New York to decide whether to revise state constitution

Dean Skelos, Gail Skelos
Former New York state Senate leader Dean Skelos and his wife Gail Skelos arrive at Federal court, in New York, Friday, Dec. 11, 2015. Jury deliberations began Thursday at the corruption trial of Skelos, accused of using his clout to extort about $300,000 in income and other benefits for his son, Adam Skelos. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Poll after poll shows New Yorkers don’t like their state government. In two years, they’ll have a chance to start over.

Voters will be asked in 2017 if they want to call a constitutional convention to consider changes to the state’s founding document.

Those supporting the idea say constitutional changes could overhaul campaign finance, combat corruption and change the way the state oversees education, health care and social services.

If a convention is authorized, voters would pick delegates and have the final say over any changes.

New York’s current constitution was written in 1894 and revised in 1938.

The last convention was held in 1967. The changes recommended by the delegates were defeated by voters. Voters decided against calling conventions in 1977 and 1997.

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