2009-02-27 / Top Stories

Move To Reverse Term Limits Vote

Assembly member Hakeem Jeffries recently announced that his bill, the Term Limits Referendum Act, was overwhelmingly voted out of the Assembly's Election Law Committee by a margin of 11-5, with two Republicans joining nine Democrats. The legislation amends the state's current Election Law by mandating voter approval to change term limits in any municipality in New York State.

"Today we have taken a significant first step towards restoration of the integrity of the democratic process in New York State. When you defy the will of the people, you destroy the very fabric of our democracy. At a minimum, we should strive to provide New Yorkers with the same opportunity to participate in governance as that provided by Hugo Chavez in Venezuela."

The bill will amend state law to require that in a municipality like New York City, where term limits have been instituted through a public vote, a public referendum must also be held to change or abolish them. The proposed legislation would require a referendum no later than the first Tuesday in May.

Senator Kevin Parker, who is sponsoring the bill in the Senate, said, "I am glad that the Assembly has taken much-needed initial action on this important issue. As the Majority Whip, I look forward to the Senate taking similar measures in the weeks ahead."

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