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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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Rockefeller Institute Of Government Releases Voters’ Guide On Upcoming Constitutional Convention Vote

The Rockefeller Institute has issued a voters’ guide on the con con vote. From the Institute’s press release:

“The Citizens’ Guide to the Constitutional Convention provides an in-depth look at the process and issues surrounding a potential constitutional convention, including: an overview of the process; the history of conventions in New York; and various perspectives from those who support convening a constitutional convention, those who are against, alternative pathways to constitutional change, and potential agendas and issues to be considered at a convention.
“For many New Yorkers, there is confusion and questions surrounding a constitutional convention. Additionally, there is little awareness that the question of whether to call a constitutional convention is on this November’s ballot. Our hope is that this Citizens’ Guide will be an invaluable tool to help voters make an informed decision —- either for or against —- when voting next month,” said Jim Malatras, president of the Rockefeller Institute of Government.


The Citizens’ Guide includes contributions from important stakeholders and scholars across New York including Gerald Benjamin, Christopher Bopst, Richard Brodsky, Scott Fein, Peter Galie, Jessica Ottney Mahar, Jim Malatras, Andrew Pallotta, Karen Scharff, David Siracuse, and Heather Trela.”
A copy of the guide can be found here


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2020 Census: The Count Is On, starting now.

A copy of the recently released report “The Count Starts Now: Taking Action To Avoid A Census 2020 Crisis” can be read here:


This report was published by “New York Counts” (an in-formation full count committee) and New York State Common Cause and highlights the census process and especially the need to reach out to “hard to count” communities identified by the CUNY Graduate  School’s Center for Urban Research Mapping  Service.


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Poll: Support For A Constitutional Convention Dips Again

In today’s Times Union, Matthew Hamilton updates the polling on the con con vote: “A Siena College poll released Friday shows that 44 percent of registered voters statewide say they’ll vote yes on holding a convention (down one percentage point from last month), while 39 percent say they’ll vote no (a 6 percent increase over September). “

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