The Amendment

The going assumption is that any lawmaker who said they were voting against changing term limits legislatively would likely vote for the Yassky amendment to create a Charter Revision Commission that would put the issue of extending term limits on the ballot for voters this February.

If so, that would give the Yassky amendment as many as 23 votes. Three more, and they’d have a majority (26 of 51 members).

So the question is will any of the people who said they would vote in favor of the original legislation would also vote in favor of the amendment?

City Councilman Lew Filder of Brooklyn told me he wouldn’t because the process of court letigiation and appeals would take so long, nobody would know who is running for what office.

“It would be awful,” Filder said.

City Councilman Peter Vallone Jr., who supports extending term limits legislatively, said supporting the amendment would lead to “government paralysis,” and “It would not show leadership.” He said it wouldn’t be known who is running for which office “until perhaps May or June.”  

City Councilwoman Diana Reyna, who supports extending term limits legislatively, said she absolutely would not support the amendment. “It would be hypocritical,” to her position, she told me.

The Amendment