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Public Crowds City Hall for Term Limits Hearing

Thursday, October 16, 2008

There are hundreds of New Yorkers at City Hall waiting to weigh in on Mayor Michael Bloomberg's bill to repeal term limits. WNYC's Bob Hennelly is there.

Today's hearing was supposed to be reserved for the general public to voice their opinion on term limits. But so far it has been dominated by elected officials and top lawyers -- including the city's corporation counsel and the mayor's attorney -- debating the merits of Council members repealing term limits that affect their own political futures. There are 17 members who say they are undecided on the issue and they are using the hearing to develop their position. Government operations Committee Chairperson Simcha Felder has committed to keeping the hearing open as late as necessary -- and holding a second hearing tomorrow -- so that all New Yorkers who wish to speak on the topic can.

Meanwhile, Mayor Michael Bloomberg was at Times Square. He discounted criticism of the legislation.

BLOOMBERG: The opposition you're seeing is a handful of people, who are very strident and are working very hard. They write a thousand letters to one City Council person, and the City Council person says everybody is against it.

You can follow the hearings live online at www.wnyc.org.

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