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Utica Council member introduces legislation regarding term limits

Utica Common Council member, Celeste Friend, introduced legislation Wednesday night that would restore the 1992 referendum.

Posted: Nov 18, 2020 10:46 PM

UTICA, N.Y. - Utica Common Council member, Celeste Friend, introduced legislation Wednesday night that would restore the 1992 referendum.

In 1992, voters in Utica passed a referendum by an overwhelming majortiy to place term limits on elected officals in the city of Utica, the mayor, comptroller, and the president of the common council to tow 4-year terms and members of the common council to four 2-year terms,

In 2017, the Utica Common Council voted to extend term limits from eight years to 12 years.

Now, Friend is proposing legislation that is a Local Law that would substitute the current 12-year term limit with the previous 8-year limit.

Friend says she wrote this legislation because she has heard many concerns from her constituents regarding term limits. One of her constituents created an online petition.

"The 2017 Common Council law overrode the will of the voters, where as this law, the one that we are debating and have been debating today, would not override the will of the voters, it would one: override the Common Council decision of 2017, and two: it would thereby reinstate the will of the voters," council member Friend said.

Other council members seemed to disagree with Friend's proposal, some saying that it should be put up for a vote again like in 1992.

The council voted to place the legislation in committee.

Friend says she will take it out of committee at their next meeting on Dec. 2, and the council could hold a vote.

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