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The Telegram
  • State ballot proposals run gamut from gaming to judge age limits

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  • When voters head out to the polls on Tuesday they will be presented with six statewide ballot proposals that seek to amend the New York constitution.
    Proposition One: Authorizing casino gaming. Would allow the Legislature to authorize and regulate up to seven casinos for the purpose of promoting job growth, increasing aid to schools and permitting local governments to lower property taxes through revenues generated.
    Proposition Two: Additional Civil Service credit for disabled veterans. Would permit veterans who are certified disabled after having already received credit at one Civil Service appointment or promotion to receive additional credit.
    Proposition Three: Exclusion of debt for municipal sewer facilities. Would extend the time period of counties, cities, towns and villages to exclude their debt on sewer facility projects until Jan. 1, 2024.
    Proposition Four: Settling of land dispute in Hamilton County. Would authorize the Legislature to settle 100-year-old disputes between the state and private entities over parcels of land in the town of Long Lake by incorporating other lands into the state’s forest preserve within the Adirondack park as an exchange.
    Proposition Five: Land exchange with mining company in Essex County. Would authorize the Legislature to convey about 200 forest preserve acres in the town of Lewis to NYCO Minerals so the private company can expand an existing mine in exchange for land of at least the same value that would be incorporated into the forest preserve.
    Proposition Six: Increasing the maximum age of some state judges from 70 to 80 years old. Would make state Supreme Court justices eligible to serve two additional two-year terms if the court needs their services and they are competent to perform the full duties of the office. Would allow for court of appeals judges who reach the age of 70 while in office to continue to serve for up to 10 additional years in order to complete the term they were appointed to.

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