The City Council Committee on Governmental Operations, chaired by Council Member Simcha Felder, has scheduled two public hearings on the proposed legislation dealing with term limits. The hearings will be held Thursday, October 16th at 1:00 p.m. in the Council Chambers at City Hall (2nd Floor), and on Friday, October 17th at 10:00 a.m. in the Committee Room at City Hall (2nd Floor).

The hearings will cover four different proposals (all listed and available in their entirety here). These are:

  • Mayor Bloomberg’s proposal to extend term limits from two to three consecutive terms;
  • A bill introduced by Council Members Eric Gioia, John Liu,David Weprin and Bill de Blasio, intended to ensure that any change to term limits must be decided in an election;
  • A resolution proposed by Council Members Tony Avella and Annabel Palma, calling on the State legislature to adopt legislation dictating that the City’s term limits law must be subject to voter referendum; and
  • A bill that will be introduced by Council Members Letitia James, Bill de Blasio and David Weprin, calling for the creation of a Charter Revision Commission, which would examine term limits and put the issue to voters in a special election in the spring of 2009.

Individuals who wish to give testimony may do so by registering at either hearing. Written testimony is strongly encouraged and can be submitted at the hearings or mailed to:

Matt Gewolb
New York City Council
250 Broadway, 14th Floor
New York, NY 10007

Testimony can also be submitted electronically to testimony@council.nyc.gov.

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