Question: City Council members recently voted themselves a 25% raise and are now considering extending term limits from 8 to 12 years. Do you think they deserve the raise, and should they be allowed to change term limits after voters approved them twice?
|"A 25 percent raise for people who are at the top echelon of society is no good. They are already making too much money. And eight to 12 years is way too long. In 12 years, they can completely destroy things in society. They should get base pay because of all the benefits they get being in government." Renald Wilson, Queens"I don't think they should get a raise when other people aren't getting a raise. I don't think it's fair that the politicians vote themselves a raise. They shouldn't be allowed to change term limits either because it's important for the public to have a say in how long they are in office."
Robert Feldman, Canarsie"I believe a City Council member should get a large salary increase. It's an incentive for a person to run for City Council knowing the salary is high. It helps bring more qualified people into politics. But once the voters set term limits, that's the way it should stay. It should be the voters' choice."
Joe Arias, Marine Park"They shouldn't vote themselves more money because it betrays the public's trust, which is going down in politics anyway."
Edwin Matos, Sr., Canarsie|