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The New York State Constitutional Convention Clearinghouse

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

Letters-to-the-editor on the

November 7, 2017 Referendum

Vote Yes

Goldman, Ira, and Penn Yan, Constitutional Convention is needed in New York, Finger Lake Times, September 12, 2017.

Galie, Peter, and Christopher Bopst, New Yorkers should approve a constitutional convention, Buffalo News, September 8, 2017.

Grim, Priscilla, Refresh democracy in New York, New York Daily News, August 14, 2017. Grim works on the yes campaign for Citizens Union.

Dadey, Dick, Supervisor Jamieson, please hold a forum on constitutional convention to improve elections, prevent corruption, August 9, 2017. Dadey heads Citizens Union, one of the organizations advocating for a constitutional convention.

Trachtenberg, Bruce S., Streamline system, limit judge switches, Times Union, August 3, 2017.

Chamberlain, Stuart, Let all pensions be free of NY State tax, Newsday, June 21, 2017.

Hoffman, George, Alas, the only way to change Albany, Newsday, June 9, 2017.

Niskayuna, Don, Extra payments show need for convention, Daily Gazette, June 4, 2017.

Goldman, Ira, Constitutional convention a good place to start to rein in NY spending, Finger Lake Times, A
pril 6, 2017.

Mouse, Mickey (pseudonym), What I want done in New York State, Niagara Falls Reporter, November 17, 2016.

Vote No

Young, Ruth, Vote no on Constitutional convention, Corning Leader, September 17, 2017.  Note: the letter follows a template provided by NYSUT.

McCarville, Seamus, Constitutional convention would result in disaster, Buffalo News, September 15, 2017.

Brodzik, Paul, Many reasons to turn down a constitutional convention, Buffalo News, September 7, 2017.

Burke, Kevin, Constitutional convention could weaken worker rights, Buffalo News, September 1, 2017.

Strieb, Max, Already a way to amend constitution, Newsday, August 18, 2017.  Newsday reports: “The writer is a member of New York State United Teachers.”

Griffin, Lori Atkinson, Don’t support a constitutional convention, Watertown Daily News, August 15, 2017.  Griffin is an NYSUT activist and task force member.

Cucuzza, Angelo, Chaos of a constitutional con, New York Daily News, August 11, 2017. Angelo Cucuzza heads the New York Transit Workers Union.

Miller, Sean A., N.Y. vote could be disastrous,, August 9, 2017.

Donovan, Casey, State constitutional convention is unnecessary, Daily Freeman, July 22, 2017. Also published in Shawangunk Journal on July 27, 2017.

Waxman, Flo, Constitutional copout, New York Daily News, July 20, 2017.

Leland, Dora, NY constitutional convention would be costly, unnecessary, Elmira Star Gazette, July 9, 2017. Leland is a Vote-Cope coordinator and representative assembly delegate to NYSUT.

Hebert, George, Bar endorsement leaves out details, Times Union, July 26, 2017. See also Hebert’s July 1, 2017 and July 8, 2017 letters below.

Hebert, George, Convention not the way to fix state’s problems, Times Union, July 8, 2017.

Goldfeter, Jerry, City Bar’s Support of Constitutional Convention Is Flawed, New York Law Journal, June 14, 2017. See also his letter to the New York Times on July 6, 2017.  Goldfeter, who practices election law at Stroock & Stroock & Lavan LLP and is an adjunct professor at Fordham Law School, represents the unions and legislators who oppose a state constitutional convention, previously served as Special Counsel to the New York State Senate Democratic Conference under then-Senator David A. Paterson and as counsel at the United Federation of Teachers, and ran for the New York Assembly; e.g., see Jerry Goldfeter, New York Law Journal, July 20, 2012.

Hebert, George, Convention not the answer to bad ethics, Daily Gazette, July 1, 2017.

Figliola, Anthony, Convention rewards ‘politically connected’, Observer, May 23, 2017.   Figliola is an Albany lobbyist at Empire Government Strategies working for former longtime New York State Assemblyman Arthur “Jerry” Kremer.

Pelliccia, Vincent, Country needs fixing but not a convention; State convention won’t fix New York state, Daily Gazette, May 23, 2017. Pelliccia is an NYSUT delegate representing NYSUT Retiree Council 10.

Libertucci, Michael, Convention not the answer to corruption, The Daily Gazette, May 13, 2017. Libertucci is the political action coordinator for the Schalmont Teachers Association.

Stewart, Rich and Peter Yan, Costly Constitutional Convention not the answer for change, Finger Lake Times, April 21, 2017.

Morgano, Mickey, Elections Are Still The Best Means Of Change, Shawangunk Journal, March 23, 2017.

Hebert, George, Governor needs to change his approach, The Daily Gazette, March 11, 2017.

Faggioni, Carolyn, Take heed of fall vote on state constitution, Newsday, March 6, 2017.

Kremer, Arthur “Jerry”, Poor history of convention reform, Times Union, December 23, 2015. (Kremer,a former New York State Assembly member, is President of Empire Government Strategies, a lobbying firm.)


Gutekunst, Claire P., Bar association’s position is to educate, Albany Times Union, July 31, 2016.