Panel rules council can vote on term limits

October 15, 2008 5:34:36 PM PDT
A panel has ruled that it is not a conflict of interest for New York City Council members to vote on changing the city's term-limits law, even though it potentially affects their personal interests. The city Conflicts of Interest Board issued its ruling Wednesday in response to a request from two City Council members and the city's public advocate. Those officials oppose Mayor Michael Bloomberg's campaign to change the term-limits law so he can run for a third term. The limit is now two.

The panel says City Council members have no duty more fundamental than to vote on legislation before them. Two-thirds of the 51 members would be forced out of office next year under the existing law.

The board says voting on matters that might affect council members' personal or political interests does not violate the City Charter.

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