This one comes from the blog State of Politics.
Queens State Senator Tony Avella the latest member of the Independent Democratic Conference (IDC) is going after former Councilman and candidate for the 34th senate district for actively working to extend term limits during his time as a NYC councilman.
Avella in an interview said that Koppell is making negative remarks about IDC leader Senator Jeff Klein. It is Koppell however that did the most disgraceful, undemocratic action, ever by any elected official, that being to overturn the will of the people by extending term limits.Avella added that it happened while both he and Koppell were in the city council. You know if you want to talk about undemocratic action…he (Koppell) should be held to account to that.
The story continues by saying it was Koppell who introduced the legislation necessary to make that change. they quote Koppell as saying term limits “cut off people’s careers in politics which makes no sense”. From a 2009 Norwood News article on the term limit extension Koppell is quoted “public can’t be trusted” to make good decisions about who to put into office to represent them. “Many people are not sophisticated enough to make some of these decisions. That’s why I believe in electing people who spend the better part of their lives working on these issues.”
There is much more in the State of Politics story which can be found HERE.