End of Rule of Law in New York State? 5/5 (1)

In preparation of celebrating Constitution Day, Governor Cuomo signed into law a Sanctuary Executive Action, effectively expanding the governors power to write law, in so doing, Cuomo is accelerating the decline of Rule of Law in New York State.

See Order PDF at this link EO_#_170-NYS-Governor

or on state website https://www.governor.ny.gov/sites/governor.ny.gov/files/atoms/files/EO_%23_170.pdf

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Rockefeller Institute Leads the Way with Educational Videos on NY-2C 4/5 (1)

Shown above is Robert Bullock, Deputy Director of Operations of the Rockefeller Institute of Government.

Click here to see education videos by Rockefeller Institute on NY-2C

From the research I’ve done over the past year, the Rockefeller Institute of Government http://www.rockinst.org/nys_concon2017/ and the New York State Bar Association https://nysba.org/nyconstitution/  provide more than enough information for New Yorkers to make an informed NY-2C Vote.

A Yes vote is likely, so we will need to use wisdom available at links above to educate fellow New Yorkers on what a constitutional convention means and how the process will move forward in 2018 and 2019.

— Ed

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Daily News Editorial: Bold YES for a NY Constitutional Convention 5/5 (1)

Today an opinion by an editor at the the New York Daily News advocates for a Yes vote for a Constitutional Convention.

Read the article at http://www.nydailynews.com/opinion/fix-government-vote-constitutional-convention-article-1.3180479

Pictured: New York Daily News Editor-In-Chief Jim Rich (l.) toasts New York Daily News Head of News Robert F. Moore — either may or may not have contributed to the article.

This editor applauds the Daily News editors for showing what it means to be a member of the 4th Estate!


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Evan Davis Denied Chance to Challenge Selection for NY Constitutional Convention 4/5 (2)

A federal appeals court ruled that attorney Evan Davis who sued to be a delegate to a possible New York Constitutional Convention, lacks standing to challenge the constitutionality of a law requiring him to be affiliated with a political party to be placed on the ballot.

Evan Davis manages the Committee for a Constitutional Convention.  For more information visit www.concon19.org .

Read more on the Constitutional Convention Delegate ruling in the New York Law Journal article at the following link


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2018 State Constitutional Convention Delegate District Map 4/5 (1)

If voters vote Yes to convene a constitutional convention in 2017, in 2018 delegates will be voted for.

According to the state constitution Article 19, section 2:

“the electors of every senate district of the state, as then organized, shall elect three delegates at the next ensuing general election, and the electors of the state voting at the same election shall elect fifteen delegates-at-large.”

Citizens will elect 3 delegates from each district below plus 15 delegates-at-large.

The 2018 State Constitutional Convention Delegate District Map by law are the same boundaries of the New York State Senate District Map. There are currently 63 state senatorial districts so there would be 3 x 63 + 15 delegates or if yes vote in November of 2017, then 204 delegates will be voted on, in 2018, 3 per district shown in map below.

District Map Showing 63 Senatorial Districts

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Massachusetts Pupils Ranked 1st — New York State Pupils 34th in 8th Grade Math Skills 4/5 (2)

In 2015 New York State ranked 34th, and Massachusetts ranked 1st in 8th grade math scores according to Dept. of Educ. National Report Card*. 

Perhaps, the key to Mass. being tops in education is a rich tradition of higher learning that pupils, parents, and teachers possess that starts with their state constitution****.

John Adams was the principal author of the Massachusetts Constitution . Voters approved the document on June 15, 1780. It became effective on October 25, 1780, and remains the oldest functioning written constitution in continuous effect in the world


The end of the institution, maintenance, and administration of government, is to secure the existence of the body politic, to protect it, and to furnish the individuals who compose it with the power of enjoying in safety and tranquility their natural rights, and the blessings of life: and whenever these great objects are not obtained, the people have a right to alter the government, and to take measures necessary for their safety, prosperity and happiness.

The body politic is formed by a voluntary association of individuals: it is a social compact, by which the whole people covenants with each citizen, and each citizen with the whole people, that all shall be governed by certain laws for the common good. It is the duty of the people, therefore, in framing a constitution of government, to provide for an equitable mode of making laws, as well as for an impartial interpretation, and a faithful execution of them; that every man may, at all times, find his security in them.

