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Term limits may not be decided until late Thursday

By Jason Fink

The City Council may be in for a long day – and night – as word circulates that there might be as many as eight amendments offered to the bill to extend term limits.

The bill, which would extend term limits for city office holders to three from the current two, is scheduled to be voted on starting around 1:30 p.m. Thursday. On Wednesday, three council members said they would introduce an amendment to put the matter to a public referendum.

But Thursday afternoon, Councilman Peter Vallone Jr (D-Queens), said he heard there might be as many as seven additional amendments, and all 51 council members would be given the opportunity to address each one.Council Speaker Christine Quinn, a supporter of the bill along with Mayor Michael Bloomberg, held a news conference Thursday afternoon and expressed confidence the measure would pass in its original form.

“We have enough votes to pass it,” she said.

During the news conference, Quinn restated her position that because of the current financial crisis, the current crop of elected officials in City Hall should be given a chance to run for a third term.

“At a time like this what you need is New Yorkers to have the opportunity to have consistent government,” she said.

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