Latimer Opposes Move To Extend State Legislators Terms To Four Years

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Sen. George Latimer voted against a resolution to extend state lawmakers terms from two-to-four years.
Sen. George Latimer voted against a resolution to extend state lawmakers terms from two-to-four years. Photo Credit: Sen. George Latimer's office

WESTCHESTER COUNTY, N.Y. – Some state legislators want to extend legislative terms from two to four years and the Senate took the first step Wednesday, June 11, by passing a resolution 41-16 to set up an amendment to the state Constitution. 

The resolution has a long road ahead of it, which would end with a ballot referendum and public vote, state Sen. George Latimer (D-Port Chester), told Daily Voice.  The former assemblyman and Rye City councilman voted against the resolution.

The state Assembly must also pass the resolution and Gov. Andrew Cuomo must sign it. Then, it must pass both houses of the state legislature in a second consecutive legislature – meaning after an election – and be signed by the governor, before it can be put on the ballot in November 2015.

If either house votes it down, the resolution dies and the two-year process starts again, Latimer said. 

"Voters want elected officials to be more accountable for their actions, not less so,” Latimer said. “Until we clean up corruption and tighten up loose campaign finance rules, we don't deserve longer terms".

Proponents of the resolution say if they campaign less often they can spend less time raising money and more time governing.

“I agree that’s a good thing,” Latimer said. “Less campaigning and more governing is a good strategy. But, unless you can show how you’re going to use that extra time it’s very hard.”

Four-year terms are not unprecedented with many officials serving four-year terms across the state, including Cuomo, and his Republican challenger Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino.

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4 out of 6 of these commenters don't seem to know how to read. The article says that the State Senate voted 41 to 16 to start a procedure to change their terms from 2 to 4 years. George Latimer was one of the 16 who voted against this.

Latimer is in favor of keeping the term to 2 years.
He voted AGAINST extending it to 4 years.
Got it?

Most state senators voted in favor of a 4 year term, so their resolution passed.
But George voted against the resolution.

And here's one reason why he voted that way:
"'Voters want elected officials to be more accountable for their actions, not less so,' Latimer said. 'Until we clean up corruption and tighten up loose campaign finance rules, we don't deserve longer terms'."

Don't knock a good man when we're fortunate to have him.

4 out of 6 of these commenters don't seem to know how to read. The article says that the State Senate voted 41 to 16 to start a procedure to change their terms from 2 to 4 years. George Latimer was one of the 16 who voted against this.

Latimer is in favor of keeping the term to 2 years.
He voted AGAINST extending it to 4 years.
Got it?

Most state senators voted in favor of a 4 year term, so their resolution passed.
But George voted against the resolution.

And here's one reason why he voted that way:
"'Voters want elected officials to be more accountable for their actions, not less so,' Latimer said. 'Until we clean up corruption and tighten up loose campaign finance rules, we don't deserve longer terms'."

Don't knock a good man when we're fortunate to have him.

George Latimer does not help out anyone in his senate district, he really sucks, you go to his office for help, and he will give you the best lip service a politician can give, and then you call his office for a follow up and his staff have no clue what you are calling about. George Latimer you really suck, I hope Shiela Marcotte beats you in your next election, because YOU REALLY SUCK........................................... GEORGE YOU ALWAYS WERE A DOUCHEBAG AND YOU WILL ALWAYS BE A DOUCHEBAG!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

The next resolution Latimer will propose is an increase in salary!! He's a bleeding heart liberal, opposed to the second amendment. He's a proven career politician and is looking to live off the taxpayers for an extended two years ( he won't be proposing term limits though). The most effective resolution would be a continuance of the 2 yrs term but with only 2 terms maximum. He's bad for the senate and worse for the state of NY. He's part of the problem, not the solution.

wow. i am a conservative, but it is refreshing to see a democrat propose this. i think there is a big difference between national parties, state and local parties. even though they are all under same flags. i am critical of national congress, but think most state legislatures are full of it. this guy seems stand up. i dont know his policies on other things, but Truth, you are right serving should be a privilege not an occupation. but that concept has been lost to lobbyist and perks for all politicians. when our nation was founded it was a civic duty to serve to represent the people and an honor. sad we lost that

Living on the public teat must be good. 4 year terms are fine if you limit it to 2 or 3 elections at most...if you can't accomplish what you need to in 8 - 12 years get the heck out.

Don't tell that to Senator George Latimer, he's a professional politician who's never held a real job. Term limits would be contrary to his beliefs and efforts to stifle the opposition.

Time for some honesty... Nothing you'll get from this crew if Conservatives. Lets face it fellows - you'll say anything negative about a Democrat and you'll repeat the lie over and over.

In truth I'm a Democrat and I've worked for George unpaid in 2012 and I'll do it again.

1) he worked for over 20 in business. Put your money where your big mouth is Fifth Ave Jerk - $50 - leave it at Wvox down the block and lose your money when I tell LATIMER to bring his old pay stubs.

2) Mr Will Phillips: you're the douchebag.

3) LATIMER has publicly opposed state pay raises for 10 years. Shall he send Brian Donnelly the documents to prove it?

You're all car carrying members of the Eric Cantor is too Liberal crowd. I don't care that you're kooks. But don't lie about ANY Democrats' record. I'll be there to set you loonies straight.

Oh yeah. Happy Fathers Day.