Legal Analysis in Advance of the "Con Con" Vote
Next month's vote on whether New York will hold a constitutional convention has generated much discussion about what constitutional provisions should be added by delegates if a convention occurs.
The Center for the Advancement of Public Integrity at Columbia Law School and the Hugh Carey Institute for Government Reform have conducted an academic study of ethics-related provisions in the constitutions all 50 states, in an attempt to determine the most effective way to use the New York constitution to curb our state's corruption problem. Join us on October 24 for a discussion of this important work.
Joseph P. Chamberlain Professor of Legislation
Columbia Law School
Seymour P. Lachman
Author of: Failed State: Dysfunction and Corruption in an American Statehouse
Jennifer Rodgers Stephen Greenwald
Center for the Advancement of Public Integrity Hugh L. Carey Institute for Government Reform
Abraham Unger Bob Herbst Josh Spivak
Wagner College Herbst Law PLLC Wagner College
October 24, 2017 6:30pm - 8:15pm
Columbia Law School, 2 Free CLE Credits available for
Jerome Greene Hall, Room 101 non-transitional, New York State
435 West 116th Street attorneys, pending approval.
Learn more and register at www.law.columbia.edu/CAPICon Con Poster Fall17
Click here, or on the photo below, to see an Oct. 2, 2007 news story by Staten Island Advance political editor Tom Wrobleski on BLAIR HORNER's Carey Institute presentation about Project Sunlight.
Blair Horner also prepared a monograph for the Carey Institute based on his talk, entitled "The Nexus of Money and Power in Albany."
EDMOND J. McMAHON, senior fellow at the Manhattan Institute for Policy Research and director of the Empire Center for New York State, delivered a Carey Institute lecture on March 11, 2008 entitled "A See-Through Budget for the Empire State: Promoting Responsibility Through Transparency." Watch the lecture below:
E.J. McMahon also prepared a Carey Institute monograph based on this lecture, entitled "A See-Through Budget for the Empire State."
On Sept. 18, 2008, Wagner College’s Hugh L. Carey Center for Government Reform sponsored a panel discussion entitled, “How Much News is Fit to Print? Why and How the News Media Covers (or Doesn’t Cover) New York State Government.” Moderated by former New York Times education columnist Gene Maeroff, the discussion included New York Daily News state government columnist Bill Hammond, Village Voice senior news editor Wayne Barrett and Staten Island Advance editorial page editor Mark Hanley. Below is a complete video of the seminar, followed by a news article on the event published the next day in the Staten Island Advance.
"New Immigrants to New York" was a lecture presented by JOSEPH SALVO, chief of the Population Division of the New York City Department of City Planning, on March 12, 2009. We have a couple of items on this page to share with you the substance of this program:
- a complete lecture video,
- the Power Point slideshow that accompanied it
Joseph Salvo also prepared a Carey Institute monograph after making this presentation, entitled "New Immigrants to New York."
On Thursday, March 16, 2011, Wagner College's Hugh L. Carey Institute for Government Reform hosted a lecture by DICK DADEY, executive director of the Citizens Union of the City of New York, a prominent good-government advocacy group. Dadey's lecture explored the question, "Can New York State Ever be Reformed? How?" Watch the lecture below:
On Thursday, Sept. 15, 2011, Wagner College’s Hugh L. Carey Institute for Government Reform hosted a program examining the question, “Can a Constitutional Convention Reform State Government?” The featured speaker was SUSAN LERNER, executive director of Common Cause New York. Introducing the speaker were Wagner College President Richard Guarasci and Carey Institute Director Seymour P. Lachman. Watch the program below:
On Tuesday, Nov. 1, 2011, Staten Island (N.Y.) Borough President JAMES P. MOLINARO visited a Wagner College Government & Politics class taught by former NYS Senator Seymour Lachman to speak on the topic of "The Effectiveness of an Elected Official." The lecture was sponsored by Wagner College's Hugh L. Carey Institute for Government Reform. Watch his presentation below:
On Wednesday, March 21, 2012, Wagner College’s Hugh L. Carey Institute for Government Reform welcomed MANFRED OHRENSTEIN, former minority leader of the New York state senate, for a lecture entitled, “How to Make Politically Divided Government Work.” The senator described the bipartisan collaboration between Democratic Governor Hugh L. Carey and a politically divided Legislature that successfully engineered the fiscal rescue of New York City in 1975-76. Ohrenstein also discussed how Albany’s example from that era could be applied today in Washington, where a kind of paralysis has been produced by hyperpolitical gridlock. Watch the video below:
Manfred Ohrenstein also prepared a Carey Institute monograph based on this lecture, "Making Divided Government Work."
