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Complaint 11-28-12 6pm

Complaint 11-28-12 6pm

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STATE OF NEW YORK SUPREME COURT - ALBANY COUNTY
 ___________________________________________ ROBERT L. SCHULZ, HENRY L. HAMILTON,AL BELARDINELLI, ANDREA STUKAS,JOHN I. MINERD, RITA EDWARDS, CARL EDWARDS,EVELYN LONGLEY, DENNIS B. SWEENEY,JAMES M. WALKER, ROBIN G. CARR, ROBERT E. RICE,JOHN W. WALLACE, TIMOTHY A. CHICHESTER,ZACHARIAH A. CHICHESTER, EMANUELEMARINARO, PHILIP POLIZOTTO, KENNETH L.HOLMES, JULIANNE M. THOMPSON, JOHN RUS
VERIFIED COMPLAINT
 THOMPSON, CAROL POLINER, JENNA POLINER,ELEANOR CORCORAN, JAMES CORCORAN, INDEX NO. ___________ KENNETH C. SCHOLZ, VICTORIA POCZKALSKI,EDWARD L. MCCARTY, MICHAEL J. BRITT,RICHARD C. BARRETT, SHELBY BARRETT, STEVENGLICK, CHRISTOPHER J. NICHOLS, LOUINE M. KOLB,JOHN L. SHELTER, JOHN MARTIN, JOHN L.BOSWORTH II, MICHAEL R. BELL, JOHN S. HUMPHREY,JEFFREY L. STEVENS, JOHN C. DEWITT, KAY S.HOFFMAN, BEVERLY J. HURLEY, BART S. BONNER,DEBRA THOMPSON, ESTELLA A. HART, LAURA L.STEVENS, RONALD G.MOORE, DAVID WILLIAM BOWER,STEPHEN KRAEGER, JANE WOODWARD, SUSAN J.ENGLERT, JAMES P. DELANEY, EDWARD A. GARTZ,RALPH ERIC SCHNACKENBERG, JULIA S. GAMBINO,ANDREAS MILONIS, MARK AXINN, DONALD G. HOBEL,EDWARD D. PETTITT, JANET MARTIN, MYRON D.ANNIS, MARTHA A. FRANCIS, RITA D. LARSON,THOMAS J. LARSON, ROBERT ELLISON, JOANNEWILDER, MARY ANN BUERMAN, TANYA PARROW,GEORGE G. RADFORD, PATRICIA M. RADFORD,ANTOINETTE M. BLACK, HARVEY E. DAVIES, JAMES M.DOOHER, KEVIN T. COTE, ROBERT SPENCER, MYRNAA. THAYNE, PRISCILLA TAMARO, GEORGE TAMARO,DAVE CRAWMER, EDWARD M. STEHLIN, MARY ANNPENNELL, NANCY W. FOSTER, DALTON P. FOSTER,DONALD R.WHITE, CHAD H. CURRIN, WILBUR W. CARD,VANESSA PARSONS, HARVEY KASH, GARY L. PERRY,
 
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DENVER L. JONES, KATHLEEN C. ELLIOTT, VIVIAN Y.WADLIN, JUDITH M. WHITMORE, JOHN SALVADOR, JR.,ANTHONY FUTIA, JR., and CHRISTOPHER J. ENGLERT- Plaintiffs-Petitioners-againstANDREW M. CUOMO and all others similarly situated;DEAN G. SKELOS and all others similarly situated;JONATHAN LIPPMAN and all others similarly situated;MICHAEL R. BLOOMBERG and all others similarly situated;DANNY DONAHUE and all others similarly situated;JOHN L. STIPO and all others similarly situated;ED COX and all others similarly situated;STEPHANIE MINER and all others similarly situated.- Defendants-Respondents __________________________________________ PLAINTIFFS-PETITIONERS, each and every one listed in the caption above allege:1.
 
This is an action for declaratory and injunctive relief pursuant to CPLR 3001.2.
 
The relief requested herein is a judgment and order:a)
 
declaring it to be a conflict of interest for defendants to be delegates at any New York State Constitutional Convention, and b)
 
 permanently enjoining defendants and all similarly situated from becoming delegatesat any future New York State Convention, andc)
 
for such other and further relief as to the court may seem just and proper.
JURISDICTION
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Section 3001
 
of the CPLR provides that a court "may render a declaratory judgment" toresolve "the rights and other legal relations of the parties to a justiciable controversy."
“The supreme court may render a declaratory judgment having the effect of a final judgment asto the rights and other legal relations of the parties to a justiciable controversy whether or not
 
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further relief is or could be claimed.
If 
the court declines to render such a judgment it shall stateits grounds.” CIVIL PRACTICE LAW AND RULES, SECTION 3001.
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The statute is broad in scope.
 James v. Alderton Dock Yards, Ltd 
., 256 N.Y. 298, 305(1931).5.
 
There is no inherent limitation on the type of declaratory relief available under theDeclaratory Judgment Act, CPLR 3001.
 Maguire v. Monaghan
, 206 Misc. 550, 555, (Sup.Ct. N.Y. County 1954),
afl'd mem.,
285 App. Div. 926 (1st Dep't 1955);6.
 
Plaintiffs have an individual, implied constitutional Right, a legally protected interest, to a pathway to constitutional change that is not controlled by those who directly or indirectlywield governmental power over them, i.e., their governmental “Agents.”7.
 
Plaintiffs have a substantial interest in the determination of this controversy.8.
 
This Right is in danger of infringement by the defendants.9.
 
This controversy is definite, substantial, and ripe for final determination. The parties haveadverse interests that collided in 1967, the last time the People voted for a ConstitutionalConvention, and resulted in harm, and threaten to do so again as early as 2014.10.
 
However, neither an actual infringement of rights nor alternate coercive relief are necessaryin a declaratory judgment action.
See, e.g.,
Town of Ramapo v. Village of Spring Valley,40 Misc. 2d 589, 591 (Sup. Ct. Rockland County 1962) (declaratory relief available to testvalidity of contract although it had not been breached),
appeal dismissed,
13 N.Y.2d 918,(1963).11.
 
A declaration of the Rights of the People and the Obligations of the Government under Article XIX Section 2 of the New York Constitution in this case will serve a necessary anduseful purpose.
 Davis Constr. Corp. v. County of Suffolk 
, 112 Misc. 2d 652, 656, (Sup. Ct.Suffolk County 1982),
aff'd mem.,
95 App. Div. 2d 819 (2d Dep't 1983).

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