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New York State Temporary Commission on the Constitutional Convention Hearing, Research, and Report Files

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Summary:
These files were compiled by commission member William J. Ronan, and include meeting minutes; correspondence; memoranda; newspaper clippings; journal articles; press releases; lists of convention delegates; draft reports; and background materials used in the preparation of reports. The records pertain to all of the various subject areas upon which the commission focused its investigations.
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11.5 cubic feet
Inclusive Dates:
1958, 1965-1967
Series Number:
10992

Arrangement

10992-02: Arranged by subject in no particular order.

Administrative History

William J. Ronan was a member of the commission from 1965 to 1967, and also served as chairman of the Subcommittee on State Government, Legislative Apportionment, Suffrage and Methods of Constitutional Amendment. Ronan, former secretary to Governor Nelson Rockefeller, served concurrently as a member of the commission and as the first chairman of the Metropolitan Transportation Authority.

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These files were compiled by William J. Ronan, and include meeting minutes; correspondence; memoranda; newspaper clippings; copies of journal articles; press releases; lists of convention delegates; draft reports; and background materials used in the preparation of reports. The records pertain to all of the various subject areas, outlined above, upon which the commission focused its investigations.

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10992-02: These records were stored at the records center of the Metropolitan Transportation Authority prior to transfer to the State Archives in 1993. The records were accessioned in conjunction with a facility renovation project undertaken in 2002.

