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The New York State Constitutional Convention Clearinghouse

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

Newspaper Op-eds on the

November 7, 2017 Referendum*

Vote Yes

Sexton, Amber and Tony Malone, Fearlessly seize the chance to launch a state constitutional convention, New York Daily News, September 16, 2017.

Dadey, Dick, NY constitutional convention is the only way to clean up Albany, September 15, 2017.

*Levy, Steve, Constitutional convention can bring about long-overdue reforms to Albany, Long Island Business News, September 8, 2017.

Kolb, Brian, Separating facts from fear in a people’s convention, Finger Lake Times, September 6, 2017.

Parsnow, Luke, Empire State Needs A Full-Time Legislature, Syracuse New Times, August 16, 2017.

Emery, Richard, Abolish the state Legislature: Focus a constitutional convention on addressing the root cause of New York State’s dysfunctionNew York Daily News, July 31, 2017.

Bazzo, Andy, Some Conventional Thinking, TAP Into Yorktown, July 25, 2017.

*Malanga, Steve, We the Unions of the State of New York…, City Journal, July 16, 2017.

Dadey, Dick, How to prevent more Shelly Silvers, New York Daily News, July 13, 2017.

Edelman, Daniel, Delegate Election Date Should Sway Progressive Con Con OpponentsGotham Gazette, July 14, 2017.

Benjamin, Gerald, What’s a Constitutional Convention Cost? We Can’t Afford to Not Hold One, Gotham Gazette, July 5, 2017.

*Barkan, Ross, Tired of New York’s Corrupt, Plodding ‘Progressivism’? Call a Constitutional Convention, Village Voice, June 28, 2017.  Reprinted in OIA News, July 3, 2017.

Semegram, Richard, Reform Will Only Happen Through a State Constitutional Convention, Gotham Gazette, June 27, 2017.

Lachman, Seymour P., Voters have chance to deal with government’s decline, Albany Times Union, June 10, 2007

Morgan, Bob, The New York Constitutional Convention Proposal, Garden City News, June 9, 2017.

Chartock, Alan, The Capitol Connection: Constitutional convention a chance for real change, The Record, June 8, 2017.  What’s remarkable here is that the author has switched from the no to the yes camp in his series of op-eds on this subject. Also published in the Saratogian.

Foss,Sara, Constitutional convention worthy of consideration, The Daily Gazette, May 1, 2017.

Levy, Steve, Should Voters OK Referendum for a NY Constitutional Convention?, Long Island Press, April 5, 2017.

Davis, Evan, Constitutional Convention is our chance for reform, Democrat & Chronicle, March 28, 2017.

Barkan, Ross, If You Want To Fix Albany, Dare To Dream Of A Constitutional Convention, Village Voice, March 23, 2017.

Dearstyne, Bruce W., Business Contributions and Campaign Finance in New York: Deep Historical Roots, Gotham Gazette, March 8, 2017.

Davis, Evan, N.Y.’s democracy needs an overhaul, New York Daily News, February 25, 2017.

Kolb, Brian, The case for a constitutional convention,, February 7, 2017.

Galie, Peter, and Christopher Bopst, Another Voice: Constitutional convention is needed to reshape state, The Buffalo News, February 1, 2017.

Chang, Art, Here’s How NY Protects Incumbents From Citizens — And How To Change That, The Daily Beast, January 23, 2017.

Davis, Evan A., The people’s chance to improve Albany, Watertown Daily Times, January 7, 2017.

Snider, J.H., The Best Delegate Election Process for a New York Constitutional Convention, Gotham Gazette, November 17, 2016.

Edelstein, Jonathan, Let’s make the progressive case for the 2017 New York State constitutional convention referendum, Daily Kos, November 13, 2016.

Semegram, Richard, For a Better Judicial Nominating Process, Support a Constitutional Convention, Gotham Gazette, September 14, 2016.

Coll, James, Unions and the New York State Constitutional Convention Question, City & State New York, August 8, 2016.

Samuels, Bill, Thanks to governor, no threat of much-needed reform, Times Union, April 26, 2016.

Brodsky, Richard, Overall, a constitutional convention makes good sense, Times Union, February 28, 2016.

