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Lake George joins campaign for state Constitutional reform

LAKE GEORGE - Citing the frustration of a high property tax burden, ongoing state legislative gridlock and excessive state spending and mandates, the village board has officially joined a movement demanding a state Constitutional Convention to reform the state's political process.

The Board approved a resolution of support Monday for the People's Convention to Reform New York Act - an initiative of state Assembly Minority Leader Brian Kolb - to call a Constitutional Convention and enact measures such as caps pm state spending and property taxes, restrictions on unfunded mandates and debt reform.

Such a state Constitutional Convention, under the existing state laws, can only be called once every 20 years.

If the Kolb bill passes, the state's citizenry would vote on whether to call the convention this November. Voters would then go to the polls and elect regional delegates in 2011.

Kolb's People's Convention Act is calling for the entire state Constitution to be reopened and for a gathering of grassroots citizen delegates to gather and attempt to find solutions to the many problems in Albany.

"Quite frankly, people across the state are fed up that the institutions are not fixing the problems," said Brian Kolb (R-Canandaigua). "This will at least give an opportunity for the people to have a say aside from the institutional powers that currently exist."

Politicians and lobbyists would be excluded from serving as Convention delegates, unless they gave up their posts first, Kolb said.

"We are trying to make this as non-partisan and non-political as possible."

If the Kolb bill passes, the state's citizenry would vote on whether to call the convention this November. Voters would then go to the polls and elect regional delegates in 2011.

According to a recent Quinnipiac University poll, 72 percent of New Yorkers are fed up with recurring gridlock in the state legislature.

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