[HISTORY: Adopted by the Town Board of the Town of Amherst 8-21-2006 by L.L. No. 10-2006. Amendments noted where applicable.]
The title of this chapter shall be the "Term Limits Law."
It is the intent of the Town Board of the Town of Amherst to expand participation in the electoral process and to bring new ideas to governance of the Town of Amherst. To these ends, the Town Board of the Town of Amherst adopts this chapter to limit terms of office for elected officials in the Town of Amherst.
No elective public officer of the Town of Amherst shall have more than two consecutive terms of four years each in the same public office. For purposes of this chapter, "same public office" shall mean any and all public offices that are the same as the office that the elective public officer last held. Any terms of office held prior to the November 6, 2007, general election shall not be counted for term limitation purposes.
Nothing contained herein shall prohibit an elective public officer in the Town of Amherst from holding either an elective or appointive partial term in the same elective public office, immediately prior to election to that elective public office for a full term. In that event, the partial term shall not be counted for purposes of the term limitation imposed by this chapter.
Nothing contained in this chapter shall prohibit an elective public officer from seeking, being elected to, or holding another and different elective public office in the Town of Amherst at the conclusion of a term of public office as required by this chapter.
Nothing contained in this chapter shall apply to the office of Town Justice of the Town of Amherst.
This chapter is enacted pursuant to § 10(1)(ii)(a) of the Municipal Home Rule Law of the State of New York which authorizes towns to adopt local laws concerning the mode of selection and terms of office of elected officials.