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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

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

Donovan, Casey, State constitutional convention is unnecessary, Daily Freeman, July 22, 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. 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.