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Oct. 14, 2013: Constitutional Conference

Happy Columbus Day! At last week’s Constitutional Conference, hosted by Baruch College and Effective NY, Susan Arbetter sat down with scholars and politicians to discuss the constitutional issues that will be on the ballot this year or in the coming years.

Chairman of the Effective New York Foundation, Inc. Bill Samuels and Associate Vice President for Regional Engagement at SUNY New Paltz Dr. Gerald Benjamin give an overview of why paying attention to the changes in the Constitution is important.

Common Cause’s Susan Lerner and Sen. Gustavo Rivera (D – Bronx) discuss the redistricting proposal, which will appear on a later ballot referendum.

Dennis Hawkins, Executive Director of the Committee of Modern Courts, explains why he says the judges’ retirement age should be raised in New York.

Peter Galie, author of The New York State Constitution, A Reference Guide, critiques the clutter of the New York Constitution.

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