There's still time to let voters decide if they want to stretch term limits, several election experts say.
"A Charter Commission can hold a special election on 60 days notice," said Henry Berger, a lawyer often involved in election-law cases in the city and state.
Voters may have a say in term-limit debate through special election in 2009
Jerry Goldfeder, a veteran election law expert with the firm of Stroock & Stroock & Lavan LLP, said the state's Municipal Home Rule Law permits a Charter Revision Commission to set a special election for a referendum.
He said the mayor would have to create the commission and it woulds have to conclude its business and schedule an election "as early as possible."
As a rule, referendums are held in the November general elections, which draw more voters.
It's too late to include one in this year's general election and a referendum in November 2009 could only apply to future office holders, not the current term limited ones, Goldfeder said.
A special election for a term-limits referendum could be held early next year and apply to current incumbents, he said.