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Source: Long Island Business News

NCC to hold debate on Constitutional Convention


Posted: October 30, 2017
Originally Published: October 23, 2017

Nassau Community College will host a debate on Monday, Oct. 30, on whether New York State should hold a constitutional convention to rewrite the New York State constitution.

New York voters will decide on Nov. 7 whether to authorize a convention that could propose changes to the state Constitution.

Tom Bergdall, senior associate at the Citizens Union, will speak in support of the convention. Susan Gottehrer, director of the Nassau chapter of the New York Civil Liberties Union, will speak against it. Blair Horner, executive director of the New York Public Interest Research Group, will moderate it.

Bergdall served as general counsel and deputy commissioner to the New York City Department of Correction and held senior governmental positions under Mayors Koch, Dinkins, Giuliani and Bloomberg. After his retirement, he earned a Master’s degree in politics at Fordham University, where the focus of his work was on the state constitutional convention.

Gottehrer served as a political science professor, a social studies teacher and a public relations executive. She holds an Master of Public Administration from New York University, a master’s degree in political science from The New School for Social Research, and a Master’s Degree in social studies education from Columbia University.

Some critics claim a convention would be a boondoggle that benefits corrupt Albany insiders and big money interests.

Among the dozens of groups opposing a convention are New York State United Teachers, the New York Civil Liberties Union, the New York State Conservative Party and Citizens Campaign for the Environment.

The Associated Press contributed to this story.