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:


Statement from Vallone on the Mayor’s bill to extend current term limits from two terms to three

Astoria, New York “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.”

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One Response to “Vallone Sides with Bloomberg”

  1. Thomas Says:
    October 22nd, 2008 at 12:38 am

    Its good to see Vallone cut through the accusations and mud and make a reasoned decision on the merits of the policy issue. It seems like once a council member is able to do that, they inevitably find themselves in favor of a extending the limits. Congrats to Vallone.

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