Longtime lawmaker's arrest prompts Putnam term-limit reform

In the wake of the arrest of a longtime Putnam County lawmaker, county officials have adopted a measure this week to add Putnam to the list of counties in New York enforcing new term limits on local lawmakers.

Putnam County joined Westchester County by adopting its new term limit law this week, in part because of the arrest of longtime state Sen. Vincent Leibell, who pleaded guilty to federal corruption charges this month after nearly 30 years in Albany.

The new law will limit county lawmakers and the county executive to a total of 12 years in office.Leibell pleads guilty to fed'l obstruction, tax evasion charges

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