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Rockefeller Institute to Host Forums on NY Constitutional Issues and Campaign Finance Reform

The Rockefeller Institute of Government at Rockefeller College will present two upcoming public policy forums in the coming weeks at its 411 State Street, Albany, New York location.

On Thursday, November 29 from 8:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., the Institute will host “A New New York: The Constitutional Dimension,” co-sponsored by EffectiveNY.com, the Center for Research, Regional Engagement and Outreach (CRREO) at SUNY New Paltz, the Rockefeller Institute of Government, and the Albany Law School.The first session of the forum will examine the constitutional issues to be considered by the New York Legislature in 2013 (the casino gambling and redistricting amendments). The latter part of the forum will consider more generally what could, or should be removed from the current constitution. The forum is supported by funds from The New Roosevelt Foundation.

The second public policy forum, “Campaign Finance Reform in New York State: Regulating the Impact and Role of Money in Elections,” will be held on Monday, December 3 from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m. at Rockefeller Institute. The forum is co-sponsored by the Rockefeller Institute of Government and the League of Women Voters of New York State. A panel of experts will review the problems posed by the ever-changing ways in which campaigns are financed, discuss what we know about how to deal with the issues, and discuss reforms currently before the Governor and the Legislature. The panel will emphasize reforms in New York, though they may draw on developments and experiences from other states.

For complete details on both forums, including a list of participating experts, please visit the Rockefeller Institute of Government's website.