Vallone Sides with Bloomberg
October 21st, 2008
Well, we know at least one of the undecided-turned-supporting votes that could have spurred the council vote on Thursday. Councilmember Peter Vallone, who had been undecided, will be voting for a term limits extension.
This release just came in from his office:
VALLONE TO SUPPORT THREE TERMS
Statement from Vallone on the Mayor’s bill to extend current term limits from two terms to three
Astoria, New York Ė “This is one of the most difficult decisions I’ve ever had to make. There are good people and good policies on either side of this issue. I have carefully considered both sides, and weighed every opinion I’ve heard.
“After much thought, I have decided to vote to extend the current number of terms from two to three. At its core, this is a debate between the practical application of our government and the Democratic ideals that are its foundation. While I believe, and most people agree, that a referendum would be the best way to alter term limits, at this point I think it’s more important to make a huge improvement in our government than to insist on a special election that could cause government paralysis during these trying times. I have always been against a two term limit, and no government expert I heard believes that two terms is better than three. At this moment in time, during this crisis, I believe it is far better to allow voters to choose experienced government officials at the polls than deny them that choice.
“For the record, this is not a decision I wanted to make, but one that was thrust upon me. My decision is not politically expedient for me. If this vote passes, I will have closed the door to a borough-wide office that I believe was a very good possibility. I did not make this decision because of how it affected me personally or any other individual, but I based it on what I felt was best for all people in the city.”By Courtney Gross on October 21, 2008, 2:57 pm
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