From the Morning Memo:

The idea of holding a constitutional convention does not get much support from the state’s prominent elected officials.

“My opinion has not changed,” Senate Minority Leader Andrea-Stewart-Cousins said earlier this moth. “I’m still thinking no is the right answer.”

Some, like Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie, worry about the impact of special interest money.

“There can be a lot of outside money influencing what becomes an election of 180 or so temporary legislators,” Heastie said.

Or the cost to the taxpayers of holding one.

“It’s not going to be inexpensive under any circumstances,” Senate Majority Leader John Flanagan, a Republican, said earlier this year.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo last week said he backs the idea of a constitutional convention, but is skeptical it could be effective in changing state government for the better.

“If we’re going to have a convention of the current elected officials to re-write the constitution, that defeats the purpose,” he said.

Among the legislative leaders in Albany, only Republican Assembly Minority Leader Brian Kolb has been publicly in support of approving the convention, which is being decided by voters next month in a referendum. It underscores the establishment opposition to the convention and the lack of anyone in power in support of holding one.

“There aren’t any of the political heavy weights that you find in this battle on the pro side, at least that I know of so far,” said Blair Horner of the New York Public Interest Research Group, which is remaining neutral in the con-con debate

Those who have backed campaigns for the convention including wealthy Democratic activist Bill Samuels. Donating modest sums to the pro-con con effort include former Chief Judge Jonathan Lippman and Kerry Kennedy, the ex-wife of the governor and head of the Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights organization. Countering the pro-effort has been a coalition of labor and environmental groups as well as some conservative organizations.

A Siena poll last week showed support for approving a convention slipping. Observers say one chance of its passage would be to have a figure like the governor push for approving the referendum, but Cuomo has been hesitant so far.

“If you were going to organize that kind of voter insurrection, it would have to be around somebody who has the muscle to make it happen and we haven’t seen that yet from the executive,” Horner said.

Voters consider whether to hold a constitutional convention every 20 years in a referendum.