The overwhelming victories of Democrats running for Governor, U. S. Senator, Attorney General and State Comptroller, coupled with the turnover of State Senate control to a Democratic majority, strongly suggests that Democrats would have won a constitutional convention at-large slate and a majority of senatorial district delegates had they been on the ballot. A Democratic majority in the convention would not automatically have guaranteed a reform agenda, but it would have been a good start.
Now we have to see if Democratic majorities in both the Assembly and Senate can do the job: prohibiting all forms of gerrymandering; adopting Bill of Rights protections for all New Yorkers; modernizing our commitment to environmental protection; reforming campaign finance rules; creating a strong public ethics commission; restructuring the archaic judicial system; and many more.
Please keep these and other constitutional issues in mind as you interact with our newly elected state officials. It’s only eighteen years until the next mandatory referendum.