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Accretion: 10992-02
1966 January-1967 April Meetings and Minutes 1 1
1966 January-1967 March Correspondence 1 2
1966 January-October Correspondence-Staffing 1 3
1966 July-August Subcommittee Assignments 1 4
1965 November-1966 August Membership 1 5
1966 December-1976 January Delegates at Large. Membership lists of delegates, Commission list of members, correspondence, “Introductory Meeting of the Delegates to the State Constitutional Convention with Leaders - Temporary State Commission on Constitutional Convention and Leaders of the Executive, Legislative and Judicial Departments of the State of New York in the Red Room, State Capital, Albany NY on 1/25/1967”, speech given by Governor Nelson Rockefeller 1 6
1965 January-1966 September DELEGATES AND ALTERNATIVES. Memorandum, newspaper clipping, news release - Citizens Committee for an Effective Constitution, membership list, copy of “Constitutional Convention Reporter.” 1 7
1966 LIST OF DELEGATES AND ALTERNATE DELEGATES TO THE REPUBLICAN STATE CONVENTION. From the NEW YORK REPUBLICAN STATE COMMITTEE. 1 8
1966 October SUBCOMMITTEE ON STATE GOVERNMENT, report to be used by. “Some Probable Constitutional Issues on the Subject of Legislative Representation,” cover letter (to Dr. Wm. Ronan). 1 9
1967 January SPECIAL COMMITTEE ON THE CONSTITUTIONAL CONVENTION OF THE ASSOCIATION OF THE BAR OF THE CITY OF NEW YORK. Three reports: “Report on Court Structure and Management,” “Report on Removal of Judges,” “Report on Selection of Judges,” cover letter (to Dr. Wm. Ronan). 1 10
THE CONSTITUTIONAL CONVENTION - A PANEL DISCUSSION. Article from MONITOR magazine. 1 11
1967 LOCAL FINANCE REPORT. 2 1
1967 LEGISLATURE (Structure and Organization, Apportionment and Districting, Conduct of the Legislature) Reports. 2 2
1967 January-April MINUTES AND CORRESPONDENCE. Briefing Paper #V: Conservation, The New Constitution Respondence memorandum, Minutes of Commission Meeting, correspondence, memorandum, Minutes of Commission Meeting, the 1967 Constitutional Convention, “Constitution Simplification, Briefing Paper #III: The Bill of Rights. 2 3
1967 February-March CORRESPONDENCE (Pending: Elmer Cornwell) 2 4
1967 February-March THE RIGHT TO VOTE: News release, pamphlet (no. 4 report) 2 5
1967 February CONVENTION ORGANIZATION AND RULES: Report (draft) to members of the Commission from Louis Lauer, Counsel, Temp State Committee Constitution????? (Conv.) 2 6
1967 March ADMINISTRATION, INTEGRATION, SIMPLIFICATION, AND EXECUTIVE REORGANIZATION. 2 7
c1967 ADMINISTRATION, INTEGRATION, SIMPLIFICATION, AND EXECUTIVE REORGANIZATION. 2 8
1967 February-March INDIVIDUAL LIBERTIES AND ADMINISTRATION OF CRIMINAL JUSTICE. Report (draft) to members of the Commission from Louis Lauer. Topics include: Bill of Rights Study, Punishment, Searches and Seizure, Electronic Surveillance, The Right of Privacy, Grand Jury, Trial by Jury, Right to Counsel. 2 9
1967 March NATURAL RESOURCES. Report (draft) to members of the Commission from Louis Lauer. 2 10
1967 March LABOR. Report for consideration at 3/10/67 meeting. 2 11
1967 March SUBSTANTIVE FREEDOMS. Report (draft) to members of the Commission from Louis Lauer. 2 12
1967 March-April EXECUTIVE REORGANIZATION. Report (draft) to members of the Ronan Subcommittee from Bob Herman. 2 13
1967 March INDIVIDUAL FREEDOMS. Report (draft) to members of the Commission from Louis Lauer. 2 14
1967 March HOUSING. Report. 2 15
1967 March REPORT ON THE JUDICIARY. Reports (draft) to members of the Commission from Louis Lauer. Topics include JUICIAL ADMINISTRATION, STUDIES IN THE JUDICIARY - The Court System, Study #5 - Surrogate’s Court; Study #8 - Supreme Court of the State of New York; Study #9 - The Appellate Divisions; JUDGES - Study #II - Removal of Judges; JUDGES - Study #II - Removal of Judges; JURY TRIALS IN CIVIL ACTIONS; STATE GOVERNMENT - The Attorney General, District Attorneys and County Sheriffs. 2 16
1967 March STUDIES IN THE JUDICIARY - The Court of the City of New York. Report (draft) to members of the Commission from Louis Lauer. 2 17
1967 March STUDIES IN THE JUDICIARY - The Court System, Study #II - Criminal Court of the City of New York. 2 18
1967 March STUDIES IN THE JUDICIARY - The Court System, Study #10 - The Court of Appeals of the State of New York. Report (draft) to members of the Commission from Louis Lauer. 2 19
