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October 26, 2016
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Four other New York propositions

Proposition Four would amend the state constitution to allow the resolution of a land dispute between private parties and the state regarding land in the forest preserve in the Town of Long Lake in Hamilton County.

Project Vote Smart says, “The state constitution generally forbids the lease, sale, exchange, or taking of any forest preserve land. The proposed amendment would allow the legislature to settle 100-year-old disputes between the state and private parties over ownership of certain parcels of land in the forest preserve by giving up the state’s claim to disputed parcels. In exchange, the state would get land to be incorporated into the forest preserve. The land exchange would occur only if the legislature determines that the land to be conveyed to the state would benefit the forest preserve more than the disputed parcels do.”

Proposition Six

Proposition Six would amend the state constitution to increase the mandatory retirement age of supreme court and appellate court judges to 80 years in some circumstances.

Project Vote Smart says, “Justices of the Supreme Court are currently required to retire in the year they turn 70 years old, but are eligible to continue to perform the duties of a justice of the Supreme Court for three additional two-year terms upon a certificate that their services are needed by the courts and that they are competent to perform the full duties of the office. The proposed amendment would make them eligible for two additional such two-year terms, upon the same certification of need and competence.Also, judges of the Court of Appeals are currently required to retire in the year they turn 70 years old. The proposed amendment would permit a judge who reaches the age of 70 while in office to remain in service on the court for up to 10 additional years in order to complete the term to which that judge was appointed.”