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A Campbell Conversations debate: Should NYS hold a constitutional convention?

Tom Fazzio
Syracuse University
Hank Dullea, left, and John Mannion, right, debate whether New York should hold a constitutional convention

On the ballot in New York this Election Day, is a referendum on whether or not to hold a state constitutional convention. If approved, the entire state government structure could be up for reform, or even up for grabs. 

This week, Grant Reeher moderates a debate on that question. Arguing in favor of a constitutional convention is Hank Dullea, who among other things, is a former director of state operations and policy management for former Gov. Mario Cuomo. Arguing against is John Mannion, president of the West Genesee Teacher's Association and a science teacher in the West Genesee school district.

The conversation continued after the broadcast portion of the debate concluded. That audio is below. 


Grant Reeher is Director of the Campbell Public Affairs Institute and a professor of political science at Syracuse University’s Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs. He is also creator, host and program director of “The Campbell Conversations” on WRVO, a weekly regional public affairs program featuring extended in-depth interviews with regional and national writers, politicians, activists, public officials, and business professionals.