Van Bramer opposes Con-Con

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On November 7th, which is Election Day, the toughest vote won’t be for mayor, comptroller, public advocate, borough president of City Council member.

It’s likely the ballot question for the proposed Constitutional Convention, a once-in-20-years opportunity to open up the New York State Constitution to make changes.

The debate has intensified as Election Day nears. Good government groups and some progressive advocates, such as those pushing for ethics reform, are pushing for a “yes” vote.

Most elected officials and labor unions, who have poured in significant funds into this vote, are completely opposed to it.

Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer declared last week that he’s strongly¬†opposed to the “Con-Con.” Here’s why:

“A constitutional convention raises deep concerns to me about the possibility of lowering and diminishing workers’ pensions, something I would never stand for. A constitutional convention would open up governance in our state to special interests and extremely wealthy individuals and would see the delegate selection process rigged by the same Republican gerrymandering we have seen from Albany in our legislative and congressional districts. Simply put, a Constitutional Convention would run the risk of rolling back decades of progress on environmental protections, workers’ rights, civil rights and more.”

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