Another argument against term limits
Re: “A Case Against Term Limits,” Politics & Tidbits column, T&V, Feb. 9
To the Editor,
Steve Sanders’ commendation of Hon. Dan Garodnick is well deserved. It would be better if Garodnick could serve without limits. But he chose the Council four years ago, not running for borough president, something he’d never do against Jessica Lappin. (They even held holiday parties together.)
Then Garodnick was bossed out of his bid for comptroller and then, as well, the speaker’s race.
I’m on his side despite his not running for State Senate, which would have given him an opportunity to snipe at any municipal office when time presented itself. But he wanted to be in NYC, not Albany, with his lovely wife and adorable boys.
Were Democrats in Manhattan organized, however, he would have been talked out of it (although it is agreed within Democratic circles that State Senator, Hon. Brad Hoylman, is doing a fine job). So now Garodnick is off cycle, like being a designated hitter in the National League. And he shouldn’t be on the bench.
Mr. Sanders, other than saying that we’d be better off with Garodnick, offers no explanation as to why Council term limits have been detrimental to us. A more convincing argument would have been the real reason: candidates are all rookies, chiefs of staffs, new club presidents, district leaders and state committee members. These candidates may be nice enough but haven’t been around the block. Why aren’t the veteran district leaders pursuing the job? I can think of one leader who’d fit in. But in 2018, the Council will be divided between those who have served four years and those who haven’t served at all. And after their terms expire, they’ll scramble for county or citywide jobs. Maybe Garodnick should, like a super delegate, be Super East Side Leader — from Yorkville to the L.E.S. — for the next four years, keeping him visible and in charge. He’s got the temperament, the smarts and the resume to oversee the young ‘uns. After that, he’d be a favorite for the office of his choice.
Bill Sternberg, ST
The fight for fifteen… cents
Re: “Feeling left out to dry,” letter, T&V, Jan. 26
It is astonishing what Stuy Town residents can find to be unhappy about.
Wholly apart from older residents’ frustration that the young people here no longer play stick ball, dare to walk (and tan!) on the Oval, and indeed, even like to ice skate (!), the characterization of a fifteen cent increase in washer and dryer prices is characterized as “shocking” and “sneaky.”
The letters to the editor are so ridiculous that they frequently look like they were written by The Onion.
I’m 62 years old. I pray that I never get so old and crotchety that I take offense in a 15¢ increase that “catches tenants unprepared.” Seriously.
Robert E. Beacham