City Council GOP Slams Expanded Paid Sick Leave Bill

Councilman Vincent Ignizio, the Republican minority leader. (Photo: NYC Council/William Alatriste)
Councilman Vincent Ignizio, the Republican minority leader. (Photo: NYC Council/William Alatriste)

While the City Council overwhelmingly voted to pass new, expanded paid sick leave legislation this afternoon, the council’s tiny Republican bloc loudly opposed the measure. 

The three council Republicans–Minority Leader Vincent Ignizio, Steven Matteo and Eric Ulrich–joined two Democrats in voting against the bill, which will expand the number of businesses that need to provide paid sick days to their employees. Republicans argued that the bill, supported by Mayor Bill de Blasio, will slow hiring and even lead to an “underground” economy. Continue reading “City Council GOP Slams Expanded Paid Sick Leave Bill”

Democrats and Labor Leaders Sing Bill de Blasio’s Praises After State of the City

Mayor Bill de Blasio today. (Photo: Getty)
Mayor Bill de Blasio today. (Photo: Getty)

Top Democrats and organized labor celebrated Mayor Bill de Blasio’s State of the City address this afternoon, hailing the new mayor’s repeated calls for more affordable housing, expanded science education and a tax hike to fund universal prekindergarten. 

Little of Mr. de Blasio’s speech actually broke new ground–the new mayor stuck mainly to the campaign themes that he repeated in his victory and inaugural addresses–but Democrats were more than happy to offer praise. Continue reading “Democrats and Labor Leaders Sing Bill de Blasio’s Praises After State of the City”

Eric Ulrich Says Melissa Mark-Viverito Won’t Be a ‘Disaster’ After All

Eric Ulrich (Photo: Facebook)
Eric Ulrich (Photo: Facebook)

Councilman Eric Ulrich, who made a 180-degree turn yesterday by backing Councilwoman Melissa Mark-Viverito for City Council speaker after previously warning her candidacy would be a “disaster,” tried to explain his reversal today to some befuddled members of the press. Continue reading “Eric Ulrich Says Melissa Mark-Viverito Won’t Be a ‘Disaster’ After All”

Pope Becomes Issue in Queens Council Race

The Pope photograph is in the right corner of the flier.
The Pope photograph is in the right corner of the flier.

A holy war has erupted in a Queens City Council race.

Democrat Lew Simon slammed Councilman Eric Ulrich today for distributing campaign fliers that feature a picture of Mr. Ulrich with Pope John Paul II–as he’s done in at least one previous campaign. Continue reading “Pope Becomes Issue in Queens Council Race”

Queens Republicans Express Cautious Optimism About Joe Lhota’s Chances

Joe Lhota with Councilman Eric Ulrich and ex-Congressman Bob Turner.
Joe Lhota speaking to Eric Ulrich and Bob Turner.

As they devoured buffalo chicken pizza and stuffed shells at a Queens fund-raiser last night, Republicans strained to remain optimistic about Joe Lhota’s dimming prospects in the mayor’s race.

Continue reading “Queens Republicans Express Cautious Optimism About Joe Lhota’s Chances”

Bob Turner Not Conceding Queens GOP Leadership Fight

Former Congressman Bob Turner. (Photo: Getty)
Former Congressman Bob Turner. (Photo: Getty)

Though the Queens Republican Party declared incumbent chairman Phil Ragusa the victor in a tense leadership vote last week, insurgent candidate Bob Turner is not backing down yet.

The former congressman–like past challengers of Mr. Ragusa–is claiming he won the election and is hoping to invalidate his opponent’s victory in court. Continue reading “Bob Turner Not Conceding Queens GOP Leadership Fight”