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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 17, 2017 Referendum*

Vote Yes

Editorial: Update the ways New York votes, AM New York, May 7, 2017.

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.

Editorial, In Our Opinion: New Yorkers need to approve a convention, Daily Star, September 20, 2016.

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

Editorial, No action on constitutional convention, The River Reporter, August 24, 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

Pallotta, Andrew, The Con Job, WAMC, May 2, 2017.  This is a transcript of a radio commentary.  Andrew Pallotta is president of the 600,000-member New York State United Teachers.

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.

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.


Editorial: Let’s talk about clean water and air, AM New York, April 24, 2017.

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.

Editorial: Cronies with benefits, Times Union, March 25, 2017.

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

Editorial: No time to waste in 2017 Albany Agenda, AM New York, January 9, 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.

Newspaper Editorials on the

November 17, 2017 Referendum

Vote Yes

Editorial, Constitution flaws must be addressed, Press Republican, December 17, 2015.

Editorial (Melissa Hale-Spencer), Honor New Yorkers who fought to govern themselvesAltamont Enterprise, August 6, 2015.

Editorial, New York can still fix this, Albany Times Union, July 1, 2015.

Editorial, Leaders failed; let people tryPress-Republican (Plattsburgh, New York), March 29, 2011.

Editorial, New York State needs a constitutional convention, Newsday, June 24, 2009.

Vote No

Editorial, A chance to change the constitution, Niagara Gazette, January 2, 2016.

Editorial, Amending our state constitution won’t be easyDaily Gazette of Schenectady, August 9, 2015.  Also published here in the News Tribune.

Editorial, The New York Convention ConNew York Times, August 9, 2010. (Note: in 1997, the New York Times editorialized in favor of a convention.)


Editorial, No recall for New York, Times Union, January 24, 2016.


Letters-to-the-editor on the

November 17, 2017 Referendum

Vote Yes

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

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.


Blogs on the

November 17, 2017 Referendum

Vote Yes

Spitzer-Rubenstein, Michael, Will New York have a Constitutional Convention?, Shaking News, May 24, 2017.

Galie, Peter and Christopher Bopst, Why New York Needs a Constitutional Convention, Rockefeller Institute Blog, May 24, 2017.

Cheung, Jacklyn, NY Constitutional Convention: A Pathway to End Corruption, Truth Against the Machine, March 19, 2017.

Kaplan, James S., As the 2017 Referendum on the New York State Constitutional Convention Approaches: A Look Back At the Early Accomplishment, True Blue, January 11, 2016.

Vote No

Norton, Beth, Matters of Interest – Constitutional Amendment By Legislative Referral: How Public Pensions Could Be Affected, Mondaq, April 7, 2017.

Kremerer, Arthur, et al., Patronage, Waste, and Favoritism: A Dark History of Constitutional Conventions, Empire Government Strategies, June 2016. [This is an online pamphlet.]

LaGrangeon, Kris, A Constitutional Common Core Convention?UCOMM Blog, Feb 25, 2016 (UCOMM stands for Union Communications)




Op-eds and Editorials on

New York Institutional Corruption

Chartock, Alan, We’re not holding our New York state lawmakers accountable, Daily Freeman, February 28, 2016.

Ethics Continues to Dominate Albany, NYPIRG, June 3, 2015.

Albany Has Its Head In The Sand When It Comes To EthicsNYPIRG, May 18, 2015.

Norden, Lawrence, Close New York’s biggest campaign finance loophole: The Board of Elections must make one simple fix, New York Daily News, April 9, 2015.

Schneiderman, Eric T., Op-Ed: The Change Albany Needs, Newsday, March 16, 2015.  See also Schneiderman’s press release.

Editorial, The Schneiderman Remedy for Sleaze, New York Times, March 20, 2015.

Editorial, Sheldon Silver and New York’s ‘Caldron of Corruption’, New York Times, January 30, 2015.

Hoefer, Tim, Corruption cauldron: To fix Albany — term limits, New York Post, January 27, 2015.

When Legislators Ask for a RaiseNew York Times, December 7, 2014

Mr. Cuomo’s Gift to the CynicsNew York Times, April 10, 2014

New York’s ‘Legalized Bribery’New York Times, December 4, 2013

Climbing Out of Albany’s SwampNew York Times, November 22, 2013

New York Legislators’ Secret IncomeNew York Times, September 23, 2013