Laws governing recall in New York
The Assembly Republican Caucus of the New York State Assembly voiced support for legislation that would provide a mechanism for recall elections. The proposed legislation would allow recall elections if 20 percent of voters who participated in the election of that official signed a petition to remove him or her from office.
Proponent Assemblyman Jim Tedisco (R) cited a number of recently arrested New York state officials, including former State Senate Majority Leader Pedro Espada (D), as rationale for allowing recall in the state.
DeFrancisco's bill was introduced because of ongoing turmoil within the Jordan-Elbridge school district.
Other bills that would allow the recall of elected officials were also introduced in the 2011 session of the New York State Legislature.
- Brian Kolb (R-Canandaigua) introduced S #6526, saying, "It’s a vehicle to restore confidence."
- James Tedisco introduced #1493 in the New York State Assembly on January 20, 2011, while Joseph Griffo introduced a companion measure, S #2453 in the New York State Senate on January 21, 2011.
- Tony Avella introduced #5190 on May 3, 2011.