Astorino Calls for Term Limits

In his latest video, Republican gubernatorial candidate Rob Astorino said that, if elected, his first piece of legislation will be to impose term limits on statewide and legislative offices. He would limit statewide officeholders to two, four-year terms in office, and state legislators to four, two-year terms.

Citing corruption in Albany, Astorino said:

“We need new faces and fresh ideas in state politics, and it’s become clear that’s not going to happen without term limits.  Even the best elected officials become compromised over time in Albany, not all, but enough to drag us down…Eight years is enough for anyone to serve in state government. It’s time to clean house in the state Capitol.”

GOP to Establish ‘Issue Themed’ Ballot Line

The state GOP leadership said this week that it plans to form an “issue-themed” ballot line for Republican gubernatorial candidate Rob Astorino and the party’s other statewide candidates, according to a memo from the party’s executive director to county chairs.

In order to create the ballot line, they must collect 15,000 valid signatures, with 100 signatures from at least ½ of the state’s 27 congressional districts, between July 8 and August 12.

In 2010, GOP candidate Carl Paladino created the ‘Taxpayers’ ballot line, and received 25,825 votes on the line.

Erie County Democrats Endorse Grant Over Incumbent Kennedy

The Erie County Democratic Party’s Executive Committee has endorsed Erie County Legislator Betty Jean Grant in the race for the 63rd Senate District, choosing her over incumbent Democratic State Senator Tim Kennedy.

Kennedy narrowly defeated Grant in the primary for the seat in 2012.