Tuesday, 16 October, 2018

New York's Constitutional Convention Proposal Is Defeated

New York state voters were asked to approve three ballot propositions in the 2017 general election. One of the proposals would authorize a state constitutional convention Ballot Measure Authorizing State Constitutional Convention Fails
Kenny Thornton | 09 November, 2017, 18:49

Voters statewide resoundingly rejected the prospect of holding a constitutional convention on Tuesday. A judge, justice or the chief fiscal officer or treasurer of a municipal corporation are also defined as public officials as well as the heads of state or local government departments, divisions, boards, commissions, bureaus, public benefit corporations, or public authorities in NY.

New York Senator Chuck Schumer said democrats made a big showing at the polls.

As of 10:10 p.m., 63 percent of voters cast their ballots in favor of the pension-stripping measure, according to unofficial results from the state Board of Elections. Only 16 percent voted "yes". Currently, the 2.6 million acre forest preserve is protected land, deemed "forever wild", prohibiting the lease, sale, exchange, or taking of any land within it. Approval of the proposal would amend the state constitution to offer exceptions justified by municipalities.

"Our constitution has some of the strongest worker protections in the country, including the right to collectively bargain, unemployment insurance, workers' compensation", Cilento said.

FSU reschedules ULM game for December 2
Florida State now has the longest active, consecutive bowl appearance streak in college football, at 35 straight years. That has fueled a 6-0 run for the UNDER in totals betting, but the Hurricanes remain a middling 4-4 ATS this season.

While Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo and much of the Albany establishment opposed the measure, many good-government types said a constitutional convention would be the best way to break down institutional corruption in Albany by forcing changes in campaign finance and ethics laws that state legislature would never approve. "As for the groups that spent so many millions of dollars pushing for a NO vote, the burden now falls upon them to prove that they can actually bring about positive change in Albany through the legislative process and to demonstrate the capacity not just to scare New Yorkers, but to empower them". However, opponents anxious special interests would take it over. For it to apply to all elected officials and top appointees, Question No. 2 needed to be approved.

"Voters said "yes" the second proposal on the ballot would allow the courts to revoke or reduce the pensions of a wide range of "public officers" convicted of certain felonies that have a direct and actual relationship to the performance of their duties". Amendments have to be approved by the New York State Legislature before officially becoming law. The proposed amendment also will allow bicycle trails and certain public utility lines to be located within the width of specified highways that cross the forest preserve while minimizing removal of trees and vegetation.

Aside from the local village, town, city and county races, there will also be three proposals on the back of every ballot.

The state, meanwhile, would have to purchase 250 acres of forest land for a land bank to offset any land lost in the infrastructure projects.

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