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Amedore calls for term limits

Dec 15, 2015 6:30 am

William J. Kemble is reporting in the Daily Freeman state Sen. George Amedore says the conviction last week of former Senate leader Dean Skelos points to the need for term limits. Amedore said Skelos' conviction, like that of former Assembly speaker Sheldon Silver, resulted in part, from allowing people hold office too long. The Rotterdam Republican said that while individuals are responsible for their own behavior, and the actions of any one person cannot be legislated or corrected, term limits are necessary. "That way, it will [cause] a changeover of the people so that those that are in office cannot make a career of the position. And we need to change the length of the term itself,” he said. State senators and Assembly members currently serve two-year terms. There is no limit to number of terms they can serve. Amedore said all legislators should be limited to two, four-year terms. He also would like to see pensions taken away from state lawmakers forced from office following corruption convictions. Under current rules, Silver and Skelos are eligible to receive their pensions. Amedore is serving his first term representing New York's 46th district. The district includes all of Greene, Montgomery, and parts of Albany, Schenectady and Ulster counties. Read the full story in the Daily Freeman.

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