The constitution of the state of new york as revised with amendments adopted by the constitutional convention of 1938 and approved by vote of the people on november 8 1938. The constitutional history of new york this five volume set by charles z lincoln published in 1905 is a fundamental resource for nys constitutional history from the beginning of the colonial period to 1905volume 1 includes the text of the first constitution of new york 1777 the second constitution of new york 1821 and the third constitution of new york 1846. The draft constitution the ratification statement on behalf of new york and the direction to the new york delegates all courtesy of the new york state library are reproduced here more information about new yorks ratification of the federal constitution is available in our legal history by era revolution the emerging state canals . Constitution of new york 1777 the fourth new york provincial congress resolving itself as the convention of representatives of the state of new york adopted the first constitution of the state of new york on april 20 1777 the province of new york was established after the naval invasion and absorption of the previous dutch colony of new netherlands. The new york constitution is the only state constitution that describes the constitutional convention process that specifically says what to do should a delegate to the convention die while the convention is still ongoing history new york state has had five constitutions adopted in 1777 1821 1846 1894 and 1938 the 1938 constitution
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