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NY’s Bloomberg To Seek Illegal 3rd Term

From the New York Post:

BLOOMY BIDS FOR TRIPLE PLAY

By MAGGIE HABERMAN and CARL CAMPANILE

October 1, 2008 — It’s once, twice, three times for Bloomberg! Just as yesterday’s Post suggested, Mayor Bloomberg plansto announce tomorrow that he’ll seek to change the city’s term-limits law so he can run for a third term and steer the Big Apple through the fiscal crisis.

Bloomberg also wants more leverage to preserve a key legacy of his tenure: mayoral control of the schools, sources said.

The schools law expires next June and some have already called for it to be weakened.

“The fact that Mike would seek to re-up is very encouraging,” said Meryl Tisch, a member of the state Board of Regents who backs mayoral control.

“The results speak for themselves. The reorganization has yielded real benefits to the school system. Mike used his authority in a reasonable and responsible way.”

The Post first reported yesterday on the push for “Mike The III” in a story yesterday revealing that chief term-limits supporter Ron Lauder had decided to back another four years for Bloomberg and that the mayor had told aides he intended to go for it.

If he pulls it off, Bloomberg would become only the fourth mayor to serve three terms in the last century – following in the footsteps of Fiorello La Guardia, Robert Wagner and Ed Koch.

Bloomberg got a huge boost when Lauder – who bankrolled the 1993 voter initiative that imposed term limits – told The Post yesterday he endorsed temporarily extending the limits to 12 years from eight.

The changes, which would affect all citywide officeholders, borough president and City Council members, will be undertaken by a revision to the 15-year-old city law, not through a public referendum, sources said.

Sources said Bloomberg will announce tomorrow that he wants to run because of his concerns for the city’s welfare amid the meltdown in the New York-dominated financial services industry.

Bloomberg is a former Wall Street trader and founder of the successful financial services firm in his name – and he has a vote of confidence from the city’s business community.

But Bloomberg, who in the past opposed and took action to block changes to term limits, will face a big fight. “That would be abhorrent. That is making an end run around what the voters have done twice,” said Chris Keeley of Common Cause.

Laws are for (real) Republicans.

So does this mean we can have Rudy back?

But isn’t it funny that this news should come out now, during the Jewish holidays and while the rest of the media is thinking only about the bailout and the Presidential elections?

This article was posted by Steve on Wednesday, October 1st, 2008. Comments are currently closed.

3 Responses to “NY’s Bloomberg To Seek Illegal 3rd Term”

  1. bill says:

    Yeah, let’s have Rudy run again, against this loon.

  2. But isn’t it funny that this news should come out now, during the Jewish holidays and while the rest of the media is thinking only about the bailout and the Presidential elections?

    No – you know what this really is, don’t you? This is a test of the waters. Bloomberg’s no Republican and I guarantee you if Obama wins Nov. 4, they will try to change the laws to elect him to a third, fourth, fifth term.

    Hate to sound like a conspiracy theorist, but it would not surprise me at all.

  3. 64dodger says:

    Just like all good socialists, the rule don’t apply to them. Nobama is already talking about his third term and Slick Willie wanted a proxy third term through Hitlary.


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