In the New York City Council, the rules say that members can only serve two consecutive four-year terms. In practice, it’s not so simple.
For example, council members elected to office on or before Nov. 2, 2010 – when term limits changed – could complete their current term and go on to serve up to two more full four-year terms.
In other cases, a candidate that wins a special election in the middle of a term can also serve an additional two full terms. For example, this is why New York City Councilman Rafael Salamanca Jr., who won a special election in February 2016, can serve through 2025.
Finally, a council member can also hit the maximum number of consecutive terms, take a break, and return to office. That’s what City Councilwoman Karen Koslowitz did, returning to the body in 2010 after serving for much of the 1990s.
Here’s a rundown of how long each current member has served – and when they’ll have to move on.
February 2007 – Dec. 31, 2021
February 2009 – Dec. 31, 2021
Jan. 1, 2010 – Dec. 31, 2021
Jimmy Van Bramer
November 2012 – Dec. 31, 2021
February 2013 – Dec. 31, 2021
Jan. 1, 2014 – Dec. 31, 2021
Robert Cornegy Jr.
Rafael Espinal Jr.
- Daneek Miller
November 2015 – Dec. 31, 2021 (and eligible to serve Jan. 1, 2022 – Dec. 31, 2025)
February 2016 – Dec. 31, 2021 (and eligible to serve Jan. 1, 2022 – Dec. 31, 2025)
Rafael Salamanca Jr.
February 2017 – Dec. 31, 2021 (and eligible to serve Jan. 1, 2022 – Dec. 31, 2025)
Jan. 1, 2018 – Dec. 31, 2021 (and eligible to serve Jan. 1, 2022 – Dec. 31, 2025)
Ruben Diaz Sr.