Haber, Adam, All Things Political: Why so much corruption in politics?, The Island Now, February 4, 2016.

Benjamin, Gerald, Constitutional commission deserves support, Times Union, January 30, 2016.

Morrongiello, Mike, Upstate needs constitutional convention, Star Gazette, January 5, 2016.

Deartsyne, Bruce W., New York History: Legislative Scandals Often Lead to Meager Reform, Gotham Gazette, December 22, 2015.

Weiner, Anthony, How to End the Feud Between the Mayor and the Governor, New York Times, August 26, 2015.

Cosentino, Guy, Pitfalls of a constitutional convention,, July 24, 2015.

Cosentino, Guy, Changing state constitution a monumental task,, July 22, 2015.

Foss, Sara, Thinking It Through, Daily Gazette of Schenectady, July 16, 2015. (Blog)

Robillard, Craig, It is time for another NYS constitutional convention, Democrat & Chronicle, May 1, 2015.

Neale, Reginald, CITY VOICES: Is NY government corrupt by design? City Newspaper, February 2, 2015.

Turner, Douglas, Cuomo must seize day, push reform in Albany, Buffalo News, February 2, 2015.

O’Reilly, William F.B., The time for term limits has come to state government, Newsday, January 28, 2015.

Benjamin, Gerald, Independent redistricting: Good enough not good enough, Times Union, October 22, 2014.

Livadas, Jerry V., “Hold constitutional convention in 2012,” Buffalo News, January 30, 2011.

Goldfeder, Jerry H., How Cuomo can tame N.Y., Times Union, November 4, 2010.

Kolb, Brian M., People’s Convention could bring about real reform, Buffalo News, February 2, 2010.

Turner, “Douglas, Election system flaws lead to policy problems,” Buffalo News, October 12, 2009.

Seward, James, Constitutional Makeover, New York State Senator James L. Seward’s Blog, August 21, 2009

Lazio, Rick, One for All, New York Times, July 13, 2009.

Benjamin, Gerald, and Mario M. Cuomo, New York Needs a Constitutional Convention: It’s obvious Albany can’t clean up its own mess, Wall Street Journal, July 10, 2009.

Lunn, Robert J.,” What our legislators never learned in kindergarten,” Daily Record of Rochester, June 30, 2009.

Giuliani, Rudolph, Putting New York Back Together, New York Times, June 24, 2009.

Newfield, Jack, “Cuomo Looks Back – And Ahead,” New York Sun, May 21, 2003.

Vote No

Marlin, George, Why New Yorkers shouldn’t fall for the Constitutional Convention con, New York Post, September 7, 2017.

Kress, Doug, Vote ‘no’ on NYS Constitutional Convention, Democrat & Chronicle, September 1, 2017.

Scharff, Karen, How the Rich Can Rip Away Our Rights, Citizen Action, August 1, 2017.

Chartock, Alan, In Albany, like in Washington, a lot of things ain’t right, The Record, July 28, 2017. Also published in the Daily Freeman. Note that Chartock in his various op-eds (see other entries on this page) has gone back and forth from opposition to support and now opposition again. Chartock receives about $200,000/year as president and licensee of WAMC public radio. WAMC, in turn, receives about $500,000/year from government sources, including $107,000/year in funding from the New York State Education Department, whose Board of Regents members have demonstrated unremitting hostility to calling a New York State constitutional convention. In 1981, Chartock used his political connections in the State Capitol to help secure approval from the New York State Board of Regents for his acquisition of WAMC as an educational corporation. Among the nonprofits that contribute a total of about $1 million/year to WAMC are the New York State United Teachers and New York State AFL-CIO, both of which strongly oppose calling a state constitutional convention.  WAMC does not disclose on its website the amounts nonprofits contribute.

King, Tom, What’s in a Constitutional Convention?, Press & Sun-Bulletin, July 30, 2017.  Also published as What exactly happens at Constitutional Convention?, Elmira Star-Gazette, August 6, 2017.

LeBrun, Fred, Constitutional convention is too risky, Times Union, July 8, 2017.

Leland, Dora, Constitutional convention costly, unnecessary, Star Gazette, July 6, 2017.

