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Critics, supporters to debate NY constitutional convention

Chamber of the New York State Assembly shot by Matt H. Wade

(Photo Courtesy) Matt H. Wade, Wikipedia


Supporters and opponents of a possible constitutional convention in New York state are gathering for a forum on the question before next month's election. Voters will decide in November whether they want to call a convention, where delegates would propose changes, or wholesale rewrites, to the state constitution. If a convention is held, voters would get the final say over any recommended changes.

Speakers for and against a convention will discuss the question Wednesday morning at a forum at The Albany Times-Union. Supporters argue that a convention would give New Yorkers a golden opportunity to tweak their government to address corruption, campaign finance and government efficiency. But opponents worry that special interests could manipulate a convention to rewrite the state's governmental document to serve their own ends.