This Tuesday, Election Day, when you go to vote for me (and all the other Green Party candidates on the ballot), don’t forget to turn the ballot over and vote “No” on the proposition question of the call for a constitutional convention. While this may seem like a positive pro-active idea, the process for electing delegates is as subject to money and influence as the election system in general.
Here are some considerations (all with which I agree) that a friend of mine posted recently:
- “First, if this proposal were to pass the convention would cost hundreds of millions of dollars including a minimum salary of $79,500 for each of 204 delegates for a total minimum salary cost of $16,218,000.
- Second, these delegates would be elected after running for these seats in the ConCon. Corporations and other special interests could spend millions to have their lobbyists elected to the ConCon.
- Third, Albany insiders, politicians and their families could double-dip on their salary and pensions. Each delegate would receive pension credit.
Now for what could be affected by a constitutional convention:
- although proponents of this proposal say pensions are safe from meddling by these delegates because they are contracts and protected by the US Constitution, if the ConCon nevertheless makes changes to the pension system someone would have to take it to court to declare the change unconstitutional. Pensioners would hope the court sees it their way.
- the “forever wild” provision of the NYS Constitution, creating the Adirondack Park, could be changed or abolished.
- access to a quality public education is currently guaranteed by the state constitution.
- election and voting rights are currently protected in our state constitution.
The last constitutional convention produced proposals for amendments to the state constitution. The voters rejected all of them.
New York State already has a legislative process to amend the state constitution which doesn’t cost the taxpayers anything.
A ConCon seems too risky given how it would be conducted.”
Why I am running for City Council of Glen Cove:
I am a lifelong resident of the City of Glen Cove. I would like to rescind any decision the Glen Cove Industrial Development Agency (IDA) has made pertaining to property tax exemptions. I would also abolish the Industrial Development Agency (IDA). This is a form of corporate welfare, which does not benefit the residents of the City of Glen Cove. It is unfair for Glen Cove residents to pay for these projects that developers should pay for. I would also like to address the lack of affordable housing in Glen Cove. The City of Glen Cove has approved many projects for luxury apartments and only left aside 10 percent for affordable units. These units set aside are not affordable. They are based on a gross income of 80-130% above the federal poverty rate. This is based on 30 percent of your total gross income. How could a person that makes above federal poverty rate wages afford to pay a base rate of 30% of their total gross income. I would require that this be based no more than 20% of your net income. Long time Glen Cove residents have been displaced from their homes and forced out of Glen Cove due to market rate rents.
- Rescind any Industrial Development Agency (IDA) decisions and abolish the Glen Cove IDA.
- Establish local affordable housing units based on net income not gross income.
- Stop the over development of Glen Cove. I.E. The waterfront, and down town luxury apartments.
- Transparency in local government.
- elect half of our
- planning board
- zoning and appeals board
- approve mayoral positions by city council
- Police accountability
- mental health training
- ethnic and racial sensitivity training
- stop enforcement of open bottle containers and marijuana arrests
- elect an internal review board
- monthly community meeting with the chief of police and a public relations department
- No immigration enforcement.
- The police department job
- fight crime not enforce immigration laws
- build a trust in the immigrant community legal or not. The immigrant community should not have to report a crime out of fear of deportation.