New York Times Reports WCC’s Stance on Term Limits November 10th, 2010

As the November election approached, the WCC continued to inform the greater New York City area about upcoming ballot issues. There were two questions that  appeared on Tuesday’s ballot:

1. Term Limits: to reduce from three to two the maximum number of consecutive full terms that can be served by elected city officials, applicable only to those first elected at or after 2010, and prohibit the City Council from altering the term limits of officials then in office.

2. Reform Elections and Government Administration in seven areas: Disclosure of Independent Campaign Spending, Ballot Access, Voter Assistance & Campaign Finance Board, Conflicts of Interest Law, City Administrative Tribunals, City Reporting Requirements & Advisory Bodies, and Map for Facility Sitting.

WCC recommended a vote of “No” to Question 1 and “Yes” to Question 2 on the November 2nd Ballot.

Based on WCC’s longstanding opposition to term limits for elected city officials, the Board of Directors prefers retaining three terms over the alternative of returning to two. Voters, however, chose to repudiate the law pushed through by Mayor Bloomberg two years ago. In a New York Times article that analyzed voter response in favor of the two-term limit, WCC President Ruth Acker was quoted.

Support for Question 2 is based on existing WCC positions that call for enhanced government efficiency and transparency. Voters approved this question overwhelmingly.

WCC will continue its efforts to raise voter awareness and call for the formation of a new Charter Revision Commission to seriously examine many of the issues for which the Goldstein Commission did not have time.

Post Written by Dana Prussian, Public Policy Intern

The Women’s City Club of New York, established in 1915, is a nonprofit, non-partisan, multi-issue activist organization dedicated to improving the lives of all New Yorkers. The WCC shapes public policy to promote responsive government through education, issue analysis, advocacy and civic participation.

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