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Friday, November 1, 2013

A message from Senator Patty Ritchie

Information you need to know before Election Day

Dear Friend,

The respected former Supreme Court Justice Louis Brandeis (1856-1941) once said, “The most important political office is that of private citizen,” and by exercising your right, you help make our democracy stronger.

On Tuesday, people in New York State won’t just be casting their votes for candidates, they will also be making decisions on amendments to the New York State Constitution. 

There are six resolutions that are up for a vote from the public and many times, voters don’t know what the questions are before they walk into the voting booth. 

Here’s a look at what you’ll see on the ballot:

Authorizing Casino Gaming: “The proposed amendment to section 9 of article 1 of the Constitution would allow the Legislature to authorize up to seven casinos in New York State for the legislated purposes of promoting job growth, increasing aid to schools, and permitting local governments to lower property taxes through revenues generated.  Shall the amendment be approved?”

Additional Civil Service Credit for Veterans with Disabilities Certified Post-Appointment:   “The proposed amendment to section 6 of article 5 of the Constitution would entitle a veteran who has received civil service credit for a civil service appointment or promotion and subsequently is certified as disabled to additional civil service credit at a subsequent appointment or promotion.  Shall the amendment be approved?”

Exclusion of Indebtedness Contracted for Sewage Facilities: “The proposed amendment to Article 8, section 5 of the Constitution would extend for ten years, until January 1, 2024, the authority of counties, cities, towns, and villages to exclude from their constitution debt limits indebtedness contracted for the construction or reconstruction of sewage facilities.  Shall the proposed amendment be approved?”

Settling Disputed Title in the Forest Preserve: “The proposed amendment to section 1 of article 14 of the Constitution would authorize the Legislature to settle longstanding disputes between the State and private entities over ownership of certain parcels of land in the town of Long Lake, Hamilton County. In exchange for giving up its claim to disputed parcels, the State would get land to be incorporated into the forest preserve that would benefit the forest preserve more than the disputed parcels currently do.  Shall the proposed amendment be adopted?”

In Relation to a Land Exchange in the State Forest Preserve with NYCO Minerals, Inc.: “The proposed amendment to section 1 of article 14 of the Constitution would authorize the Legislature to convey forest preserve land located in the town of Lewis, Essex County, to NYCO Minerals, a private company that plans on expanding an existing mine that adjoins the forest preserve land.  In exchange, NYCO Minerals would give the State at least the same amount of land of at least the same value, with a minimum assessed value of $1 million, to be added to the forest preserve.  When NYCO Minerals finished mining, it would restore the condition of the land and return it to the forest preserve.  Shall the proposed amendment be approved?”

Increasing Age until which Certain State Judges Can Serve: “The proposed amendment to the Constitution, amending sections 2 and 25 of article 6, would increase the maximum age until which certain state judges may serve as follows: (a) a Justice of the Supreme Court would be eligible for five additional two-year terms after the present retirement age of 70, instead of the three such terms currently authorized; and (b) a Judge of the Court of Appeals who reaches the age of 70 while in office would be permitted to remain in service on the Court for up to 10 years beyond the present retirement age of 70 in order to complete the term to which that Judge was appointed.  Shall the proposed amendment be approved?”

I hope you’ll take some time to familiarize with the above proposals by November 5th.  For more information, you can visit the New York State Board of Elections website by clicking here.

Senator Patty Ritchie

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Thanks to Patty for her communication on this topic - the WDT does not seem to cover such things!!!!