Section 2 of Article XIX of the New York Constitution requires that every 20 years, voters decide whether to hold a Constitutional Convention.
How Politics Drove New York’s Convention Process
This book analyzes the politics behind the previous New York State Constitutional Conventions, which were dominated by cronyism, rigged agendas and uncontrolled costs.
The authors conclude that statewide referendums are a better alternative to the convention process. In fact, during New York’s history, over 200 constitutional amendments were approved by the voters using the referendum process.