NEW YORK (AP) — Members of the New York City Council are considering a bill to keep felons off the ballot.
Democratic Councilman Richie Torres, who represents the Bronx, says it should be one strike when it comes to corruption charges. WCBS-AM reports Torres says once someone is convicted of betraying the public trust, that person should be banned from public office.
Torres says “public office is a privilege, it is not a right. It is not an entitlement.” He says he believes in second chances for convicted felons, but it should mean the ability to enjoy life as a private citizen.
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Information from: WCBS-AM, http://www.wcbs880.com