West Seneca enacts term limits for supervisor, board | Buffalo Political News
But the measure was defeated at the August 9 city council meeting, with Supervisor Gary Dickson, a Republican, and Piekarec voting yes, but all three Democrats on the council voted against the proposal.
However, after the November election — in which two seats were on the ballot — Republicans now control the City Council by a 4-to-1 margin. Newcomers Robert J. Breidenstein and Susan K. Kims, both Republicans, have made imposing term limits on West Seneca a key campaign priority.
West Seneca voters will choose from four candidates for two city council seats next month.
“Your votes for the candidates who supported this law in last November’s election are what ultimately led to this law being enacted tonight,” Piekarec wrote on his Facebook page on Feb. 14.
Shawn Donahue, an assistant professor of political science at the University at Buffalo, said Republicans tend to support term limits more than Democrats, though it’s hard to identify major trends with term limits. because municipalities can quickly enact or repeal such laws.
“I think there’s a lot of flexibility that cities have because of the different autonomy statutes,” he said. “Cities are their own little laboratories of democracy.”
For example, at least five other municipalities in western New York have term limits: Amherst, Tonawanda, Grand Island, Evans, and Lackawanna.