We cannot risk losing many important rights
On Nov. 7 there is a very important issue on the ballot, namely, shall we convene a constitutional convention to amend the New York State Constitution? I believe the answer should be a resounding “no.”
The current constitution contains many important rights, including free public education, workers’ compensation, environmental protections and collective bargaining, which enhance the life of New Yorkers. A convention could decide to eliminate all these, and other, rights.
If the constitution needs to be amended, we can already do that. Just a few years ago, we authorized casino gambling, and this year we may strip pensions from corrupt public officials.
The process works, and we don’t need to spend millions to convene a convention, which would be controlled by special interests. We can’t take that chance.
President, Western New York Chapter
Retired Public Employees Association