HUDSON–Assemblyman Marc Molinaro (R-103rd) and Assembly Minority Leader Brian M. Kolb (R-129th) will hold a public forum to discuss the People’s Convention to Reform New York Act Wednesday, April 21, at the Hudson Elks Club, 201 Harry Howard Avenue starting at 7 p.m.
The two GOP officeholders will also host a “Meet and Greet with Legislative Leaders” event with Columbia County Chamber of Commerce guests at Space 360 from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. at 360 Warren Street in Hudson.
A release from Mr. Molinaro’s office says that the People’s Convention to Reform New York Act (A.9157) is legislation that would place a question on the ballot for the 2010 elections calling for a Constitutional Convention. It goes on to say that the convention “will put government back into the hands New Yorkers” and would comprise “average citizens, not politicians or party leaders” deciding questions including the budget process, ethics reform and office succession, which would help the state move out of stagnation.
The event has also drawn the attention of local Democrats. Email from the county Democratic Committee encourages Democrats “to attend, to watch, and comment on the statements and/or misstatements by anyone at the meeting.” The Democrats’ email also says that the party does not endorse the idea for a convention.
A statement in the email message about the Hudson meeting as well as one in Fishkill next week, says, “A Constitutional Convention holds the possibility of great reform, but it also holds with it the possibility to do great damage. We urge you to attend and help us keep everything on the up and up. This could indeed be a very important meeting and the beginning of real reform. It is up to us to make sure that it is progressive reform in the best interests of the people of New York.”
The Democrats link to a New York Times story on the concept found online at http://www.nytimes.com/2009/08/24/nyregion/24convention.html?_r=1/, and it references the GOP website on the convention, http://www.reformny.org/.