State Sen. Betty Little, who represents the eastern portion of St. Lawrence County, says she is pleased that two state propositions on Adirondack issues have been approved by voters.
“I’m very gratified and very happy voters approved propositions 4 and 5, which are so important to families and businesses in the Adirondacks,” said the Queensbury Republican.
The two items, proposed amendments to the state constitution, are intended to clarify land titles in Raquette Lake in Hamilton County and to allow a mining company to swap land it owns in Essex County the Adirondack Park for adjacent land it doesn't own but which contains mineral deposits it wants to extract.
Little represents the 45th senate District, which includes the St. Lawrence County towns of Piercefield, Colton, Hopkinton, Clare, Parishville and Lawrence, and the entire counties of Franklin, Clinton, Essex, Warren and Washington.
The measures were supported by some leading Adirondack environmental organizations.
“Amending the State Constitution is not an easy process by design and both amendments reflected a very thorough and balanced approach that will help our economy and result in better recreational access important to tourism and protective of the environment," Little said.
“Yesterday’s approvals were the culmination of great teamwork among many local, state, environmental and business leaders and partners," she said.