“I am not an advocate for frequent changes in laws and constitutions, but laws and institutions must go hand in hand with the progress of the human mind. As that becomes more developed, more enlightened, as new discoveries are made, new truths discovered and manners and opinions change, with the change of circumstances, institutions must advance also to keep pace with the times.”
- Thomas Jefferson
NYConstitution.org has one goal: Restoring New York State's reputation as the national policy leader by studying both existing policies and the New York State Constitution's often outdated 1894 provisions that still contribute to statewide dysfunction. In order to come up with the best creative solutions to these problems the website seeks to engender informed discussion, debate, and action regarding changes to New York State's Law and Constitution that will produce more democratic, responsive, and effective state and local government.
The purpose of this project is to focus both on formal constitutional change, matters that might be put before the voters for action at referendum, as well as major topics effecting the state that may be better handled through statute.
The website is a collaboration between its main contributors, and is hosted by the Howard Samuels New York Policy Cente