You are reading

Candidates Who Win City Council Seats Will Serve Two-Year Terms–Not Four

Voters cast their ballot at a polling site in Queens (Michael Appleton/ Mayoral Photography Office)

June 22, 2021 By Allie Griffin

Candidates on the ballot for City Council seats are competing for a two-year term—not the four-year term members normally serve.

Council members elected this year will complete a two-year term for the first time in two decades due to a provision in the city charter related to the census.

The provision mandates that every 20 years, terms are reduced from four years to two years to coincide with the redrawing of council districts.

The recent 2020 census will cause the city to reconfigure the borders of council districts based on changes in population.

The provision for a two-year term was introduced many years ago to allow candidates to challenge incumbents based on the new district borders.

Council candidates who win the November general election, therefore, will need to run again in 2023 for another two-year term.

Then in 2025, normal four-year council terms will resume.

The term changes only apply to city council members. Winners of city- and borough-wide offices like the mayor, comptroller, public advocate and borough presidents will serve four year terms ending in 2025.

email the author: [email protected]

2 Comments

Click for Comments 
LIC DIRECT

Ha, ha, and they thought they were getting elected for 4 yrs, only problem is another freakin election, more.money out of our pockets, hope Ebony Young gets elected only decent, family oriented, mother, with children attending local schools, normal candidate on the entire ticket.

Reply

Leave a Comment
Reply to this Comment

All comments are subject to moderation before being posted.

This site is protected by reCAPTCHA and the Google Privacy Policy and Terms of Service apply.

Recent News

Popular places where you can watch the Super Bowl in Queens

Feb. 2, 2023 By Tammy Scileppi

Hey, football fans! Game time is fast approaching, and across the city and here in Queens, you can feel the excitement brewing as the two teams prepare to take the field on Super Bowl Sunday, Feb. 12. So, kick back and watch the big game, and don’t miss Rihanna’s exciting performance during halftime. 

Borough president hears from community members on budget needs throughout Queens

During a two-day public hearing on the mayor’s 2024 preliminary budget, Queens Borough President Donovan Richards Jr. listened to testimonies from 14 community board representatives, community stakeholders and members of the public on where the money should be spent in Queens. 

The public hearings were held both in-person and via Zoom on Monday, Jan. 30, and Tuesday, Jan. 31, at Queens Borough Hall. The testimonials will be used to develop the Queens Borough Board’s FY24 preliminary budget priorities in the coming weeks. 

‘He didn’t deserve to die’: Borough President Richards leads emotional candlelight vigil for Tyre Nichols

Queens Borough President Donovan Richards held a candlelight vigil for Tyre Nichols outside Queens Borough Hall Monday, Jan. 30 after Nichols’ death at the hands of police officers in Memphis, Tenn., made national headlines for the brutality in which the officers beat him.

Almost immediately after news broke about Nichols’ death, the Memphis police officers who beat him to death were fired and charged with murder. The police department released the body cam footage of the fatal beating on Jan. 27, but many people, including some at the vigil, have refused to watch it due to its extremely graphic nature.

Op-Ed: This Year’s State Budget Must Prioritize Climate, Jobs, and Justice for New York

Op-Ed, Jan. 30, By Assemblymember Jessica González-Rojas

In a time of rampant economic inequality and environmental injustice, it is easy to feel defeated.  Here in Queens and across New York State, however, communities are organizing for a better future. New Yorkers from different backgrounds and with different lived experiences are proving that we can build community, organize, and create a future that reflects our shared values.

LaGuardia Community College receives federal funding to expand vocational training for the unemployed

Jan. 27, 2023 By Bill Parry

LaGuardia Community College recently received more than $400,000 in federal funding to enhance and expand vocational training for underemployed New Yorkers in a city that is still working to recover from COVID-19 pandemic-induced job loss. The support was secured by U.S. Senators Charles Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand, Congresswoman Nydia Velázquez and former Congresswoman Carolyn B. Maloney.