Two public referendums in the 1990’s established term limits for the NY City Council and NY’s mayor.
In 2008, in a vote of 29-22, the City Council decided that the opinion of the voters was actually wrong and overturned those limits.
Posted by Karol at 12:56 PM
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It’s all about self-interest, and completely unrelated to the public good. That is the democrat way.
I am saving the names of all who voted to extend term limits (Bloomberg’s reign) and I’ll never vote for these self serving ass clowns again. Even if Sharpton runs against them. This was a complete hijacking of a process which has already been voted on TWICE sucks for them if they didn’t like the results. To subvert the people of NY’s express wishes and do an end run to get their greedy way is disgusting. Too bad for Bloomberg that he hasn’t established his legacy but if you can’t get it done in eight damn years, bye bye, you are of no use to this city.
It just gives me yet another opportunity to vote against Mike Bloomberg.
Ari, where can you see who voted for and against this? The City Council website is conveniently deceptive.
There was a list in the New York Post and at Gothamist.
Here is a list of the council members who thought it appropriate to thumb their nose at New Yorkers wishes and voted to extend term limits, rather than put it to a referendum.
Christine C. Quinn
Maria del Carmen Arroyo
Leroy G. Comrie Jr.
Inez E. Dickens
Erik Martin Dilan
Lewis A. Fidler
Helen D. Foster
Alan J. Gerson
Sara M. Gonzalez
Melinda R. Katz
G. Oliver Koppell
Michael C. Nelson
Domenic M. Recchia Jr.
James Sanders Jr.
Larry B. Seabrook
Peter F. Vallone
Thomas White Jr.
Like Sparrow, hey, at least it’s another opportunity to vote against Bloomberg. And my City Councilwoman. Watch out Reyna.
Thanks. My councilwoman isn’t on the list. I’ve never cared for her, but maybe she’s not so bad after all…
Does Christine Quinn ever do anything besides follow Mike Bloomberg around, going, “Yeah, that’s a great idea!”?
She plays idiot when the budget needs t obe eplained and hides money. So she has that going for her.
I’m conflicted here: I hate term-limits legislation and I find it strange that it is so easy for the Council to overturn a law passed by referendum.
The latter offense wins out, though, because so many of these officials owe their seats to their predecessors getting term-limited out of office.
How is this even legal? What’s the point of a referendum if the city council can just nullify it?
Thanks to Fallen Sparrow’s link, I found out that my councilwoman also voted against letting us voters vote on this matter again. I take back the nice things I said about her. Bitch.
They’re allowed to do this by virtue of the City charter.
The reason the referendum vote was included was to disperse the political fallout members would experience by voting to rescind the original term limits law.
Mr. Barron told Councilman Leroy G. Comrie Jr., who earlier had quoted Thomas Jefferson.
At least Gentile had a presence of mind to vote against it.
Not that it helped matters.
As much as I detest him, I have to say that Gentile is probably one of the least crappy members of that chamber…sad though it may be.
Has anybody mentioned recently that Charles Barron is a complete douche?
I think the last time his name came up Karol might have mentioned that in passing.
Logically speaking, there’s no reason someone can’t be quotable, even a dumbass ghetto reject like Barron.