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'People's Convention' coming to town

by jmaloni
Thu, Jun 2nd 2011 02:15 pm

Assemblyman John Ceretto, R-I-Lewiston, and Assembly Minority Leader Brian Kolb will host a "People's Convention to Reform New York" town hall meeting in Niagara Falls on Wednesday, June 8. The event is scheduled from 4 to 5:30 p.m. at the Niagara Falls Public Library, 1425 Main St.

The forum is being held to build support for the People's Convention to Reform New York Act (Assembly Bill A.1262), legislation designed to provide state residents with an opportunity to bring change to state government by holding a People's Convention to amend the state constitution. If enacted, the bill would put the question of whether New York should convene a People's Convention on the 2011 ballot, rather than waiting until 2017 to hold it, as it is legally mandated.

"A People's Convention provides another avenue to end the traditional partisan, gimmick-driven politics that New Yorkers have become accustomed to," said Ceretto. "Citizens are demanding real long-term solutions that address our state's fiscal problems - state government can no longer use the wallets of New York residents as its personal ATM. Our conference believes strongly that, if enacted, this legislation puts power in the hands of New Yorkers, giving them the ability to transform their state government into one that works for them once again."

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. Furthermore, 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 his office."

"I invite members of the community to join Assembly Minority Leader Brian Kolb and I in an important conversation about the People's Convention to Reform New York and learn how this non-partisan grassroots reform effort would benefit them as taxpayers," said Ceretto.

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