RECLAIM NEW YORK INITIATIVE CALLS ON ULSTER COUNTY LEGISLATURE TO PASS TERM LIMITS

Statement from Reclaim New York Initiative Hudson Valley Regional Coordinator Domenick Cocchiara on Ulster County’s push to impose term limits:

“Too many career politicians are a recipe for corruption. Thankfully, local governments in the Hudson Valley are taking action with commonsense reforms.

“Ulster County legislators are leading the way with a bill to impose term limits on elected officials. The measure would establish a limit of 12 years of service for the offices of County Executive, Comptroller, and all county legislators.

“Term limits prevent public officials from accumulating power through seniority. By leveling the playing field, Ulster County residents have more equal representation in their government. Term limits will also make it easier for other candidates to run and win elections, providing new voices and fresh ideas.

“County residents will have the chance to weigh in on the proposal during tonight’s public hearing. Voters, not elected officials, will also be 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.

“When it comes to defending Ulster County’s broken status quo, too many politicians are making a career of it. Our system of government was designed to be run by citizen-legislators, not self-interested politicians. Ulster County should pass the bill to establish a 12-year limit on county level elected officials.”