Lonsberry, Bob, NYS should nix constitutional convention, WHAM180, June 9, 2017. Lonsberry is the conservative host of the Bob Lonsberry Show.

Pallotta, Andrew, The Con Job, WAMC, May 2, 2017.  This is a transcript of a radio commentary.  Alan Chartock controls WAMC; Andrew Pallotta is president of the 600,000-member New York State United Teachers. See also Plock, Alyssa, NYSUT’s Andy Pallota, 9 minutes, 45 seconds, WCNY, June 9, 2017. NYSUT President Andrew Pallotta explained why the teachers union is urging a “No” vote on a Constitutional Convention referendum.

Figliola, Anthony, Don’t Be Cajoled Into a Constitutional Convention, Long Island Press,  April 14, 2017. Also published in the Amityville Record, April 26, 2017.

Chartock, Alan, If legislative leaders are against a ConCon, should we be for it?Legislative Gazette, March 3, 2017. Also published in Oneida Daily Dispatch on March 4, 2017.  Note: this could also be read as a pro op-ed, as more than 90% of the argument, especially that backed by facts, is pro.  But out of respect for the author’s conclusion, is placing it in the con column.  His later op-ed clearly in favor of a convention, however, is in the yes column.

Figliola, Anthony, NYS Constitutional Convention is Nothing But a Con, Smithtown Matters, January 10, 2017.  Also published in The Buffalo News on January 20, 2017.  Note: the author works as a lobbyist for Empire Government Strategies.

Chartock, Alan, Follow Harry’s advice: Vote ‘No’ on a Constitutional Convention, Legislative Gazette, September 23, 2016.  See also: Chartock, Alan, The Capitol Connection: 2017 predictions, The Record, December 22, 2016.


Biesanz, Karen, Convention not scary, but it is powerful, Elmira Star-Gazette, August 6, 2017.

Horner, Blair, The Fight Over The Constitutional Convention Heats Up, WAMC, July 24, 2017.

Barclay, William A., Voters to Decide on Constitutional Convention in November, iHeart Oswego, July 14, 2017.  William A. Barclay (R; District 120) is a New York State Assembly member.  The op-ed is presented as a neutral assessment, so it is categorized here under the “other” column, even though its content strictly features the talking points of the no campaign.

Marvin, Mary C., Should there Be a New York State Constitutional Convention?,, June 7, 2017.  Marvin is the mayor of the Village of Bronxville.

Miller, Ted, New York Proposing Constitutional Convention To Hand More Legislative Authority To An Elite Few, Liberal America, March 23, 2017.  Note: title suggests opposition but content is neutral or even slightly positive.

Anagnostakis, Mike, My view: Get ready for a monumental vote this November, Times Herald-Record, March 12, 2017.

Galie, Peter, and Christopher Bopst, My view: November 2017: New York’s real opportunity for change,, January 1, 2017.  Also published in the Adirondack Daily Enterprise.

Brodsky, Richard, Expect surprises this season, Times Union, September 5, 2016.

Coll, James, Running for State Legislature? Good. Now Take This Pledge, City & State New York, September 4, 2016.

Chartock, Alan, Yes, Donald, the political system is rigged, Daily Freeman, August 20, 2016.

Smerd, Jeremy, Could a constitutional convention fix Albany?, Crain’s New York Business, August 9, 2016.

Mintz, David, Cuomo needs to hear the people, Riverdale Press, July 13, 2016.

Forman, Adam, Albany blows a chance to streamline city projects, Crain’s New York Business, June 28, 2016.

McMahonm E.J., How angry Upstate might ally with Mayor de Blasio, New York Post, September 2, 2015.

Snider, J.H, Preparing for New York’s Next Constitutional Convention Referendum, Gotham Gazette, June 4, 2015.

Benjamin, Gerald, Means, Ends and State Constitutional Reform, Gotham Gazette, February 5, 2013.

Susan Lerner, ‘Can a Constitutional Convention Reform State Government?’, Presentation at Wagner College’s Hugh L. Carey Institute for Government Reform, September 16, 2011. (Her comments begin at 10:45; her discussion about the referendum begins at 20:00; her opening comments end at 40:30.)

* J.H. Snider’s op-eds can be found under the “Blog” menu item.