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The New York State Constitutional Convention Clearinghouse


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

New York State Legislators on the

November 7, 2017 Referendum

 

Note: The Legislature’s leaders are marked with an asterisk (*) before their name. The official list of Assembly members can be found here; of Senate members here.  An Assembly list with party ID can be found here.

It is remarkable when any state legislator comes out in public opposition to calling a state constitutional convention. As a general rule, legislators prefer to keep their position private while working behind the scenes to oppose a yes vote.  Vivid examples of this type of passive-aggressive legislative behavior was seen in Rhode Island in 2014 (see RhodeIslandConCon.info).

Senators

Vote Yes

  1. Senator Michael Gianaris (D-Queens). Source: Silberstein, Rachel, As Con Con Debate Heats Up, Heastie Declares Opposition, Gotham Gazette, February 22, 2017.

Vote No

  1. Marisol Alcantara, (D-Manhattan). Source: Unions and Independent Democratic Conference members stand together against national right-to-work legislation and release four-point protection plan for New York State workers, press release from office of Senator Jeff klein, February 10, 2017.  See also the accompanying report, Union Strong.
  2. David Carlucci.  Source: Local Officials Oppose NYS Constitutional Convention (audio), WRCR.com, August 9, 2017.  See also NYS Senator: I’m Opposed to Constitutional Convention, WRCR AM 1700, September 6, 2017.
  3. Andrea Stewart-Cousins (D-Yonkers, Minority Leader).  Source: Lovett, Kenneth, Democratic lawmaker warns against convention to change N.Y. constitution, New York Daily News, May 8, 2017.  As of February 2017, she hadn’t taken a position.  See Senator Andrea Stewart-Cousin (D; Minority Leader). Source: Silberstein, Rachel, As Con Con Debate Heats Up, Heastie Declares Opposition, Gotham Gazette, February 22, 2017.
  4. Ruben Diaz, (D-Bronx). Source: Why I Am Against A Constitutional Convention, New York State Senate website, April 19, 2017.
  5. *John Flanagan (R, Suffolk, Majority Leader). Source: Silberstein, Rachel, As Con Con Debate Heats Up, Heastie Declares Opposition, Gotham Gazette, February 22, 2017; Reisman, Nick, ‘Con-Con’ a No-No, Say Legislative Leaders, Spectrum Daily News, May 12, 2017; Reisman, Nick, ‘Con-Con’ a No-No, Say Legislative Leaders, Spectrum Daily News, May 12, 2017.
  6. Jesse Hamilton (D-Brooklyn). Source: Unions and Independent Democratic Conference members stand together against national right-to-work legislation and release four-point protection plan for New York State workers, press release from office of Senator Jeff Klein, February 10, 2017.  See also the accompanying report, Union Strong.
  7. *Jeff Klein (D-Bronx, Independent Democratic Conference Leader). Source: Unions and Independent Democratic Conference members stand together against national right-to-work legislation and release four-point protection plan for New York State workers, press release from office of Senator Jeff Klein, February 10, 2017.  See also the accompanying report, Union Strong, and Hughes, Kyle, State Senate members oppose constitutional convention, Saratogian Politics, May 2, 2017.
  8. Betty Little (R-Queensbury). Source: Mahoney, Bill, Battle lines form over push to update New York’s Constitution, Union-Sun & Journal, May 20, 2017.
  9. Velmanette Montgomery (D). Source: New York State residents have a lot to lose, press release and event notification, June 30, 2017.
  10. Rob Ortt (R-Niagara County). Source: Mahoney, Bill, Battle lines form over push to update New York’s Constitution, Union-Sun & Journal, May 20, 2017.
  11. Jose Peralta (D-Queens). Source: Unions and Independent Democratic Conference members stand together against national right-to-work legislation and release four-point protection plan for New York State workers, press release from office of Senator Jeff klein, February 10, 2017.  See also the accompanying report, Union Strong.
  12. Diane Savino (D-Long Island). Source: Reisman, Nick, Albany Takes A Wary View Of Con ConState of Politics, June 30, 2017.
  13. Jim Seward (R-Milford). Source: Mahoney, Bill, Battle lines form over push to update New York’s Constitution, Union-Sun & Journal, May 20, 2017.
  14. Then Assemblyman Jim Tedisco; Currently Senator Jim Tedisco (R-49th District). Source: Griffith, Glenn, Candidates for 49th Senate District seat spar in lively debate, CNWeekly.com, Oct. 20, 2016.
  15. David Valesky (D-Oneida). Source: Hughes, Kyle, State Senate members oppose constitutional convention, Saratogian Politics, May 2, 2017.
  16. Cathy Young. Sources: Larson, Greg, Young and Goodell: State Constitutional Convention Right Now Could Be Devastating, Chautauqua Today, April 30, 2017; CSEA Leadership Opposes State Convention, The Post-Journal, August 21, 2017. See also Observer, August 16, 2017.

