From the Morning Memo:

Businessman and good-government activist Democratic donor Bill Samuels is releasing a web ad that pushes for a “peoples convention” to revise the state’s constitution.

The ad comes as voters in next year’s November elections will determine whether to back a constitutional convention in a statewide referendum.

“On Election Day, New Yorkers will have a once-in-a-generation opportunity to bring our state government into the 21st Century and become a model for the rest of the nation to follow,” Samuels said in a statement.

“Over the next year I will be doing everything I can to stimulate a robust and substantive discussion about the referendum, identify a legion of citizen legislators from around the state who could serve as delegates to the People’s Convention, and embolden our leading thinkers to brainstorm cutting-edge amendments our state should adopt for the good of all New Yorkers.”

The ad is also a pitch, seemingly, for a more modern state constitution that allows early voter, legalized marijuana and explicitly states equal rights for women and the LGBT community.

Samuels is also unveiling a website as part of his campaign for a constitutional convention.

Over the years, interest groups have been split over whether to hold a constitutional convention, with labor unions raising concerns with collective bargaining agreements in peril should one be held.