North Country Matters discusses Constitutional Convention process in Potsdam as Election Day nears
Wednesday, November 1, 2017 - 11:41 am

POTSDAM -- With Election Day less than a week away, North Country Matters takes a look at the three ballot items up for a vote on Nov. 7. Blue Carreker, the Upstate Organizer for the Citizen Action of New York, and NCM host Donna Seymour discuss the details of each, and the pros and cons of Prop 1, the co-call “ConCon.”

This would be the first ConCon that could be held since the Citizens United decision by the Supreme Court of the United States, throwing open the NYS Constitutional Convention process to so-called “dark money” spent to influence delegate selection, the issues, and the eventual vote, if a ConCon is authorized by voters in 2017. A yes vote would start a three process that would examine the state constitution and recommend possible change for action by voters in 2019.

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In addition to Prop 1, there are two other ballot questions. Prop 2 is the Pension Forfeiture for Convicted Officials Amendment, would amend the NYS Constitution by authorizing judges to reduce or revoke the public pension of a public officer convicted of a felony related to his or her official duties.

The third Prop is the Forest Preserve Land Bank Amendment that would create a 250-acre land bank, which would allow local governments to request state Forest Preserve land for qualifying projects in exchange for the state adding 250 new acres to the preserve; and for bike paths, sewer lines, and utility lines within the width of highways on preserve land.

In addition, be sure to checkout the NCM Conversations with Candidates already filmed this fall with the candidates running for St. Lawrence County District Attorney, Canton Town Supervisor, and a write-in candidate for the Potsdam Village Board of Trustees.

North Country Matters is a local public affairs video magazine now in its 13th year. The NCM civic partners working to educate North Country residents about critical public policy issues facing our region include AAUW-St. Lawrence County, the League of Women Voters of St. Lawrence County, and the Potsdam Public Library. The shows are filmed in the Fred W. Cleveland Computer Center at the Potsdam Library.

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