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Wednesday, December 07, 2005

The Council Bathrooms Are This Way

No More Excuses, Please!

Ok. Here's the scoop.

The Council bathroom situation follows: there is one men's bathroom & one women's bathroom in the basement of City Hall, one unisex bathroom in the Speaker's office corridor, one unisex bathroom in the Speaker's office itself, and then there's one men's bathroom in the Council Chamber (back right, if you're staring front to back) and one women's bathroom right outside the Council Chamber, literally, on your right as you exit.

We didn't know whether this item should go on our term limits blog, or on this one. But Speaker candidate Lew Fidler made the decision easy.

This past summer he was quoted in The New York Times, justifying an end to term limits as we know them:

Councilman Lewis A. Fidler, a Brooklyn Democrat who has opposed term limits, said he would probably support permitting council members a third consecutive term.

''We spend two years finding out where the bathroom is, and the next two years raising enough money to get re-elected,'' Mr. Fidler said.

And once incumbents win a second and last term, he added, ''everyone is going to spend the next four years figuring out what they want to be when they grow up.''

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