From Little Neck Patch:
State Sen. Tony Avella recently took an important step in delivering on his campaign promise to bring term limits to Albany.
Avella, D-Bayside, announced his intention to introduce a bill to restrict state elected officials to a total of 16 years in office. The proposed legislation also includes a companion bill to extend Assembly and Senate terms from a duration of two years to four.
The proposal faces an uphill battle in a divided Legislature. Since both bills require changes to the State Constitution, they must be passed by the Senate and Assembly and then placed on the ballot for voter approval.
Despite the political challenges, Avella said he was determined to press for term limits — support for which may have been the deciding factor in his winning campaign last fall against long-serving incumbent state Sen. Frank Padavan.
"Whether or not the legislature is ready to tackle it, we need to start the conversation," Avella said.