Politics N.Y. voters reject constitutional convention

16:10  08 november  2017
16:10  08 november  2017 Source:   New York Daily News

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With 90 percent of precincts reporting, the convention measure was lagging in all parts of the state, with 62 percent of the voters rejecting it. The anti- convention campaign has been driven primarily by fear of the kind of constitutional changes that might result.

• November 7, 2017 general election: the question of whether to convene a constitutional convention is automatically presented to New York voters . o Approval is by a majority of voters casting a vote on the year question; bundled ballot proposal* for “new Constitution ” overwhelmingly rejected .

In this photo from Tuesday, Nov. 8, 2016, voters fill out their forms as they prepare to vote at a polling station in the Brooklyn borough of New York. © AP Photo/Alexander F. Yuan, File In this photo from Tuesday, Nov. 8, 2016, voters fill out their forms as they prepare to vote at a polling station in the Brooklyn borough of New York.

ALBANY — Voters on Tuesday rejected the idea of holding a convention to overhaul New York's constitution but approved an amendment allowing corrupt politicians to be stripped of their pensions.

With opposition driven by some of the state's most powerful labor unions and interest groups, the proposal to hold a constitutional convention — known as Proposition One — was crushed by more than 50 percentage points, according to early returns.

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Although rejected at the Federal level, the twenty-year referendum provision was incorporated into the state constitution , N . Y . Consr. art. voters to approve the call for a constitutional convention .

Conventions in nys. During past State Constitutional Conventions , many significant programs and reforms have been accomplished. 1967: Packaged all amendments as single ballot question that was rejected by voters .

“Voters ultimately agreed that the con con was just a con — a costly process full of risks and unknowns,” the group, New Yorkers Against Corruption, which opposed the convention, said in a statement.

Opponents of the convention spent more than $1 million on a campaign to defeat the convention proposal, arguing, among other things, that it would give business interests and other well-financed groups an avenue to weaken existing worker protections and other regulations.

Supporters, including the League of Women Voters and the New York State Bar Association, believed a convention offered the best chance to enact reforms that have long-stalled in the Legislature, including tighter campaign finance limits and stricter government ethics laws.

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Thirty-nine percent of voters oppose the constitutional convention . Voters in New York are asked every 20 years if the state should hold a constitutional convention . When the question was last on the ballot in 1997, voters rejected the convention .

“ Vote No” signs, urging voters to reject the ballot measure that would authorize a constitutional convention , have been popping up around the state along highways and on front lawns, like this one in Windsor Terrace, Brooklyn.

State law requires the question of a constitutional convention to be put to voters at least once every 20 years. If voters had approved it, an election would have been held next year to select delegates and a convention convened in 2019.

The convention question was one of three ballot initiatives facing voters Tuesday.

Voters approved a constitutional amendment that gives judges the power to strip pensions from corrupt elected officials. The amendment was drafted by lawmakers in response to recent corruption arrests in Albany, including those of ex-Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver (D-Manhattan) and former Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos (R-Nassau County).

Another proposition to ease the forever wild restrictions in Adirondacks and Catskills forests by creating a land bank appeared in jeopardy of failing, according to early returns.

Supporters of the land bank argued it would make it easier for municipalities in the region to make much-needed road repairs and other infrastructure improvements.

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New Yorkers’ Road Map To The Constitutional Convention . March, 2016. Endorsed by: League of Women Voters / N . Y .S. If rejected , the Constitution does not change. A Brief Guide to the New York State Constitutional Convention . Page 3.

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