Bronx Republican Calls Koppell’s Term-Limits Bill ‘A Slap in the Face’

Hours before John McCain gave his convention speech, some actual non-presidential news broke: Democratic City Councilman Oliver Koppell of the Bronx said he’ll introduce a bill to extend term limits.

Term limits was a major topic of conversation in the last couple of weeks, but so far no there’s been no action.

I was on the floor of the Xcel Center when I heard about Koppell’s bill, and asked Bronx Republican County Leader Jay Savino for his thoughts.

He called it a “slap in the face” for voters, because they twice approved the current law, which allows city lawmakers two terms, in referendums in the 1990s. He also said any lawmaker that supports extending the limit is "self-interested.”

When another delegate asked if Savino wanted to soften his remarks, since it’s totally possible that Michael Bloomberg will support Koppell’s bill, Savino waved off the suggestion and turned away.