Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Make Your Voice Heard On Term Limits!

We have been understandably busy at Council Member James’ office regarding the issue of term limits, and Tish’s involvement. We’ve participated in and hosted a number of press conferences detailing Tish’s strong opposition to Mayor Bloomberg seeking a third term as the mayor of the City of New York in opposition to the twice-voted-upon position of the voters, and his own prior political position. Along with Council Member Bill De Blasio, we plan to introduce a bill that would establish a Charter Revision Commission to draft a new or revised City Charter that would allow voters to vote by referendum at a special election in early 2009 on a proposal to amend term limits law. We have also co-sponsored Council Member David Weprin’s bill, Int. 850-2008 (http://webdocs.nyccouncil.info/textfiles/Int%200850-2008.htm?CFID=2357676&CFTOKEN=93967079), and Council Member Tony Avella’s resolution, Res. 1640-2008 (http://webdocs.nyccouncil.info/textfiles/Res%201640-2008.htm?CFID=2357676&CFTOKEN=93967079). Council Member James feels strongly that any change in this law should not go through without the consent of the voters, and that it is not the place of the New York City Council to decide on this matter alone.

Whether you agree or disagree with the issue of term limits in general, please note that the matter at hand is Mayor Bloomberg’s attempt to seek a third term in his position without the consent of the voters. Council Member James has stated, “As New Yorkers, we must not allow our public offices to be treated as entitlements for anyone.” Please make your voice be heard, and join us—

Here are some things you can do:

1). Please visit

There is a petition to sign there to tell the Mayor and City Council to stop undermining the voter's decision. There are also ways there to involve your friends, family, neighbors, and coworkers.

2). Join us at a community hearing on-

Sunday, October 19
2:30 P.M.– 4:30 P.M.
Lafayette Presbyterian Church
85 Oxford St between Lafayette and Fulton

3). Join Council Member De Blasio’s office at Baruch College for a panel on term limits sponsored by Citizen's Union.

Tuesday, October 14 from 6:00 - 9:00 p.m.
Baruch College
The William and Anita Newman Vertical Campus, 14th Floor
55 Lexington Avenue at 24th Street

4) Come to the public hearings on this issue at City Hall.

Thursday, October 16 at 1:00 p.m.
Council Chambers - City Hall


Friday, October 17 at 10:00 a.m.
Committee Room - City Hall

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