The Clarkstown Taxpayers want to thank everyone for their hard work and support with helping get over 3,400 signatures for the term limit petition. We presented the petition to the Town Board at its August 16th meeting and we had just under 150 supporters at the meeting. Unfortunately, the Town Board seems to be hiding behind legal opinions that under NYS law they feel that our Term Limit petition cannot be put on the ballot in November. However, the final arbitrator will be the NYS Board of Elections. That being said, the Town board can enact term limits on themselves, but they have chosen not to do so at this time. Councilman Frank Borelli has indicated that he is willing to look into the Term Limit issue and has promised to try to get a Term Limit resolution developed at an upcoming Town Board workshop and then present it to the Town Board for a vote prior to the election. Councilwoman Shirley Lasker said Term Limits was a complicated issue and wants to study it and revisit it after the election (delay, delay, delay). Moreover, Supervisor Gromack and Councilwomen Lasker and Hausner are on the record as being opposed to Term Limits.
Remember that your time and efforts was not wasted. If you are in favor of Term limits, we encourage you to research the candidates and see where they stand on this and the other issues that are important to you. Get educated, get out the vote and send a message to the Town Board on how you feel about Term Limits. Click the READ MORE button for websites and addresses of the current Town Board and all the other candidates running for town office in November.
On another front, the Clarkstown Taxpayers, in spite of what the Town Board says, will be delivering the 3,450 signatures on our Term Limit petition to the Town Clerk and the NYS Board of Elections in the next few weeks and asking them to place this Term Limit referendum on the November ballot. Also, we will be reviewing the Town Board's legal opinions to see if what we have been told is correct, and if it is not and the Board of Election refuses to place the Term Limit referendum on the ballot, the Clarkstown Taxpayers will sue the Board of Elections in State Supreme Court.
We will continue to update you on this important Term Limit issue.