For most people, this will be an off year for voting. Local elections don’t traditionally bring a big turnout. But this year’s Election Day is very important to all New Yorkers.
We are being asked to vote on a referendum to have or not to have a state constitutional convention. If this is allowed to happen, we could expose our state constitution to potential changes that would affect issues such as worker’s rights, education and environmental protections.
For instance, workman’s compensation could be changed, education could lose funding or the Adirondack and Catskill parks could be exposed to private interests without regard for environmental concerns.
To hold this constitutional convention would cost New York state taxpayers anywhere from $47 million to $200 million. This is money that could be better spent on other needs of the state.
The more affordable way to make changes to the constitution is by amendments. Make your legislators accountable for the changes needed.
I encourage you to get out and vote Nov. 7. The referendum line is on the back of the ballot. So flip your ballot over and vote no — against the New York State Constitutional Convention.