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NewYorkConCon.info Inaugural Newsletter

by | Sep 5, 2017

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Dear NewYorkConCon.info Subscriber:

During the past few weeks there has been a dramatic increase in news coverage of New York’s upcoming constitutional convention referendum. I’ve copied below links to coverage during August (for earlier news coverage, click here). The major daily newspapers have started coverage, including the New York TimesWall Street JournalNew York Daily NewsNew York Post, and Newsday. But the best coverage continues to be in niche publications.

Especially noteworthy is Bill Mahoney’s recent coverage in Politico New York, including a series on the relevance of New York’s 1967 convention to the convention debate in 2017. Mahoney makes some dubious assertions that unfortunately will probably be repeated as gospel. But what matters is his overall contribution to the debate. Unfortunately, some of his articles are behind a paywall. But those that aren’t are still standouts. Here are three noteworthy ones:

I’m expecting news coverage to pick up dramatically during the next 60 days as the referendum nears. At some point, I will probably limit myself to indexing only the more noteworthy publications. But for now my news coverage index is intended to be exhaustive with the following exceptions: 1) articles that only made passing reference to the upcoming convention, 2) blogs, event notices, trade publications, and other types of media that are covered as separate categories at NewYorkConCon.info, and 3) articles behind paywalls at secondary publications. If I’ve missed an important article and it has been more than a week since it was published, please send me a link to it via NewYorkConCon.info’s contact page.

As the volume of advocacy information explodes during the last few weeks and days approaching the referendum, it should be quite a ride.


J.H. Snider, Editor
The New York State Constitutional Convention Clearinghouse


August 2017 News Coverage

  1. Mahoney, Bill, Aid to religious schools helped sink the ’67 constitution, Politico New York Pro, September 1, 2017
  2. Mahoney, Bill, Convention issues from 1967 have a familiar ring, Politico New York Pro, August 30, 2017
  3. Mahoney, Bill, Two narratives, one convention: Looking back at 1967, Politico New York, August 29, 2017
  4. LABOR DAY: New York Lawmakers on the State of Labor in 2017, City & State, August 29, 2017.
  5. Mahoney, Bill, Shadow of 1967 hovers over convention debate, Politico New York, August 28, 2017
  6. Lovett, Kenneth, Women’s group wants Cuomo to back state constitutional convention, New York Daily News, August 28, 2017.
  7. Hamilton, Matthew, NY Women’s March organizers push for constitutional convention, Times Union, August 28, 2017
  8. Hennelly, Bob, From the Supreme Court to a Constitutional Convention, Labor is on the Defensive,  City & State, August 27, 2017.
  9. Gormley, Michael, New York constitutional convention vote raises hopes, fears, Newsday, August 26, 2017.
  10. Gormley, Michael, Court keeps consitutional change question on back of ballot, Newsday, August 26, 2017.
  11. Jordan, Jason, Mixed support for NY convention, The Evening Tribune,  August 24, 2017.
  12. Velasquez, Josefa, Constitutional Convention Suit Against Election Board Dismissed, New York Law Journal, August 24, 2017.
  13. Mahoney, Bill, Judge dismisses suit over where on ballot to place convention question, Politico Pro, August 24, 2017.
  14. Reisman, Nick, Lawsuit To Require Con Con Question Up Front Is Tossed, Spectrum News, August 24, 2017.
  15. Wilson, Colleen and Kimberly Redmond, Labor’s Day: NYSUT pushes back on contract talk, The Journal News, August 24, 2017.
  16. Fitz-Gibbon, Jorge, and Jonathan Bandler, Labor’s Day: Police, fire unions face possible contract challenge, The Journal News, August 24, 2017. Includes PBA video.
  17. Con-Con” coming to November ballot, NCPR News, August 24, 2017.
  18. Desmond, Michael, ‘Con Con’ coming to November ballot, wbfo.org, August 23, 2017.
  19. Mahoney, Bill, Convention opponents assail ‘special interests’ while spending big bucks, Politico New York, August 22, 2017.
  20. Mahoney, Bill, Constitutional Convention gets messy, Politico New York Pro, August 22, 2017
  21. Mahoney, Bill, Special interests and the Con Con, Politico New York Pro, August 22, 2017
  22. Lewke, Jennifer, New York voters have chance to vote on constitutional convention this year, whec.com, August 21, 2017.
  23. Dawson, Evan, Connections: Is this the year New York State holds a constitutional convention?, WXXI, August 18, 2017.
  24. Mahoney, Bill, Board of Elections defends convention question’s placement on ballot, Politico New York Pro, August 17, 2017
  25. CSEA Leadership Opposes State Convention, The Post-Journal, August 21, 2017. See also Observer, August 16, 2017.
  26. Reisman, Nick, Can ballot placement prevent a constitutional convention?, Spectrum News, August 17, 2017.
  27. Wooten, Michael, False election info in message that’s gone viral, WGRZ, August 15, 2017.
  28. Propper, David, Merits of Proposed Constitutional Convention Debated, The Examiner, August 14, 2017.
  29. LoTemplio, Joe, Push on to support a constitutional convention, Press-Republican, August 13, 2017.
  30. Nani, James, Group raising awareness of constitutional convention vote, Times-Herald Record, August 11, 2017.
  31. Silberstein, Rachel, Dan Squadron Fought the LLC Loophole and the Loophole Won, Gotham Gazette, August 11, 2017.
  32. Dobie, Michael, Daily Point: Sign of things to come, Newsday, August 10, 2017. Includes the first photo of a no campaign yard sign.
  33. Supervisor Jamieson, please hold a forum on sconstitutional convention to improve elections, prevent corruption, The Chronicle, August 9, 2017.
  34. Demola, Peter, Battle lines drawn over constitutional convention, Sun Community News, August 8, 2017.
  35. Barraco, Marc, New York Constitutional Convention Vote Draws Near, News Channel 2–Utica, August 8, 2017. Pudney,
  36. Thomas Giery, Boondoggle or Opportunity? Voters will decide how they see upcoming constitutional convention question, Legislative Gazette, August 10, 2017.
  37. Voters being asked to change N.Y. constitution — why it matters to youStaten Island Real-Time News, August 5, 2017.
  38. Welles, Hannah, New York Schedules Nov Vote On Constitutional ConventionNyack News & Views, August 6, 2017.
  39. Esch, Mary, Fix New York’s government? Some say key is new constitutionUnion-Sun & Journal, August 6, 2017.
  40. Silberstein, Rachel, There Will Be Three Big Questions on Your Ballot in NovemberGotham Gazette, August 4, 2017.
  41. Hamilton, Matthew, Farmers join push against constitutional conventionTimes Union, August 2, 2017.