Over the past several weeks, members of the Orangetown Civic Association have hit the pavement to try and collect signatures to get two propositions on the November ballot. The organization wanted a public vote on measures to require term limits and to require mandatory referenda on any bonding over $1 million. But two things got in the way.
First, the Civic Association learned that term limits can’t be imposed through a referendum. Only a town board can vote to impose term limits, state officials told Civic Association co-founder Carol Silverstein.
Second, the group didn’t get enough signatures on the bonding referendum to meet the Oct. 1 deadline.
Silverstein said members had collected close to 500 names in support of each measure and would keep collecting. They will sumbit signatures to the Town Board on term limits to deliver a message from the public.
On the bonding issue, they will try to get enough names to force a special election so the public can decide.
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