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Orleans votes overwhelmingly against Constitutional Convention

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 8 November 2017 at 9:41 am

Orleans County overwhelmingly voted against a Constitutional Convention on Tuesday, rejecting it in a 7,439-930 vote.

That 89 percent opposition topped the 83 percent state-wide. A state has a proposition every 20 years for a Constitutional Convention. Voters have now opposed a convention the past four votes – 2017, 1997, 1977 and 1957.

A proposal to forfeit pensions for elected officials who commit felonies directly related to their job also had strong support throughout the state. Orleans County voters voted in favor of the proposal, 6,529-1,734. That’s 79 percent in support of the measure in Orleans.

A third proposition appears to have narrowly passed state-wide. The proposition asked voters to approve a 250-acre land bank that would give communities in the Adirondack and Catskill Parks far more flexibility to tackle local public works projects. Orleans County narrowly was against the position, with 4,029 opposed and 3,990 in favor.

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