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Presentation on the 2017 NYS Constitutional Convention Vote

Thursday, November 17, 2016

The upcoming 2017 NYS Constitutional Convention referendum will be the subject of a presentation on Wednesday, November 30th at noon in the theater of the Stafford Center on the campus of Clinton Community College. Presenting will be Robert E. Bullock, deputy director of the Nelson A. Rockefeller Institute of Government, the public policy research arm of the State University of New York. For more than a year, Mr. Bullock has led a consortium dedicated to promoting awareness of the 2017 referendum.

On November 7, 2017, voters will go into voting booths throughout New York State and, as they are every 20 years, will be faced with the constitutionally mandated question, "Shall there be a convention to revise the constitution and amend the same?" (N.Y. Const., Art XIX, sec 2)

In only nine instances in New York State history have we convened a Convention to consider how the State Constitution might be altered, potentially changing how government in Albany works.

Recognizing the importance of this opportunity, the Rockefeller Institute, the Government Law Center at Albany Law School, the League of Women Voters of New York State, and the Siena Research Institute have joined forces, often with partner organizations from around the state, to conceive and implement a multiyear campaign designed to ensure that each of New York's voters, made aware of this work, goes to vote with a clearer sense of what a Constitutional Convention could achieve.

This presentation is free and open to the public. NYS voters are encouraged to attend. For more information, contact Professor Thomas R. Mandeville, office (518) 562-4180, cell (518) 578-6713, email Tom R. Mandeville