Here’s a strategy for changing term limits I haven’t heard before: have a referendum on it every four years. That’s what Queens Councilman Joseph Addabbo suggested to me last night.
Here’s the rationale: Since the law limiting city officials to two four-year terms was passed in 1993 and 1996, there are plenty of people around now who weren’t old enough to vote on the issue and should now be given a chance to weigh in. It’s simply a question, by this logic, of young voters’ rights.
I’m going to guess that this idea of a disenfranchised youth vote won’t be the argument that changes the minds of the majority of voters who are apparently quite happy with term limits. But hey, at least he’s trying.
— Azi Paybarah