|Reform Party announces term limits litmus test for candidates running on its line in November.|
|Text of March 15 press release.|
For Immediate Release
Contact: Patrick Ziegler, 518-817-1500
TERM LIMIT FLOOR VOTE PLEDGE REQUIRED FOR 2016
REFORM PARTY ENDORSEMENT
"It's Time to Bring Back the Citizen Legislature in Albany."
New York--March 15...The New York State Reform Party today announced that it will not consider any candidate for state office in 2016 who does not demand a term limit vote on the floor of the New York State Assembly and the New York State Senate this year.
The Reform Party was created as a ballot line by supporters of Republican Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino in his race for governor in 2014. Its two principal positions are replacing Common Core with a better educational curriculum devised at the local level and term limits for state office holders. Mr. Astorino term limited himself to three terms as county executive in 2010.
The Reform Party also strongly supports eliminating pensions for elected leaders who are convicted of serious crimes involving the misuse of their public offices.
"We're going to make things very simple for 2016," said Reform Party Chairman Bill Merrell, in discussing the Party's endorsement process for state candidates. "We will only consider granting ballot status to candidates who demand a floor vote on term limits in Albany this year. It's been a long time since we've had a true citizen legislature of the type our founders envisioned; only term limits can deliver one back to the people."
The Reform Party also reiterated its call for full repeal of the experimental federal Common Core curriculum in New York, which the Party wants replaced with a new set of academically rigorous standards created at the state and local level with the input of parents and teachers.