Over 1 Million New Yorkers made a Stand for Forever Wild and Voted No on Proposition 5

November 6, 2013

Protect the Adirondacks is heartened by the over million New Yorkers who voted no on Proposition 5 and voted to defend the Forest Preserve. The issue here was never about the economic vitality of small Adirondack communities. NYCO Minerals, the mining company behind Proposition 5, already has a long-term supply of wollastonite for decades to come.

The issue was about the protection of the forever wild clause of Article 14 in the State Constitution, which after passage of Proposition 5 will likely see intensified efforts to weaken it in the future, some of which are already underway.

Despite overwhelming odds in favor of its passage, Proposition 5 turned out to be a real contest.

In practical terms, though Proposition 5 passed, this was a split decision. Results show a 53-47% split with over 1.1 million voting yes and over 1 million voters voting no.

Proposition 5 was the most closely contested of the six Constitutional Amendments given to voters in 2013 and the most closely contested in decades.

Protect the Adirondacks is thankful to all who worked with us and to all who made a stand for forever wild.

To the better than 1 million New Yorkers who voted no on Proposition 5 and made a strong defense of the Forest Preserve, please accept our hearty thanks. Despite long odds, we made this a real contest. Thank you.

Protect the Adirondacks supported passage of Proposition 4 and congratulates the Raquette Lake community for its overwhelming passage.

See results for each Proposition at the New York Times and the NYS Board of Elections.

PROTECT is deeply appreciative of the hard work against long odds of many of our partners. We salute the bold stands of Adirondack Wild, the Sierra Club Atlantic Chapter, the Natural Resources Defense Council, the Atlantic States Legal Foundation, the Catskill Mountainkeeper, and John Davis and the Wildlands Network.

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