Politics and Elections

November 7, 2013

Proposition 5 allows NYCO Minerals use of state property, adds 1,507 acres to Adirondack Forest Preserve.



Sen. Betty Little (R-Queensbury) was gratified that both state land propositions were approved.

“Amending the State Constitution is not an easy process, by design, and both amendments reflected a very thorough and balanced approach that will help our economy and result in better recreational access important to tourism and protective of the environment,” she said in a statement Wednesday.

“(Tuesday’s) approvals were the culmination of great teamwork among many local, state, environmental and business leaders and partners, so credit goes to many but especially to those in Raquette Lake and the towns of Lewis and Willsboro who had so much at stake and persevered.”

Assemblywoman Janet Duprey (R-Peru) was delighted with the amendment’s passage.

“It was tight, but it is enough of a plurality that the vote is secure,” she said Wednesday.

“In spite of the efforts of these few radical environmental groups, it’s an affirmation that the people of the Adirondacks have a right to make a living in the Adirondacks, (and) have a job, a good job.”


Sen. Little spokesman Dan Mac Entee said the next step, after the tally is confirmed by the State Board of Elections, involves test samples on the land.

“What this amendment does is authorize the state to allow NYCO Minerals to do mineral sampling on Lot 8. That sampling is the first step,” he said.

“Once the determination is made that they are going to mine it, then NYCO would have to provide the land to be exchanged for that parcel. The land exchange would be subject to legislative approval.”

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