Alderwoman presses for term limits in Kingston
KINGSTON — A Republican Common Council leader who is running for mayor is continuing her push for lawmakers to debate a suggestion for term limits for the city’s elected officials.
Alderwoman Andi Turco-Levin, R-Ward 1, the council’s minority leader, has written to Council President James Noble in an effort to get the matter back on the Laws and Rules Committee agenda for this month.
In March, Turco-Levin could not get any of her fellow members of that committee, all Democrats, to second her motion to have a discussion on the matter.
At that meeting, Turco-Levin said, the matter was hastily broached and she is hoping to draw debate from lawmakers at this month’s Laws and Rules Committee meeting on May 17.
“Not one to take no for an answer easily I would like the opportunity to address the Laws & Rules committee one more time with my proposal for term limits,” Turco-Levin said in her email to Noble.
Turco-Levin said that “without notice or warning” from Alderman Robert Senor, D-Ward 8, who is chairman of the committee, “it (the proposal) was brought up at the March meeting before adjourning.
“To follow proper procedure I am asking that this issue be actually on the agenda for discussion,” Turco-Levin added.
Turco-Levin said she has received “a lot of support from the public and they have the ability to force this referendum with petitions if the council continues to ignore the issue.
“Let’s do our part and represent what the people want, not the lawmakers in this instance,” she said.
Turco-Levin wanted to ask city voters whether the mayor and alderman-at-large should be limited to three consecutive four-year terms. Continued...
She also wanted a vote on whether council members’ terms should be extended from two to three years with a limit of three consecutive terms.
There currently are no term limits for any of the city’s elected officials.
Mayor James Sottile — a Democrat who became mayor in early 2002 and then was elected to full four-year terms in 2003 and 2007 — has said he opposes Turco-Levin’s proposals.
Alderman Hayes Clement, D-Ware 9, who is seeking the Democratic nod for mayor, has called Turco-Levin’s push a “political stunt.”
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