2013 ELECTIONS: Ballot Proposals

Judge Age Limit Leads Six Amendments

Besides selecting a Mayor, Comptroller, Queens Borough President and City Council member, Queens voters will also be given a chance to amend the law of the land.

There are six proposals on the ballot this year that would add amendments to New York State’s Constitution.

One of the biggest proposals on the list is proposal six, which would adjust the standard for how long justices of the State Supreme Court and judges of the Court of Appeals can serve. If the amendment passes, a Justice of the Supreme Court would be eligible for five additional two-year terms after the present retirement age of 70, instead of the currently-allowed three additional terms. A judge of the Court of Appeals would be permitted to remain on the Court for up to 10 years beyond the present retirement age of 70, in order to complete the term to which that judge was appointed.

Proposal one would authorize casino gambling in New York State.

The second proposal would give disabled veterans one additional credit on their civil service certification exam. At the moment, a veteran who becomes disabled after being certified is not able to get the higher credit their disability would have allowed.

Proposal three would allow counties, cities and towns to exclude the construction or reconstruction of sewage facilities from their constitutional debt limits.

Proposal four would settle century-old disputes between the State and private parties over ownership of certain parcels of land in the forest preserve of Long Lake in Hamilton County, by surrendering the State’s claim to the disputed parcels.

Proposal five would give permission for the State to convey approximately 200 forest preserve acres to NYCO Minerals for mining. In exchange, the mineral company would give the State at least the same amount of land of at least the same value, with a minimum assessed value of $1 million. This land would be added to the forest preserve.

– Joe Marvilli