Vote yes to Prop. 4 to help property owners

To the editor:

I would like to urge everyone to vote YES on Proposition 4 on the Nov. 5 ballot. Proposition 4 will be on the back of the ballot, so please don’t forget to turn your ballot over.

Proposition 4 will resolve property title issues that have existed since the mid 1800s around Raquette Lake.

A brief summary: New York state purchased properties through tax sales in the 1800s that the Court of Appeals ruled illegal. New York state law, since the Adirondacks became a park, requires either a court case or a constitutional amendment to remove the cloud on our titles.

Please help us resolve this issue for the families that have lived here for generations, as well as the school, firehouse, waste transfer station and businesses that are affected by this.

You can visit for more information. There you will find a chronological history beginning in 1848 of Township 40, a frequently-asked-questions page, a listing of supporters of this amendment and more. There is also a link that you can email TWP 40 if you have any questions.

Thank you,

Mary Blanchard

Raquette Lake