The other side will say the sky is falling if a NYS Constitutional Convention is approved don’t believe them.
As expected the League of Women Voters is opposing voting for the Constitutional Convention again as they have for as long as I can remember. One of the online posts (whose author is unknown) promoting the League’s Feb 16th meeting opposing the Constitutional Convention even calls Divide NYS delusional and a scam. Our chances of success must be improving if the other side has to resort to name calling.
In the 1960s the Legislature called a convention off cycle so their members could easily run for delegate when the convention is called by a YES vote of the voters the delegates are elected at the same time as the legislators and the governor are up for reelection which blocks them from running for delegate.
Be prepared the other side will say the sky is falling if a NYS Constitutional Convention is approved don’t believe them.
Note: There has been some confusion about the difference between NY State and Federal Constitutional Convention. A Federal Constitution Convention (sometimes called an Article V Con-Con) is called if 2/3 of the States pass resolutions requesting one. The members of a Federal Con-Con are appointed by the State legislators the people have no say in choosing them. Amendments must be approved by 3/4 of the States and because the US Constitution protects our rights; all our rights are at risk !!!
What we want is a NY State Constitutional Convention Whether it will be held will be decided by NYS voters this Nov 2017; since it automatically appears on the ballot every 20 years. If approved by the voters. In Nov 2018, 3 delegates are elected by NYS residents from each of the 63 NY State Senate districts and 15 delegates at large. Any proposed Amendments must be approved by the voters. No rights are at risk because the NYS Constitution does not protect much and Federal Constitution overrides the NYS one.
Our Secession plan calls for establishing a more representative form of government than the strange form of democracy NYS currently has which allows downstate to rule upstate which destroys good paying jobs upstate , while upstate can occasionally block things downstate wishes to enact. We would partition NYS into Autonomous Regions the New Amsterdam Region (upstate) and the New York Region (downstate) alongside a token state government to comply with the US Constitution. The token NYS government that remains would have about the same power as the Queen of England! Because we are forming regions not a new state or moving counties between states; Congress can be legally bypassed. Since the NYS Legislature has failed to act, this plan also has the option to bypass the NYS Legislature; because every twenty years the people of NYS get to vote on whether to hold a NY State Constitutional Convention. We need to vote YES on the Constitutional Convention, in Nov 2017 (may be on the back of ballot, or a separate sheet). Our autonomous regions method is more likely to succeed!
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