Opponents Of Term Extensions Vow Repercussions Following Council Vote
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NY1's Molly Kroon filed this report on the reaction to the City Council's historic vote to extend term limits Thursday.
Mayor Michael Bloomberg's bill to extend term limits may have been passed by the City Council Thursday afternoon, but the mayor himself couldn't get past dissenters unscathed as protestors shouted insults at him on his way out of City Hall.
Nearby stood several mayoral hopefuls, who slammed the City Council vote that has cleared the way for Bloomberg to run again – armed with the power of incumbency and a seemingly bottomless pot of money to spend against any opponent.
"No doubt about it, this is a sad day for New Yorkers," said Rep. Anthony Weiner, who has been preparing to run for mayor next year. "The middle class and those struggling to make it in this city deserve to have a voice. They had their vote taken away today, but I'm going to fight to be that voice."
Weiner says he's still going to run, as does City Comptroller Bill Thompson.
"This is almost like a day that democracy died in New York City," Thompson said following the vote.
Opponents of the measure say they're going to fight on. A judge already threw out a lawsuit before the City Council voted, but opponents say they're going to bring on more legal challenges to try to reverse the decision.
"We pick up tomorrow in court and take this issue back to the people," said Councilman Bill de Blasio.
As for the candidates hoping to succeed term limited councilmembers, many sounded deflated – while some opponents of the measure warned they'd support candidates running against incumbents who voted for a term extension.
"Candidates will emerge and the groups like the Working Families Party who were so strongly opposed to not letting the people decide will be active in the elections to come," said Dan Cantor of the Working Families Party. "So I think there will be repercussions of some sort."
Opponents also say they're going to start an effort to get the issue on the ballot after all.