Free and Independent States: The History of the New York State Constitution
The original NYS Constitution was on display as a special exhibit at the NYS Museum (in Albany) from November 8-27, 2016. The state League and the NYS Archives Partnership Trust Foundation organized a panel discussion on the creation and adoption of this important document. Susan Arbetter, Director, News and Public Affairs at WCNY and Host of The Capitol Pressroom moderated the disussion of panelists Gerald Benjamin, Associate Vice President for Regional Engagement and Director of the Benjamin Center for Public Policy Initiatives at SUNY New Paltz and Peter Galie, professor emeritus of political science at Canisius College in Buffalo, talked about the history of the NYS Constitution, including its original creation and adoption – and changes since first ratified in 1777.
Watch a video of the presentation here.