New York voters have a big decision to make this November – whether to vote for or against convening a constitutional convention to examine the New York State Constitution. For many New Yorkers, this will be their first time seeing a constitutional convention question on the ballot; others may remember being asked that question in 1997 because in New York, every 20 years, the voters get to decide if a convention should be held. A yes vote would lead to an election for delegates in 2018 for a convention that would convene in April 2019. The delegates at that convention can debate whether New York’s Constitution—the document that determines the structure of New York State government and the rights of its citizens—should be changed.
This event will focus on the pros and cons of holding a convention and will feature panels of experts in areas including, among other topics, government ethics, LGBTQ rights, education, social welfare, and the judiciary. There will be an opportunity for questions after each panel. If you would like to submit a question for consideration in advance of the event, please click here. Additionally, if you would like to submit comments for consideration by the City Bar’s Task Force on the Constitutional Convention, you may do so here. Comments can be submitted until Wednesday, March 22.
Barbara Bartoletti, Legislative Director, League of Women Voters of New York State
Michael Cardozo, Partner, Proskauer Rose LLP
Dick Dadey, Executive Director, Citizens Union
Evan Davis, Senior Counsel, Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP
Henry 'Hank' Greenberg, Shareholder, Greenberg Traurig LLP
Helen Hershkoff, Professor of Constitutional Law and Civil Liberties, NYU School of Law
Adriene Holder, Attorney-in Charge, Civil Practice Legal Aid Society of NYC
Roberta Kaplan, Partner, Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP
Arthur 'Jerry' Kremer, Chairman, Empire Government Strategies
This program is the second in a pair of events the City Bar is co-sponsoring with John Jay College of the City University of New York. The first will take place on Tuesday, March 14, 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. at John Jay College, 524 West 59th Street. The program will feature a reporter roundtable discussion regarding a range of issues and the historical context relevant to holding a constitutional convention in New York. For further details and to register for the March 14th program, click here.
Sponsoring Association Committee:
Task Force on the New York State Constitutional Convention, Margaret A. Dale, Co-Chair and Hon. Michael R. Sonberg, Co-Chair (For more information on the Task Force, click here)
John Jay College of the City University of New York, Office of External Affairs and Department of Public Management