On November 7th, New Yorkers will vote on three statewide ballot proposals. These votes give you a chance to have a direct say on important issues that can make a difference for you and your neighbors. Below, you can find the text of each question as it will appear on your ballot; a summary of the issues prepared by the CFB; and reasons to vote yes or no, which are based on public commentary and may not necessarily reflect all the reasons to support or oppose each proposal.
Proposal 1: Calling a State Constitutional Convention
Shall there be a convention to revise the constitution and amend the same?
Proposal 2: Allowing the complete or partial forfeiture of a public officer’s pension if he or she is convicted of a certain type of felony
The proposed amendment to section 7 of Article 5 of the State Constitution would allow a court to reduce or revoke the public pension of a public officer who is convicted of a felony that has a direct and actual relationship to the performance of the public officer’s existing duties. Shall the proposed amendment be approved?
Proposal 3: Authorizing the Use of Forest Preserve Land for Specified Purposes
The proposed amendment will create a land account with up to 250 acres of forest preserve land eligible for use by towns, villages, and counties that have no viable alternative to using forest preserve land to address specific public health and safety concerns; as a substitute for the land removed from the forest preserve, another 250 acres of land, will be added to the forest preserve, subject to legislative approval. The proposed amendment will also allow bicycle trails and certain public utility lines to be located within the width of specified highways that cross the forest preserve while minimizing removal of trees and vegetation. Shall the proposed amendment be approved?