November 6, 2013

Supported locally, Prop. 5 vote close statewide


---- — ELIZABETHTOWN — Regional voters overwhelmingly supported a land swap proposed by NYCO Minerals. 

The wide margin of approval here, however, was not reflected in statewide polls on Tuesday.

In Essex County, unofficial results showed 5,950 voters said “yes” to Proposition 5, countered by 1,715 “no” votes.

In Franklin County, unofficial results showed 2,008 “yes” votes to 1,009 “nos.”

Clinton County results were not available at press time due to computer problems at the Board of Elections.

The measure offered an amendment to the State Constitution that would allow NYCO to exchange 1,507 acres of company-owned land for 200 acres of state land adjoining the company’s Lewis Mine. NYCO expected to find 50 additional acres of wollastonite on that lot, extending the life of the existing mine.

A much tighter vote statewide rolled across the State Board of Elections website throughout the evening. By 11:20 p.m., with unofficial results in from 54 of 62 counties, 53.3 percent of voters agreed to the state land swap with NYCO and 46.7 percent voted against it.

Final results were not available at press time, but the Press-Republican will post results online today as soon as they are available.

Proposition 4 was approved nearly 3 to 1 across New York, allowing the state to clear land title to disputed state holdings in Hamilton County.

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