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Wednesday, December 14, 2005

Ta Ta 2 Term Limits

The Evening Curtain Call

In her 1 minute 41 seconds interview with WNYC's Bob Hennelly, Speaker candidate Christine Quinn managed to hit this point home:

Hennelly:

At the top of the Speaker Quinn to-do agenda ... the repeal of term limits.

Quinn says the current limit only shifts power to lobbyists and permanent council staff, away from Council Members.

Meanwhile, Speaker candidate David Weprin had this to say to Hennelly about the Council's efforts:

I'm philosophically opposed to term limits. Having said that, the voters did vote twice and we should be careful before we deliberate and make any definitive decisions. There are a lot of pros and cons to term limits...

Ummm ... OK!

And from today's New York Observer:

“You can get a lot done in four years,” said Brooklyn Councilman Bill de Blasio, a candidate for Speaker, who nevertheless argued that the position could be vastly fortified by extra seasoning. “In the end, the ability to work over a longer time frame increases effectiveness. Your ability as a broker, an honest broker and a leader, is greatly enhanced if you are around for a longer amount of time.”

For more on the term limits brouhaha, click here!

4 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

par for the course.

1:10 AM

 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

if you're worried about lobbyists having undue influence, don't meet with or listen to them. if you're worried about permanent staff being a shadow gov't, then hire a new staff when you're speaker.

1:52 PM

 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Quinn's comments are pretty funny considering everywhere she travels, she is shadowed by an entourage of staff in the Council that are not even on her own payroll. She has more people on central staff than any other member of the Council.

12:25 PM

 
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