ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) _ Two Adirondack land swaps are being proposed to New York voters in November: one to benefit a mining company and one to settle a century-old property title dispute.
Proposition 5 would let NYCO Minerals expand its pit mine in Lewis at the northeastern edge of the Adirondack Park onto 200 acres of state-owned land. In exchange, the company would give the state 1,500 acres elsewhere.
The proposal has strong support locally where the mine supports about 100 jobs, but environmental groups are split. Supporters say the swap would be good for the Forest Preserve, but opponents say it sets a bad precedent.
Under Proposition 4, the state would release its nominal claim on 216 homes, businesses, and other properties in Raquette Lake for undeveloped land elsewhere in the Adirondacks.