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Mount Vernon Term Limits Proposal Could Come Up For Another Vote, Wednesday, April 11th

Term limits will get rid of career politicians, limit the influence of special interests while passing on the torch to the next generation of leaders.

“Twelve years is more than enough,” Mount Vernon Council President Pro Tem André Wallace, shares with Black Westchester. “If you can’t get what you need done in 12 years, then you shouldn’t be here in the first place.”

Councilman Wallace is spearheading a controversial effort to institute term limits, which would limit all elected officials to no more than a dozen consecutive years in one office. The councilman has been a strong proponent for term limits since he was elected in 2015. Last summer he hit the pavement gathering signatures in the hope of getting enough to force a referendum on the issue on the November 2017 ballot.

Elected officials in Mount Vernon can currently run for four-year terms as many times as they want, and Wallace says that’s a problem.
Wallace wants to limit terms to a maximum of three four-year terms, which would equal 12 years in office.

Councilman Marcus A. Griffith told News 12, voters like candidates with experience.

“It’s good having some people on the council that have extended knowledge,” says Griffith. “We need people with institutional knowledge.”

Councilman Wallace plans to hold another vote at the upcoming City Council Meeting, Wednesday, April 11th.

“To me it’s a very low priority, but this is a campaign promise Councilman Wallace had during his campaign and he is trying to fulfill it,” Councilman Marcus Griffith tells News 12‘s Ty Milburn.

What do you think about the need for elected officials to have term limits? If you would like to make your voice heard at the April 11th council meeting, you must call the City Clerk’s office (914) 665-2351 and sign up before Wednesday April 11th at 3:00 PM.


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