Action Alert- Tell Ulster County To Adopt Term Limits
Ulster County legislators have proposed a bill that would limit elected officials from serving more than 12 years in any single county office. With career politicians in county government on the rise, term limits are desperately needed throughout New York State.
These term limits prevent public officials from using seniority to exert out-sized power in the public policy process. By leveling the playing field, Ulster County residents have more equal representation in county government.
Term limits will also make it easier for other candidates to run and win elections, providing new voices and fresh ideas in county government.
Our system of government was designed to be run by citizen-legislators, not career politicians. Ulster County should pass the bill to establish a 12-year limit of service in a single county-level elected office.
Here’s what you need to know:
- Term limits make government better
Term limits prevent legislators from consolidating too much power and exerting excess control. They keep long-time incumbents from wielding disproportionate influence on government and ensure citizens are represented more equally across districts. Term limits also make it easier for other candidates to run and win, bringing new voices and fresh ideas to the process.
- Reasonable 12-year limit
Ulster County’s term limits bill would cap public service in a single county position at a reasonable 12 years. This does not prevent a public official from serving additional years in another position.
- Citizens decide
Voters, not elected officials, are the final decision-makers on this issue. If passed, the bill would have to be approved by a public referendum during the next general election.
Here’s what you can do:
- Call or email your county legislator and tell them you want term limits in Ulster County. See the list below for contact information.
- Then, tell us about your phone call or email below.
Ulster County Legislators*Click here to see a map of Ulster County’s legislative districts.
District 1 – Town of Saugerties
District 2 – Town of Saugerties; Village of Saugerties
District 3 – Town of Saugerties; Town of Ulster
District 4 – Town of Ulster; Town of Kingston
District 5 – City of Kingston
District 6 – City of Kingston
District 7 – City of Kingston
District 8 – Town of Esopus
District 9 – Town of Lloyd; Town of Plattekill
District 10 – Town of Lloyd; Town of Marlborough
Mary Beth Maio
District 11 – Town of Marlborough
District 12 – Town of Plattekill
District 13 – Town of Shawangunk
District 14 – Town of Shawangunk; Town of Wawarsing
District 15 – Town of Wawarsing; Village of Ellenville
Rev. Julius Collins
District 16 – Town of Shawangunk; Town of Gardiner
District 17 – Town of Esopus; Town of New Paltz
District 18 – Town of Hurley; Town of Marbletown
District 19 – Town of Marbletown; Town of Rosendale
Manna Jo Greene
District 20 – Town of New Paltz; Village of New Paltz
District 21 – Town of Rochester; Town of Wawarsing
District 22 – Town of Denning; Town of Hardenburgh; Town of Olive; Town of Shandaken
District 23 – Town of Hurley; Town of Woodstock