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Today New Yorkers have one more chance to sound off about the City Council's vote to overturn the term limits law. WNYC's Bob Hennelly has more.
REPORTER: Before Mayor Bloomberg signs the term limit extension measure into law he will get to hear directly from the public. Under the city charter, before the ayor signs any bill there has to be a public hearing. Historically these have been more pro forma than substantive.
Today speakers will be held to a two minute limit at the hearing in the mayor's so called "blue room." Several prominent opponents of the bill including Council man Bill De Blasio are expected to be on hand. They will press their case that the repeal should have gone before voters, who twice voted for term limits.
A spokesman for the mayor said the mayor had the option to waive the signing ceremony and the required public hearing and the measure would have still become law after 30 days. The legislation still must be reviewed by the U.S. Department of Justice and also faces additional legal challenges. For WNYC, I am Bob Hennelly.