Sen. Little and Assemblyman Stec Announce The Passage Of Health And Safety Land Account Amendment

June 30, 2017

Assemblyman Dan Stec (R,C,I-Queensbury), Sen. Betty Little (R- Queensbury) and Assemblyman Billy Jones (D-Chateaugay) today announced the successful passage of a constitutional amendment that would create a 250-acre land bank known as the Health and Safety Land Account. This land bank would be utilized to approve important local projects on state forest preserve lands without the need to amend the State Constitution every time. This is the second time that the constitutional amendment has passed both houses and will now go on the ballot in November to be voted on by the public. Eligible projects under this amendment would include environmental infrastructure, public utility lines, highway and bridge improvements, municipal water supply and bicycle pathways.

“This is great victory for Adirondack and Catskill communities,” said Stec. “This legislation is years in the making, and does a great job allowing the completion of necessary infrastructure projects, while doing so in an environmentally sound manner. I am thrilled to see this pass both houses again this year and hope to see it pass on the ballot this coming November. I would like to thank the cooperation of all the members in both houses that made this possible, as well as a special thanks to Senator Betty Little, Assemblyman Billy Jones and Assembly Environmental Conservation Chairman Steve Englebright for working together on this issue to get it passed by the end of session this year.”

"I don't think any of my colleagues in the Senate come close to having sponsored the number of constitutional amendments I have, and the simple reason is I represent much of the constitutionally protected Adirondack Park. I am hopeful voters will support this reasonable and appropriate amendment on the ballot this November. This is something that will help Adirondack, as well as Catskill communities, and it does so in a way that is protective of the environment. This amendment and the enabling legislation has literally been years in the making and is the result of seemingly countless meetings and lengthy discussions. I am grateful to my Senate colleagues for their support, and the partnership and hard work of Assemblymen Dan Stec, Billy Jones and Assembly Environmental Conservation Chairman Steve Englebright to get this done this session," said Sen. Betty Little.

“This measure supports vital conservation efforts in the Adirondacks and the North Country, while also taking into consideration the importance of our health and safety. I want to acknowledge the vigorous work of Sen. Betty Little (R-Queensbury) who truly spearheaded this initiative. Further, the cooperation of Assemblyman Steve Englebright (D-Setauket), Chairman of the Environmental Conservation Committee, and Ranking Minority Committee Member Assemblyman Dan Stec (R,C,I-Queensbury), along with the collaboration of my fellow Assembly colleagues who’s districts are impacted by this vital legislation, as well as efforts from multiple local public officials, agencies and organizations are undoubtedly what helped this measure to succeed,” said Assemblyman Billy Jones.