Long Island counties on differing ends of term-limits debate

The term-limits debate will be a backdrop to upcoming elections on Long Island, with Nassau and Suffolk counties presenting differing models. Legislator Jon Cooper (D-Huntington)

WOODBURY - The term-limits debate will be a backdrop to upcoming elections on Long Island, with Nassau and Suffolk counties presenting differing models.

Legislator Jon Cooper (D-Huntington) has served on the Legislature for the past 12 years, but because of term limits, the popular Huntington lawmaker cannot run again.

"I could have continued to serve and I would have welcomed the opportunity, but there is something to be said about getting a fresh voice and a new point of view and new blood," he says.

In Nassau County, there are no term limits for county legislators and some say that's how it should be when it comes to local government.

Bruce Blakeman, the former presiding officer of the Nassau Legislature, believes term limits result in less-effective lawmakers.

"It takes a lot of time to get the knowledge and expertise to be a good legislator. I think basically it takes two to four years to figure out everything that's going on. And you become more valuable as time goes on," he says.

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