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Upstate congressman support Adirondack propositions

There is a bipartisan show of support for propositions four and five on this year's ballot.

U.S. Rep. Chris Gibson, R-Kinderhook, and U.S. Rep. Bill Owens, D-Plattsburgh, both support a land swap and the resolution of disputed land claims, which will be on the back of this year's ballot.

According to their press release, proposition four would settle a 100-year-old land dispute in Hamilton County by allowing the state to clear certain title in exchange for funding to purchase lands that would be added to the Adirondack Forest Preserve for public recreation.

Proposition five, according to the press release, would give a mining company access to 200 acres of state Forest Preserve in exchange for funding the purchase of 1,500 acres of forests for the state.

In a statement, Owens said the propositions offer a chance to expand the state's forest preserve and protect jobs. Gibson echoed this statement.

The proposition are also supported by former New York Gov. George Pataki, former New York Environmental Conservation Commissioners John Cahill and Robert Flacke and the New York League of Conservation Voters, according to the press release. Some environmental groups are critical of proposition five.

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