The potential for 2009 city ballots to be littered with names of past members is triggering an outcry from term limit supporters, who say former council members who run for their old seats would circumvent the will of New Yorkers, who twice voted in favor of limiting the time elected officials can spend in city offices.
An End-Run Around Term Limits Is Eyed
"One of the reasons people twice voted for term limits was an expression of wanting new blood, new thoughts, new ideas," a founder of the group, People to Stop a Self Serving Council, Kenneth Moltner, said. "One would have hoped that the City Council would have heard the will of the voters and wouldn't try to go against that will."
The city's term limits referendum allows officials to serve two consecutive terms and does not specifically prevent former council members from running for their old seats, an election lawyer, Leo Glickman, said.