Greater Olean Area Lawmakers Oppose Constititional Convention

Poll: New Yorkers oppose Constitutional Convention ahead of election

The opposition got a boost Tuesday when one of the state's most influential voices, the New York Times, came out against what it called in an editorial "a costly convention with dubious prospects for essential change".

Among upstate voters, 52 percent indicated they have an unfavorable view of Cuomo, Siena reported.

A new Siena College Poll found that a majority of likely voters will vote "no" on the Constitutional Convention proposal next week - by a wide margin of 57 to 25 percent. The poll found 84 percent of voters support term limits for legislators; 79 percent term limits for the governor and other statewide officials; 77 percent oppose the loophole in campaign finance law that allows corporations to contribute nearly limitless amounts of money to politicians; and 65 percent said lawmakers shouldn't be allowed to have outside jobs, which have led to some of Albany's biggest corruption cases. The state constitution was last revised in 1967, when the last constitutional convention was held. Opponents of a convention fear a convention could erode or eliminate collective bargaining rights, the protections against development in forest preserves in the Adirondacks and Catskills, and other issues. A convention would be held in 2019, with any amendments passed by delegates going back before the voters for final approval at that year's general election.

The survey also found a similar margin - 60 to 29 percent - of likely voters say ConCon would "be an expensive waste of time", rather than a "once in a generation opportunity to bring our State Constitution into the 21st Century", according to a new Siena College Poll of likely 2017 New York State voters released today. Donations included $500,000 from the New York State United Teachers union and $350,000 from the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees union.

According to the survey, New Yorkers are making an informed decision.

The New York People's Convention raised $85,361 since the last state financial filing on October 11.

Various personal injury and labor law firms also contributed roughly $41,100 since New Yorkers Against Corruption became politically active in the summer, campaign contribution records show.

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