Constitutional Convention Supporters Go All ‘Hamilton’ With Music Video

Matthew Hamilton reports in the Times Union that “Forward March NY, a group formed out of the Women’s March movement, has released a new music video boosting the upcoming con-con vote to the tune of “My Shot” from the musical “Hamilton.”

On a technical note, the last constitutional convention was not comprised of all white males as the video informs.


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Judges: Vote No On Con Con

As reported by Nick Reisman in Capitol Tonight, an New York State judges  has come out against the con con:

“After thoroughly reviewing the issue, the Association of Justices of the Supreme Court of the State of New York has determined that a state Constitutional Convention is unnecessary, would be overly costly, and could result in the reversion, elimination or diminution of many current constitutional rights and safeguards,” said Justice Deborah Dowling, the group’s president.

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Constitutional Law And Government Professors Support ConCon

In the Times Union, Rick Karlin provides a copy of a letter supporting the con con signed by 30 law and government professors. The effort was led by SUNY New Paltz Professor Gerald Benjamin,

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Myths and Realities Of A Constitutional Convention

The NY Daily News and Newsday  weigh in on the con con.

From Newsday: “(o)pponents of a convention are flooding the zone with political advertising. Some of their arguments are erroneous. Most are based on fear — the fear of the unknown. No one knows for sure what would happen in a constitutional convention, they say. And they’re right.

They prefer no change to the status quo, and would rather seek the change they want by continuing to work with a State Legislature that has refused to do just that. They are rejecting an opportunity to take the reins away from the corrupt status quo and purge the system of its rot. They’d rather deal with the devil they know, while acknowledging there are a lot of devils in Albany. And they have disingenuously rallied under the misleading banner of “New Yorkers Against Corruption.”

And the Daily News: “(t)errible goblins are coming to despoil New York’s Adirondack Mountains. Bloodthirsty werewolves, to rip workers’ pensions from their rightful owners. Ghosts, to haunt the reproductive rights of women. Witches, to curse a state that once protected immigrants.

That’s the spooky story foes of a Constitutional convention would have voters across New York State believe as Election Day approaches, and it is no more believable than a bad zombie movie.”




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N.Y. Must Stand And Be Counted In The 2020 Census

NYC Planning Department’s Joe Salvo, one of the top census experts in the nation, penned an oped in today’s NY Daily News: “(N)ew York City has been undercounted before. In 1990, an astonishing 244,000 people — or more than 3% of the population — were left out, the worst undercount in New York City history. Indications are that the 2020 census is ripe for an undercount that could make 1990’s look modest by comparison.”





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Friday, October 13 NYC Campaign Finance Board Agenda

Press release:

The next public meeting of the New York City Campaign Finance Board (CFB) will be held on Friday, October 13, at 10:00 AM.

The meeting will be in the Joseph A. O’Hare, S.J. Board Room of the CFB’s office in Lower Manhattan, at 100 Church Street, on the 12th Floor.

If you plan to attend, please RSVP by calling us at (212) 409-1800. Building security requires all visitors to provide photo identification before entering.


New York City Campaign Finance Board
Public Meeting Agenda
October 13, 2017
1. Approval of Minutes from September 28, 2017

2. Report of the Chair

3. Report of the Executive Director

4. Vote on Staff Recommendations for Public Funds Payments

5. Vote on Recommendation to Raise the Expenditure Limit

  • City Council District 24
  • City Council District 44
5. Candidates and Independent Spenders on the Meeting Agenda
  • Andrew J. Sullivan (2013)
  • Empire State 32BJ SEIU PAC (2017)
6. Candidate Appearance
  • Andrew J. Sullivan (2013)
7. Executive Session

8. Vote to Issue Proposed Rules for Public Comment

7. Adjournment

The agenda is subject to change. Modifications made prior to the meeting may be posted to the agency’s Twitter feed, @NYCCFB. A live video stream of this Board meeting will be available at

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Dark Money Shows Up In Constitutional Convention Debate

Politico NY’s Bill Mahoney reports “(t)here’s clear evidence that much more money has been spent than has been identified in campaign finance reports, and that most of this undisclosed spending has gone to benefit the convention’s opponents.”

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