This year’s city-wide election is deeper in the hands of the voters than ever before.
Eight years ago and exactly four years later, voters pulled their levers to repeat their votes, to limit re-elections for just eight years for all New York City elective positions.
“Two strikes, then you’re out,” was the voice of the voter, resoundingly.
Those were the rules of the oaths that our re-elected city officials took when they were re-sworn into NYC elective offices in year 2006. That had been the will of the people - who voted.
All those first-term Council people and most borough and citywide officials were locked in eight years and out.
But our Mayor, who came to us so well-armed with out-of-town wealth from the Boston realms, dug deeply into his imagination, seeking means above the will of the people, who had twice elected him.
Quietly we learned of his hints to the Speaker of the NYC Council herself facing the two term limits that had twice been voiced by the voters of her city and his.
He’s trying to prove that this is a city that money can buy. You think not? How many high-rises invaded your neighborhood and mine in the past eight years of Bloomberg. So many of them now post signs reading “Luxury Condos for Sale,” their developers all members of over-builders anonymous. If they ever sell those luxury condos, try to find a parking spot amid the waves of money-hungry over-developers.
Every four years we have the right to choose in our great city. Be there early (but not often).