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Monday, October 20, 2008

WFP Targets Foster on Term Limits

The Working Families Party (WFP), which is supported by labor unions and grassroots groups and gives its ballot line to candidates it supports in New York State, opposes Mayor Bloomberg's gambit to extend term limits to three terms.

In the Bronx, Council Members Helen Foster and Maria del Carmen Arroyo, are feeling the heat from the WFP as both have not yet come to a decision on whether they are going to extend the term limits law. On our way down to the Tour de Bronx starting line at the Courthouse on Sunday, we came across this placard at a subway station along the No. 4 line on Jerome Avenue. (It says, "We voted twice for term limits. Call Helen Foster at 718-588-7500 and tell her that should count for something.")

The Working Families Party supported Foster in her last election bid (Arroyo didn't get the WFP nod, however), according to Dan Levitan, a WFP spokesman.

Will candidates who don't vote their way on term limits get the WFP endorsement again?

"It's not going to be the only thing we base our endorsements on, but it's still a pretty big issue for us," Levitan said.

The WFP has a new Web site devoted to this issue and a page that has a rundown on which Council members stand where on the issue.


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