On Election Day, New York voters will be offered three ballot questions related to the New York State

Constitution that will be included on the ballot. Proposal 3 would amend the State Constitution by allowing the creation of a 250 acre land bank for the Adirondack and Catskill forest preserve state parks.

If it is approved, the land bank will enable local governments in these areas to request the use of land in the forest preserves for development projects. In exchange, the state would acquire 250 acres to be designated for the Parks.

This amendment is necessary and significant because it will let local governments perform such work as straighten town and county roads and install infrastructure such as telecommunications/broadband projects along rights-of-way that cross “Forever Wild” state Forest Preserve lands. It will provide a process to accommodate small public projects in Adirondacks and Catskills without the expensive and lengthy efforts required to amend the state constitution each time small needs arise. 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.

The measure is supported by the North Country Chamber of Commerce, the Association of Towns, the Adirondack Mountain Club, the Conservation Fund Advisory Board, and host of other local governments, business organizations, and environmental groups.