On April 23, 2012, Wagner College's Hugh L. Carey Institute for Government held its ANNUAL FUNDRAISING RECEPTION in the home of Steve Aiello. Carey Institute Director Seymour Lachman introduced Wagner College President Richard Guarasci, followed by keynote speaker Richard Ravitch, former New York State lieutenant governor under Gov. David A. Paterson. Watch the video:
On Tuesday, Sept. 11, 2012, Wagner College's Hugh L. Carey Institute for Government Reform welcomed the Hon. MILTON MOLLEN for an address on the subject of “The Major Impact of New York Governor Hugh L. Carey on the State Judicial System.” The former presiding justice of the New York State Supreme Court’s Appellate Division, Second Department, he headed the Mollen Commission, which investigated allegations of corruption in the New York Police Department. Watch the video:
Many people think of Staten Island, one of the five boroughs of New York City, as being mostly white and mostly native-born — but the fact is that, in 2010, more than 20% of the population of Staten Island was foreign-born. That was just one of the surprising details presented on Tuesday, April 23, 2013 by JOSEPH SALVO, director of the Population Division for NYC Planning, when he addressed Wagner College’s Hugh L. Carey Institute for Government Reform on the topic of “Staten Island and the Changing Immigrant Profile of New York City.” (60 min.) Watch the video — and, below it, scroll through the PowerPoint presentation and read the Staten Island Advance news story about the event:
On Wednesday, Oct. 2, 2013, Wagner College’s Hugh L. Carey Institute for Government Reform welcomed MAURICE "MICKEY" CARROLL, director of the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute, who delivered a lecture on “Why Polling is Important.” Watch the complete video:
On March 13, 2014, Legislative Director BLAIR HORNER of the New York Public Interest Research Group, spoke to Wagner College’s Hugh L. Carey Institute for Government Reform on the topic, “The Moreland Commission on Public Corruption and the Possibility for Reform in New York State.” Watch the complete video, and thumb through the accompanying PowerPoint slideshow:
On Wednesday, Nov. 5, 2014, Wagner College’s Hugh L. Carey Institute for Government Reform took a look back at the results of Tuesday’s midterm elections with a panel of eminent political reporters — ROSS BARKAN (New York Observer), JON LENTZ (City & State), AZI PAYBARAH (CapitalNewYork.com) and RICHARD STEIER (The Chief-Leader) — moderated by former New York state senator SEYMOUR LACHMAN. This program was the 2014 Al and Frances Hochman Memorial Lecture. Watch the complete program here:
On Wednesday, Nov. 11, 2015, Wagner College’s Hugh L. Carey Institute for Government Reform held its Fall 2015 program, the Al and Frances Hochman Memorial Lecture, which featured good-government advocates SUSAN LERNER and DICK DADEY speaking on the topic, “Albany’s Year of Shame: What Have We Learned and Where do We Go?”, a conversation about political corruption and the movement to reform New York state government. Susan Lerner is executive director of Common Cause New York. Dick Dadey is executive director of the Citizens Union of the City of New York. The Carey Institute’s Fall 2015 program is the Al and Frances Hochman Memorial Lecture.
Watch the complete video of their talks, and the questions that followed:
This was a return visit to the Wagner College campus for both speakers. In 2011, Susan Lerner spoke on the topic, “Can a Constitutional Convention Reform State Government?” You can watch a video of her talk on the Wagner College YouTube channel. In 2011, Dick Dadey spoke on the topic, “Can New York State Ever be Reformed? How?” You can watch a video of his talk on the Wagner College YouTube channel.
On Nov. 30, 2015, Wagner alum BOB BECKEL ’70 spoke for a Carey Institute event. Beckel is the author of a memoir, “I Should Be Dead: My Life Surviving Politics, TV, and Addiction.” Bob Beckel’s visit gave his audience a unique opportunity to hear from a Wagner alumnus who has been directly involved in some of the most momentous political and foreign policy affairs of the past half century and exchange views with him on current events.
Beckel’s political career began while he was still a student at Wagner College, when he worked for Robert F. Kennedy’s 1968 presidential campaign. After graduation, he served in the Philippines as a Peace Corps volunteer from 1971 to 1972 and taught politics at George Washington University. In 1977, Beckel joined the U.S. State Department as the youngest deputy assistant secretary of state in the Carter Administration, helping shepherd the Panama Canal Treaty to ratification. Carter then named him as a special congressional liaison working on the SALT II treaty and Mideast affairs. Beckel was campaign manager for Walter Mondale’s 1984 presidential campaign. He became known for coining the campaign slogan, “Where’s the beef?” Beckel went on to be an analyst on the Fox News Channel, where he co-hosted the program, “The Five.” He is now a CNN pundit and columnist for USA Today.
On April 25, 2016, DAN DONOVAN spoke about “Our Current Political Climate and Political Reform” for Wagner College’s Hugh L. Carey Institute for Government Reform. Donovan, a Republican, was chosen in a special May 2015 election to represent Staten Island and a portion of Brooklyn in the U.S. House of Representatives following the resignation of Rep. Michael Grimm. Donovan had previously served as Staten Island district attorney, deputy borough president, and chief of staff to the borough president. He will face Democrat Richard Reichard in his congressional re-election bid in November. Watch this video of Donovan’s presentation, including a short Q&A session, beginning with the new congressman’s first impressions of the House of Representatives: