Few members of the City Council seem happy about what's going to happen next year when term limits disqualify 36 of the 51 members from running again. "The chaos is coming," says Angel Rodriguez, council member from Brooklyn. "Abrupt and arbitrary," says Madeline Provenzano from the Bronx, who compares what's going to happen to a mass firing. "A very real danger," says Christine Quinn from Manhattan
And this is from City Council members who get to stay!
They are among the 15 who remain eligible for re-election, a group that could become a kind of Senior Class, helping to guide the majority that will be newly elected.
Below, six of those 15 discuss what they think the New City Council will be like, and what issues each wants to focus on if he or she is re-elected.
IMAGINE IF THIS WERE HAPPENING TO A CORPORATION
by Madeline Provenzano (D-C), The Bronx
THE DANGER OF OUTSIDE INFLUENCE, ESPECIALLY IN LAND USE
by Christine Quinn (D-WF), Manhattan
40 BILLION REASONS TO FOCUS ON FUNDS, NOT STREET NAMES
by James Oddo (R-C), Staten Island
THE STAFF WILL HAVE THE POWER
by Angel Rodriguez (D), Brooklyn
THINGS TO DO IN HOUSING, EDUCATION, AGING AND TRANSPORTATION
by Michael Nelson (D), Brooklyn
A NEED FOR COLLECTIVE LEADERSHIP
by Gifford Miller (D-L), Manhattan
There are no City Council members representing Queens who will be eligible to run for re-election.