We, therefore, the people of Massachusetts, acknowledging, with grateful hearts, the goodness of the great Legislator of the universe, in affording us, in the course of His providence, an opportunity, deliberately and peaceably, without fraud, violence or surprise, of entering into an original, explicit, and solemn compact with each other; and of forming a new constitution of civil government, for ourselves and posterity; and devoutly imploring His direction in so interesting a design, do agree upon, ordain and establish the following Declaration of Rights, and Frame of Government, as the Constitution of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.

Chapter V, Section II

The Encouragement of Literature, etc.

Wisdom, and knowledge, as well as virtue, diffused generally among the body of the people, being necessary for the preservation of their rights and liberties; and as these depend on spreading the opportunities and advantages of education in the various parts of the country, and among the different orders of the people, it shall be the duty of legislatures and magistrates, in all future periods of this commonwealth, to cherish the interests of literature and the sciences, and all seminaries of them; especially the university at Cambridge, public schools and grammar schools in the towns; to encourage private societies and public institutions, rewards and immunities, for the promotion of agriculture, arts, sciences, commerce, trades, manufactures, and a natural history of the country; to countenance and inculcate the principles of humanity and general benevolence, public and private charity, industry and frugality, honesty and punctuality in their dealings; sincerity, good humor, and all social affections, and generous sentiments among the people


* National Report Card:


https://nces.ed.gov/nationsreportcard/statecomparisons/withinyear.aspx?usrSelections=1%2cMAT%2c5%2c0%2cwithin%2c1%2c2 )

** (source: https://www.nytimes.com/2015/11/22/us/rejecting-test-massachusetts-shifts-its-model.html )

** http://dailysignal.com/2015/11/23/why-massachusetts-gave-up-on-common-core/

***Mass. Dept. of Education  K-12 Framework http://www.doe.mass.edu/frameworks/current.html

****Mass. Constitution: https://malegislature.gov/Laws/Constitution

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Constitutional Convention is Needed to Reshape State 3/5 (2)

The claim that the 1967 New York state constitutional convention cost $45 million ($335 million in today’s dollars) is inaccurate.  Read why at buffalonews.com/2017/02/01/another-voice-constitutional-convention-needed-reshape-state/

Peter Galie and Christopher Bopst are co-authors of “The New York Constitution” and co-editors with Gerald Benjamin of “New York’s Broken Constitution: The Crisis in Government and the Path to Renewed Greatness.”


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New York Regents Constitutional Duty Regarding Civic Education 4.33/5 (6)

Pictured above is the 2017 New York Board of Regents.  Each Regent above has a constitutionally duty to uphold New York State Education Law.

According to EXISTING  New York State Education Law Article 17 § (section) 801

Courses of instruction in patriotism and citizenship and in certain historic documents       …       the provisions of the constitution of the United States, the amendments thereto, the declaration of independence, the constitution of the state of New York and the amendments thereto  …   in all the schools of the state.     …       all pupils in such schools in grades or classes corresponding to the instruction in the eighth and higher grades of the public schools  shall attend upon such courses.  

EXISTING NEW YORK LAW requires it (see above), but does the New York Board of Regents assess ALL PUPILS in high school in New York State regarding patriotism and citizenship topics?

For the complete text, read New York State Education Law Article 17 section 801 by clicking EDN at the following link: http://public.leginfo.state.ny.us/lawssrch.cgi?NVLWO:

A New York Civics Exam or Project covering patriotism and citizenship, should be required for high school graduation ________.

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Tom Sipos / WKIP Hudson Valley Focus Live Discusses New York State Constitutional Convention Vote w/ Ron Montesano 4.75/5 (4)

Tom Sipos of Hudson Valley Focus Live WKIP 1450AM, discusses the New York State Constitutional Convention Vote w/ Ron Montesano on January 27, 2017.

Full audio of interview  is available at  http://1450wkip.iheart.com/media/play/27641085/


Listen to WKIP live from the web at iHeart Radio is available at http://1450wkip.iheart.com/

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