A Third Term for Bloomberg?
June 5th, 2008
Yesterday, the New York Times reported†that Mayor Michael Bloomberg has commissioned a poll to see if New Yorkers would be willing to change the term limits law – and allow Bloomberg to serve a third term as mayor. Today the New York Post editorial page was quick to support the idea. “Go for it, Mike,” the editorial advises.
Of course, Bloomberg would not be the first to consider the idea.
In 1996, the City Council tried to amend the term limits law, placing an initiative on the ballot to extend terms from 8 to 12 years, but voters rejected it.
In 2001, the New York City Council tried to overturn the law itself, but did not have enough votes from its own members.
After the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, Mayor Rudolph Giuliani tried to make a case that he should stay in office to help the city through the crisis. The idea stalled in Albany.
And in 2002, City Council Speaker Gifford Miller and the council amended the term limits law†arguing that a quirk in the measure†would force†the speaker†and five other members out of office after serving less than eight years. Mayor Michael Bloomberg vetoed the measure, but the council overrode his veto and a court eventually upheld the amendment.By Mark Berkey-Gerard on June 5, 2008, 4:29 pm
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