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Gotham Votes 2013

Baruch to Host Conference on Ballot Measures

Baruch College will host a Justice League-style gathering of state government experts on Tuesday for a discussion of the state constitution and the six ballot proposals voters get to decide on this November. Some of those amendments include a measure that would allow the state to sanction up to seven new casinos, another would allow certain judges to serve to the age of 80 and another asks whether the state should engage in a land exchange with a mining company.

Here are a few of the folks invited to talk: Gerald Benjamin, a political science professor at SUNY-New Paltz; Doug Muzzio, a public affairs professor at Baruch College; Bill Samuels, the founder of New Roosevelt Institute and Effective NY; Eleanaor Randolph of the New York Times; Susan Lerner, executive director of Common Cause New York; and former Assemblyman Richard Brodsky.

Also on the agenda will be a discussion of the coming 2017 mandatory ballot initiative that will ask New Yorkers whether they want to hold a constitutional convention. The event is scheduled to start at 8:30 a.m., in the William and Anita Newman Conference Center on the seventh floor of the Newman Library and Administration Building.

Here's the agenda:


8:30-8:40 Greetings and Introduction
Doug Muzzio, Professor, School of Public Affairs, Baruch College

8:40-9:00 Alerting New York: “Opportunity is Coming”
Gerald Benjamin, Director, CRREO and Distinguished Professor of Political Science, SUNY New Paltz

Setting the Agenda for Constitutional Change
Bill Samuels, Chair, Effective New York Foundation

9:00-10:30 Panel I – Constitutional Change 2013
Amendments offered this year and what they tell us about the state constitution

Gerald Benjamin

Peter Galie, Emeritus Professor of Political Science, Canisius College, Buffalo, NY
Chris Bopst, Partner, Goldberg Segalla LLP, Buffalo, NY
Dennis Hawkins, Executive Director, Fund for Modern Courts
Susan Lerner, Executive Director, Common Cause NY
Q&A Panel 1 moderated by Eleanor Randolph, Editorial Board Member, The New York Times
10:30-10:40 BREAK
10:40-12:00 Panel II – Big Constitutional Questions Before New York
Douglas Muzzio, Professor of Public Affairs, Baruch College

Richard Brodsky, Senior Fellow at Demos and Senior Fellow at NYU's Wagner School of Public Administration
Frank Mauro, Executive Director, Fiscal Policy Institute
David Sciarra, Executive Director, Education Law Center
Robert Ward, Deputy Comptroller, Budget & Policy Analysis at Office of the State Comptroller

12:00- to End – 1. Lunch
2. Panel 2 Q&A
moderated by Morgan Pehme, Editor-In-Chief, City and State
3. Wrap-up, Summary and Next Steps

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