Blogger was out of action for the past 40 minutes or so.
Surprising no one, in the interim, the term limits extension passed by a vote of 29 for, 22 against, with zero abstensions.
In the run-up to the vote, Councilman Jimmy Vacca said this was "the most difficult and agonizing" decision of his career, and voted in support of extending term limits to 12 years from eight.
"I don’t seek to have my cake and eat it too. I don’t seek to play both sides of any fence. I made a decision now I stand by my decision," Mr. Vacca said, sounding angry as he delivered his remarks.
He said his district office, normally swarmed with constituent complaints, has recently been swamped instead with calls lobbying one side or the other of the term limits issue.
Mr. Vacca was also critical of state and federal-level legislators kibitzing on the issue.
"Let’s be real, and let’s say that the hypocrisy is going to stop somewhere," he said.
Councilman Oliver Koppell said, "We’re acting within the rules ... The rules provide that this council can change the charter in this way."
With the voting over, the council chamber sounds like it's getting rambunctious. CityRoom, as always, has more.
Thursday, October 23, 2008
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