Now Mike says two terms enough for city pols
Mayor Mike Bloomberg has changed his mind on term limits — again.
Bloomberg, who enraged many New Yorkers by pushing to extend term limits so he could run for a third term, now thinks two is enough.
“I’m voting to restore it,” Bloomberg told reporters Monday when asked about his stance on the term-limit referendum going before voters Tuesday.
Voters will decide to keep the extension passed by the City Council in 2008 or go back to the previous limit of two consecutive, four-year terms.
“I think his position is hypocritical,” said Councilwoman Letitia James (D-Brooklyn), who supports voters deciding term limits.
Currently an independent — and formerly both a Democrat and Republican — Bloomberg has changed his position on term limits almost as often as he’s changed political affiliations.
In fact, his first veto nixed a measure that would have extended term limits for certain council members.
But with the U.S. in a fiscal crisis in 2008, Bloomberg made a case that New Yorkers needed his leadership. He narrowly won re-election, and conceded that a charter commission should put the term limit issue again before voters.
“It’s clearly a ‘do as I say and not as I do’ mentality that I feel is misguided,” said Councilman Vincent Ignizio (R-South Shore). “If that philosophy of extending term limits had been pervasive in our country from the beginning, we would have had a king.”
Public Advocate Bill de Blasio said there was “trust broken” when the cap on term limits was repealed.
“I’ve made no secret of my disagreements with the mayor on term limits, but I’m glad to know he supports returning this decision to the people on Election Day,” de Blasio said.
A spokeswoman for Council Speaker Christine Quinn, an advocate of Bloomberg’s effort to extend term limits in 2008, said she has “long opposed term limits and will be voting to maintain three terms.”
The mayor’s office would not comment yesterday on the criticism over Bloomberg’s changing position.