Who Supports Ballot Proposal #3?

A diverse group of local governments, environmental protection organizations, business groups, recreational enthusiasts, newspapers and former federal and state government officials and environmental leaders are asking New York State voters to help make the Adirondacks and Catskills safer for residents and visitors alike by voting Yes for Ballot Proposal #3 — The Public Health and Safety Land Account — this Election Day.


  • George E. Pataki, former New York State Governor
  • Bill Owens, former U.S. Congressman;
  • John M. McHugh, former U.S. Congressman and Secretary of the Army;
  • Chris Gibson, former U.S. Congressman;
  • Richard L. Brodsky, former New York State Assemblyman;
  • John P. Cahill, former state Department of Environmental Conservation Commissioner;
  • Dr. Ross S. Whaley, former Adirondack Park Agency Chairman;
  • Peter S. Paine Jr., former Adirondack Park Agency Commissioner;
  • Elizabeth W. Thorndike, former Adirondack Park Agency Commissioner and current member of the Board of Directors of the Adirondack Research Consortium;
  • Stuart Gruskin, Chief Conservation and External Affairs Officer at The Nature Conservancy in New York State, and former Executive Deputy Commissioner at NYSDEC;
  • Frances Beinecke, former President of the Natural Resources Defense Council.

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Newspaper Endorsements