ELECTION GUIDE 2017: Propositions, races, and more in the FLX

There are several high-profile, hotly-contested races happening in the Finger Lakes on Election Day this November 7th.

Throughout the region, district attorney’s offices, town boards, legislatures, and board’s of supervisors will see shakeups.

Here are links to detailed election guides from throughout the region:

Cayuga County
Ontario County
Schuyler County
Seneca County
Wayne County
Yates County

Beyond races for public office, there are three propositions on the statewide ballot, which have raised concerns, questions, and interest from voters. After some readers asked us what the differences were between Proposition #1 and Proposition #2 we thought it would be beneficial to provide a complete breakdown of each.

Proposition #1: Shall there be a convention to revise the Constitution and amend the same?

Simply put, the first proposition on the ballot this year would begin the process of calling for a Constitutional Convention. It wouldn’t mean that the New York State Constitution would be modified. Rather, it would simply begin a three year process, which would next result in delegates being chosen by voters in 2018. New York State Assembly Minority Leader Brian Kolb (R-Canandaigua) appeared on Inside the FLX last week, and talked about his interest in legislation that would ensure elected officials could not become delegates at the convention — should the ballot measure pass on November 7th. Kolb voiced support of the measure, pointing out that any vehicle to lessen the corruption at the state-level would be worthy of executing.

A full-explanation of what Proposition #1 means for voters

Proposition #2: The proposed amendment to section 7 of Article 2 of the State Constitution would allow a court to reduce or revoke the public pension of a public officer who is convicted of a felony that has a direct and actual relationship to the performance of the public officer’s existing duties. Shall the proposed amendment be approved?

This measure would allow judges, following a court hearing, to reduce or revoke the public pension of a public officer convicted of a felony related to his or her official duties. Judges would consider the severity of the crime in determining whether to reduce or revoke the officer’s public pension. They would also consider whether pension forfeiture would create undue hardship for the convicted officer’s spouse, children, and other dependents. The measure would define public officers as elected officials, governor-appointed officials, municipal administrators and managers, heads of government departments, boards, and commissions, state and local chief fiscal officers and treasurers, judges and justices of the unified court system, and employees of the state designated as policymakers. Proposal 2 would apply to any crimes committed on or after January 1st, 2018.

A full-explanantion of what Proposition #2 means for voters

Proposition #3: The proposed amendment will create a land account with up to 250 acres of forest preserve land eligible for use by towns, villages, and counties that have no viable alternative to using forest preserve land to address specific public health and safety concerns; as a substitute for the land removed from the forest preserve, another 250 acres of land, will be added to the forest preserve, subject to legislative approval. 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. Shall the proposed amendment be approved?

This would create a forest preserve land bank of 250 acres for qualifying local projects. The land bank would be referred to in law as the Health and Safety Land Account. Municipalities would request to use acres in the land bank to address bridge and road hazards, water wells to meet drinking water standards, and stabilizing public utility lines. Before local governments could begin requesting acres in the land bank, the state would acquire 250 new acres to include in the Forest Preserve. The measure would also allow bike paths, sewer lines, and electric, telephone, and broadband lines within the width of highways (49.5 feet or the width of the easement in existence on July 1, 2015) cutting through the Forest Preserve.

A full-explanantion of what Proposition #3 means for voters

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