NYC Bloomberg to run for 3rd term ... Third Term No Charm, Historians Say





One third-term mayor contemplated suicide. Another battled cancer while juggling two jobs. A third mayor, after 12 years of service, was nearly drummed out of town by unruly municipal workers. Of the 108 mayors of New York City since 1665, only four have served 12 years — and all four faced significant blows to their reputations, morale and even health toward the end of their administrations, according to historians who have studied the four men.

The past might be useful for Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg to consider as he forges ahead with his plan to alter the city’s term limits law and seek a third four-year term, a decision that has already upended the city’s political world.
The four mayors who served 12 years include one at the very start of the American Republic, Richard Varick (1789-1801), and three in the 20th century: Fiorello H. La Guardia (1934-1945), Robert F. Wagner (1954-1965) and Edward I. Koch (1978-1989).


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