Counterpoint Proposal One Debate: Full Video

Oct. 23, 2017 – Theodore Roosevelt Inaugural National Historical Site Moderator: Michael Wooten Panelists: Dr. Peter J. Galie, Christopher Bopst, Jeremy C. Toth, Richard Lipsitz Jr. Read more: Against a State Constitutional Convention – Jeremy C. Toth Why New York Needs a Constitutional Convention – Dr. Peter J. Galie and Christopher Bopst

Public Discussion on Proposal One, Oct. 23, 2017

On Monday, October 23, the Theodore Roosevelt Site will host a public forum on Proposal One, and the pros and cons of holding a Constitutional Convention in New York State. Presented by Counterpoint and sponsored by the Canisius College Raichle Pre-Law Center, the forum will feature some of the leading local voices on Proposal One…

Against a State Constitutional Convention

By Jeremy C. Toth This article was originally published in The Public. PART I Hassan Minhaj performed at the White House Correspondents Dinner this year. At one point, he quipped how the phrase “Anything is possible” used to be an indicator of hopeful optimism but now, in the age of Trump, has become a dire warning: “Anything is…

Why New York Needs a Constitutional Convention

By Peter J. Galie and Christopher Bopst This article was originally published on the Rockefeller Institute of Government blog as part of a series on the New York State Constitutional Convention process. See also by Galie and Bopst: When Rhetoric Attempts to Trump Reality: Why a Constitutional Convention Would Not Take Away Public Employee Rights…

The “Back to School” Issue – 2017

We decided that for our third month of Counterpoint “conversations,” we’d go back to school. Primary and secondary education in Buffalo is in a state of crisis. Our school system suffers from abysmal graduation rates, rampant truancy, tension between different stakeholder groups, struggles to meet the needs of immigrant and non-English-speaking students, a state-driven assessment…

“The Poor You Will Always Have With You” – Another Reflection on Poverty

by Mark Zirnheld, CEO and Director of the Society of Saint Vincent dePaul … I have seen that offering material assistance, while temporarily beneficial, is only addressing the obvious. Increased funding and creating new programs has not eliminated poverty in one of the world’s wealthiest nations. The real poverty I have observed is a poverty…

Betty Jean Grant and Mark Schroeder – Debate Highlights and Interviews

After the first debate in the 2017 Buffalo Democratic mayoral primary race, we caught up with candidates (and Counterpoint contributors) Betty Jean Grant and Mark J.F. Schroeder, who talked with us about the issues that matter to them the most. They had some themes in common: poverty, housing, policing practices, jobs and job training, and…