From the Morning Memo:

An organization composed of current and retired state Supreme Court justices is opposing the constitutional convention.

The Association of Justices of the Supreme Court of the State of New York said Thursday it opposed the coming referendum, which will go before voters next month.

“After thoroughly reviewing the issue, the Association of Justices of the Supreme Court of the State of New York has determined that a state Constitutional Convention is unnecessary, would be overly costly, and could result in the reversion, elimination or diminution of many current constitutional rights and safeguards,” said Justice Deborah Dowling, the group’s president.

The referendum is placed before voters automatically every 20 years.

While association opposes it, the legal community elsewhere has been supportive of it, including the state and city bar associations, who have said that holding a convention is a chance to update the state’s governing document.

A coalition of labor groups and environmental organizations also oppose the referendum, saying it puts various rights, benefits and protections in the current constitution at risk if if a convention is held.