Three questions for Voters on the Back of the Ballot

Polls Show Strong Opposition to Constitutional Convention

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Albany, N.Y. (WBEN) - There will be three questions on the back of theelection ballot Tuesday.

First, should there be a Constitutional Convention?  This question comes up every twenty years in New York State.

Second, should pensions of corrupt officials convicted of felonies be taken away?

And third, Should the State create a land bank in the Adirondacks & Catskills.  Localities could make withdrawls of forest land, as long as it is replaced. 

Pollster Steve Greenberg at Siena College says the hot one is the Constitutional Convention. New York City is against it and so is the rest of the state, by a 3 to 1 margin.  "Something you don't see very often, 56% of self-described Liberals, 55% of Moderates and 60% of Conservatives oppose the Con Con.  This is not a Left/Right Liberal/Conservative issue.  Strong majorities of all parties oppose it". 

The last Constitutional Convention held in New York State was 50 years ago, in 1967. 

On the Pension forfeiture question, Greenberg said there is overwhelming support for it in a recent Siena poll, 82% to 14%.

Regarding the Adirondack Land Bank, support is mixed.  46% support it, 35% oppose it. 

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