Edited from a Daily News column about general political news....
A coalition of more than 100 groups from across the political spectrum has formed a coalition to oppose a convention to develop possible changes to the state Constitution.
New Yorkers Against Corruption is made up of an array of labor unions, liberal and conservative groups, and environmental organizations.
The coalition will run a “multifaceted” campaign starting with digital ads this week, a spokesman said.
Among the groups involved are the state AFL-CIO, the city and state teacher unions, the state Rifle and Pistol Association, Planned Parenthood Empire State Acts, the state Conservative and Republican parties, the New York Civil Liberties Union, and Environmental Advocates.
“I experienced the Constitutional Convention in 1967 and it was a disaster,” said state Conservative Party Chairman Michael Long. “Establishment politicians and Albany insiders will hijack the process and abuse their power as delegates.”
Many of the interest groups say they fear a constitutional convention could result in changes that hurt their respective causes.
"A constitutional convention would give well-funded special interests the ability to control a process that can negatively impact those rights including the right to organize, funding for education, and care for injured worker," said state AFL-CIO President Mario Cilento.
Every 20 years, including this year, New Yorkers are asked to vote in a public referendum whether to hold a constitutional convention.