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Editorial: Vote 'yes' on state Proposal No. 4, Adirondacks land issue

Fall colors line the roads near Indian Lake

Fall colors line the roads near Indian Lake in the Adirondack Mountains. (Sept. 17, 2000) Credit: KRT

If only all issues were so uncontroversial. Proposal No. 4 seems to have no opposition.

Its goal is to settle once and for all the ownership of some 200 parcels of land spread across a quiet Adirondacks lake community known simply as Township 40.

The plots include homes, businesses, a firehouse, school and marina. Ownership has been the subject of lawsuits between residents and the state for more than a century because of mistakes in the 1800s by surveyors, clerks, assessors and tax collectors.

Tuesday's proposal would amend the constitution and allow residents and the state to clear up ownership disputes. As part of the deal, the state would buy a lake-to-lake "canoe carry" on the Marion River and add it to the "forever wild" forest preserve.

Vote yes on Proposal No. 4.


The proposed amendment to Section 1 of Article 14 of the Constitution would authorize the Legislature to settle longstanding disputes between the state and private entities over ownership of certain parcels of land in the town of Long Lake, Hamilton County. In exchange for giving up its claim to disputed parcels, the state would get land to be incorporated into the forest preserve that would benefit the forest preserve more than the disputed parcels currently do. Shall the proposed amendment be approved?