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Re: constitutional amendment

Posted by TenantNet on October 25, 1997 at 08:04:02:

In Reply to: constitutional amendment posted by Mark Ralin on October 23, 1997 at 21:23:22:

: This is in response to Bernice Siegal from Queens League of United
: Tenants on voting no for a constitutional amendment.

Bernice can be a nice lady, but too often her views represent the
Democratic party over tenant interests.

: Ms. Siegal states that the convention will be comprised of insiders ,
: allowing those who control Albany to control the convention.

That much is true, but not in the way many loony liberals will have you
believe. It's true that delegates will be selected based on Senate Districts,
it's true the Senate is controlled by Republicans who are, for the most part,
anti-tenent. It's also true that a Constitutional Convention (con-con) could
open up almost every issue for change and some of those changes could hurt
tenants immeasurably. It's also true that the entire framework of state
government is bankrupt and many politicians are professional liers. The problems
with a con-con that are being raised are just as much caused by people
like Sheldon Silver and Vito Lopez as they are by George Pataki and Bruno.
The politicans on both sides want the status quo -- which is why none of
them really support reform of the system.

: This is absurd. According to the voters guide that all of you recieved in the mail,
: the VOTERS of every Senate District shall elect three delegatesto the convention.
: "THE VOTERS" I think the time has come for the people to decide what laws we will live
: under not the old party hacks whom have made and passed laws that are
: unconstitutional to the state constitution. Just as California for one,
: where referendums and proposals are voted on by the people of the state.

That's a nice thought, but naive given the reality of NY politics.

: I am sick and tired of all the poor taxes, surchargesand taxes on surcharges
: lousy Judges and my reps. that don't represent the will of the people.
: Vote Yes for a convention and you will have a say in gov"t.

I wish that were true.

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