Career Politicians Challenged to Not Seek Re-election
8/10/2010 – At a Press Conference Tuesday outside the Historic Putnam County Courthouse, Assemblyman Greg Ball signed a pledge to his constituents that he will term-limit himself at 3 terms in any elected position he holds, and he has challenged his opponents for State Senate to do the same.
“Career politicians are part of the problem, not part of the solution,” Ball said. “They focus on maintaining their incumbency at any cost and become more and more disconnected from their constituents with each passing year. Term limits keep the political climate fresh with new ideas. Term-limits will end the pay-to-play system, where elected officials who have managed through longevity and deal-making to stay in a position of power, are in a position to make backroom deals. Our government should not be a welfare line for New York’s wealthy and well connected.”
Ball was joined at the Press Conference by Dr. Steve Katz, candidate for Assembly in the 99th District. Katz also signed the pledge and challenged his Republican Primary opponent to do the same.
“We must restore honesty and integrity in Albany, returning our government to function for and by the people. Too many career politicians have occupied state legislative seats for far too long and have gamed the system to stay in power. This needs to stop this November and it will – the voters are awake and engaged in the process like they have not been in decades,” Katz said.
If Tax Hike Mike, a Westchester County Legislator, and Tax-and-Spend Murphy, Supervisor in Somers, agree to sign Greg Ball’s Term Limit Pledge, they will agree to not seek re-election in their current jobs. Both have served in the same position for more than 10 years.
Ball made a similar commitment in 2006 while first running for the State Assembly. By not seeking re-election to the Assembly this year, he has fulfilled that commitment.
After the Press Conference, Greg Ball’s campaign office reached out to Tax-and-Spend Murphy’s campaign to challenge her to a debate in Somers. Ball’s office said an official release on the Debate Challenge will be issued later in the day.
In the Assembly, Greg Ball has led the fight for term-limits and ethics reform by spearheading legislation (A. 6795) which he first introduced in 2007. Ball also included term-limits in his Bruno-Silver Ethics Reform Bill, a comprehensive package that aims to close ethical loopholes and return Albany to the business of legislating.