New York state constitution

Karen Dewitt. WAMC

The last time the state held a constitutional convention, Bobby Kennedy was Senator. That was in 1967.  The last time a constitutional convention met and voters actually ratified it’s result, was 75 years ago. It was in 1938, at the height of the great depression.

Blair Horner: Lessons From New York's Casino Vote

Nov 11, 2013

Election Day was a big one for the governor and other supporters of adding casinos in New York State.  The proposition, which passed with 57% of the vote, will mean New York will add up to seven casinos in a state that already has nine racetracks with video-lottery terminals and five casinos located on Native America reservations.

Cuomo Makes Case To Delay Public Vote On Casinos

May 2, 2013

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo is making a case to postpone a referendum on whether to allow major casinos off Indian land.

That vote by the public to amend the constitution to allow casino gambling beyond tribal facilities had been anticipated this November. Cuomo didn't say he will try to change that date.

But Cuomo says the lack of statewide political races could reduce voter turnout and support for the referendum. He proposes three upstate casinos, but the Legislature could change that. The sites haven't been selected.