Senate Majority Leader John Flanagan expressed concern on Tuesday with the potential price tag of a constitutional convention, saying the cost could be put to better use.

“The indications I’ve gotten if the last one in 1967 cost $47 million. The expectations are that if one is done now it would cost about $350 million,” Flanagan said. “That’s a lot of money. I think that if you went to the average person and said do you want to put that into roads, highways and bridges or education or health, I think people would do that.”

New York voters this November will determine whether the state should hold a convention to revise or entirely rewrite its constitution, a once-every-seven-years consideration.

The convention may not even necessarily produce a new constitution or major changes to the current system of state governance.

There are a variety of crosscurrents opposing a constitutional convention, including public-sector labor groups who worry it could undermine collective bargaining.

Flanagan indicated a better way to change the constitution, if desired, is to pass amendments (doing so requires passage by two separately elected Legislatures and voter approval).

“We can put up constitutional amendments at any time,” he said, “and we do.”