Sound Off: Should Suffolk Legislators Face Term Limits?

Is it fair to boot legislators after 12 years?

Members of the Suffolk County Legislature are able to serve six two-year terms before they are ineligible to run against based on a referendum voters passed in 1993.

In the 8th Legislative District, which includes Sayville, Bayport and Holbrook, Presiding Officer Bill Lindsay, a Democrat, just his sixth and final term. Up a bit north, popular Democratic Legis. Jon Cooper could not run again this year as he's wrapping up his sixth term.

Cooper told the Shelter Island Reporter in June that he was "conflicted" on term-limits and believed they may be more effective if placed on those serving in the State Legislature. 

“I have real mixed emotions," Cooper told the Reporter. "Philosophically, I’m for term limits, but maybe for county legislators they should be 16 years, not 12. Twelve flew by so fast.”

There are no term limits for Nassau County legislators.

What's your take? Should Suffolk County legislators face term limits? Should they be extended more than 12 years? Vote in the poll below and share your thoughts in the comments section.

Jim November 10, 2011 at 01:09 PM
How about a 1 day term limit for those who raised taxes they day after their own jobs were secured.
Michael CJ November 10, 2011 at 01:10 PM
Not only do we need term limits. We need shorter ones. 12 years is a career, not a calling. Anytime, someone makes a career out of public office. That person no longer makes his decision based on what best for the people he or she represents, but based on what the people who have help him or her retain such a office for so long. We have a system of self-governing, to maintain this system requires new ideas and new people. Term Limits YES! We should also be talking about campaign funding. When a person takes money from someone to get elected, they are no longer your representative but theirs. We have public Venus where all candidates can go to have their ideas heard. Did anyone really think that the hundred or so fliers they received about what this candidate did or did not do was for your benefit or was it for the benefit of the people who paid them? I can tell you, it was not to John Q Public's benefit.
Larry November 10, 2011 at 03:49 PM
M Senecal November 10, 2011 at 03:54 PM
My question is, why do we have "18" County Legislatures ? Do we really need 18, it's ridiculous! What do they do all day? If we can't run this county with half that many, do away with them all and just have a Board of Supervisors, with one representative from each town, DONE.
John T November 11, 2011 at 12:17 PM
What we need is Campaign Finance Reform, The democrats were knocking on my door at 7:30 at night on election night to make sure I voted and mentioned who I should support. We received so many visits to our home and phone calls up to 9 PM to say that we should vote for XYZ who was a democrat. The Republicans were a normal amount of annoyance, but the amount of high quality glossy vote foe Bellone or another was too much in my oppinion.There should be a set amount of money that each party can spend and a little less for the incumbant because their actions are enough information for me to make a decision.
John T November 11, 2011 at 12:17 PM
That does sound reasonable.


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