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Six amendments on Nov. 5 ballot

Monday, October 21, 2013 - Updated: 9:40 AM



LAKE PLEASANT - Six proposed amendments to the NYS Constitution will appear on the Nov. 5 General Election ballot.

The first would authorize casino gambling at up to seven sites across the state in total.

The second would grant additional civil service credit to veterans who are certified as disabled after they have been appointed or promoted to a Civil Service position.

The third proposal would exclude indebtedness contracted for sewage facilities from municipalities' constitutional debt limits for another 10 years. This practice started Jan. 1, 1962.

The fourth would authorize a land swap between the State of New York and the Town of Long Lake that would clear the titles of about 200 landowners in the hamlet of Raquette Lake. The title dispute has lasted over 100 years. The land exchange would occur only if the Legislature determines the land to be conveyed to the state would benefit the forest preserve more than the disputed parcels do.

The fifth would expand the Jay Mountain Wilderness and the Taylor Pond Wild Forest. NYCO Minerals Inc. would give the Forest Preserve 1,507 acres in exchange for being allowed to mine up to 200 acres for wollastonite. Once the mining operation ends NYCO would restore the land and return it to the state.

The sixth would increase the mandatory retirement age for competent justices of the Court of Appeals and the Supreme Court from 70 to 80, in order to complete the term to which the judge was appointed. It would have to be certified that their services are needed and that they are competent to perform the full duties of the office.


On the county level, Sheriff Karl G. Abrams of Piseco will run on the Republican line in the November General Election for another four-year term in office.

Republicans Katie M. Smith filed to run for delegate to the 4th Judicial Convention and Deborah A. O'Rourke filed to run as her alternate. Both live in Lake Pleasant.

Vincent M. Abbott-Forgione of Wells filed to run for male Republican state committeeperson and Dixie L. LeBlanc of Long Lake filed to run for female Republican state committeeperson. Both are two-year terms.


IN INDIAN LAKE, there are no races coming up even though Councilperson Jane Locke is not running for re-election.

Political newcomer Democrat Kelli K. Mitchell and incumbent Councilperson Sally Stanton, also a Democrat, are running for two available four-year seats on the town council. Stanton will appear on the Community Development Party line.

Five other incumbents are running uncontested: Supervisor Brian E. Wells, Superintendent of Highways James Roblee and Town Clerk / Tax Collector Julie A. Clawson, all Republicans; and Justice Judith C. Durkin, a Democrat.

IN INLET, incumbents running for re-election are Supervisor John B. Frey, Superintendent of Highways Shawn R. Hansen, councilmen Herbert W. Schmid and Timothy P. Brownsell and Tax Collector Linda Nelson, all Republicans; and Justice Michael J. Marleau and Town Clerk Patricia M. Wittmeyer, both Democrats.

IN MOREHOUSE, Councilperson Cynthia L. Valik and Mary Ann Mosher, both Republicans, are running for town council. Two seats will be filled. Mosher will also run on The Peoples Party line. Councilperson Carol Garvin is not running for re-election.


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