[HISTORY: Adopted by the Board of Trustees of the Village of Old Brookville. Amendments noted where applicable.]
The Village Board of Trustees finds that the key elective positions within the Village of the Mayor and Trustees would benefit from a longer term of office so as to provide for greater constancy, continuity and efficiency for the Village. These positions require a great amount of experience, skill and knowledge, and therefore, a longer term is needed. New York State Village Law allows Villages to change the terms of office for the Mayor and Trustees from a two-year term to a four-year term. Under the present two-year terms for said offices, there are currently annual elections. Changing to four-year terms would result in elections every two years. It is the purpose of this chapter to expand the terms of office for the Mayor and Trustees from two years to four years.
Pursuant to Village Law § 3-302(5)(a), the terms of office for the Mayor and Trustees of the Village of Old Brookville shall be four years, except as provided in § 20-4 below.
Except for the offices of the Trustees who terms expire in 2014, pursuant to Village Law § 3-302(7)(a), Village general elections shall be conducted biennially in odd-numbered years hereafter.
Pursuant to Village Law § 3-302(7)(d), the initial terms of office for the offices of Trustees whose terms expire in 2014 shall be three years, but their successors shall thereafter be elected for terms of four years.