De Blasio Moves to Expand Living Wage With Executive Order

Bill de Blasio delivering his State of the City speech. (Photo: John Moore/Getty Images)
Bill de Blasio delivering his State of the City speech. (Photo: John Moore/Getty Images)

As part of his State of the City address this afternoon, Mayor Bill de Blasio promised to expand living wage legislation using a tool he has previously rarely mentioned: an executive order.

Mr. de Blasio announced that he will move to drop a lawsuit filed by his predecessor, Michael Bloomberg, to halt legislation passed by the Council guaranteeing so-called “living wage” salaries to employees of projects that receive more than $1 million in city subsidies. Continue reading “De Blasio Moves to Expand Living Wage With Executive Order”

De Blasio to Announce Push for City Control of Minimum Wage

The stage set for Mayor Bill de Blasio's first State of the City speech.
The stage set for Mayor Bill de Blasio’s first State of the City speech.

Mayor Bill de Blasio is going to hang another key proposal of his early administration on Albany, announcing plans today to push state lawmakers to allow the city to set its own minimum wage during his first State of the City address. Continue reading “De Blasio to Announce Push for City Control of Minimum Wage”

Living Wage Advocates Celebrate Mayoral Override Vote (and Supreme Court Decision!!)

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Tish James speaking at the rally.

“Yes! Yes! Yes! Come, come, ready?” Councilwoman Tish James hurriedly exclaimed when we started to ask her about today’s Supreme Court ruling on health care reform before a rally celebrating the vote on living wage legislation coming later today.

“So, today I like Roberts. I’m happy that the mandate was upheld. This is a great day for democracy, it’s a great day for the budget, it’s a great day for childcare and after school programs,” she answered. “So, overall, today’s a proud day!”

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Christine Quinn Storms Out of Living Wage Rally [Video]

living wage presser Christine Quinn Storms Out of Living Wage Rally [Video]City Council Speaker Christine Quinn was a featured speaker at today’s rally celebrating the upcoming vote to pass living wage legislation, but her speech abruptly halted shortly after introducing her fellow colleagues in attendance when a protester yelled out that everybody but “Pharaoh Bloomberg” was at today’s event.

“Now, look,” Ms. Quinn said, turning around and staring silently at the crowd behind her for a good five seconds.

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Mayor Bloomberg Plans To Have a ‘Good Time’ At Christine Quinn’s Wedding Despite Their Prevailing Wage Disagreement

 Mayor Bloomberg Plans To Have a Good Time At Christine Quinns Wedding Despite Their Prevailing Wage Disagreement
Mayor Bloomberg speaking at the Barclays Center construction site.

Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s veto of City Council Speaker Christine Quinn’s prevailing wage bill was the hot topic at his press conference today announcing a plan to fill 2,000 jobs at the future home of the Brooklyn Nets, the Barclays Center arena. Though he fielded several questions about the bill today, Mr. Bloomberg said he doesn’t expect to be talking about the issue when he attends Ms. Quinn’s wedding May 19.

Ms. Quinn reportedly modified the bill in order to make sure several developments, including Hudson Yards, went through and, at the press conference, New York Times reporter Kate Taylor asked the mayor why he thinks Ms. Quinn supports the bill if she seemingly recognize it would discourage certain developments.

“I would suggest that you address that question to the Speaker,” Mayor Bloomberg said. “All I know is, I’m going to her wedding, and we’re going to have a good time and I don’t think that living wage is going to come up as a subject at the wedding.” Continue reading “Mayor Bloomberg Plans To Have a ‘Good Time’ At Christine Quinn’s Wedding Despite Their Prevailing Wage Disagreement”

The Next Big Progressive Fight

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Dan Cantor at the paid sick day rally

The dust has barely settled on the grand living wage compromise and progressive forces are already mobilizing for their next initiative. On the steps of City Hall today, City Council Members and labor leaders announced what it would be: a bill requiring businesses to give their employees paid sick days off.

“We were here a year ago. We got close, we thought we were going to finally see passage about a year ago,” Dan Cantor, the Executive Director of the Working Family, announced. “Politics is hard, so we come back now, a year later.”

Things have changed, Mr. Cantor insisted, citing other localities that have passed similar bills, and the Occupy Wall Street protests energizing the public.

Democrats also contend that both legislative tweaks and the political environment make things much more favorable for paid sick day advocates this time around than the start of 2011, when Council Speaker Chris Quinn shelved the legislation.

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Roundup: Campaign Filings; Replacing Carl Kruger

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David Storobin's Wednesday campaign office opening was crowded.

The Conservative Party endorsed David Storobin for the special election to replace Carl Kruger.

The Democratic candidate, Lew Fidler, swore to be more ethical than Kruger.

Storobin launched his campaign website.

City & State looks at a Storobin tweet, which is disputed.

Nydia Velázquez has a libertarian Democratic opponent.

Bob Turner visits Israel.

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