The term limits debate keeps taking more twists and turns.
Earlier today, three council members announced they would not support the term limits extension, two attempted and failed to block the legislation in court and three others introduced an amendment that would require any term limits extension be put to vote through a public referendum.
Meanwhile, Bronx Borough President Adolfo Carrion, a former mayoral hopeful who has announced his intention to run for City Comptroller, released a statement saying he could no longer support the term limits legislation after billionaire Ronald Lauder (the architect of the original term limits referendums in 1993 and 1996) said he would try to block term extensions for Council members.
"I can no longer support term limits legislation in light of Mr. Lauder’s recent statements to the New York Times in which he clearly indicates that he intends to block a permanent third term extension for City Council members. It is irresponsible for government to enter into a deal with a private citizen that would undo the term limit legislation resulting in a two-tier class system of council members. I am, therefore, asking members of the City Council to oppose Intro 845A.
The proposed legislation and the debate surrounding it should not be about the incumbent mayor and cannot be about individual agendas.
The public opposition to the proposal is based on the idea that it is a singularly motivated measure to extend one person's term in office. New York is the greatest city in the world with an enviable talent pool of the best and the brightest. The idea that has been presented by some, that this Mayor is indispensable, is naïve and a distraction from the real debate. As such, I can no longer, in good conscience, support this legislation."