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Avella Pushes Bill for Term Limits, Tougher Ethics Laws

State senator calls for legislation to be passed in wake of recent Albany scandals.

State Sen. Tony Avella is renewing his call for stricter ethics laws and the implementation of term limits on the heels of an ethics probe of a Queens legislator.

Avella, D-Bayside, said he wants the state legislature to approve his bill, which would institute a maximum of 16 years for members of the state’s Assembly and Senate.

“Unfortunately, when it comes to Albany, the more things change, the more they stay the same,” he said.” While we passed a series of ethics reforms this past legislative session, it is clear that more needs to be done, including instituting term limits. Politicians who serve for countless years tend to become stagnant, arrogant and reluctant to adopt new ideas.”

Avella’s renewed push to pass his bill arrives on the heels of state Sen. Shirley Huntley’s, D-Jamaica, arrest in a corruption probe and sexual harassment charges brought against state Assemblyman Vito Lopez, D-Brooklyn.

“The road to reforming Albany is long and unfinished, but creating term limits is a significant step in the right direction,” Avella said.

Patch wants to know: Do you believe with Avella’s legislation that would limit state legislators to 16 years in office? Post your comments in the section provided below.

Steve C. September 05, 2012 at 03:04 AM
Gee, what happened when NYC twice passed term limits bills. It seems that the city council was easily able to override the will of the people. Christine Quinn bought an extra term for Bloomberg which has been a waste of time. As for the corrupt politicians... how about calling the great and powerful Sheldon Silver on the carpet for handing out over a hundred thousand of taxpayer money for Lopez while he bypassed the Ethics committee. Nobody seems to have the guts to go after Silver. Maybe some honesty and guts are due here. You just can't find an honest politician when you need one.

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