Clarkstown supervisor sues town to overturn term limit law
The Clarkstown town supervisor is trying to get a local law overturned so he can run for the town's top position again this year.
Supervisor George Hoehmann is trying to get the law overturned through a normal board voting process, but he's also suing the town he leads to get the law shot down on legal grounds.
The law states that someone can only serve eight consecutive years in an elected position. For Hoehmann, that means he can't run for re-election this year.
A council member, who is an ally of the supervisor, introduced a measure to repeal the term limit and scheduled a hearing on it for Wednesday evening.
That board member, Donald Franchino, also joined the supervisor in a lawsuit that seeks to nullify the term limits.
In the suit, they say the law was never put to a public vote, which it should have been, and that the law should be overturned for that reason.
The other three council members voted to hire outside counsel to defend against the town supervisor's lawsuit.
"My issue is not term limits, my issue is hypocrisy. If you want to lift term limits, then lift them in 2024 when the people who put them in place are not on the board anymore," says Patrick Carroll, Clarkstown Ward 4 council member.