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Mayor Bill de Blasio has come to the defense of term limits as the City Council attempts to extend term limits.
The Mayor told the New York Daily News:
“The people have spoken,” he said. “It couldn’t be clearer. People believe in term limits. I believe in term limits.”
New Yorkers have voted time and time again in favor of a two-consecutive term limit for City office-holders.
Yet, Councilman Jumaane Williams has drafted a bill to extend the term limit for Council through a referendum vote, and the proposal was originally backed by all eight candidates running for Council speaker.
If passed, the measure would extend term limits for Councilmembers from two to three four-year terms. All other City offices would be kept at their maximum two-term limits.
But in an interview with WNYC on Friday, the Mayor committing to vetoing the bill, saying, “That’s the easiest question of the day.”
The New York Daily News also reports that Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito opposes the bill, although she is personally in favor of extending the limit to three terms. And one candidate for Council speaker, Jimmy Van Bramer, has now said he would only support such a measure if there was overwhelming support from voters.
If Williams’ bill to extend term limits is passed, the referendum will appear on the ballot of the next general election in November 2018.
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