Proposition Results: Voters Approve Casinos and Mining Deal, Reject Older Judges


New York voters opened the door to more casinos in the state, but closed the door to judges olden than 70 — both by clear margins decided well before midnight.

Voters also passed the controversial Proposition 5, a measure that would allow a mining company to dig into state forest land if it gave the state an equal amount of land in return. This one was the closest call of the bunch, with 53 percent voting yes and 46 percent voting no.

Measures about civil service credits for disabled veterans, sewer system debt for local governments, and an upstate land dispute settlement all passed easily.

Here are the complete results so far, along with summaries of the measures from our voters’ guide:

Prop. 1

Yes: 57.1 percent
No: 42.9 percent

Most forms of gambling are illegal in New York — except the lotto, horse racing, bingo, and games of chance. This proposal would amend the state constitution to legalize gambling, but limit the total number of casinos statewide to just seven.

Prop. 2

Yes: 83.6 percent
No: 16.4 percent

Veterans who take the civil service exam are eligible for 5 extra points the first time they take the test, and 10 extra points if they are disabled. This proposal would make it easier for disabled veterans to get extra credit points if they are certified disabled after they take the test for the first time.

Prop. 3

Yes: 62 percent
No: 38 percent

This proposal would allow towns, cities, and counties to dispose of their waste without fear of exceeding their debt limit. Legislation excluding “sewer debt” from debt limits was first enacted in 1963, but only for a certain number of years. This proposal would extend the practice through 2024.

Prop. 4

Yes: 72.4 percent
No: 27.6 percent

This proposal would settle a number of land disputes that have persisted for more than a hundred years in Hamilton County. If passed, the state would relinquish its old claim on land in exchange for new forest land to be added to Adirondack Park.

Prop. 5

Yes: 53 percent
No: 47 percent

This proposal would give 200 acres of Adirondack Park land, and permission to mine that land, to the private mining company NYCO minerals with the understanding that NYCO would give the same amount of land to a forest preserve, and would also restore and return the 200 acres to the state upon completion of mining.

Prop. 6

Yes: 39.1 percent
No: 60.9 percent

Supreme Court justices and Court of Appeals judges are now required to retire at age 70; this proposal would extend the age of mandatory retirement to 80.