Councilman Jumaane Williams (D-Brooklyn) was elected last fall, but he's really hoping he can be re-elected another two times. Why? Well, for one, when city employees complete 10 years of service, they are eligible for city pensions. The Wall Street Journal reports that in his testimony to the City Charter Revision Commission, which is reviewing the term limits issue (remember, they were extended from two terms to three), Williams wrote, "I believe three terms is necessary to do the best job possible... Of course, I would love three four-year terms. For one, it would be great to have the possibility to reach the 10-year mark in terms of city pension for my family."
Former City Councilman Tony Avella, who was adamantly against extending term limits, said, "It's troubling to me that an elected official would publicly say, 'What's in it for me?' You shouldn't be interested in what you can get out of it for your personal self, or your family or the perks... I give him a point for honesty, but I take away two points for thinking about himself."
Williams told the Journal he stands by his remarks, saying that it's "asinine to give someone a third term specifically for a pension," but "Obviously, it would benefit me, and I would love to have a pension for my family. You know this, and I know this. But then on top of that, I think three terms is better."