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

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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. 

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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.