How long can each New York City Council member serve?
Breaking down the confusing term limit rules in the New York City Council.
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.
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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.