A candidate for City Council speaker has drafted a bill to extend term limits for the Council to three terms.
Councilman Jumaane Williams plans to introduce the legislation by the end of the year to allow Council members to serve three four-year terms instead of the current two, if voters approve the idea in a referendum.
Williams is among eight candidates running for Council speaker — all of whom have said they’d support giving their fellow pols a third term.
“This is only about what’s best for the city and best for good government,” said Williams (D-Brooklyn), who plans to release the bill Monday as part of a broader proposal outlining his plans for the speakership.
The legislation would allow three terms for the Council, while keeping the max at two for the mayor, public advocate, controller and borough presidents.
It would take effect if voters ratified it at the ballot box during the next general election after a vote by the Council for the measure.
Doesn't the process for getting referendum items on the ballot require a large signature gathering operation? If the people vote yes on the measure, then it becomes law. No city council intervention is required. However, no one is collecting signatures to get term limit extensions on the ballot because...the people already voted for 2 terms 3 times.
Sounds like a ploy for votes from colleagues.