CORTLANDT, N.Y. -- Assemblywoman Sandy Galef is set to host a forum on constitutional amendments and citizens' rights in Cortlandt Manor this October.
The discussion is set for 7 p.m. Oct. 8 at Cortlandt Town Hall, 1 Heady St, Cortlandt Manor. Panelists of varying backgrounds will "spotlight a variety of amendments, including changes made to the retirement age for New York State judges, making casino gambling legal in New York and expanding civil service credit for veterans," according to a press release.
“Being informed makes all the difference, I believe, and there should be no surprises for anyone on Election Day," Galef said in the release. "I hope this forum will be an opportunity for voters to inform themselves about the issues prior to arriving at the polls. This will help ensure a more knowledgeable electorate which is so important, especially with some of these complicated issues before us this November.”
Assemblyman J. Gary Pretlow (89th District) is set to attend and speak to residents about the proposed amendment to allow casino gambling in New York.
"The casino gambling amendment would authorize the construction of seven casino facilities in the State of New York and it will provide regulations as to locations and how they are operated," according to the release.
Other panelists set to discuss the casino gambling amendment are Heather Jung, director of government affairs for the Business Council of New York State, Jim Maney, executive director of the New York Council on Problem Gambling, John Ravitz, executive vice president of the Business Council of Westchester; and “David B.,” from Gamblers Anonymous.
Alan Scheinkman, administrative judge for the 9th Judicial District, along with Denise Kronstadt, deputy executive director of The Fund for Modern Courts, also will talk about the proposed constitutional amendment to increase the retirement age of judges currently serving on the state Court of Appeals, the highest court in New York, according to the release.
There also will be discussion about the other four Constitutional amendments that will come before New York voters in November, including extending the debt limit exception for sewage facilities, allowing New York State to sell land to NYCO Minerals, resolving a land dispute in upstate New York and expanding civil service credit for veterans, according to the release.