NY Constitutional Convention: Why is it on the ballot? How should I vote?
Wednesday, October 25, 2017
6:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
Program Co-sponsor: New York City Bar Association
In favor of Constitutional Convention:
Evan Davis, Senior Counsel Cleary Gottlieb
Henry M. Greenberg, Shareholder, Greenberg Traurig, LLP
Against holding a Constitutional Convention:
Charles S. Warren, Partner, Kramer Levin Naftalis & Frankel LLP, former regional administrator, EPA
Susan Welber, Staff Attorney, Civil Practice Law Reform Unit, The Legal Aid Society
Moderator: Professor Richard Briffault, the Joseph P. Chamberlain Professor of Legislation at Columbia Law School
On November 7, New York State voters will decide on the referendum question, "Shall there be a convention to revise the constitution and amend the same?" The referendum is presented to voters only once every 20 years – so it is more important than ever that NYS residents understand the issues at stake and the consequences of their vote.
If the referendum is approved, New Yorkers would elect delegates in 2018 to the convention, which would meet in 2019. At the convention, delegates would get to propose amendments to the state constitution for voter ratification. Then in November 2019, the electorate would get a chance to vote on each proposed amendment
Our panelists will present a balanced discussion of the pros and cons of convening a Constitutional Convention – which should help you decide how to vote on the proposal.
This program is FREE and open to the public. Online registration is closed, but at-door is available.