Friday, 16 April 2010 00:00
Assembly Republican Leader Brian M. Kolb (Canandaigua) and fellow GOP Assemblymen Michael Fitzpatrick (Smithtown), David G. McDonough (Merrick), Tom McKevitt (East Meadow), Michael Montesano (Glen Head) and Andrew Raia (East Northport) will hold a “People’s Convention to Reform New York” town hall meeting on Thursday, April 29 from noon to 2 p.m. at the Hicksville Knights of Columbus, 45 Heitz Place.
The Assembly Minority Conference states, “A People’s Convention to Reform New York is a grassroots, non-partisan reform effort to empower citizens so they can take back their state government and, in the process, chart a positive, new direction for New York.”
Some of the issues that could be considered during a People’s Convention, their press release states, “include fiscal reforms like a property tax and state spending cap, debt reform, along with a ban on ‘backdoor’ borrowing and unfunded mandates. Governmental reforms such as initiative and referendum, an independent Legislative Redistricting Commission, term limits for legislative leaders, ethics reform, and a succession plan for state offices could also be considered as part of a People’s Convention to Reform New York.”
The press release goes on to state, “If enacted, ‘The People’s Convention to Reform New York Act’ (Assembly Bill A.9157), would put the question of whether New York should convene a People’s Convention on the 2010 ballot. By law, this question automatically goes before voters in 2017. The non-partisan measure would move up the opportunity for reform by seven years, accelerating the state’s ability to enact long overdue and much-needed changes. The legislation specifically requires that any elected official seeking to run as a delegate for, or serve in, the People’s Convention must first resign their office.”
For more information about the event, contact the Assembly Republican Long Island Regional Office at (631) 366-1530.