Ballot Proposal #3
This November, you will have a number of important decisions to make at the ballot box. NYSAC encourages you to support a ballot proposal that is of critical importance to our neighbors in the Adirondack and Catskill Parks.
In 1894, Article XIV of the state Constitution put New York’s Forest Preserve lands under the state’s highest level of protection. As a result, communities in the Adirondack and Catskill Parks cannot create safer bike paths, install broadband, drill a water supply well, straighten dangerous roads, or improve critical infrastructure without passing a state Constitutional Amendment. This is a costly and time-consuming process, requiring a minimum of three years for the proposal to be passed by two successively elected state legislatures and a statewide referendum.
Ballot Proposal #3, also known as the Land Bank Amendment, will allow New York State to create a Public Health and Safety Land Account, or land bank, with up to 250 acres of Forest Preserve land eligible for use by towns, villages, and counties that have no viable alternative to using land from the state Forest Preserve to address specific public health and safety concerns. This would allow communities in the Adirondack and Catskill Parks to expedite broadband development, improve utilities, enhance roadside safety, and provide clean water for residents and visitors.
You can help to free these New Yorkers from a bureaucratic process not faced by any other part of the state. Join a wide bi-partisan coalition of local governments, environmental protection organizations, business groups, and recreational enthusiasts by voting “yes” on Ballot Proposal #3.