Despite the fact that a recent Quinnipiac University poll showed that 89 percent of New Yorkers think that the issue of extending term limits should be decided via voter referendum, the City Council plans to vote on the issue on Thursday. They will vote only on Mayor Bloomberg’s bill, which would extend term limits for local elected officials from two to three terms. Although the Council recently heard testimony on another bill proposed by Council Members Letitia James and Bill de Blasio, which would require any extension in term limits to be decided by referendum, this bill will not be considered in Thursday’s vote.
There is still time to contact your council member and tell him or her how you feel. The New York Times is tracking how each member plans to vote, and their map shows that 13 members are still undecided. Contact information for every council member is available here.