Whatever Ronald Lauder does, Mayor Bloomberg plans to rush through a bill this month to permanently amend term limits, sources said today.
"They're really fast-tracking it because of the mounting opposition," said one insider.
A one-page bill that would change the terms of all elected city officials from eight to 12 years was introduced today in the City Council as opponents swarmed City Hall, denouncing the move as a "power grab."
Public hearings were scheduled hurriedly for Oct. 16 and 17. A vote is likely on Oct. 23.
BLOOMBERG IN RUSH FOR TERM LIMIT VOTE
Councilman Lew Fidler (D-Brooklyn), a leading supporter of the change, predicted the extension would ultimately be approved with 30 to 35 votes. The minimum needed is 26.
Meanwhile, one source said that some council members have asked permission to vote no, even though they privately support the bill and fully intend to seek third terms if it's enacted.
Meanwhile, Anthony Weiner is calling for outer borough hearings.