I have a proposition for you

Six, to be exact. That's how many potential amendments to the New York State Constitution voters will decide on in this year's general election on November 5th.  What are they?

FORM OF SUBMISSION OF PROPOSAL NUMBER ONE, AN AMENDMENT
Authorizing Casino Gaming
The proposed amendment to section 9 of article 1 of the Constitution would allow the Legislature to authorize up to seven casinos in New York State for the legislated purposes of promoting job growth, increasing aid to schools, and permitting local governments to lower property taxes through revenues generated. Shall the amendment be approved?
 
FORM OF SUBMISSION OF PROPOSAL NUMBER TWO, AN AMENDMENT
Additional Civil Service Credit for Veterans with Disabilities Certified Post‐Appointment
The proposed amendment to section 6 of article 5 of the Constitution would entitle a veteran who has received civil service credit for a civil service appointment or promotion and subsequently is certified as disabled to additional civil service credit at a subsequent appointment or promotion. Shall the proposed amendment be approved?
 
FORM OF SUBMISSION OF PROPOSAL NUMBER THREE, AN AMENDMENT
Exclusion of Indebtedness Contracted for Sewage Facilities
The proposed amendment to Article 8, section 5 of the Constitution would extend for ten years, until January 1, 2024, the authority of counties, cities, towns, and villages to exclude from their constitutional debt limits indebtedness contracted for the construction or reconstruction of sewage facilities. Shall the proposed amendment be approved?
 
FORM OF SUBMISSION OF PROPOSAL NUMBER FOUR, AN AMENDMENT
Settling Disputed Title in the Forest Preserve
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?
 
FORM OF SUBMISSION OF PROPOSAL NUMBER FIVE, AN AMENDMENT
In Relation to a Land Exchange in the State Forest Preserve with NYCO Minerals, Inc.
The proposed amendment to section 1 of article 14 of the Constitution would authorize the Legislature to convey forest preserve land located in the town of Lewis, Essex County, to NYCO Minerals, a private company that plans on expanding an existing mine that adjoins the forest preserve land. In exchange, NYCO Minerals would give the State at least the same amount of land of at least the same value, with a minimum assessed value of $1 million, to be added to the forest preserve. When NYCO Minerals finishes mining, it would restore the condition of the land and return it to the forest preserve. Shall the proposed amendment be approved?
 
FORM OF SUBMISSION OF PROPOSAL NUMBER SIX, AN AMENDMENT
Increasing Age until which Certain State Judges Can Serve
The proposed amendment to the Constitution, amending sections 2 and 25 of article 6, would increase the maximum age until which certain state judges may serve as follows: (a) a Justice of the Supreme Court would be eligible for five additional two‐year terms after the present retirement age of 70, instead of the three such terms currently authorized; and (b) a Judge of the Court of Appeals who reaches the age of 70 while in office would be permitted to remain in service on the Court for up to 10 years beyond the present retirement age of 70 in order to complete the term to which that Judge was appointed. Shall the proposed amendment be approved?


What to do, what to do? (By the way, here's the text of the NYS Constitution.)

Well, many people may simply say "yes" to "Shall the proposed amendment be approved?" in every instance, probably for no good reason.

Some are saying vote "no" to every question. Why? Because until the SAFE Act is repealed, there should be as little cooperation with NYS government as possible. Send a message.

Believe me, I get that.

The Conservative Party of New York State has a different take—they go halvsies on yesses and noes.  To find out which amendments they support and which they don't and why, read this.

The New York Family Research Foundation also lists reasons for and against each of the propositions.  

The amendment getting the most attention is the first one—perhaps you've heard the radio ads touting the economic benefits of casino "gaming" (have you noticed how the word "gambling" has been replaced by "gaming"?—as if blowing your retirement nest egg at Turning Stone were on a par with playing Super Mario Bros. whilst sitting on your couch) or seen the impassioned editorials and letters to the editor for and against.

The Republican county executive in Chemung County and the Republican chairman of the Tioga County legislature have come out in support of casino gambling Prop 1. Assemblywoman Claudia Tenney (R-101st Dist.) is opposed to it.  Republican Michael Vasquez, who is mulling primarying Congressman Richard Hanna (R-NY22) in 2014, recently wrote

...casinos are a great gimmick to distract from the invasion on freedoms and privacy (like the NY Safe Act) but it fails to address the real problems in New York State’s economy – politicians, taxes, and a lack of vision or will to do anything substantive. 

An e-mail making the rounds makes this interesting case:

If your answer is NO to 50% of the questions below, YOU should VOTE NO TO ALL 6 RESOLUTIONS:
 
Is the way they will appear on the ballot a balanced view?
 
Do you completely understand the language in the 6 resolutions?
 
Do you 100% agree with any of the 6 resolutions?
 
Do you know what it means to change the NYS Constitution by ballot resolution?
 
Do you know the contents of the 6 ballot propositions?
 
Have you been schooled on all that is in the 6 propositions?
 
Do the majority of the voters even know of the 6 resolutions?
 
In June the legislature voted on 187 bills in 3 days – did they read & understand them before they voted?
 
Do you know which legislators voted yes to the 6 resolutions?
 
Did your government make a good effort to educate the voters about the 6 ballot resolutions?
 
Do you know how the 6 resolutions got on the ballot?
 
If your answer is NO to most questions – the smart thing to do is vote NO to all 6 resolutions....
It's true that none of these resolutions is so urgent...after all, the state's been in the economic doldrums for ages now—and is the law of unintended consequences likely to be suspended for casinos?—the land title issues in the Adirondacks have been around for a century, and so on.
 
Think about it before you vote.
 
h/t Ralph