No one can accuse City Councilman Tony Avella of not speaking his mind. Mr. Avella, a Democrat from Queens, released a statement on Thursday to inform the public about his conversation earlier in the day with Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg that centered on the contentious issue of term limits.
The councilman said that Mr. Bloomberg had called him to discuss last week’s vote by the City Council, which passed a bill sponsored by the mayor to extend the city’s term limit laws. Mr. Avella, who had been an ardent opponent of the bill, said that the mayor had called him to offer his rationale for seeking a third term and asking the councilman to consider the matter from his perspective.
“While I appreciate receiving Mr. Bloomberg’s phone call, I told him that what he did was clearly a disgrace,” Mr. Avella said.
“Although he tried to rationalize his actions by providing voters with a choice, I told him he can justify his own actions however he wants; but what he did was still wrong and he dealt a fatal blow to democracy in this city.”
Avella Takes the Mayor’s Call