ELMIRA, N.Y. (WENY) -- Chemung County Executive Chris Moss signed local laws Monday, setting term limits for County Legislators and the County Executive. Moss said this is something that's been on his and the county legislature's agenda for a long time.

"When I ran for county executive in 2018, it was one thing I wanted to accomplishThe term limits will be three, four-year terms for the legislature and three, four-year terms for the county executive," said Moss.

Moss said by having new elected officials every so often, it can be beneficial. He also said holding an elected position shouldn't be a career.

"I hate to call it a stepping stone, but to be here and to be the county executive for 25 years, that’s a long time. I think the voters need new faces, and new faces bring fresh ideas to the table," said Moss.

Moss also said local government officials should have an agenda while in office, and then try to get as much done as possible. 

"Whether it’s to the private sector or it’s to a new office, remaining year after year after year, I just think it can be detrimental to local government," Moss said.

Members of the Chemung County legislature at today's signing had similar things to say.

Chemung County Legislator for the Second District Mike Saglibene said adding term limits can create an urgency for local government to get things done.

"The chamber isn’t a home, it’s a hotel. You're only there for a while so you better hurry up and get to work," said Saglibene.

While Moss signed Local Laws 3 and 4 of 2023 on Monday, May 22nd, they won't take effect right away. Voters in Chemung County will decide on the fate of these term limits in a public referendum on the November ballot.

"I think the great thing about this is, it’s not 15 legislators deciding, it’s not the county executive deciding. What we’re deciding is to send it to the voters and decide whether they want term limits or not," Moss explained.