City Hall Braces for More Term-Limits Testimony

The rotunda inside City Hall is full of people and reporters awaiting Michael Bloomberg’s 9:30 a.m. bill signing ceremony, where he will officially sign into law the term-limits extension that allows him to run for a third term.

He will also have to listen to testimony from voters.

While the measure passed the City Council 29 to 22 on October 23, critics have vowed to continue fighting the issue.

Bloomberg critic and mayoral candidate Anthony Weiner helped organize people to come down to City Hall and testify before the mayor signed the bill, taking advantage of what he said was a requirement for the mayor to ask for public comments before putting his signature on a bill.

Weiner, when I spoke with him at a rally for Barack Obama in Harlem on Saturday, said the mayor should feel obligated to stay at the event until the last person has spoken.

Over two days of marathon hearings in the Council leading up to the vote, neither the mayor, nor his top supporter in the City Council, Speaker Christine Quinn, attending the hearings. 

City Hall Braces for More Term-Limits Testimony