UPDATE: Rescinding or Extending Term Limits Must be Voted Upon Before the November 6, 2018 Mid-term Elections, that is, More than 365 Days Before the 2019 Election for Yonkers Mayor and Those Standing for Yonkers City Council.
YONKERS, NY — October 6, 2018 — The hunger to hang onto the power of political office is often the most visceral and driving force behind holding onto office. There is an intoxicating sense of power of earning respect from the constituency served and/or intentioned to be served, as well as a self-serving pragmatism for holding onto office or navigating the political pecking order toward higher office. Term limits define the specific number of terms one may serve.
The mayor of Yonkers is limited to two terms of four years each, as are the city council members. For those seeking office as Westchester County Board Legislators, the 2-years long term is not term limited. New York State Assemblymembers and New York State Senators are not term limited, only constrained by the 2-year length per term. The City of Yonkers has struggled over term limits for many years. Two referenda to rescind term limits for the office of Mayor of Yonkers were given a thumbs down by Yonkersites. When New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg was desirous for a third term, despite the 2-term limit of four-years each, he asked the New York City Councilmembers for their endorsement of a third term for him. Mayor Bloomberg received the unanimous approval of the New York City Councilmembership, thereafter going on to serve a third term. Beseeching the New York City Councilmembership for approval over engaging in a referendum was less costly to the New York City taxpayer overall, was a game changer, and became the template for other office holders who were term limited, as they are in the City of Yonkers. Such was the perspective of the past, its resolution, and harbors an effort of replication contemplated in Yonkers for over a year in time.
The effort to extend or rescind term limits will come before the Yonkers City Council this year. It must take place more than 365 days prior to the next election for mayor and for those running for Yonkers City Council. most likely after the mid-term elections of November 6th but before Thanksgiving. Had the Yonkers City Council voted to rescind / extend term limits last year, it could have been challenged this year. Waiting to rescind / extend term limits in 2018 cannot be likewise challenged. Recognize as well that rescinding / extending term limits must be approved a year before it would impact those that would benefit from such an initiative coming to a vote.
Were rescinding / extending term limits approved does not guarantee re-election; only the capacity to run for another term.
The successful effort by Mayor Mike Bloomberg remains a game changer that Mayor Mike Spano had contemplated last year. He was initially enthusiastic about it then, but has been said to vacillate between desirous of seeing such legislation taking hold or departing the office of mayor of Yonkers at the end of his second term which expires in 2019. From a pragmatic perspective, Mayor Mike Spano has no other choice but for term limits to be rescinded / extended. It seems the only issue concerning the mayor is whether to be the author of such an effort.
The Executive Branch of office, that is the mayor of Yonkers, usually presents the issues to the Legislative Branch of office, that is the Yonkers City Councilmembership. There is a reluctance by Mayor Mike Spano to be the author of legislation toward rescinding / extending term limits. There is a similar reluctance on the part of the Yonkers City Councilmembership. Even so, the Yonkers Tribune has learned that rescinding / extending term will come about. Logically, it will fall on the Yonkers City Council to take take on this initiative. The rationale for the Yonkers City Councilmembership is that they should like to at least have the opportunity to serve three terms in office because they will earn a pension when having served at minimum 10 years in office.
So who will initiate extending / rescinding term limits? The Yonkers City Council will. They will be pressured to do so, they will capitulate, they will garner the minimum required number of votes for passage, that is a vote of at minimum four out of the seven votes needed and Mayor Mike Spano will not veto their legislative initiative. If a super majority vote of the Yonkers City Council, that is 5 to 2 is realized, the mayor cannot eclipse their super majority with a veto, nor would he want to.
At present, the Yonkers Tribune recognizes at least 4, probably 5, even 6, of the Yonkers City Councilmembership who will support rescinding / extending term limits.
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Yonkers Tribune readers first heard about the effort to rescind / extend term limits in a Hezitorial written February 10, 2016: HEZITORIAL INVESTIGATION: Careerism to Return to Yonkers Politics by Rescinding Term Limits By Hezi Aris, again on May 22, 2016: Rescinding Term Limits is Still on Track in Yonkers By Hezi Aris, again on January 26, 2017: Mayor Mike Spano Plans to Revise his Limited Political Prospects by Extending Term Limits By Hezi Aris , again on June 11, 2017: Term Limits to Be Extended in 2017 by the Yonkers City Council at the Behest of Mayor Mike Spano By Hezi Aris, again on November 12, 2017: Yonkers City Council is Unanimously On Board to Rescind / Extend Term Limits, and again on July 4, 2018: A Political Poll to Gauge Yonkersites’ Desire to Extend and/or Rescind Term Limits By Hezi ARIS, and article written on November 12, 2017: “Yonkers City Council is Unanimously On Board to Rescind / Extend Term Limits By Hezi Aris”
The scuttlebutt was it would not happen. Yonkersites need not wait too much longer for the legislation to come before the Yonkers City Council for a vote.