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The New York State Constitutional Convention Clearinghouse

Information Related to New York's Nov. 7, 2017 Constitutional Convention Referendum

Organizational Endorsements and Advocacy

on the November 7, 2017 Referendum

Vote Yes

Umbrella Group


Other Groups

  • *Citizens Union. Principal: Dick Dadey.  Bio: Executive Direct of Citizens Union.  Dedicated convention website: Vote Yes For A New York State Constitutional Convention; press release announcing the launch of this website sent on June 27, 2017.
  •  Principal: James Coll.  Bio: Adjunct professor of American and Constitutional history at Hofstra University.
  • Committee for a Constitutional Convention.  Principal: Evan Davis.  Bio: Senior Counsel Cleary Gottlieb, former Counsel to Governor Mario Cuomo, President of the Association of the Bar of the City of New York and Vice Chair of Columbia University Board.
  • *Forward March New York.  Principal: Claire Chapman, President.
  • *League of Women Voters of New York State. Principal: Ms. Dare Thompson, President..
  • New Kings Democrats. Principal: Anusha Venkataraman. New Kings Democrats is a progressive, grassroots political organization committed to bringing trans­parency, accountability, and inclusionary democracy to the Kings County Democratic Party.
  • LegalWeed4NY. See also  Principal: Jerome W. Dewald.  Bio: Partner in the marketing research firm, Awesomepova Research, which studies marketing and social media in the cannabis space; and Executive Director of Tax and Regulate NY State 2019, which seeks to place a constitutional amendment legalizing adult-use cannabis before the New York voters through a state constitutional convention. Facebook page.
  • Long Island Association. Principal: Kevin Law, President.
  • *New York State Bar Association. Principal: Sharon Stern Gerstman, President.
  • *New York City Bar Association. Principal: John S. Kiernan, President.
  • *People’s Convention.  Principal: Bill Samuels.  Bio: Host of “Effective Radio with Bill Samuels”, which airs live for two hours every month. on AM970.  Samuels has also put together a New York People’s Convention PAC (e.g., see ad for Digital Director, May 5, 2017) and the New York Says Yes website.

Vote No

Umbrella Group

  • New Yorkers Against Corruption.  On June 19, 2017, NYSUT issued a press release listing the coalition members supporting the website.  The Facebook page linked to New Yorkers Against Corruption was published around May 27, 2017. The website was published anonymously around April 12, 2017.

Other Groups