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Conservative Party Positions on 2013 NY Statewide Ballot Questions

October 6, 2013

CPNYS_Positions_on_2013_Ballot_Proposals_091813PROPOSAL NUMBER ONE, AN AMENDMENT TO AUTHORIZE CASINO GAMING 

The Conservative Party recommends a NO vote on Proposal Number One. 

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?

The Conservative Party of New York State, since its inception in 1962, has promoted job growth through lower taxes, encouraged localities to lower taxes and believe that schools should provide a solid education for our youth. The Conservative Party has been consistent in its Legislative Program calling for the need to reduce taxes and promote job growth and has stressed if we fail to provide jobs and remain 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 new problems as evidenced in the areas where casinos are currently located. In 1966, the Legislature told New York citizens, if they approved the Lottery, their school taxes would be reduced. Every year school taxes go up, despite the millions people spend on lottery tickets. It is time to close the money spigot that 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 SERVICE CREDITS TO DISABLED VETERANS 

The Conservative Party recommends a YES vote on Proposal Number Two. 

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 proposed amendment be approved?

The Conservative Party of New York State holds our disabled veterans in the highest regard and is 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

PROPOSAL NUMBER THREE, AN AMENDMENT TO EXCLUDE CERTAIN INDEBTEDNESS 

The Conservative Party recommends a NO vote on Proposal Number Three. 

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 constitutional debt limits indebtedness contracted for the construction or reconstruction of sewage facilities. Shall the proposed amendment be approved?

This proposal first went into effect on January 1, 1962 and has been renewed repeatedly since then. The Conservative Party does not approve of government entities separating out certain debts from their constitutional debt limit as it does not give a true picture to its citizens as to the total indebtedness of the locality, therefore we cannot support this proposal.

The Conservative Party recommends a NO vote on Proposal Number Three

PROPOSAL NUMBER FOUR, AN AMENDMENT TO SETTLE DISPUTED TITLE  IN FOREST PRESERVE 

The Conservative Party recommends a YES vote on Proposal Number Four. 

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 approved?

The State Constitution generally forbids the lease, sale, exchange, or taking of any forest preserve land. The proposed amendment would allow the Legislature to settle 100-year-old disputes between the State and private parties over ownership of certain parcels of land in the forest preserve by giving up the State’s claim to disputed parcels. In exchange, the State would get land to be incorporated into the forest preserve. The land exchange would occur only if the Legislature determines that the land to 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. 

PROPOSAL NUMBER FIVE, AN AMENDMENT TO EXCHANGE LAND TO 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 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 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 has industrial importance worldwide. In the United States, wollastonite is mined in Willsboro, New York and Gouverneur, New York. This proposed amendment would allow NYCO Minerals to expand and explore 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 AMENDMENT INCREASING 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 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?

Currently a Justice of the Supreme Court is eligible for three additional two-year terms after the present retirement age of 70, this proposal would allow them to serve an additional 4 years while also allowing a Judge on the Court of Appeals to remain in service for up to 10 additional years. The Conservative Party acknowledges that citizens are living longer and healthier lives; however, there is no imperative need to keep judges on the bench for extended terms while electing new Supreme Court Judges. A Court of Appeals Judge is appointed and we strongly believe the citizens should elect all judges and be responsible to the citizens, therefore we reject extended the term of the Members of the Court of Appeals.

The Conservative Party recommends a NO vote on Proposal Number Six. 

CPNYS POSITIONS ON 2013 BALLOT PROPOSALS: 

PROPOSAL #1 – NO 

PROPOSAL #2 – YES 

PROPOSAL #3 – NO 

PROPOSAL #4 – YES 

PROPOSAL #5 – YES 

PROPOSAL #6 – NO 

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