Ad Wars Begin On NYS Constitutional Convention

Environmental Groups Join Effort, Both Sides Push Harder Now

Dave Debo
October 26, 2017 - 6:59 am

A long list of environmental groups in New York is urging voters not to call a constitutional convention, adding their voices to a growing list of organized groups allied against the measure on November's ballot. And while they might have the organzied momentum and all those lawn signs on thier side, upstart opponents have taken to social media with their own campaign targeting youth and women voters.

 Earlier this week, on Monday, The Sierra Club Atlantic Chapter, Food & Water Watch and the Adirondack Council joined several organizations that announced their opposition to a convention

"The 'Forever Wild' clause in the Constitution is what all environmentalists should be concerned about. Without the Forever Wild clause the Adirondacks and Catskills would be open to developers for building homes, stores, industry, highways and unsustainable logging. There are developers who would love to make a short-term profit by building and selling our forest lands," writes Sierra Club Political Director Steve Redler in a prepared statement

Voters will be asked next month whether to convene a convention, where delegates would consider changes big and small to the state's governing document. Should they say yes, delegates would be on the ballot the following year and the conventionwould then be held in 2019. 

 Many environmental advocates worry that delegates might consider proposals to undermine or eliminate existing environmental protections. 

A coalition of labor unions, Planned Parenthood, The State Rifle and Pistol Association, The NYS Conservative Party and others have also argued that individual rights promoted by their groups could be in jeopardy.  

Here's the ads they've started to air statewide:



 Supporters -- including government reform groups like Citizens' Union (more below) -- say a convention is a once-in-a-generation opportunity to improve the state's system of government.

"The potential to modernize the state's court system, promote access to justice and reduce unnecessary costs and inefficiencies makes the issue of court reorganization ripe for consideration at a constitutional convention," writesNYS Bar Assoc. Pres. Sharon Stern Gerstman of Buffalo in a recentg series of statewide editorials 

The election is Nov. 7.

From ForwardMarchNY

From Citizens' Union:

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