Other

 

Refused to Take A Public Position

N.A.

Assembly Members

Vote Yes

  1. Kolb, Brian (R-District 131, Canandaigua; Minority Leader). Source: Kolb, Brian, The case for a constitutional convention, Auburnpub.com, February 7, 2017.
  2. Fitzpatrick, Michael, (R-Smithtown).  Source: Dobie, Michael, Dancing the con-conNewsday, July 13, 2017.

Vote No

  1. Barclay, William A (R-District 120).  Source: Barclay, William A., Voters to Decide on Constitutional Convention in November, iHeart Oswego, July 14, 2017.
  2. Byrne, Kevin (R). Source: Propper, David, Merits of Proposed Constitutional Convention Debated, The Examiner, August 14, 2017.
  3. Andrew Goodell (R-Chautauqua). Sources: Larson, Greg, Young and Goodell: State Constitutional Convention Right Now Could Be Devastating, Chautauqua Today, April 30, 2017; CSEA Leadership Opposes State Convention, The Post-Journal, August 21, 2017. See also Observer, August 16, 2017.
  4. *Carl Heastie, (D-Bronx, Assembly Speaker). Source: Silberstein, Rachel, As Con Con Debate Heats Up, Heastie Declares Opposition, Gotham Gazette, February 22, 2017; Reisman, Nick, ‘Con-Con’ a No-No, Say Legislative Leaders, Spectrum Daily News, May 12, 2017.
  5. Ellen Jaffee. Source: Local Officials Oppose NYS Constitutional Convention (audio), WRCR.com, August 9, 2017.
  6. Walter T. Mosley (D-District 57). Source: New York State residents have a lot to lose, press release and event notification, June 30, 2017.
  7. Dan Stec, (R-Essex, Saratoga, Warren, Washington). Source: Constitutional Convention Forum, Mountain Lake PBS, May 26, 2017.

Other

Refused to Take A Public Position

N.A.

Assembly Members Leaning Against

  1. Assemblyman Robert Carrolll (D-Brooklyn). Source: Silberstein, Rachel, As Con Con Debate Heats Up, Heastie Declares Opposition, Gotham Gazette, February 22, 2017.
  2. Assemblyman Brian Kavanagh (D-Manhattan). Source: Silberstein, Rachel, As Con Con Debate Heats Up, Heastie Declares Opposition, Gotham Gazette, February 22, 2017.

Claimed Undecideds

  1. Assemblyman Nicole Malliatakis (R-NYC). Malliatakis is running as a Republican for NYC mayor.  Source: Malliatakis on ConCon. NewYorkTrue.com, May 5, 2017.

Statewide Elected Officials

Vote Yes

Governor Andrew Cuomo.  See home page of NewYorkConCon.info.  Note: Cuomo is at best an ambivalent yes.  He unequivocally ran for governor with a promise to support a constitutional convention call as a way to clean up Albany.  And his dad, Mario Cuomo, after leaving the governor’s office, was an even stronger supporter.  But his recent comments and actions have been decidedly more ambivalent. Source: Reisman, Nick, Albany Takes A Wary View Of Con ConState of Politics, June 30, 2017.

Vote No

Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli. Source: Molongoski, Brian, DiNapoli, Watertown Daily News, June 8, 2017; Miller, Rick, DiNapoli encouraged at number of congressional Dem candidates, Olean Times Herald July 29, 2017.

Other

Refused to Take A Public Position

  1. N.A.