All Articles Tagged "term limits"
(Wall Street Journal) — A campaign to repeal the provision of the city’s recently approved term-limits law that exempts incumbents has collapsed because of a lack of funds. Last year, 74% of the electorate voted to restore a law that prohibits elected officials from serving more than two consecutive four-year terms. But a so-called grandfather clause in that measure allows any officeholder elected before Nov. 2, 2010, to serve three four-year terms. Henry Stern, president of New York Civic, a nonpartisan watchdog group that launched an effort last year to place a proposal on November’s ballot to repeal the grandfather clause, told The Wall Street Journal on Tuesday that the campaign won’t move forward because he couldn’t raise the funds to support it.
(Wall Street Journal) — New York City voters on Tuesday appeared to be on the verge of restoring a law that prohibits elected officials from serving more than two consecutive four-year terms, just two years after Mayor Michael Bloomberg and the City Council overturned the law as the mayor pursued a third term. With nearly 40% of precincts reporting, 74% of the electorate voted in a citywide referendum to restore the law. A second ballot measure on government and electoral reform also appeared to have passed.
(NYT) -Two years after Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg extended the limit on New York City’s elected officials from two terms to three, paving the way for his re-election, nearly three-fourths of city voters favor reversing his move, according to a New York Times poll.
(NYT) — Political experts, who at times earn their keep by getting things wrong a day or two ahead of everyone else, accept as axiomatic that New Yorkers in summertime can’t worry their pretty little heads about events much weightier than Paris Hilton’s latest arrest. The hyperventilating over the downtown Islamic center put a few dents in that theory.
But if the experts are usually more right than wrong, summer was a peculiar time to foist an important political idea on a public supposedly weather averse to serious thought.
(NYT) — Facing intense anger two years ago as he lobbied to run for a third term, Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg made a promise. Rewrite the term-limits law now, he told critics, and voters would get a chance to weigh in on the issue later.
The public, however, may not have the definitive voice that the mayor once pledged.
A fiery debate has erupted in the aftermath of the decision last week by the Charter Revision Commission, a 15-member group appointed by Mr. Bloomberg, to protect incumbents from a change to the term-limits law.
(AP) – New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg declared his opposition to term limits when he had the law changed in 2008, but now he’s hesitant to get back into the debate.
A panel reviewing the city charter decided Wednesday to put a term limits question on the ballot this November.
The law now lets elected officials seek three consecutive terms. Mr. Bloomberg pushed the City Council to extend it from two terms in 2008 so that he could run for another four years.
The ballot question will ask voters whether the charter should be amended to a two-term limit. If voters reject it, the three-term law will stand.
(Crain’s) — The city’s Charter Revision Commission, in a report expected Friday, is unlikely to support putting non-partisan elections on the ballot this fall.
The staff report, though, is expected to recommend that voters get the chance to decide whether to change the law on term limits. The commission is grappling with the question of whether City Council members should be able to benefit from changes they make to term limits.