There are also three statewide proposals on voters’ ballot this Election Day — all of which are listed on the back of the ballot.

Proposal One – Constitutional Convention

Proposal One is put before voters once every 20 years; they are asked whether or not to approve a convention that would provide for the election of delegates next year to hold a state constitutional convention in 2019, which would then go to voters for their approval or rejection.  If the question is rejected, no convention will be convened.

Proposal Two – Pension Forfeiture for Public Officials

Proposal Two would allow judges to strip elected officials and other top office holders of their pensions if they are convicted of a felony directly related to their public work.

Proposal Three – Adirondack and Catskill Land Bank

Proposal Three would amend the “Forever Wild” in the State Constitution, which limits development in the Adirondack and Catskill forest preserves. If approved, it would allow public utility development and bicycle paths on certain parts of the forest land, and would also create a land bank that would allow governments to develop up to 250 acres of preserve for health and safety purposes if they replace it with other undeveloped land.

Unshackle Upstate urges a ‘yes’ vote on Proposal 3. This important for local governments because it will enable them to perform work such as road straightening and installing infrastructure such as telecommunications/broadband projects along rights-of-way that cross “Forever Wild” state Forest Preserve lands. It will help to sustain basic, quality services which will in turn help to sustain the communities and environment of the Adirondacks and the Catskills.