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Advocates push for state constitutional convention

Only way for voters to propose reforms

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It might seem far off, but Gerald Benjamin is already thinking about 2017. Benjamin would like to see New York hold a constitutional convention where delegates can propose changes to the state Constitution, bypassing the state Legislature. Such conventions are allowed once every 20 years, and 2017 is the earliest date at which a convention could be held. Advocates say a constitutional convention would allow voters to enact reforms that legislators are reluctant to consider, ...

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