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CPNYS Positions on 2013 Ballot Proposals 091813

CPNYS Positions on 2013 Ballot Proposals 091813

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Conservative Party Positions on 2013 Statewide Ballot QuestionsPROPOSAL NUMBER ONE, AN AMENDMENT TO AUTHORIZE CASINO GAMING
The Conservative Party recommends a NO vote on Proposal Number One.
Authorizing Casino GamingThe proposed amendment to section 9 of article 1 of the Constitution would allow theLegislature 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 throughrevenues generated. Shall the amendment be approved?The Conservative Party of New York State, since its inception in 1962, has promoted job growththrough lower taxes, encouraged localities to lower taxes and believe that schools should provide a solideducation for our youth. The Conservative Party has been consistent in its Legislative Program callingfor the need to reduce taxes and promote job growth and has stressed if we fail to provide jobs andremain a high tax state, we will lose our citizens to states with less taxes. The proposed amendment,while it paints a rosy picture, will not accomplish the stated goal. Casino Gambling will produce newproblems as evidenced in the areas where casinos are currently located. In 1966, the Legislature toldNew York citizens, if they approved the Lottery, their school taxes would be reduced. Every year schooltaxes go up, despite the millions people spend on lottery tickets. It is time to close the money spigotthat gives the legislature more money to spend.
The Conservative Party recommends a NO vote on Proposal Number One.
PROPOSAL NUMBER TWO, AN AMENDMENT TO ALLOW ADDITIONAL SERVICECREDITS TO DISABLED VETERANS
The Conservative Party recommends a YES vote on Proposal Number Two.
Additional Civil Service Credit for Veterans with Disabilities Certified Post-AppointmentThe proposed amendment to section 6 of article 5 of the Constitution would entitle a veteranwho has received civil service credit for a civil service appointment or promotion and subsequently iscertified as disabled to additional civil service credit at a subsequent appointment or promotion. Shallthe proposed amendment be approved?The Conservative Party of New York State holds our disabled veterans in the highest regard andis cognizant of the sacrifices made in the name of freedom for their fellow citizens.
The Conservative Party recommends a YES vote on Proposal Number Two
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 PROPOSAL NUMBER THREE, AN AMENDMENT TO EXCLUDE CERTAININDEBTEDNESS
The Conservative Party recommends a NO vote on Proposal Number Three.
Exclusion of Indebtedness Contracted for Sewage FacilitiesThe 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 theirconstitutional debt limits indebtedness contracted for the construction or reconstruction of sewagefacilities. Shall the proposed amendment be approved?This proposal first went into effect on January 1, 1962 and has been renewed repeatedly sincethen. The Conservative Party does not approve of government entities separating out certain debtsfrom their constitutional debt limit as it does not give a true picture to its citizens as to the totalindebtedness of the locality, therefore we cannot support this proposal.
The Conservative Party recommends a NO vote on Proposal Number Three
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PROPOSAL NUMBER FOUR, AN AMENDMENT TO SETTLE DISPUTED TITLEIN FOREST PRESERVE
The Conservative Party recommends a YES vote on Proposal Number Four.
Settling Disputed Title in the Forest PreserveThe proposed amendment to section 1 of article 14 of the Constitution would authorize theLegislature 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 todisputed parcels, the State would get land to be incorporated into the forest preserve that wouldbenefit the forest preserve more than the disputed parcels currently do. Shall the proposedamendment be approved?The State Constitution generally forbids the lease, sale, exchange, or taking of any forestpreserve land. The proposed amendment would allow the Legislature to settle 100-year-old disputesbetween the State and private parties over ownership of certain parcels of land in the forest preserve bygiving up the State's claim to disputed parcels. In exchange, the State would get land to be incorporatedinto the forest preserve. The land exchange would occur only if the Legislature determines that the landto be conveyed to the State would benefit the forest preserve more than the disputed parcels do.
The Conservative Party recommends a YES vote on Proposal Number Four.
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PROPOSAL NUMBER FIVE, AN AMENDMENT TO EXCHANGE LANDTO NYCO MINERALS, INC.
The Conservative Party recommends a YES vote on Proposal Number Five.
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 theLegislature 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. Inexchange, NYCO Minerals would give the State at least the same amount of land of at least the samevalue, with a minimum assessed value of $1 million, to be added to the forest preserve. When NYCOMinerals finishes mining, it would restore the condition of the land and return it to the forest preserve.Shall the proposed amendment be approved?As with proposal number four, the State Constitution generally forbids the lease, sale, exchange,or taking of any forest preserve land. NYCO Minerals is a producer of wollastonite, a mineral that hasindustrial importance worldwide. In the United States, wollastonite is mined in Willsboro, New Yorkand Gouverneur, New York. This proposed amendment would allow NYCO Minerals to expand andexplore for the mineral, keep people employed and still protect the forest preserve.
The Conservative Party recommends a YES vote on Proposal Number Five.
FORM OF SUBMISSION OF PROPOSAL NUMBER SIX, AN AMENDMENTINCREASING THE RETIREMENT AGE OF JUDGES
The Conservative Party recommends a NO vote on Proposal Number Six.
Increasing the Age until which Certain State Judges Can ServeThe proposed amendment to the Constitution, amending sections 2 and 25 of article 6, wouldincrease the maximum age until which certain state judges may serve as follows: (a) a Justice of theSupreme 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 whoreaches the age of 70 while in office would be permitted to remain in service on the Court for up to 10years beyond the present retirement age of 70 in order to complete the term to which that Judge wasappointed. Shall the proposed amendment be approved?
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