Thursday, June 11, 2009
The Bloomberg Watch is on!
"We’ve just launched www.bloombergwatch.com to add our voice to those who feel that Michael Bloomberg’s term limits override and his ensuing candidacy represent a radical departure from and a challenge to the fundamental principles of democratic government: the rule of law and the consent of the governed. True, the city council had the legal power to do what it did, and there will be an election in November. The forms have been observed; that is why we use the word “challenge.” We see this election is a watershed moment in our political history; a teaching moment much like the 1975 fiscal crises or the election and administration of Barack Obama.
The site’s organizer is Neil Fabricant, who was the New York Civil Liberties Union legislative director, chief counsel to New York’s Environmental Protection Administration, special counsel to a New York state senate majority leader, a member of the graduate faculty of the business school at Baruch College, and founder of the Graduate School of Political Management at George Washington University.
We’ll provide original content, including our and others experiences with the Bloomberg administration. Periodically, the site will carry cartoons about Bloomberg. This one (attached) is drawn by Keith Seidel whose caricatures have appeared in The Boston Globe, Slate.com, and Mad Magazine. We’ll have a special section that reports on council members also seeking a third term. We don’t think any member who would otherwise have been term-limited should have a third time no matter how s/he voted."
Mike Dang, Editor
Neil Fabricant, Organizer
The Council Watch is also on!
And let's not forget that Bloomturd is in Astoria tonight! Be sure to ask him about term limits.