Assemblywoman Sandy Galef will host a forum to discuss the constitutional amendments on the ballot this November. The discussion will take place from 7 – 9 p.m. Oct. 8 at Cortlandt Town Hall, 1 Heady Street, Cortlandt Manor.
Panelists will spotlight a variety of amendments including changes made to the retirement age for state judges, making casino gambling legal in New York, and expanding civil service credit for veterans.
Assembylman Gary Pretlow, who chairs the Assembly Racing and Wagering Committee, will discuss the proposed amendment to allow casino gambling in New York state. Other panelists will detail potential impacts of this amendment and how these changes could affect New Yorkers. The casino gambling amendment would authorize the construction of seven casino facilities and it will provide regulations as to locations and how they are operated.
Panelists discussing the casino gambling amendment are: Heather Jung, director of government affairs, Business Council of New York State; Jim Maney, executive director of New York Council on Problem Gambling; John Ravitz, executive vice president, Business Council of Westchester; and “David B.,” Gamblers Anonymous.
Alan Scheinkman, administrative judge for the 9th Judicial District, along with Denise Kronstadt, deputy executive director of the Fund for Modern Courts, will talk about the proposed constitutional amendment to increase the retirement age of judges currently serving on the state Court of Appeals, the state’s highest court.
In addition to these amendments, discussion will take place about the other four constitutional amendments that will come before New York voters in November: extending the debt limit exception for sewage facilities; allowing the state to sell land to NYCO Minerals; resolving a land dispute in upstate New York; and, expanding civil service credit for veterans.