Arun Venugopal is a reporter and the creator of Micropolis, WNYC’s multi-platform series examining race, sexuality, religion, street life and other issues that define New York City. He has been with the station since 2005, and has covered a wide range of stories, including the death of Sean Bell, the controversy over the Park 51 mosque and community center and Occupy Wall Street .
Mayor Extends Term Limits
Monday, November 03, 2008
New York, NY —
Mayor Bloomberg signed his term limits bill into law, allowing himself and City Council members to run for a third term.
However, before the mayor signed, he got an earful from during the four-hour long public testimony. Several speakers praised the mayor, saying his financial skills are needed during the economic slowdown.
But Scott Stringer, Manhattan borough president, took a more pragmatic approach to the need for three terms.
STRINGER: It takes four years to learn the job. It takes another four years to now take that knowledge and actually make a difference. Just when you're at the point where you figure out the road map, you now have to leave and the lobbyists take a sigh of relief.
REPORTER: Many members of the public blasted the mayor, saying he'd undermined the democratic process by not allowing a referendum on the issue.
Some vowed to fight his bid for re-election.