State, Town and Village Voting Takes Place Nov. 4

By Jann Wiswall

Tuesday, November 4, is Election Day and your uniquely American opportunity to participate in the democratic process.

This year, voters will be asked to choose their next New York State Governor/Lieutenant Governor, Comptroller, Attorney General, and five State Supreme Court Justices. In addition, area voters will select their Congressional Representative for District 23, State Senator for the 57th Senate District, State Assembly member for Assembly District 148 and Cattaraugus County Coroner.

In Ellicottville only, both town and village voters will elect their Town Justice.

Also in Ellicottville, town and village voters will decide on “Proposal Number Four, Town Proposition Number One,” which states:

“Shall Local Law No. 2 of 2014 of the Town of Ellicottville, which provides that the elective office of Town Superintendent of Highways be abolished and the appointed office of Town Superintendent of Highways be created, be approved and adopted?”

Voters in support of the change may vote “Yes.” Those against the change may vote “No.”

All New York State voters will be asked to vote for or against three state-wide propositions.

Proposal One – Revising State’s Redistricting Procedure

According to the New York State Board of Elections, this proposal will “reform the process of establishing new state legislative and congressional district lines that the Constitution requires every 10 years. If the proposal is approved, a redistricting commission will be established to determine lines for legislative and congressional districts, subject to adoption of the commission’s plan by the Legislature and approval by the Governor. Under the current provisions of the Constitution, the Legislature is the entity responsible for establishing these lines.”

Proposal Two – Permitting Electronic Distribution of State Legislative Bills

The Board of Elections explains that “the purpose of this proposal is to allow electronic distribution of a state legislative bill to satisfy the constitutional requirement that a bill be printed and on the desks of state legislators at least three days before the Legislature votes on it. Under the current provisions of the Constitution, this requirement can only be satisfied by distribution of a physical printed copy.”

Proposal Three – The Smart Schools Bond Act of 2014

The purpose of this proposal, according to the Board of Elections, “is to authorize the creation of state debt and the sale of state bonds in the amount of up to two billion dollars … to provide money for the single purpose of improving learning and opportunity for public and nonpublic school students in New York. The Board of Elections further explains that the funds would be used for “capital projects … to acquire learning technology equipment or facilities … install high-speed broadband or wireless internet connectivity for schools and communities, construct, enhance and modernize educational facilities to accommodate pre-kindergarten programs and … replace transportable classroom units, and install high-tech security features.”

For more information about the three proposals, visit the State Board of Elections web site at

Polling Places

Town and Village of Ellicottville: Ellicottville Fire Hall, One Lyn Weishan Dr., Ellicottville

Town of Great Valley Dist. 1: Killbuck Volunteer Fire Hall, 3790 Killbuck Rd., Kill Buck

Town of Great Valley Dist. 2:  Great Valley Town Hall, 4808 Route 219, Great Valley

Town of Mansfield: Mansfield Town Hall, 7691 Toad Hollow Rd., Mansfield

To view sample ballots for your voting district, visit and click on “View Sample Ballots for the 2014 General Election.”