Constitution of the State of New York

Fishkill [N.Y.]: Printed by Samuel Loudon, 1777
New-York Historical Society Library

The New York constitution, adopted in Kingston on April 20, 1777, provided for a two-part legislature, a governor, and a supreme court. Veto power over legislation was vested in a council of revision consisting of the governor, the chancellor, and three justices of the supreme court. When James Madison conceived of the new Constitution for the United States in 1787, New York's was a model for him.