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Published on: October 1, 2008 08:05 PM
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New York, NY - Mayor Michael Bloomberg has decided to try to reverse the term-limits law he had long supported so he can seek a third term next year and help the city emerge from financial turmoil, a person close to the mayor said.

Bloomberg made the decision over the weekend and will announce it Thursday, according to the person, who has been briefed on the matter but spoke on condition of anonymity because the announcement hasn’t been made.
The person said the mayor has been wrestling with the decision for the past couple of months.

The billionaire former CEO will cite the nation’s precarious economic situation as the reason that New York needs a tested financial manager to stay and guide the city.

News of Bloomberg’s decision was first reported by The New York Times.

The move is risky because the mayor would be going against both his own prior support of term limits and polls that show the public supports the voter-approved law.

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The individual close to the mayor said Bloomberg’s plan is go through the City Council to amend the law to allow a third consecutive term because it is too late to get the issue on this year’s ballot.

A Times survey of council members last month found that a majority were willing to amend the term limits law.

Chris Kelley, associate director of the government watchdog group Common Cause New York, accused Bloomberg of attempting to subvert the will of the voters.
“If there’s a discussion that needs to be had about term limits, the mayor has had years in office during which we could have had a public discussion,” Kelley said. “We are now faced with a situation where we are looking at economic crisis and massive turnover at City Hall ... and to make an end run around the voters’ choice is just incredibly disappointing.”

When Bloomberg vetoed a bill in 2002 that would have extended the terms for some officials, he said the proposed law amounted to changing the rules for personal political gain.

Bloomberg’s change of heart comes amid the nation’s worst financial emergency since the Great Depression. The turmoil has dealt a serious blow to the city’s economy, which relies on heavily on Wall Street profits for its tax base.

The crisis had led at least one major supporter of term limits to support a third term for Bloomberg.
The New York Post reported Tuesday that billionaire cosmetics heir Ronald Lauder, who spent millions on the referendum that led to the enactment of the two-term limit in 1993, was willing to make a one-time exception for Bloomberg.
“I’ve been reading that Mayor Bloomberg might be interested in serving a third term,” Lauder told the Post. “Because of the unprecedented times, this is welcome news. To me, Mayor Bloomberg’s brilliance in the financial sector, particularly Wall Street, would be invaluable.”

Just weeks ago, Lauder’s spokesman announced that he would bankroll television commercials arguing that term limits were still needed.

Mark Green, the former city public advocate who lost to Bloomberg in 2001, called the mayor’s move “an antidemocratic, self-dealing power grab.”
Green, now president at Air America Media, said civic and labor officials had discussed mounting a pro-term-limits campaign should Bloomberg seek to overturn the law.
“He’s picked a fight. And now he’ll get one,” he said.

Not even 9/11 swayed the support many New Yorkers have for the term-limits law. With his second term nearly over, then-Mayor Rudolph Giuliani suggested overturning the term-limits law but ultimately decided against it. Even in the wake of the attacks, with Giuliani’s approval rating at 90 percent, one poll found that 55 percent of New York City voters opposed repealing term limits.

Any change in the law would send shock waves through the ranks of the city’s politicians, many of whom have been campaigning for different jobs, including Bloomberg’s.
The law currently on the books will force the mayor from office at the end of next year, as well as the city comptroller, two-thirds of the city council and the city’s public advocate.

Democrats lining up to run for mayor include city Comptroller William Thompson, city council speaker Christine Quinn, U.S. Rep. Anthony Weiner and city councilman Anthony Avella. On the GOP side are supermarket magnate John Catsimatidis and lawyer Bruce Blakeman.

Bloomberg spent some $155 million on his first two campaigns, winning re-election by 20 percentage points in 2005.

John Collins, a spokesman for Weiner, said the news did not change the Queens congressman’s intention to run for mayor. “This is highly speculative,” Collins added. “It’s illegal to run for a third term.”

Thompson called Bloomberg’s plan a “terrible idea.” “This isn’t about a person,” he said. “Other leaders could move this city forward also.”

 


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 Oct 01, 2008 at 08:31 PM torah yid Says:

god forbid

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 Oct 01, 2008 at 08:25 PM avi Says:

this bum waited till now so he can say u cant put it on the ball. for the peple to decide move on mike we dont need u we will be ok if not better with out u avi

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 Oct 01, 2008 at 08:41 PM bs Says:

if he was toying with the idea for months it kind of tells me that he is full of it bec the public should have voted again (open it back up to public vote) if the current situation needs mayor mike!!! this is self serving! Every politician believes that they are indispensable & knows what’s better for the public than they themselves. the problem is that the longer they stay in office, the less true it is!

