In the Times Union, our colleague Professor Gerald Benjamin from SUNY New Paltz makes the case that “Governmental reform arises from the joining of opportunity with preparation. That’s why Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s commitment in the 2016 State of the State message to appoint and recommend funding for an “… expert, nonpartisan commission to develop a blueprint” for a potential constitutional convention is his most important reform initiative this year.
Opportunity is in the offing. On Nov. 7, 2017, New Yorkers interested in cleaning up state government will find this question on the ballot: “Shall there be a convention to revise the constitution and amend the same?” To fully grasp the reason for this vote, required every 20 years since 1846, we need to go back to basics.”