Gerald Benjamin

Gerald BenjaminGerald Benjamin is Distinguished Professor of Political Science at the State University of New York (SUNY) at New Paltz and Director of its regional research center, the Center for Research Regional Engagement and Outreach (CRREO). Benjamin has also been the Director of the Center for the New York State and Local Government Studies at SUNY’s Rockefeller Institute of Government; Research Director of New York’s Temporary State Commission on Constitutional Revision; chief elected officer (Chairman) of the Ulster County, New York legislature; Chairman of the commission that gave Ulster County it first charter; and Principal Researcher for the New York City Charter Revision Commission, which resulted in the most extensive changes in the structure of New York City government during the 20th century. He has authored or co-authored fifteen books or monographs and numerous government reports and articles, including “Constitutional Conventionphobia,” “Changing Government Structure Through Legislatively Initiated Constitutional Reform,” “Considering Constitutional Change for New York,” “The Delegate Selection Process: An Interim Report,” and “Effective Government Now for the New Century: The Final Report of The Temporary New York State Commission on Constitutional Revision.” His Ph.D. in American Government is from Columbia University.