WE THE PEOPLE of the State of New York, grateful to Almighty God for our Freedom, in order to secure its blessings, DO ESTABLISH THIS CONSTITUTION. [Const. 1894, preamble] The 1777 constitution had no preamble—at least not in the sense in which we think of that term today. Instead, it was prefaced with the resolutions of the Convention of the Representatives of the State of New York that detailed the process by which authority vested in that body to draft a constitution for the state; these included the recommendations of the Continental Congress that permanent...
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