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Webster Town Board discusses extending supervisor’s term to 4 years

The extension would increase the term for the position of town supervisor



Webster, NY - The Webster Town Board is discussing the possibility of extending the term for the position of Webster Town Supervisor from 2 years to 4 years. It is also discussing the possibility of term limits for Town Board members.

The Board briefly discussed the topic at a January Town Workshop. Town Supervisor Tom Flaherty presented the proposal to the Town Board for consideration.

There are two different ways to go about extending the supervisor's term of office:

  1. Allowing residents to vote for/against the extension via the 2021 General Election ballot. This means the item could be added to the ballot for the 2021 General Election in November and take effect immediately (if the public voted in favor of the extension).

  2. Putting the extension to a vote this year, but, if approved, not implementing the change until the NEXT election.

“I would not want a referendum vote in 2021 all of a sudden, if I’m on the ballot, [that] would make my term four years,” Supervisor Flaherty remarked at the Workshop. “I think that’s self-serving. That’s not what I’m looking for.”

He said the proposal is just a “shot across the bow to get the board thinking about this.”

As for Webster Town Board term limits, a referendum is not required, according to the town attorney. All that’s required is a change in Town Code/Local Law. (The limit being considered ranges from 2 to 3 terms. The limit would include the position of town supervisor as well as members of the Webster Town Council.)

The Town Board agreed that both items warrant further discussion before making any official decision.

The following Town of Webster seats are on the 2021 General Election ballot:

  • Webster Town Supervisor

  • Webster Town Justice

  • Webster Town Council (2)

The following Village of Webster seats are up for election in June 2021:

  • Webster Village Mayor

  • Webster Village Trustee (2)

Primary Election Date: June 22, 2021

General Election Date: November 2, 2021

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