In 2009, New York residents will be seeing a shuffling of their municipal officials. Due to term limits, new faces in new political positions will emerge.
The mayor, the comptroller, and the public advocate have all used up their turns at the dance. If they want to stay in the political game, they will have to run for different offices.
According to The NY Times, in addition to the inevitable change of leadership in the aforementioned positions, two thirds of the city council and four out of five borough presidents will also be ousted due to term limits. Many New York politicians are playing musical chairs, and are scrambling to reserve a seat somewhere in the city government for the upcoming year.
With all of the mandatory changes on the horizon, now is as good a time as any for New Yorkers to start wielding their political power.