Fight against term limits expected to move to court

From the BHB Inbox:

Tomorrow, Councilmembers Bill de Blasio and Letitia James, joined by Comptroller Bill Thompson, attorney Randy Mastro, and other elected officials, will hold a press conference on last week’s term limits vote.  Last Thursday, the Council voted 29-22 to extend term limits to three consecutive terms for City elected officials.  State law, local law, and voting rights guaranteed under the US Constitution, however, require that a mandatory referendum be held on this issue.

Councilmembers de Blasio and James have authorized their lawyers to prepare a lawsuit to challenge the legality of changing voter-ratified term limits by legislation.  The two Councilmembers have also authorized their lawyers to review the legal infirmities and adverse impacts on minority participation that will result from this major change by legislation to the local electoral system, and to continue to pursue claims that the vote blatantly violated local conflict of interest laws.

Who: Councilmembers Bill de Blasio and Letitia James; Comptroller Bill Thompson; Randy Mastro; Other elected officials
When: 12:00PM, Wednesday, October 29th
Where: City Hall Steps

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  • Adam G

    I’m glad that someone is standing up for the voters here. I’m livid that it’s not my city councilman doing it.