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Voters to decide NYC mayor, constitutional convention

November 4, 2017
Associated Press

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New York's statewide election is expected to draw a low turnout Tuesday. Top races include New York City Democratic Mayor Bill de Blasio seeking a second term and a ballot measure on whether to hold the state's first constitutional convention in 50 years.

Syracuse, Albany, Buffalo and Rochester are also holding mayoral elections.

If a constitutional convention is approved, voters would pick delegates who would consider changes to the state's governing document. Supporters say a convention is an opportunity to address corruption, but opponents say the risk that special interests could take over the convention is too great.

Voters will also face a proposed constitutional amendment that, if approved, would authorize judges to strip the pensions of any official convicted of corruption.



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