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Constitutional Convention

On November 7, registered voters can decide whether NYS should hold a constitutional convention.
The New York State Constitution mandates that every 20 years voters will be asked the following question: “Shall there be a convention to revise the constitution and amend the same?” The next referendum will be held on November 7, 2017. It presents a constitutional choice of profound importance; a once in a generation opportunity for the State to reinvent itself. We will not have this opportunity again for another 20 years—         

According to,The New York State Constitution requires that every 20 years the people decide if a Constitutional Convention should be held to consider amendments to the State Constitution. The purpose of this Ballot Question is to allow the voters of New York State to determine whether a Constitutional Convention will be held according to the procedure provided by the State Constitution.

If a majority voting on this Question votes NO, there will be no Constitutional Convention.

If a majority votes YES, three delegates from each state senatorial district will be elected in November 2018, along with 15 at-large delegates who will be elected statewide. The delegates will convene at the Capitol in April 2019. Amendments adopted by a majority of the delegates will be submitted to the voters for approval or rejection in a statewide referendum, at an election held at least six weeks after the Convention adjourns. Any amendments that the voters approve will go into effect on the January 1 following their approval.

Click here to read more on the Constitutional Convention question.

Listed below are the proposed constitutional amendments (Click here to read more):

  1. Allowing the Complete or Partial Forfeiture of a Public Officer’s Pension if He or She is Convicted of a Certain Type of Felony
  • The proposed amendment to section 7 of Article 2 of the State Constitution would allow a court to reduce or revoke the pension of a public officer who is convicted of a felony that has a direct and actual relationship to the performance of the public officer’s duties

2. Authorizing the Use of Forest Preserve Land for Specified Purposes.

  • The proposed amendment will create a land account with up to 250 acres of forest preserve land eligible for use by towns, villages, and counties that have no viable alternative to using forest preserve land to address specific public health and safety concerns; as a substitute for the land removed from the forest preserve, another 250 acres of land, subject to legislative approval, will be added to the forest preserve. The proposed amendment also will allow bicycle trails and certain public utility lines to be located within the width of highways that traverse the forest preserve while minimizing removal of trees and vegetation. Shall the proposed amendment be approved?

Chemung County Sheriff:

Art Laurey:

Christopher Moss:

The CCLD library budget is also on the back of the ballot!