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 Oct 01, 2008 at 08:31 PM Anonymous Says:

NO NO Please no, he is the one who got us all in trouble. hiking property taxes, hiking the parking tickets to $115.00, why would anybody want him for a third term.

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 Oct 01, 2008 at 08:48 PM old timer Says:

we still remember mayor juliani in middlle of the bitter crisis 9/ll .... and this jerk opposed it fully !!!! now he wants it .... why??? because he is a !!! DICTATOR... I hope the city council ( ? ) won't let him... although some of them wants it too !!!!

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 Oct 01, 2008 at 08:51 PM anonn Says:

COS VSHOLEM ! WE CAN'T AFFORD ANOTHER TERM BY THIS SELFISH MEN.

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 Oct 01, 2008 at 09:09 PM bimbom Says:

Mayer Putin!!!
Please run again so we can run you out of town.

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 Oct 01, 2008 at 09:02 PM MosheAaron Says:

Boruch Hashem, we will get Felder for four more years. Greenfield is supporting Felder. I wonder - will Lazar will still run against Felder?

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 Oct 01, 2008 at 09:55 PM Anonymous Says:

hashem yerachem!!

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 Oct 01, 2008 at 09:40 PM abi gezunt Says:

lets hope we davened well this r'h so this selfish mayor will b mr dictator someplace else BUT NOT IN NYC

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 Oct 01, 2008 at 10:31 PM isaac Says:

I JUST CAN'T AFFORD IT ANYMORE!

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 Oct 01, 2008 at 10:34 PM Anonymous Says:

This is good news we will be able to show Bloomberg the door of City hall.

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 Oct 01, 2008 at 10:36 PM Favish Says:

I don't think Bllomberg is doing the right ting, but as of now seeing who is running to be Mayor I'm voting for Bloomberg if he runs.

I'm also happy about this move cause we will have another good 4 years with felder as our Councilman.

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 Oct 01, 2008 at 10:41 PM Oy Gevald Says:

Reminds me of an infamous bumper sticker: "Unless you're a hemorroid, get off my a**". Mayor Hemorroid.

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 Oct 01, 2008 at 10:37 PM Boro Parker Says:

Reply to #8  
MosheAaron Says:

Boruch Hashem, we will get Felder for four more years. Greenfield is supporting Felder. I wonder - will Lazar will still run against Felder?

If Lazar is smart he says I'm not running and if Hikind is smart he tells Lazar don't dare to run.

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 Oct 01, 2008 at 11:12 PM marty Says:

Reply to #17  
Boro Parker Says:

If Lazar is smart he says I'm not running and if Hikind is smart he tells Lazar don't dare to run.

hell no.

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 Oct 01, 2008 at 11:07 PM Anonymous Says:

I hope that the city council is not going to allow this, because if his name will appear on the ballot, he will spend as much money needed to win, and with enough money you can fool the people.

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 Oct 02, 2008 at 12:05 AM Anonymous Says:

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Anonymous Says:

I hope that the city council is not going to allow this, because if his name will appear on the ballot, he will spend as much money needed to win, and with enough money you can fool the people.

If people are so dumb they deserve him for Mayor

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 Oct 02, 2008 at 12:58 AM r u Says:

Greatest mayor we ever had.

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 Oct 02, 2008 at 09:48 AM from BP Says:

the stupidity is that he gives some big $$$ to all council members that vote for what he wants like when he gave felder 4 voting yes on congestion charges so we have to fight all the way against this corruption we had enough of u Fidel Bloomberg

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 Oct 02, 2008 at 09:39 AM Conservative One Says:

We do not need a dictator. The people voted for term limits so obey the will of the people. He lied when he ran for office running as a Republican which he never was nor had any intention of being. He was an opportunist then since he could not run on the democrat line with Mark Green being on it so he said that he is a Republican. He is still an opportunist. Bloomberg cares only for Bloomberg and will do what is best for him. Get out and stop playing games.

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 Oct 02, 2008 at 09:54 AM Anonymous Says:

4 more years

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 Oct 02, 2008 at 10:30 AM Joe Says:

I like him, i will vote for him!

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 Oct 03, 2008 at 07:06 AM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #23  
Conservative One Says:

We do not need a dictator. The people voted for term limits so obey the will of the people. He lied when he ran for office running as a Republican which he never was nor had any intention of being. He was an opportunist then since he could not run on the democrat line with Mark Green being on it so he said that he is a Republican. He is still an opportunist. Bloomberg cares only for Bloomberg and will do what is best for him. Get out and stop playing games.

What has he done for the schools in Manhattan ? Do you know there are waiting lists for children to get in to their own neighborhood Public School ! When will the building stop ? Bloomberg is not for the people or the children ! You are right , he is an opportunist... where will this lead US ? out of our own neighborhoods and give up our right to live in our hometown? ??!!! MH

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