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 New York State Constitutional Convention 2017

On November 7, 2017, voters will go into voting booths throughout New York State and, as they are every 20 years, will be faced with the Constitutionally mandated question, ”Shall there be a convention to revise the constitution and amend the same?” (N.Y. Const., Art XIX, sec 2)

In only nine instances in New York State history have we convened a Convention to consider how the State Constitution might be altered, potentially changing how government in Albany works.

Recognizing the importance of this opportunity, the Rockefeller Institute, the Government Law Center at Albany Law School, the League of Women Voters of New York State, and the Siena Research Institute have joined forces, often with partner organizations from around the state, to conceive and implement a multiyear campaign designed to ensure that each of New York’s voters, made aware of this work, goes to vote with a clearer sense of what a Constitutional Convention could achieve.

Contained within this Constitutional Convention web portal are sections that provide context, history, a timeline, videos of presentations, information about our partners and experts, a guide to publications, and a media archive of the work being done to greatly enhance civic engagement on this pivotal issue.

Should you have any questions on the Constitutional Convention, or how you can get involved with our efforts, please contact Heather Trela, chief of staff at the Rockefeller Institute. She may be reached at or by calling (518) 443-5831.

Thank you for your interest in this all-important work.




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