The Police Benevolent Association of New York State has come out in support for Proposition 3 on the state ballot, which would make it easier for local governments to use small portions of land for road construction and maintenance projects.
The ballot proposal would allow the Forest Preserve to create a land bank to use for these types of projects. Under current law, communities have to obtain a constitutional amendment every time they want to take a small portion of Forest Preserve land, for road maintenance, utility installation and bicycle path creation, according to a news release. If approved by voters, these communities would be able to take small portions of land in exchange for 250 acres being added to the Forest Preserve. It will also permit public utilities to be installed within roads that cross Forest Preserve land, according to the PBA.
The union represents State University Police, Environmental Conservation Officers, Park Police and Forest Rangers.
Bill Farber, chairman of the Hamilton County Board of Supervisors and immediate Past President of the Adirondack Association of Towns & Villages, said he was grateful for the support.
“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,” he said in a news release. “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.”