Is a constitutional convention in New York State’s future? If so, what are the risks and benefits of undertaking this task, and how should students vote on this issue on Election day–Tuesday, Nov. 7?
These will be some of the topics discussed at “Should New York Have a Constitutional Convention? How Will You Vote on November 7?” a debate featuring Tom Bergdall, senior associate at the Citizen’s Union (for the convention), and Susan Gottehrer, director of the Nassau Chapter of the New York Civil Liberties Union. The debate will take place on Monday, Oct. 30 at 12:30 p.m. in the College Center Building, Rms. 252-253.
The event will be moderated by Blair Horner, executive director of the New York Public Interest Research Group. The last Constitutional Convention in New York State was in 1967. Voters rejected a proposal to hold a convention in 1997. If the proposal to hold a constitutional convention is approved by voters on Nov. 7, the convention will take place in 2019.
The debate scheduled for Oct. 30 at NCC is part of the fall 2017 cultural program.