The People of New York Have the Opportunity to Make History.
Vote Yes on 11.7.17

About Us

New York Says YES is a statewide coalition of New Yorkers, grassroots NY groups, and established NY organizations who support holding a state constitutional convention because our government functions best when it is accountable to the people, not the status quo. The corruption and dysfunction in Albany have reached crisis levels because the system is rigged. To fix it, we must leverage this once-in-a-generation opportunity and vote YES on a Constitutional Convention in November.

The Story of the State Constitution

The Process

New Yorkers get only one opportunity every 20 years to bypass the corrupt and dysfunctional legislature. It is a 13-word question on the ballot this November: “Shall there be a convention to revise the constitution and amend the same?” Voting YES kicks off a 3-year process that empowers the people of New York to take back our government from entrenched lobbyists and special interests.  Voters have the ultimate power in every step of the process:


The Process

New Yorkers get only one opportunity every 20 years to bypass the corrupt and dysfunctional legislature. It is a 13-word question on the ballot this November: “Shall there be a convention to revise the constitution and amend the same?” Voting YES kicks off a 3-year process that empowers the people of New York to take back our government from entrenched lobbyists and special interests.  Voters have the ultimate power in every step of the process:


History

Constitutional conventions have been a regular part of New York’s history. Over the last 240 years, New York has held nine (9) such conventions; the longest gap being the 50 years since our last convention.

Past constitutional conventions made New York a leader in national policy: the Convention of 1894 introduced wilderness protections in the Adirondacks laying the foundation for the national park system; the Convention of 1938 introduced provisions to care for the needy and protect workers’ right to organize, paving the way for the federal New Deal reforms.

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New York Constitution

The current New York State Constitution was largely written in 1894 with substantive changes made in 1938. Since that time we have popularized the automobile, split the atom, fought a second world war, put a man on the moon, invented the internet, and increased the population of the state by six million people. It’s time about time for an update.

[New York State Constitution]

History

Constitutional conventions have been a regular part of New York’s history. Over the last 240 years, New York has held nine (9) such conventions; the longest gap being the 50 years since our last convention.

Past constitutional conventions made New York a leader in national policy: the Convention of 1894 introduced wilderness protections in the Adirondacks laying the foundation for the national park system; the Convention of 1938 introduced provisions to care for the needy and protect workers’ right to organize, paving the way for the federal New Deal reforms.

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New York Constitution

The current New York State Constitution was largely written in 1894 with substantive changes made in 1938. Since that time we have popularized the automobile, split the atom, fought a second world war, put a man on the moon, invented the internet, and increased the population of the state by six million people. It’s time about time for an update.

[New York State Constitution]

New York says

“Enough is enough.”

"Twenty years ago Governor Mario Cuomo knew that the only way to make New York's government of, by, and for the people was to have a Constitutional Convention to fix the Constitution. This fact is even clearer today. Enough is enough and the time is now."

Evan Davis, Former Counsel of Gov. Mario Cuomo
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NYS BAR ASSOCIATION SUPPORTS A CONSTITUTIONAL CONVENTION TO RESTRUCTURE THE NYS JUDICIARY, ENHANCE VOTER PARTICIPATION AND MODERNIZE AND STREAMLINE THE NYS CONSTITUTION

New York State Bar Report

"There is an inherent hope and positive drive to New Yorkers." -John Oliver. He's right! And we can use this to reform our state! #nysaysyes

New York Says YES!

"This is a once-in-a-generation moment to proudly take hold of the pen, and to be the co-authors of our state."

Claire Del Mar Chapman, Pres. of Forward March NY

ROUSE N.Y.’s SLEEPING POWERS WITH A PEOPLE’S CONVENTION TO FIX OUR BROKEN STATE CONSTITUTION

"I plan to vote yes on this fall’s referendum question about whether New York should hold an official constitutional convention to amend some badly outdated parts of the state Constitution. I hope you’ll do the same."

Errol Louis, Journalist and Television Show Host