Task Force member organizations Citizens Union and New York Public Interest Research Group (NYPIRG), along with Common Cause/NY, are presenting a forum discussion tonight on Mayor Bloomberg’s attempt to extend term limits for local elected officials through a vote in the City Council.  

These organizations are leading the opposition to this effort.  NYPIRG and Common Cause recently filed an ethics complaint with the City’s Conflict of Interest Board over Mayor Bloomberg’s deal with billionaire and former champion of term limits Ronald Lauder, in which the mayor promised Lauder a seat on an upcoming charter revision commission in exchange for his support of a one-time term limit extension.  All three organizations are also calling for public input into the decision.  

A Panel Discussion and Public Forum – Term Limits: Their Impact and Who Decides

Panel in Formation:

Richard Briffault — Joseph P. Chamberlain Professor of Legislation, Columbia Law School; Vice Chair, Citizens Union

The Honorable Lew Fidler — Assistant Majority Leader and Member, New York City Council

Randy M. Mastro — Attorney, Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher; Deputy Mayor, New York City, 1996 -1998

Esmeralda Simmons — Executive Director, Center for Law and Social Justice, Medgar Evers College; former member of the NYC Redistricting Commission

TUESDAY, OCTOBER 14, 2008, 6:00 – 9:00 PM

Baruch College, The William and Anita Newman Vertical Campus

55 Lexington Avenue at 24th Street, 14th Floor

Please RSVP at 212.227.0342 ext.39  or events@citizensunion.org.  Space is limited.