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Term Limit Opposition Mounts

Wednesday, October 08, 2008

Mayor Bloomberg's bid to lift term limits and run for a third term is far from a done deal. As WNYC's Bob Hennelly reports there appears to be growing opposition to the Mayor's bill.

REPORTER: On the steps of City Hall yesterday, Dan Cantor with the Working Families Party had a crowd behind him when he reminded reporters that voters had twice supported term limits.

CANTOR: We didn't change the rules after September 11. We did not change the rules during the fiscal crisis.

REPORTER: Inside, City Council Speaker Christine Quinn said she was still deliberating. But in the chamber, nine members wanted voters to have the final say. Manhattan Councilwoman Melissa Viverito:

VIVERITO: I think the way we are going about this is one that will contribute to that cynicism that decisions are being made without input from the people.

REPORTER: Bronx Councilman Oliver Koppell said members need more time to be effective, and he invoked legendary career lawmakers, like the late senator Patrick Moniyhan.

KOPPELL: These people served for lengthy periods and made a tremendous impact because of the length of their service.

REPORTER: The public will get to weigh in at hearings scheduled for October 16 and 17. For WNYC I am Bob Hennelly.

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