1967 March STUDIES IN THE JUDICIARY - The Court sem, Study #1 - Town, Village, City and District Courts. Report (draft) to members of the Subcommittee on State Government from Louis Lauer. 2 20
1967 March STUDIES IN THE JUDICIARY - Judges, Study #I - Selection of judges. Report (draft) to members of the Subcommittee on State Government from Louis Lauer. 2 21
1967 February-March COMMERCE & INDUSTRY ASSN. OF NEW YORK, INC. NEWSLETTERS (2). “CONVENTION 67.” 2 22
1967 March-April OFFICE OF THE STATE COMPTROLLER. “The Comptroller.” Ronan Committee. Report. 3 1
1966 February-1967 February SUFFRAGE & ELECTIONS. “Right to Vote.” Ronan Committee. Correspondence, report. 3 2
1967 February-March SOCIAL WELFARE. “Payments to Sectarian Welfare Institutions, “Social Welfare in New York State.” Report. 3 3
1967 January-February LEGISLATURE. Legislative Terms of Office: New York State, ““Legislature: Structure and Organization, “ “Legislative Membership.” Reports. 3 4
1966 November-1967 March SUBCOMMITTEE ON STATE FINANCE AND LOCAL GOVERNMENT (BACKGROUND MATERIALS). Report: “Gifts and Loans.” State Finance Reports: “State Indebtness,” “State Taxation”, “Fiscal Policy,” “Federal Assistance,” “State-Local Fiscal Relations.” “Subcommittee on Public Finance and Local Government: “Constitutional Restrictions on Local Debt.” Report 3 5
1967 March-April THE EXECUTIVE AND ADMINISTRATION. “Civil Service. “Report. 3 6
1967 SIMPLIFICATION, ADMINISTRATIVE INTEGRATION AND EXECUTIVE REORGANIZATION (ARTICLE V, SECTIONS 2, 3, 4). WORKING PAPER. Martin Landau, Professor of Political Science, Brooklyn College, CUNY. 60pp. ca. 3 7
1967 PUBLIC EMPLOYMENT (Background Paper on). 29 pp. ca. 3 8
1966 December INTRODUCTORY REPORT (on 1967 Convention Issues). Drafts and background materials. 3 9
1967 HEALTH (The Social Services: Welfare, Health, & Mental Health). Reports 3 10
1966 COMMITTEE ON STATE GOVERNMENT, LEGISLATIVE APPORTIONMENT, SUFFRAGE, AND METHODS OF CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENT (DR. RONAN, CHAIRMAN). Background materials. 3 11
1966-1967 REPORT TO THE GOVERNOR AND THE LEGISLATURE (TOWARDS AND EFECTIVE CONSTITUTIONAL CONVENTION). Report and background materials. 3 12
1967 GOVERNOR AND CONSTITUTION, Issues of Gubernatorial Arrangements and Powers in the New York State Constitution. A report by Matteson Associates. 3 13
1966 December TENTATIVE OUTLINE OF REPORTS IN STATE GOVERNMENT. To Subcommittee on State Government from Staff. 12/1966. 3 14
undated Staff Reports 1 - 4. THE PROBLEM OF SIMPLIFICATION OF THE CONSTITUTION. SCHOOL DISTRICT GOVERNMENT. TOWN GOVERNMENT METROPOLITAN ELMIRA. 4 1
undated Staff Reports 5 - 8. METROPOLITAN SYRACUSE. METROPOLITAN UTICA-ROME. VILLAGE GOVERNMENT. METROPOLITAN POUGHKEEPSIE. 4 2
undated Staff Reports 9 - 12. CITY GOVERNMENT. METROPOLITAN BINGHAMTON. STATE ASSISTANCE TO LOCAL GOVERNMENTS. HIGHWAY FINANCE. 4 3
undated STAFF REPORTS 13 - 15. AUDITING, ACCOUNTING AND MANAGEMENT OF FUNDS. STATE TAXATION. COUNTY GOVERNMENT. 4 4
undated Staff Reports 16 - 18. BUDGETING INCLUDING CAPITAL PLANNING PUBLIC UTILITIES. CONSERVATION 4 5
1958 Staff Reports 19 - 22: Agriculture, Civil Service, Retirement, Labor Relations 5 1
1958 Staff Reports 23 - 25: Private Business Enterprise, Health and Welfare, Metropolitan Buffalo and Niagara Falls 5 2
1958 Staff Reports 26 - 29: Education, Real Property Assessment, Tax Exemptions, Housing and Urban Renewal 5 3
1958 Staff Reports 30 - 32: Suffrage and Elections, Constitutional Tax Rate Limits, Constitutional Debt Limits for Local Governments 5 4
1958 Staff Reports 33 - 35: Legislative Apportionment, Canals, Simplifying the Local Finance Article 5 5
1958 Staff Reports 16 - 18. BUDGETING INCLUDING CAPITAL OUTLAY PLANNING. PUBLIC UTILITIES. CONSERVATION. 6 1
1958 Staff Reports 19 - 22. AGRICULTURE. CIVIL SERVICE. RETIREMENT. LABOR RELATIONS. 6 2
1958 Staff Reports 23 - 25. AGRICULTURE. CIVIL SERVICE. RETIREMENT. LABOR RELATIONS 6 3
1958 Staff Reports 26 - 29. PRIVATE BUSINESS ENTERPRISE. HEALTH AND WELFARE. METROPOLITAN BUFFALO AND NIAGARA FALLS. 6 4
1958 STAFF REPORTS 30 - 32. SUFFRAGE AND ELECTIONS. CONSTITUTIONAL TAX RATE LIMITS. CONSTITUTIONAL DEBT LIMITS FOR LOCAL GOVERNMENTS. 6 5
1958 Staff Reports 26 - 29. EDUCATION. REAL PROPERTY ASSESSMENT. TAX EXEMPTIONS. HOUSING AND URBAN RENEWAL. 6 6

