Statewide Referendums Seek Voter Approval on Gambling, Land Swaps, Retirement Ages For Judges
When voters head to the polls tomorrow they’ll be asked to decide several statewide referendums.
There are many uncontested races this year locally; the back of the ballot may draw more interest than the local races.
There are six proposed amendments to the State Constitution ranging from expansion of casino gambling to a land use issue in a small community in the Adirondacks.
Proposal Number 1 if approved will authorize the State Legislature to allow up to seven casinos in New York State.
Proposal Number 2 would entitle a veteran who has received civil service credit for a civil service appointment or promotion and is certified as disabled to receive additional civil service credit which increases the chance that the veteran will be hired for the civil service position.
Proposal Number 3 would allow municipalities to exclude borrowing for sewer repairs from their debt service for 10 years.
Proposal Number 4 if approved would allow the State Legislature to settle longstanding land dispute in the Town of Long Lake, located Hamilton County. In exchange for giving up its claim to several disputed parcels, the affected property owners will purchase a parcel and swap it with the State; the measure would give the property owners clear title to their land and would benefit the Adirondack Park forest preserve.
Proposal Number 5 would allow the State to swap parcels with a mining company in Essex County; the measure will benefit the company and will also enhance the Adirondack forest preserve. When the company is done mining the property it will be required to restore the land to its previous condition and return it to the forest preserve.
The 6th proposition would increase the mandatory retirement ages for state judges from 70 to 80.