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BUSINESS GROUP BACKS CONSTITUTIONAL CONVENTION

A panel including members of the Niagara Business Alliance and its three member chambers of commerce has come out in support of a state constitutional convention.

Voters will be asked Nov. 4 whether such a convention should be called to revise the State Constitution. The Greater Niagara Government Affairs Council, comprising the alliance and the chambers, voted unanimously to recommend a "yes" vote.

The council includes members from the Niagara Falls Area Chamber of Commerce, the Eastern Niagara Chamber of Commerce, and the Chamber of Commerce of the Tonawandas.

Alliance chairman Robert J. Wright said the convention is needed because it can move quickly on governmental reforms "that otherwise languish in the legislative process. . . . We have the opportunity to improve the quality of life for the people of New York State."

The alliance board of directors is expected to endorse the council's resolution at its October meeting, Wright said.

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