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Why Eric Adams Is Right Not to Support NYC Mayoral Term Limits

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Why Eric Adams Is Right Not to Support NYC Mayoral Term Limits

New York Post May 31, 2021
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Eric Adams, Democratic candidate for New York City Mayor, won't protect New York City's eight-year term-limit law.

A group called US Term Limits is upset that Eric Adams, alone among the mayoral candidates, won’t take its pledge to protect New York City’s eight-year term-limit law. Come to think of it, though, 30 years (sort of) of term limits ­haven’t ushered in an era of ­enlightened government by the common man. 

Gotham got term limits ­because of another good-government scourge: money in politics. In 1993 and 1996, cosmetics heir Ronald Lauder spent $4 million on two referendums to limit the mayor and other city officials to two four-year terms. 

The voters approved both by large margins. Term limits are one of those “reforms” that people like — “throw the bums out” and all that — but that doesn’t really fix anything. 

Continue reading the entire piece here at the New York Post

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Nicole Gelinas is a senior fellow at the Manhattan Institute and contributing editor at City Journal. Follow her on Twitter here.

Photo by Lev Radin/Pacific Press/LightRocket via Getty Images

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