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Giuliani Seeking Support for Third Term

Wednesday, 26 September 2001 12:00 AM

"While the speaker has not been supportive of term limits, he is uneasy changing the rules, for the very reasons the mayor gave when he opposed efforts to end term limits and overturn the will of the people," New York State Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver's spokeswoman Eileen Larrabee told United Press International.

"However, these are extraordinary circumstances and the speaker is willing to discuss the matter with the members, but there is no specific timetable to do so," Larrabee said.

Silver, whose home district in Manhattan includes the World Trade Center, heads the Democratically-controlled state assembly. For his handling of the terrorist attack on the World Trade Center, Giuliani's approval rating has soared to 95 percent.

Giuliani told Dan Rather in an interview that will air on CBS's "60 Minutes II" Wednesday night that he is open to the idea of staying on as mayor.

"Yes. I couldn't walk away from it (being mayor) and then I would feel that I was walking out on my duty and obligation if I did," Giuliani told Rather. "I don't know yet the right way or the right thing to do and I have to really consult and talk to the governor and other people that really have to have a voice and a role in figuring out how to do it."

Minority Leader of the State Assembly, John Faso, a Republican from Columbia Country, said he would introduce legislation that would override the term-limit restriction for the New York City mayor's office in the case Giuliani winning the election as a write-in candidate on Nov. 6.

"Ultimately, this will rest with the speaker of the assembly and whether he will allow this to be voted on by the members," Faso told UPI. "The recovery and the rebuilding will go on for a long time, and Giuliani is an experienced crisis manager and if it's the will of the people to keep him in office to deal with this crisis then that should be respected."

Faso said there is a little known state law approved five years ago that allows rubber stamps to be used for write-in candidates, making a cumbersome process easier for voters.

"Voters could be given instructions on how to vote for a write-in candidate using the rubber stamp that would certainly be easier than having to have the legislature figure out a way to get Giuliani on the ballot at this late date," Faso said.

According to the New York state Board of Elections, two things would have to happen if Giuliani wanted to seek a third term: Term-limits would have to be rescinded and Giuliani would have to be added to the ballot either through state legislation or as a write-in candidate.

The City Council of New York City or the New York Legislature could rescind the term-limit law that allows two four-year terms for New York City mayor. The state legislature would have to enact a way for Giuliani to get on the ballot.

State Sen. Serphin Maltese, a Republican from Queens, said that the New York City term-limit law, approved by the New York City Council and by the voters in referendum, could be overturned by the New York state Legislature.

"In my opinion, there is language in Article III, Section 25 that states that, in the event of an attack or crisis, the legislature can do anything it wants to provide continuity of government," Maltese said.

The New York Constitution says:

"The legislature, in order to insure continuity of state and local government operations in periods of emergency caused by enemy attack or by disasters (natural or otherwise), shall have the power and the immediate duty to adopt such measures as may be necessary and proper for ensuring the continuity of government operations."

Giuliani, who along with fellow Republican Gov. George Pataki supported term limits, has said that a third term "could be done but the question is whether it should be done."

"I don't know yet. Because there are an awful lot of other people that have to do things and make decisions and allow it to happen and I haven't quite figured out exactly the right way that it should be done," Giuliani told Rather. "So it is something that I am certainly open to, something that for the last two or three days is really weighing on me in the sense of trying to figure out the right thing to do.

"So I haven't really had the time to talk to the five or six or seven people that I would talk to try to get their advice on how to do this," he said.

Pataki helped fuel the fire of a third term for Giuliani when he said last week that "If I lived in New York City I would write in Giuliani's name for mayor - he's done an outstanding job."

"I talked to the governor a little bit about it but we haven't had the time to have a really lengthy conversation about it and I hope in the next couple of days we will so that I can make a decision not only I am comfortable with, but that everybody else is comfortable with," Giuliani said. "The governor was very encouraging in all respects."

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