Westchester County Executive Proposes Plan To Reduce Term Limits

Peter Haskell
November 18, 2019 - 10:04 am
George Latimer

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NEW YORK (WCBS 880) -- Westchester County Executive George Latimer is proposing new legislation that would reduce the existing term limits for his office.

Under the current law, Latimer is able to serve three terms, or 12 years. He wants to change it to two terms, or eight years.

"To my knowledge this is the first time that an executive has voluntarily agreed to submit a more restrictive term limitation while they're in office," Latimer said.

Latimer is currently serving his first year as county executive, and these changes would affect him if passed.

"We've got lots of people who could serve as county executive if they so chose," Latimer said."No one person is indispensable."

He believes reducing the terms limits would not only create opportunities for others but it would change the dynamic for the executive.

"I think it creates a sense of urgency, and while it may take a year or a year and a half to get fully comfortable in your new assignment that you see the need to move quicker," Latimer said.

Legislators would still be allowed to serve for 12 years.