of the Brennan Center's Democracy Program; 
      • Richard Rifkin, special counsel to the New York State Bar Association, former counsel to Governors David Paterson and Eliot Spitzer, and former executive director of the New York State Ethics Commission; and
      • Karl Sleight, attorney with Harris Beach PLLC, and former executive director of the New York State Ethics Commission.
  • Budgets and the Balance of Power: The Lasting Impact of Silver v. Pataki and How It Shapes the Future of Government in New York State (6/15/2015)
    A Forum co-sponsored by the Rockefeller Institute and Albany Law School.

    Recently, there was a showdown in Albany over what constitutes an appropriate use of executive authority in the budgeting process. This is not new but is, rather, reminiscent of similar budget challenges that have occurred between legislatures and the governor dating back decades. At this forum, some of New York State's top legal and government scholars and leading actors in showdowns in recent years provided an account of what led to and occurred as a result of this landmark case and why, as well as discussed potential ways that budget gridlock can be avoided.