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Benjamin sees the large-scale democratic mobilization happening nationally as good reason for protecting ourselves from whatever happens nationally by asserting our values in the state constitution. At age 73, having watched this debate for five decades, Benjamin is convinced of the need to confirm our commitment to democratic representation. "I think it's symbolically and socially important," says Benjamin. "We can create a moment where we're giving a thorough review to a system that has performed marginally for a long time. We can restart New York."
Whether we vote to give New York a restart or leave the constitution unchanged will be decided at the polls on November 7.