Accretion: 10992-89
1966 October 3 Hearing 1 1
1966 October 10 Schedule 1 2
1966 August-October Correspondence 1 3
1966 May, September-October Material Submitted 1 4
1966 September-October Temporary State Commission on the Constitutional Convention-Working Paper 1 5
1966 October 4 Hearing 1 6
1966 October 10 Hearing [1 of 2] 1 7
1966 October 10 Hearing [2 of 2] 1 8
1966 August-October Correspondence 1 9
1966 October 11 Schedule 1 10
1966 October 11 Material Submitted 1 11
1966 October 11 Working Papers 1 12
1966 October 11 Hearing-Continued [1 of 2] 1 13
1966 October 11 Hearing-Continued [2 of 2] 1 14
1966 September 29 Notices Regarding Hearings 1 15
1966 September 30 Press Release 1 16
1966 Index of Witnesses 1 17
1966 List of Libraries to Whom Transcripts were sent 1 18
1966 Appendix A, to Records of Hearings on October 3,4,10 & 11 1 19
1966 Appendix B, to Records of Hearings on October 3,4,10 & 11 1 20
1966 Index of Organizations 1 21
1966 December 6 American Jewish Committee 1 22
1943, 1963, 1966 Catholic Welfare Committee (Tobin) 1 23
1967 Citizens Union 1 24
1967 Commerce & Industry Convention 1 25
1967 January-April Committee on Constitutional Issues 1 26
1966-1967 Comptroller 1 27
1966 October 31 NYS Council on Crime & Delinquency 1 28
undated Rosemary R. Gunning 1 29
1966 October-November James A. Higgins 1 30
1966 April-May NYS League of Women Voters 2 1
1967 January Irving Like 2 2
1963 National Municipal League 2 3
1966 December 15 New York Railroad Association 2 4
1967 April 16-19 NYS Recreation & Park Society 2 5
1967 State Charities Aid Association 2 6
1966 October 3 Schedule 2 7
1966 August-September Correspondence 2 8
1966 October 3 Working Papers 2 9
1966 Materials Submitted 2 10
1966 October 4 Schedule 2 11
1966 September Correspondence 2 12
1966 October Materials Submitted 2 13
1967 March 29 Draft Report-Civil Service 2 14
1967 March 20 Draft Report-Freedom from Discrimination 2 15
1967 March 25 Draft Report-Freedom of Religion 2 16
1966 March 20 Draft Report-Housing 2 17
1967 March 6 Draft Report-Labor 2 18
1967 February Draft Report-Mental Health 2 19
1967 March 7, 20 Draft Report-Natural Resources 2 20
1967 February 17 Revised Draft Report-Social Welfare 2 21
1967 February 17 Draft Report-Public Health 2 22
1967 March 13 Draft Report-Welfare, Health and Mental Health 2 23
1967 March 27 Draft Report-Studies in the Judiciary [1 of 3] 2 24
1967 March Draft Report-Studies in the Judiciary [2 of 3] 2 25
1967 March Draft Report-Studies in the Judiciary [3 of 3] 2 26
1967 March 29 Draft Report-Local Government [1 of 2] 2 27
1967 March 29 Draft Report-Local Government [2 of 2] 2 28
1967 March 29 Draft Report-Executive Reorganization 2 29
1967 March 29 Draft Report- The Legislature 2 30
undated Draft Report-State Legislative Apportionment 2 31
1966 December 7 Draft Introductory Report 2 32
1966 December Final Draft Introductory Report 3 1
1967 Convention Issues Introductory Report 3 2
1966 December-1967 January Revised Draft Local Finance Report 3 3
1967 January Drafts-Local Finance Report [1 of 2] 3 4
1967 January Drafts-Local Finance Report [2 of 2] 3 5
1967 January 3, 27 3-Local Finance; 2-Toward an Effective Convention 3 6
1966 December-1967 January Revised Draft Report on Legislative and other Recommendations 3 7
1966 December-1967 January Draft Report on Legislation for Constitutional Convention 3 8
1967 February 6 Draft Suffrage Report 3 9
1967 February 10 4-The Right to Vote 3 10
1967 February 18 Draft Report-Organization & Rules 3 11
1967 March 3 5-For Effective Constitutional Review 3 12
undated Draft Report -Education 3 13
1967 March 3 6-Education 3 14
1967 February-March Draft Report-Bill of Rights [1 of 2] 3 15
1967 February-March Draft Report-Bill of Rights [2 of 2] 3 16
1967 March 16 7-Individual Liberties 3 17
1967 February-March Draft Report-State Finance [1 of 2] 3 18
1967 February-March Draft Report-State Finance [2 of 2] 3 19
1967 March 10 Draft Report-Gifts & Loans 3 20
1967 March 24 9-State Finance 3 21
