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The PBA of NYS Urges Voters to Support Ballot Proposal #3 Forest Preserve Land Bank Amendment

Wednesday, November 01, 2017

For Immediate Release:

November 1, 2017

The Police Benevolent Association of New York State (PBA of New York State) has announced its support for Ballot Proposal #3 on the New York state ballot this election day. If approved the Forest Preserve Land Bank Amendment will create a land bank, which will allow local governments to request Forest Preserve land for qualifying projects in exchange for the state adding 250 new acres to the Forest Preserve.

Currently, communities need to obtain a state constitutional amendment any time they want to undertake road maintenance, utility installation and bicycle path creation projects that require the use of small portions of state Forest Preserve land. This is a prolonged and costly process that is not required in communities outside those areas. Ballot Proposal #3 will also allow public utilities, including broadband, to be installed within the widths of roads that cross Forest Preserve land.

“Our legislative committee has carefully reviewed for Ballot Proposal #3 and believes it is well wrought and narrowly honed,” said Daniel De Federicis, Executive Director and Counsel to the PBA. “The land bank allows local governments the flexibility to address common sense community projects without the burden of having to pass a constitutional amendment no matter how small the encroachment.”

The PBA represents State University Police, the Environmental Conservation Officers, Park Police and the state Forest Rangers.

“No one knows more or cares more about the Forest Preserve than New York State Forest Rangers and the New York State Environmental Conservation Police,” said Bill Farber, chairman of the Hamilton County Board of Supervisors and Immediate Past President of the Adirondack Association of Towns & Villages. “Their support, along with that of the entire membership of the PBA of New York State, affirms that Ballot Proposal #3 will safeguard the Preserve while helping the people who live in the Adirondacks and Catskills protect the safety of their drinking water, roads and bridges and other critically important public infrastructure. Adirondack and Catskills communities are appreciative of the PBA’s support and hopeful that this highly respected endorsement will encourage voters across New York State to Vote Yes for the Adirondacks and Catskills on Election Day.”

Members of the Police Benevolent Association of New York State (PBA of New York State) police and protect New York State’s public universities and colleges; state parks and historic sites; and they enforce state laws, protect our lands and forests, and ensure environmental safety and quality throughout the state.