There will be six proposed New York State Constitutional Amendments on theNovember 5, 2013 ballot. Below is an overview of each for your information.
The proposed amendment to section 9 of article 1 of the Constitution would allow the Legislature to authorizeup to seven casinos in New YorkState 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?
This proposal would:
Allow up to 7 casinos tobe built in New York.(Non-Native Americancasinos are currentlyUnconstitutional)
For the first 7 years afterpassage only 4 suchcasinos would be allowedin regions north of Westchester
The Westchester, LongIsland, and New York Cityregions would be allowedto apply for a casino afterthe first 7 years havepassed. Three additionalcasinos will be allowed.
A State Commission willbe established to reviewapplications of casinositings
The proposed amendment to section 6 of article 5 of the Constitutionwould entitle a veteran who hasreceived 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. Shall the proposed amendment beapproved?
The State Constitution currentlygrants veterans additional crediton civil service exams (5 pointsfor an original appointment and2½ points for a promotion).Disabled veterans are entitledto additional credit (10 pointsfor an original appointmentand 5 points for a promotion).Veterans are eligible for only onegrant of additional credit, andso a veteran who is appointed orpromoted before being certifiedas disabled currently is noteligible for the higher amountof credit he or she would havereceived if he or she had beencertified as disabled before his orher appointment or promotion.This amendment would createan exception to the one-time-onlyadditional credit rule.
The proposed amendment to Article 8,section 5 of the Constitution would extend for ten years, until January1, 2024, the authority o f counties,cities, towns, and villages toexclude from their constitutional debt limits indebtednesscontracted for the construction or reconstruction of sewage facilities.Shall the proposed amendment beapproved?
The State Constitution currentlyprovides that indebtednesscontracted on or after January1, 1962 and before January 1,2014, for the construction orreconstruction of facilities forthe conveyance, treatment, anddisposal of sewage shall beexcluded from the constitutionaldebt limits of counties, cities,towns, and villages. The effectof the proposed amendmentwould be to extend for tenyears, until January 1, 2024, theperiod during which sewer debtwill be excluded from theconstitutional debt limits of counties, cities, towns, andvillages.