He Said, She Said, He Said, He Said
At Least We Know Where They Stand
Liu, Quinn, Addabbo and Jackson On The Record
New York Sun, June 20, 2005
"Eight years is plenty of time," a council member from Queens, John Liu, said. The Democrat from Flushing said that while he has never been in favor of the concept of term limits, "The voters have already spoken in two referendums."
"We have term limits - they are called elections," another Manhattan council member, Christine Quinn, said. "Some officials stay in government a long time because that is exactly what their constituents want." Ms. Quinn, who is seeking re-election, said she would support both extending and abolishing term limits for council members.
Ms. Quinn, who indicated she was "very comfortable" about extending term limits without a popular vote, does not worry about that criticism.
"I have, since Day 1, always opposed to term limits. This has nothing to do with my term or tenure in government," she said. "I feel very comfortable being judged on my consistent position."
Council Member Joseph Addabbo Jr. of Queens disagreed.
"To change the law now where it benefits me and others, I don't think it would be fair," he said in an interview. "I would love to entertain the idea, but I think ultimately, whether we agree to do it or not, it has to go back to the people in referendum so they can vote."
Another Manhattan council member, Robert Jackson, disagreed about the need to consult the electorate.
"In my opinion, if we can do it ourselves, that's the easiest way to go," he said. "People will probably challenge it, and go through a legal process - that's the way it has been done in the past. The courts will determine it in the end."