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LD 09 - Legislator Samuel Gonzalez

Posted on: October 29, 2020

[ARCHIVED] Help The Legislative Process Better Serve You By Supporting Proposition #1

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(BRENTWOOD, NY) – During this crucial and influential election, Suffolk County voters will have the opportunity to turn over their ballots to improve their representation through supporting Suffolk Ballot Proposition #1, which is aimed at increasing the term of a Suffolk County Legislator from 2 years to 4 years.


This proposition, proposed by Legislator Sam Gonzalez, would not only put legislators on par with other Suffolk County elected officials, such as the County Executive, Comptroller, District Attorney, and Clerk, but would help give legislators more time to focus on governing. A two-year election cycle has continuously proven itself to be exceedingly short, and forces legislators to spend several months of their term campaigning for reelection – diverting focus from the issues that matter to constituents the most.


The legislative process takes time, and requires fair due diligence on behalf of the elected official. This includes consulting with stakeholders and community groups, as well as with constituents. Short election cycles serve as a hindrance to this very crucial aspect through the incessant pressures of reelection.  By increasing the term of legislators, it “allows more time for legislators to see projects come to fruition,” said the League of Women Voters.


“This November, voters across Suffolk County will cast their ballot in one of our most historic and consequential elections. Help the legislative process better serve Suffolk County residents by supporting Ballot Proposition #1,” said Legislator Gonzalez. 


Legislator Gonzalez remains committed to improving the lives of Suffolk County residents and serving as an outspoken voice for the 9th Legislative District.



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