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Convention will be costly, ineffective

Convention will be costly, ineffective

NYS Constitutional Convention not worth the cost

I love the column that Sara Foss writes, but I was distressed over her May 2 writing suggesting that a New York state constitutional convention is “worth considering.”

We need to pay attention to the dangers such a convention presents, not the least of which is the fact that many of our already “dysfunctional and corrupt” government representatives, as well as powerful special interest groups, will be in control of said convention. 

 Four out of five delegates in the last convention were career politicians and Albany insiders. Every politician who ran for a delegate seat that year won a delegate seat.

 It has been estimated that a constitutional convention will cost more than $340 million.

That is too big a price tag for something that can be done without 204 questionable convention delegates reopening the entire New York State Constitution. We can make changes by passing individual bills to amend language, which can then be put to the voters in a referendum. 

The risk of trusting the Albany insiders to do the right thing, not to mention the exorbitant cost, is too great. We must vote no on Nov. 7.

Sue Penny

Niskayuna

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