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No to constitutional convention question

No to constitutional convention question

NY doesn't need constitutional convention

 

Please educate yourself on what a constitutional convention could do and then vote “no” in November.

To anyone with a New York state pension —police officers, fire fighters, teachers, etc. —working or retired, Gov. Andrew Cuomo wants to hold a constitutional convention and change not only your pensions but your health care and bargaining rights.

If the constitutional convention gets ballot approval in November, your pension and more can be changed.

The ballot will be confusing. When you go to vote, you won’t even see the proposal, as it is on the back of the ballot. Unless you remember to turn the ballot over, you have no chance to weigh in. If you don’t actively vote no, your vote is automatically read as yes, and that’s the problem.

In addition to the constitutional convention question, the ballot also asks if politicians should lose their state pensions if convicted of a felony. Please read the wording of both of these proposals very carefully before casting your vote.

A constitutional convention is not necessary to make amendments to the state constitution. It cost very little to pass amendments, but millions to open up the constitution and hold a convention. Taxpayers will be footing the bills, which are estimated to be over $100 million, if it were to take place.

Vote “no” to the proposed Constitutional convention.

Fred Acunto

Charlton

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