A Third Term for Bloomberg?
June 5th, 2008

Yesterday, the New York Times reportedthat 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 lawarguing that a quirk in the measurewould forcethe speakerand 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.

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5 Responses to “A Third Term for Bloomberg?”

  1. Larry Littlefield Says:
    June 6th, 2008 at 9:03 am

    As I’ve written (and everyone else is making pain to avoid), Bloomberg cut a deal with the UFT to shift education resources out of the classroom and into early retirement, at the expense of the city’s children and future. Spitzer then signed it, because he thought it would be to his political advantage.

    Then Client 9 happened.

    For Bloomberg, moving to remove term limits would be the equivalent of Client 9. He’s already fallen in my esteem, but that would make him fall in everyone else’s.

    And it wouldn’t even work, because there will be a lot of people voting on Election Day this year. I thought they’d try to sneak something like this out in 2007, when no one showed up to vote. This year, forget it.

    Perhaps Bloomberg wants to be re-elected so he can continue to tell the big lie about what has set off a downward spiral in the schools despite so much more money being spent on them. A future Mayor, forced to push through big property tax increases AND slash the quality of education might be tempted to put the blame where it lies, UFT propaganda be damned.

  2. John Mccain Says:
    June 9th, 2008 at 12:46 am

    Mayor of New York Michael Bloomberg was the third recipient of the distinguish KAROUSOS LIBERTY AWARD 2008 for his excellent work to the Media Freedom and the freedom and prosperity to the biggest metropolis of the world New York.
    After 9/11 New York become Americas symbol of resistance in order to keep the Liberty strong Enlightening the world.
    The renowned composer Panayoti Karousos founded the KAROUSOS LIBERTY AWARD in recognition of those who have exerted themselves in the name o human rights and freedoms.
    The KAROUSOS LIBERTY AWARD is an honorary mention presented to international personalities from various fields, ranging from artists to politicians.
    The recipients must be public figures recognized for having had a global impact and influence rights and freedom acts.
    First recipient was Rt. Hon. Prime Minister of Canada Pierre E. Trudeau for his endeavors in the Canadian Charter of Human Rights. Pierre E. Trudeau was a high profile international personality who served an excellent ministry. The ceremony took plays at the world Premiere of Karousos work The Spirit of Liberty, in Montreal Canada 2000.
    The second recipient was His Eminence Archbishop of America Demetrios for his contribution to the Religious Freedom in United States, New York 2006.
    Panayoti Karousos acclaimed internationally for his works, Peace Piano Concerto, The Song of the Nations, Olympic Symphony, the operas Prometheus, The Olympic Flame, Alexander the Great, the Light of Christianity and the masterpiece The Spirit of Liberty.

  3. Gregg Z Says:
    June 9th, 2008 at 7:46 am

    Why not allow us to vote on whether we’d like a mayor for as long as we like?

  4. Minister Ciro Di Donna Says:
    August 31st, 2008 at 2:24 am

    Mayor Michael Bloomberg is estimated to be worth 14 Billion Dollars.
    Back in Feb. of 2003, the Mayor was responsible to revoke the parking permits of three of our NYC Councilmen from parking their vehicles at City Hall to
    prevent them from representing their constituents from their
    districts. Most were forced to use taxi cab’s to get to their
    job’s at City hall. The reason? All because they voted against
    his real estate tax hike’s.
    Back in early July, Mayor Bloomberg threatened to bank roll
    any opponent in the coming election’s against several of the
    Councilmen who did not vote for his Congestion Pricing Plan.
    This is a man who one political leader said and I quote: He
    (the Mayor) is not use to anyone saying no to him. We the
    public have voted and we say no to Mayor Michael Bloomberg
    in his quest to seek a third term in public office.
    In my opinion, this corporate micro-manager does not want
    to lose his political immunity while in public office from
    possible Federal prosecution for discriminating against three
    pregnant woman who lost their job’s in his company. Attorney
    General Andrew Cuomo has the obligation to the people of
    our state to investigate all off these allegation’s in a public
    forum and remove this tyrant who is quick to call a deceased
    9/11 responder who had died from breathing in the toxic air
    at ground zero “not a hero” should be removed from public
    office and sent packing to his corporate headquarters were he
    and his cronies could abuse more pregnant women.
    I have a friend who was a 9/11 responder and was just
    notified that something was growing in his lungs.
    I’m sure the Mayor will tell his 16 year old daughter that her
    father (God forbid) was not a hero and that they would not be
    eligible for any monetary compensation and to “do more with
    All from an arrogant wealthy man who never picked up a
    shovel at ground zero.

  5. Tess Elliott Says:
    September 22nd, 2008 at 10:38 am

    I am a local artist, and certainly struggling to live in this economy. I am against a third term for Bloomberg, or anyone else considering our history of politicians who abused their position of power in long terms of office. I have seen many instances of Bloomberg getting revenge on people he thinks cross him, and I do not want him calling the shots anymore. If he can fix the economic situation–let him go do that. How many times do we have to vote before politicians understand we really mean it?

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