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The New York State Constitutional Convention Clearinghouse


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

 

1997 Election Cycle News

Perez-Pena, Richard, Voters Refuse to Take Chances On Bond Act and ConventionNew York Times, November 6, 1997.

Perez-Pena, Richard, Voters Reject Constitutional Convention, New York Times, November 5, 1997.

Precious, Tom, Voters Reject Proposal Calling for Convention, Buffalo News, November 5, 1997.

Humbert, Marc, Coalition Mounts TV Ad Campaign Against State Constitutional Convention, Buffalo News, October 31, 1997.

Roy, Elizabeth, “Overhaul N.Y.’s Constitution? Question Doesn’t Excite Voters, Bond Buyer,” October 30, 1997

Nagourney, Adam, “The 1997 Elections: The Challenger; Messinger Opposes Constitutional Convention,” New York Times, October 29, 1997.

Perez-Pena, Richard, Scorn for Albany Unites Forces Urging a New ConstitutionNew York Times, October 26, 1997.

Kolbert, Elizabeth, Divisive Idea Calls Cuomo Out of ShellNew York Times, October 9, 1997.

Dao, James, Pataki and D’Amato Back Constitutional ConventionNew York Times, October 8, 1997.

Letters to the Editor, East Hampton Star, October 2, 1997.

Perez-Pena, Richard, Constitution Is Stealth Issue of 1997, Attracting Strong FeelingsNew York Times, September 27, 1997.

Press Release, [O]nly 49 percent say they’ll vote for the Constitutional Convention, while 22 say they’ll vote no, with 29 percent undecided, Quinnipiac University Poll, September 25, 1997.

Precious, Tom, Coalition Aims to Block State Constitutional Revision, The Buffalo News, September 16, 1997.

Sorenson, Jon R., “Rudy Being Shown Pros of Gov’t ‘Con,” Daily News, August 11, 1997.

Voters Favor Convention On State ConstitutionNew York Times, July 24, 1997.

“Cuomo on the Record: Excerpts From Views On Campaign Issues,” New York Times, September 28, 1994.

Sack, Kevin, “Race for Governor: Pataki Lists His Differences,” New York Times, September 15, 1994.

Dao, James, “The 1994 Campaign: The Governor’s Race,” New York Times, September 15, 1994.

 

1997 Election Cycle Reports

New York State Bar Association, Report of the Task Force on the State Constitution, The Record, Vol. 52, No. 5, 1997.

Benjamin, Gerald, The New York State Constitution: A Briefing Book, Rockefeller Institute, 1994.

Facts Regarding New York’s Constitution and Constitutional Conventions, Rochester Business Alliance, 1997.

 

1997 Election Cycle Op-Eds & Letters

Vote Yes

Editorial, Call a Constitutional Convention, New York Times, Oct. 28, 1997

Editorial, “Constitutional Convention is our Chance for Change,” Buffalo News, October 23, 1997.

Editorial, Make It A ‘People’s Convention’ — And Trust The People To Judge Its Work, Buffalo News, October 21, 1997. (editorial in support)

Editorial, “Reasons to be Pro Con Con,” Daily News, October 19, 1997.

Editorial, “Don’t Let Insiders’ Phony Fears Stop a Constitutional Convention,” Buffalo News, October 19, 1997.

Editorial, “Ten Reasons New Yorkers Should Vote ‘Yes’ to Call A Constitutional Convention,” Buffalo News, September 7, 1997.

Bopst, Christopher, “State Constitution is in Desperate Need of Reform,” Buffalo News, July 26, 1997.

DeFrancisco, John A., Ban On Lawmakers Would Open Convention, Buffalo News, March 10, 1994 (op-ed in support)

 

 

Vote No

Should New York State Hold a Constitutional Convention? Vote No!, Buffalo News, November 1, 1997. (collection of letters in opposition)

Benker, Donald G., “Don’t Waste Money on a Constitutional Convention,” Buffalo News, October 21, 1997. (President, Kenmore Teachers Association)

Toohey, Lyle, “A Constitutional Convention for New York is Too Likely to Become an Insiders’s Game,” Buffalo News, March 25, 1997. (President of the League of Women Voters of the Greater Buffalo Area)

Other

To be added.

1997 Election Cycle Primary Sources

 

Governor Mario Cuomo, Temporary State Commission on Constitutional Revision, Executive Order 172, May 1993.

1997 Election Cycle Ad Descriptions

Perez-Pena, Richard, Voters Refuse to Take Chances On Bond Act and ConventionNew York Times, November 6, 1997.

Perez-Pena, Richard, Voters Reject Constitutional Convention, New York Times, November 5, 1997.

Dao, James, Unions Oppose Constitutional Assembly, New York Times, November 1, 1997.

Dao, James, The Ad Campaign: Attacking a Constitutional Convention, New York Times, November 1, 1997.

Humbert, Marc, Coalition Mounts TV Ad Campaign Against State Constitutional Convention, Buffalo News, October 31, 1997.

1997 Election Cycle Polls

Perez-Pena, Richard, Voters Refuse to Take Chances On Bond Act and ConventionNew York Times, November 6, 1997.

Perez-Pena, Richard, Voters Reject Constitutional Convention, New York Times, November 5, 1997.

Perez-Pena, Richard, Scorn for Albany Unites Forces Urging a New ConstitutionNew York Times, October 26, 1997.