Wednesday, November 1, 2017

Vote YES on Proposition #1 for a NYS Constitutional Convention

Tuesday November 7, 2017
Vote YES on Proposition #1
NYS Constitutional Convention
Why We Need a Constitutional Convention
  • Every 20 years the public is being given the rare opportunity to enact legislation by Constitutional Convention
  • The public never gets to write amendments and must rely on elected officials who may not be able to or are unwilling to do so
  • Amendments and revisions are only presented to the public if the legislature votes to do so two consecutive years in a row. 
  • The last voter approved revisions made by Convention were in 1938 
  • Defend against corruption in Albany and restructure the legislature
  • There are no provisions to recall corrupt, ineffective or incapacitated legislators
  • Legislative changes such as term limits are never written to target elected officials, reforms will never be added that weaken those in power
  • Voter reforms are needed to establish shorter registration times, nonpartisan control of election boards, early voting and absentee voting with no excuses required
  • Judicial reforms to simplify the courts and provide speedy a trail
  • Protections to those immigrants living in the state
  • Update Women's rights
  • Update Environmental Protections
  • Home rule for NYC and other local governments
  • The most important changes to the Constitution were made by Constitutional Convention not Legislation
  • Are you frustrated with New York State government?
  • Are you tired of waiting for change that never comes?
  • The best chance for progress is by public action to modernize the State Constitution
Vote yes to constitutional convention, other proposals on back of the ballot

A People’s Convention: An Introduction to New York’s 2017 Constitutional Convention Vote

New Yorkers for a Constitutional Convention:
Black Institute Founder Bertha Lewis

New Yorkers for a Constitutional Convention:
NYC Independence Club's Cathy Stewart

OUR SHOT: The New York State Constitutional Convention

New Yorkers for a Constitutional Convention:
Former Union Local President Peggy Eason

Heather Waters, Syracuse League of Women Voters Ad

The case for a New York constitutional convention: Vote yes on Proposal No. 1

Why New Yorkers Should Vote for a Constitutional Convention
Michael Benjamin, former N.Y. State assembly Member

The only thing we have to fear is fear itselfBertha Lewis

Why we badly need to overhaul Albany:
The case for a constitutional convention
Seymour Lachman

Rouse N.Y.'s sleeping powers with a people's convention to fix our broken state Constitution
Errol Louis

The N.Y. constitutional convention immigrants need

A New York Constitutional Convention Would Be Good for Democracy

Myths and realities of a constitutional convention

Vote yes for a Constitutional Convention

Guest Essay: Vote YES on Constitutional Convention
Priscilla Grim is the Communications and Marketing Manager for Citizens Union

Don't be Conned. Vote Yes for a Constitutional Convention
Dr. Lenora Fulani

Many advocacy groups favor Constitutional Convention

Editorial endorsement: Vote 'yes' on NY constitutional convention

How the cost of a convention became urban legend

Constitutional Convention Offers Best Chance for Election Reform in New York

Vote 'yes' to Constitutional Convention

New York Constitutional Convention


Here's why I'm voting for a constitutional convention in New York

NYS Constitutional Convention Discussion
w/Prof Gerry Benjamin, Evan Davis & Chris Ludlow

Facts, not fear: Is it time for a Constitutional Convention in New York?

BLJ: The pros and cons of ‘Con Con’

New York City Bar Association
New York State Bar Association
Citizens Union
Effective NY
Forward March NY
The League of Women Voters
New York Public Interest Research Group
NY Says Yes
The Sanctuary State Project

Friday, October 27, 2017

NYS Constitutional Convention Debate

Every 20 years New Yorkers can vote on whether to hold what’s called a constitutional convention.  On Tuesday Nov. 7, 2017 the voters will have the opportunity to decide whether to convene a Constitutional Convention to consider revisions to the State Constitution.

Facts, not fear: Is it time for a Constitutional Convention in New York?

NYS Constituional Convention Discussion w/Prof Gerry Benjamin, Evan Davis & Chris Ludlow

Myths and realities of a constitutional convention


Should NYS have a Constitutional Convention: Debate Q and A

CUNY Forum: The Pros and Cons of New York's "ConCon"

The Brian Lehrer Show: Debate: Should New York Hold a Convention to Amend the State Constitution?

Real Politics: The TV Show - The NY Constitutional Convention (Part 1)

Real Politics: The TV Show - The NY Constitutional Convention (Part 2)

Race To Represent 2017: Constitutional Convention

Constitutional Convention Forum


Constitutional Conventions in NY: Back to the Future

The New York State Constitutional Convention in Historical Perspective

Understanding the 2017 NY Constitutional Convention Question with Bob Schulz

Conventional Wisdom - Debating a NY Constitutional Convention


NY Constitutional Convention Presentation

NYS Constitutional Convention Panel Discussion LWV/Mahopac Library

The Potential Impact of the 2017 Constitutional Convention Referendum

Debate Night - On Voting Yay Or Nay On Enabling A New York State Constitutional Convention

How To Fix New York's Constitution?


Examining battle over a possible state constitutional convention

Friday, October 25, 2013

Color Me Blue

An article by Delia Ephron

"These bicycles have made walking around the city much scarier. Helmets are recommended gear for bikers. These days pedestrians should be wearing helmets."

New York Times - Sunday Review:

Reaction to the article:

New York Times - The Opinion Pages:
Those Bright Blue Bikes, to Love and to Hate

New York's Citibikes make Delia Ephron blue

Bikesnob NYC:
What the Delia, Ephron?

New York Magazine:
Delia Ephron Cannot Stand How Blue Citi Bikes Are

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

When is your rent stabilized lease an asset?

The issue, pending before the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, is whether a rent-stabilized lease can be treated as an asset in a personal bankruptcy, just like a car or a piece of land, and used to pay off creditors.

New York Times: Widow’s Bankruptcy Case Poses Risk to Rent-Stabilized Tenants