More on Attempt to Overturn all Rules (and Voter Mandate) so Mayor can Install himself for Third Term

Bloomberg in a bubble

Bloomberg in a bubble

As posted yesterday, Mayor Bloomberg gave the New York Times an exclusive pre-announcement in today’s paper that he will attempt to overturn voted-in term limits in order to install himself for a third term in office.

He will spend whatever it takes to do so and, as he is a multi-billionaire, that’s no problem. He is expected to make the official announcement tomorrow, Thursday, October 2nd.

Term limits were voted in twice by voters and currently allow elected officials only two terms in office.

But, alas, our CEO Mayor has the City Council under his control with Speaker Christine Quinn as an ally. Since it’s too late to get a new voter referendum on the table in time for the 2009 elections, this vote can (apparently) be overturned by the Council. We know that the Mayor would not attempt this if he wasn’t certain it was possible to rig the system via “backroom deals” as Comptroller William Thompson (also running for Mayor in ’09) told the New York Times in today’s paper.

The major NYC dailies have all met with the Mayor behind closed doors and are all in favor of his staying on. They have overwhelmingly cast an uncritical eye during his reign, which is why voters — who perhaps don’t have all the facts — have allegedly given him a “high approval rating.” I actually don’t believe his approval rating is that high but, when the system is so rigged, how can we know what is truth?

Best quote I’ve seen thus far from Fred Siegel, a professor at Cooper Union, who told the New York Times:

“What this represents is the complete collapse of ‘small d’ democratic politics in New York under the Bloomberg monarchy. He is becoming our Berlusconi. He owns the press and he is not accountable in ordinary ways.”

Bloomberg’s previous quotes on the issue of term limits:

“At a time of excessive cynicism about so many of our institutions, I believe that elected officials should seek at every opportunity to maintain and enhance the trust of the citizens… I believe it is simply inappropriate for those members elected in 1997, who were aware of the rules under which they were elected, to seek to change those rules in a manner that may work to their own advantage.” — August 2002

“My experience in business has been, whenever we’ve had somebody who was irreplaceable, their successor invariably did a better job, and I think change is good. Yes, you throw out an occasional good person, but you also throw out a lot of people who have just gotten stale and take it for granted, haven’t had any new ideas, so on balance I’ve always been a believer in term limits.” — 2006

This can only get more interesting (while continuing to be outrageously alarming). Stay tuned.

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WSP blog previous entryPlease say it isn’t so; Mayor Bloomberg Seeking Third Term” from June 4th outlines some of my issues with the Mayor.

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  1. splendidmarbles

     /  October 1, 2008

    Bloomberg still has to win an election, he’s not going to just waltz right in to a third term.

    He also needs the support of the city council, which, I believe, is a body of elected officials. And each one who supports this measure will risk a thumping come election day if voters rebel.

    What’s with all the paranoia? I think term limits are undemocratic- much more so than when a competent and popular mayor supports a city council vote on the issue.

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