VOTE NO on PROPOSITION 5 UPDATES

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Adirondack Wild released a statement about the passage of two Forest Preserve Constitutional Amendments Proposition 4 and 5

The votes are in. Proposition 5 was approved 53% – 47%. To the better than 1 million New Yorkers who voted no on Proposition 5 and made a strong defense of the Forest Preserve, please accept our hearty thanks. Despite long odds, we made this a real contest. Thank you.

See results to all proposed Constitutional Amendments here and here.

Join us on Facebook and show support for a no vote on Proposition 5.

November 4, 2013: Catskill Mountainkeeper says VOTE NO on Proposition 5.

November 3, 2013: John Davis of the Wildlands Network explains why he is voting no on Proposition 5.

November 2, 2013: Newsday editorializes for New Yorkers to Vote No on Proposition 5.

November 2, 2013: Strong letter in Buffalo News lays out the vote no case to defend forever wild.

November 1, 2013: Atlantic States Legal Foundation urges all to vote no on Prop 5.

October 31, 2013: Times Union in Albany says Vote No on proposition 5 in an editorial. The Times Union editorialized: “The state put protection of these magnificent forests in the constitution 119 years ago to guard against this very kind of commercial exploitation and short-term thinking. We urge voters to say ‘no,’ to help protect the greatest wilderness east of the Mississippi.”

October 31, 2013: Adirondack Wild, Protect the Adirondacks, and the Sierra Club make strong arguments for a no vote on Prop 5 on the New York City Campaign Finance Board voter guide.

October 30, 2013: Web essay in Rochester highlights the vote no case.

October 30, 2013: Cool recap of letters calling for Proposition 5 to be voted down.

October 29, 2013: Great letter in the Troy Record says the pulse of the people is to vote no and save the Forest Preserve. Another fine letter to the editor in The Saratogian makes the vote no case.

October 28, 2013: The Natural Resources Defense Council comes out squarely for a no vote on Proposition 5. Read the NRDC Vote No statement.

October 28, 2013: The Buffalo News published a piece detailing the reasons to Vote No on Proposition 5 and City and State NY blogs about the yes and no votes.

October 27, 2013: Op-ed in the Syracuse Post Standard makes the case for a no vote on Proposition 5. The Glens Falls Post Star also publishes an op-ed calling for a no vote.

October 26, 2013: The Daily Gazette showcases the Vote No on Proposition 5 coalition.

October 26, 2013: The Journal News in Westchester County runs a piece making the case for a no vote on Proposition 5.

October 25, 2013: Excellent argument made for a no vote in the Kingston Daily Freeman. Another good piece in the Gloversville Leader Herald lines up the arguments for a no vote.

October 24, 2013: Letter to the editor in the Adirondack Daily Enterprise makes the right call: Vote No on Prop 5.

October 23, 2013: Letter to the Editor encourages all to vote no.

October 22, 2013: See an op-ed in the Ithaca Journal calling for a No Vote on Proposition 5. Binghamton Sun Bulletin also runs the “Vote No” viewpoint. Elmira gets the word on “Vote No on Prop 5!”

October 22, 2013: Excellent op-ed in the Times Union lays out sound reasons to vote no on Prop 5.

October 22, 2013: Lively debate in City and State (page 26) about Proposition 5.

October 21, 2013: Read an op-ed in the Watertown Daily Times that makes the case for a no vote on Proposition 5. The Legislative Gazette also digs in to Proposition 5.

October 20, 2013: Read a letter in the Daily Gazette urging New Yorkers to vote down Proposition 5 and save the Forest Preserve.

October 19, 2013: Two news accounts weigh the pros and cons about Proposition 5. See an AP story that ran statewide and see a report from the Adirondack Daily Enterprise. Adirondack Wild and Protect the Adirondacks both say vote no.

October 16, 2013: Former senior NYS DEC official says to “vote no” on Proposition 5.

October 13, 2013: The Lake George Mirror makes strong argument in an editorial calling for a no vote on Proposition 5.

October 12, 2013: Rod and Reel online posts a pitch by the Sierra Club urging a no vote for Proposition 5.

October 10, 2013: Click here and take a tour of the rich, dynamic 200-acre forest on Lot 8 that will be destroyed if Proposition 5 is passed.

October 9, 2013: Listen to a discussion about all of the reasons to vote no on Proposition 5 on WCNY’s Capitol Pressroom.

October 2, 2013: New series of Vote No on Proposition Fact Sheets are released.

See Vote No on Proposition 5 Fact Sheet 1: Passage of Proposition 5 will mark the first time that the Forest Preserve is exchanged solely for private commercial benefit

See Vote No on Proposition 5 Fact Sheet 2: Mining Company has second mine nearby for secure long-term mineral supply and does not need Forest Preserve to continue

See Vote No on Proposition 5 Fact Sheet 3: The 200 acres of Forest Preserve to be swapped is Dominated by Rich Old Growth Forests with High Biological Diversity and Wildlife Habitat

See Vote No on Proposition 5 Fact Sheet 4: Proposition 5 is bad legislative process because no law was passed that detailed the process for land swap or Forest Preserve benefit

October 1, 2013: The Sierra Club Atlantic Chapter makes the case why New Yorkers should vote no on Proposition 5.

September 30, 2013: See news report on WCAX TV out of Burlington, Vermont. The Albany Times Union also took a hard look at Proposition 5.

September 23, 2013: Noted Adirondack Park Forest Preserve writer says “Vote No” on Proposition 5.

September 21, 2013: See NY NOW Public TV in Albany report on Proposition 5 issues and politics. Listen to WAMC public radio in Albany report on the Proposition 5 debate.

The Seven Days in Burlington, Vermont writes the story about the Proposition 5.

 

VOTER INFORMATION

Catskill Mountainkeeper says VOTE NO on Proposition 5.

Newsday editorializes for New Yorkers to Vote No on Proposition 5.

Times Union in Albany editorializes for a NO VOTE on Proposition 5.

Take a photographic tour of the 200-acre “forever wild” forest that will be destroyed by Proposition 5.

The Natural Resources Defense Council urges a No Vote on Proposition 5.

The Atlantic States Legal Foundation urges all to vote no on Prop 5.

John Davis of the Wildlands Network explains why he is voting no on Proposition 5.

The Lake George Mirror editorializes for a No Vote on Proposition 5.

Excellent Op-Ed in the Adirondack Almanack urges Vote No on Proposition 5.

Sierra Club Atlantic Chapter says Vote No on Proposition 5.

Adirondack Wild makes the case in an op-ed to vote no on Proposition 5.

Protect the Adirondacks urges a no vote in an op-ed.

Former senior official at the NYS DEC says to “Vote No” on Proposition 5.

Op-Ed in Champlain Valley Weekly says thumbs down on NYCO land swap.

Vote No on Proposition 5 Fact Sheets

Fact Sheet 1: Terrible Precedent

Fact Sheet 2: Mining Company Has Large Mineral Supply and Does Not Need the Forest Preserve

Fact Sheet 3: Don’t Exchange Old Growth Forest Preserve

Fact Sheet 4: Proposition 5 is a Pig-in-a-Poke with No Guarantees of a Public Benefit

See official Proposition 5 ballot language from NYS Board of Elections.

See NYS League of Women Voters guide to 2013 ballot questions.

Read the actual bill for Proposition 5 passed by the NYS Legislature in 2013.