Laws governing recall in New York

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As of April 2013, recall of elected officials is not available in New York.

Proposed legislation


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.[1]


State senator John DeFrancisco introduced S#5516 on May 27, 2011. S #5516 would allow the recall of elected officials at every level of government in the state.[2]

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.

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