1966-1967 Commission Members: Beame, Abraham D; Bensley, William E; Bergan, Francis; Burton, John E; Clark, Kenneth B; Corbin, Sol Neil; Curto, Ernest 4 1
1966-1967 Commission Members: Fisher, Harold L; Gutman, Daniel; Herron, William J; Martin, June; McNeice, Harold F; Moore, Frank C. 4 2
1966-1967 Commission Members: Mulligan, William H; Reidy, Daniel J; Ronan, William J; Sorenson, Theodore; Wagner, Robert F. 4 3
1967 February-April Requests for Information from School Children 4 4
1967 March-April Requests for Books 4 5
1966-1967 General Correspondence M-O 4 6
1966-1967 General Correspondence P-R 4 7
1966-1967 General Correspondence S-U [1 of 2] 4 8
1966-1967 General Correspondence S-U [2 of 2] 4 9
1966-1967 General Correspondence A-C [1 of 2] 4 10
1966-1967 General Correspondence A-C [2 of 2] 4 11
1966-1967 General Correspondence D-F 4 12
1966-1967 General Correspondence G-I 4 13
1966-1967 Consultants A-G 4 14
1966-1967 Press Releases 4 15
1966 December 13 Material Sent to Delegates 4 16
1966-1967 Commission Meetings-Agenda, Notices and Activities 4 17
1966-1967 Clark Subcommittee; Moore Subcommittee; and Ronan Subcommittee 4 18
1966-1967 Consultants H-P 4 19
1966-1967 Consultant Bills & Correspondence 4 20
1966-1967 General Correspondence J-L 4 21
1966-1967 General Correspondence V-Z 4 22
1966 December 2 NYS Law Enforcement Officials 5 1
1966 Press Release and Memos 5 2
1966-1967 Honorable Earl W. Brydges 5 3
1966-1967 Honorable Louis J. Lefkowitz 5 4
1966 September, 1967 April Arthur M. Levitt-Comptroller 5 5
1966-1967 Honorable Anthony J. Travia 5 6
1966-1967 Commission Meetings and Minutes [1 of 2] 5 7
1966-1967 Commission Meetings and Minutes [2 of 2] 5 8
1966 Decisions & Announcements 5 9
1967 February 7 Consultant Report-Dr. Robert G. Dixon, Jr (Local Government) 5 10
1967 February 14 William H. Meckling (State Finance) 5 11
1967 February 14 Belle Zeller (State Government) 5 12
1966 January James J. Leff (Suffrage) 5 13
undated Ray E. Trussell, M.D. (Public Health) [1 of 2] 5 14
undated Ray E. Trussell, M.D. (Public Health) [2 of 2] 5 15
undated Natural Resources [1 of 2] 5 16
undated Natural Resources [2 of 2] 5 17
1967 January 30 Basic Issues on Education 5 18
undated Victor Schnee (Judiciary) 5 19
1967 January 9 Basic Issues on Education 5 20
undated Albert A. Walsh (Public Housing) 5 21
undated Leonard E. Reisman-VI. Agencies Offering Police Service 5 22
undated Report-The Surrogate's Court 5 23
1967 January 9 Alvin C. Eurich (Education) 5 24
undated State Economic Development 5 25
undated Morris Beck- (State-Local Fiscal System) 5 26
undated Joseph R. Commerosano (State Finance) 5 27
1965 January James W. Greene (Legislature) 5 28
1967 February 27 E. Lisk Wyckoff, Jr. (Judiciary) 5 29
1967 March Governor and Constitution-Issues of Gubernatorial Arrangements and Powers in the NYS Constitution 5 30
undated Voting 5 31
Martin Landau (State Administrative Organization) 6 1
1967 February David R. Kochery (Judiciary) 6 2
C. Lowell Harris (State Finance) 6 3
Public Employment 6 4
Belle Zeller (State Government) 6 5
1967 January 16 Kenneth DeKay (State Debt) 6 6
1957, 1966 Kenneth DeKay (Authorities) 6 7
1967 January Natural Resources [1 of 2] 6 8
1967 January Natural Resources [2 of 2] 6 9
Home Rule in New York State 6 10
1966 December 1 Hyman M. Forstenzer (Mental Health) 6 11
1967 January 18 James W. Green (Legislature) 6 12
Louis Henkin (Constitutional Revision) 6 13
1967 February 21 Nancy Stagg (Law of Trial by Jury) 6 14
Appendix B-Record of Hearings held on October 3,4,10 and 11, 1966 6 15
Peter Simmons (Judiciary) 6 16
Local Government 6 17
Gisbert Flanz (State Government) 6 18
Appendix A-Record of Hearings held on October 3,4,10, and 11, 1966 6 19
Hearing Transcript-October 11, 1966 [1 of 2] 6 20
Hearing Transcript-October 11, 1966 [2 of 2] 6 21
Hearing Transcript-October 10, 1966 [1 of 2] 6 22
Hearing Transcript-October 10, 1966 [2 of 2] 6 23
Hearing Transcript-October 4, 1966 [1 of 2] 6 24
Hearing Transcript-October 4, 1966 [2 of 2] 6 25
Hearing Transcript-October 3, 1966 6 26