Voters to decide NYC mayor, constitutional convention

Voters to decide NYC mayor, constitutional convention
FILE--In this photo from Tuesday, Nov. 8, 2016, voters fill out their forms as they prepare to vote at a polling station in the Brooklyn borough of New York. New Yorkers will decide whether to call a constitutional convention and vote for mayor in New York City, Rochester, Buffalo and Syracuse Tuesday, Nov. 7, 2017. Voters will also cast ballots in several county races, and decide the fate of a constitutional amendment that would allow judges to strip the pensions of corrupt officials. Turnout for the off-year election is expected to be light. (AP Photo/Alexander F. Yuan, File)

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New York's statewide election is expected to draw a low turnout Tuesday. Top races include New York City Democratic Mayor Bill de Blasio seeking a second term and a ballot measure on whether to hold the state's first constitutional convention in 50 years.

Syracuse, Albany, Buffalo and Rochester are also holding mayoral elections.

If a constitutional convention is approved, voters would pick delegates who would consider changes to the state's governing document. Supporters say a convention is an opportunity to address corruption, but opponents say the risk that special interests could take over the convention is too great.

Voters will also face a proposed constitutional amendment that, if approved, would authorize judges to strip the pensions of any official convicted of corruption.

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