November 4, 2013

Proposition 5 asks voters for state land swap



Protect also says Proposition 5 does not give voters enough information for a clear decision.

“Usually, we have all the details ironed out. But not in this case. There are a lot of unanswered questions: Does NYCO have rights to 1,500 acres for the swap?” Bauer said.

Brodt says they do.

“We identified six parcels on the map that adjoin state Forest Preserve. Three of the parcels — Deerhead, Derby Brook and Tom’s Hill — are all currently owned by NYCO, he said.

“NYCO has options to purchase Arnold Mountain and Harwood Hill properties and has had productive discussions with the owner of the Spruce Mill Brook tract. All six parcels together total 1,507 acres and would be part of the land exchange. We have been very public in identifying the properties that will be going to the state.”

It is routine for statewide propositions to go to a vote ahead of final logistics, Duprey said.

“The voters have to weigh in first. Once the amendment has been approved, then the particulars are worked out. We’re voting on casinos, too, and nobody knows where they’re going to go.”

Bauer believes the deal is too unclear for voter approval.

“If the voters of New York state say it’s fine to give old growth (forest) to a mining company to be blown apart, then I don’t see any other subsequent proposals going down. And I see a whole bunch of objectionable proposals coming forth in the future,” he said.

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Proposition 5 will be on the back side of the ballot, so voters will actually have to turn the sheet over to find it.

Read the text of Proposition 5 at: See the text of Article 14, including the proposed NYCO land swap at:

Find the Protect the Adirondacks contention against the Land Swap at:

See NYCO information and support for Proposal 5 at:


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