New York CIty Council Member Ben Kallos

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NY1 Number of state lawmakers look to trade jobs in Albany for City Council seats by Bobby Cuza

Number of state lawmakers look to trade jobs in Albany for City Council seats

But if experience matters, so does name recognition, which critics say creates an unfair advantage. The irony is that Council term limits and the city's robust public campaign finance system are designed to attract political newcomers, not professional politicians.

"The point of term limits is, we're supposed to have a citizen legislature," said City Councilman Ben Kallos of Manhattan.