Do you want to clean up Albany? See lower municipal and county taxes? Now’s our chance! Vote yes on Nov. 7 on the referendum for a Constitutional Convention for New York state.
You’ll see the referendum listed along with two others on the reverse side of the ballot. The proposed Constitutional Convention is a once-in-a-generation chance to enact long-overdue ethics and home rule reforms. It will rectify state gerrymandering, our byzantine court system and out-of-date voter registration laws.
During her 2018 budget presentation, Putnam County Executive MaryEllen Odell noted that Albany’s unfunded mandates gobble up 70 percent of the county’s expenses and all of its property-tax levy. This burden has helped stifle economic growth and prosperity here for too long.
Limiting or ending unfunded state mandates is reason enough to vote yes on the Constitutional Convention referendum. To learn more, watch a video of the NYS Constitutional Convention Panel.
John and Alexandra Ballantine, Brewster
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