October 24, 2013

In My Opinion: Support for state amendments


Although there will not be any new casinos in the North Country, I support the passage of this amendment and the additional revenue for our state budget.

Proposal Two: This amendment will grant additional Civil Service credit to veterans who are certified as disabled after they have been appointed or promoted to a Civil Service position.

Under current Civil Service law, all veterans receive additional credit on exams of 5 points for an initial appointment and 2½ points for a promotion. Disabled veterans are given additional credits of 10 points for an original appointment and 5 points for a promotion. Veterans can be granted only one time additional credit.

Many veterans are diagnosed with a disability after they have already used their initial credits. This proposal will allow a veteran to receive the additional credits for an appointment or promotion not to exceed a total 10 credits.

A “yes” vote will support our veterans who have given so much for our country.

Proposal Three: Counties, cities, towns and villages currently exclude from their constitutional debt limits any indebtedness incurred for the construction or reconstruction of sewage facilities.

This constitutional authorization expires on Jan. 1, 2014, and passage of this amendment will extend this benefit to local municipalities for 10 years until Jan. 1, 2024.

This can be a good benefit to many municipalities faced with aging sewage facilities that must be replaced or for the construction of new facilities.

Proposal Six: Currently State Supreme justices and judges of the Court of Appeals face mandatory retirement in the year in which they turn 70 years old. This amendment would allow them to serve until the age of 80.

Please take the time to vote on these Constitutional Amendments when you go to the polls this year. If you want further information on any or all of the proposals, it is available on the New York State Board of Elections website.

Again I strongly urge you to vote yes on the two North Country constitutional amendments to save jobs in Essex County and settle a long-time problem in Hamilton County.

Thank you for your consideration.

Janet L. Duprey is assemblywoman for the 115th District, representing the North Country in the New York State Assembly.

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