Breaking: Committee passes term-limit bill; full Council votes this afternoon

(Credit: Urbanite)

The City Council Committee on Goverment Operation headed by Councilman Simcha Felder. (Dave Sanders)

By Jason Fink

The New York City Council governmental operations committee this morning unanimously passed a bill that would extend term limits for the mayor and other city officials. There are six members on the committee. The full 51-member City Council is scheduled to vote on the bill this afternoon.

"This is one of the toughest decisinos I have ever made in my entire life," said Councilman Peter Vallone Jr. before casting his vote. " A two-term limit hurts this city," he said.

Committee Chairman Simcha Felder said he did not believe the vote was a move designed specifically to bolster Mayor Michael Bloomberg, whose office put the bill on the agenda.

"Many have tried to make this issue about one man," Felder said. "I think the mayor has been very effective in office, but that has nothing to do with the matter before us," he said.

Tags: michael bloomberg , peter vallone , simcha felder , new york city council , term limits , politics , manhattan , city hall dispatch

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