Jerry Iannece, chairman of CB 11 and former candidate for City Council and State Assembly, will be giving up his volunteer post due to mandated term limits.
It’s rather unfortunate that we have term limits on the local level particularly in this case when good people whom actually do a great job in this volunteer role and yet there are no term limits on the state level where incompetent legislators can collect a public salary and run again and again.
When anyone is in power for a long time, they get comfortable and complacent. We need new ideas and fresh perspectives, but Iannece was an exception to this rule and has overseen many successful projects including the remediation of Oakland Lake. He was always on call and knowledgable about local issues and he wasn’t on the public dime.
It’s not likely he’ll step too far away from this, after all activism and a desire to serve never really go away but it’s still sad to see an effective leader have to step down when state legislators can run again and again. Surely it’s comparing apples and oranges – bringing into question a whole bunch of upstate vs. downstate organizational procedure, but if a great volunteer community board chairman like Jerry Iannece has to step down then so should our Assemblymembers and Senators, good or bad.