Here’s the vote on a compromise amendment to proposal to create a charter revision commission to organize a referendum on extending term limits:
James Sanders abstained.
Vinny Ignizio said elected officials shouldn’t be afraid to let voters decide whether to extend term limits. On the issue of having to make this decision in order to allow Michael Bloomberg to seek a third term because we’re in a fiscal crisis, Ignizio said the public would understand.
“They know it’s trying times,” Ignizio said. “They’re the ones having trouble paying their mortgage.”
Robert Jackson said he’s against the amendment, and said, “lets not play games. Stand up and don’t be afraid,” to change term limits legislatively.
Vinny Gentile said the public is a third and co-equal decision maker about public policy.
Interestingly, Anthony Como, a former Board of Elections Election Commissioner, said there is no time to put the issue on the ballot. It would cost $15 million, he said, and that money could be used to fund other program, like senior centers.
Rosie Mendez, the next speaker, said democracy was “priceless,” and that “this should go back to the voters.