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Onetime Albany insiders give to constitutional convention campaign

ALBANY – Former top judges, onetime aides to the late Gov. Mario Cuomo and a couple of former senators are among the donors to a committee pushing for a yes vote on a referendum to hold the first constitutional convention in 50 years.

Donors to the Committee for a Constitutional Convention, managed by Evan Davis, include people with long ties to Albany. The committee has raised $100,000, according its most recent filing.

Davis is a Manhattan lawyer who was the chief counsel during the administration of Gov. Mario Cuomo. Other former Mario Cuomo advisers are on the donor list include Henrik Dullea and Gerald C. Crotty, both key advisers for much of the late governor’s three terms in office.

At least three former judges on the state’s Court of Appeals have donated: Albert M. Rosenblatt, Victoria Graffeo and Jonathan Lippman, the former chief judge on the state’s highest judicial panel.

Also contributing are two former senators – Republican John Dunne and Sen. Martin Connor, a Brooklyn Democrat and longtime election lawyer.

Two former lieutenant governors have tossed in some money: Stan Lundine, who served under Mario Cuomo, and Richard Ravitch, who was tapped for the lieutenant governor’s post by former Gov. David Paterson.

Also showing up on the most recent filing submitted by the group was Kerry Kennedy, daughter of the late Sen. Robert Kennedy and the former wife of Gov. Andrew Cuomo. She gave the group $100.

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