City Council Expected to Pass Expanded Paid Sick Day Legislation

Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito with progressive allies. (Photo: NYC Council/William Alatriste)
Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito with progressive allies. (Photo: NYC Council/William Alatriste)

The City Council is set to pass a far-reaching paid sick day bill this afternoon, marking the first major legislative salvo of the new, left-leaning council. 

Led by Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito, the council is expected to vote to expand mandatory paid sick time coverage to nearly every business that employs five or more people, despite objections from business leaders, who argue the move will limit hiring. Under the current law, most businesses with 15 or more employees are required to provide paid sick days, though many categories remain exempt. Continue reading “City Council Expected to Pass Expanded Paid Sick Day Legislation”

Margaret Chin and Corey Johnson Quietly Elected Chairs of Manhattan Delegation

Councilman Corey Johnson. (Photo: NYC Council/William Alatriste)
Councilman Corey Johnson. (Photo: NYC Council/William Alatriste)

While Brooklyn council members jockey behind-the-scenes for the coveted chairmanships of their delegation, the smaller Manhattan delegation has already settled on their leadership. 

Councilman Corey Johnson and Councilwoman Margaret Chin were quietly elected to chair their borough’s delegation almost two weeks ago. The vote was conducted by e-mail and Ms. Chin and Mr. Johnson defeated Council members Ben Kallos and Inez Dickens, insiders said. Continue reading “Margaret Chin and Corey Johnson Quietly Elected Chairs of Manhattan Delegation”

Electoral Victors Call for Campaign Finance Reform

City Council candidate Carlos Menchaca speaking with other Democratic nominees.
City Council candidate Carlos Menchaca speaking with other Democratic nominees. (Photo: Twitter/cmenchaca)

Last Tuesday’s elections settled contentious races across the city, but for good-government advocates, the fight for campaign finance reform is still ramping up.

Various winners in City Council primaries gathered with members of Common Cause New York on the steps of City Hall today to castigate the influence of independent expenditures, especially Jobs for New York, a group backed by real estate interests.

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Roundup: Giuliani Says Obama ‘Owns’ Occupy Wall Street; Santa Survives; Zuccotti Potties

Rudy Giuliani said President Obama is responsible for Occupy Wall Street and predicted the movement will “take his presidency down.”

Steve Ballone, a Democratic candidate for Suffolk County executive, saved Santa.

U.S. Rep. Jerrold Nadler, Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver, State Senator Daniel Squadron, and Councilwoman Margaret Chin are thankful for the port-o-potties in Zuccotti Park.

According to new poll numbers, Governor Cuomo is surprisingly popular. Continue reading “Roundup: Giuliani Says Obama ‘Owns’ Occupy Wall Street; Santa Survives; Zuccotti Potties”

Local Lawmakers Call for Crackdown at Occupy Wall Street

ows5 Local Lawmakers Call for Crackdown at Occupy Wall StreetAll four elected officials who represent the area around Zuccotti Park have written Mayor Mike Bloomberg asking him to enforce existing laws surrounding the Occupy Wall Street protests.

The lawmakers–Jerry Nadler on the federal level, Shelly Silver and Daniel Squadron in Albany, and Margaret Chin, the local City Councilmember– say they give their “full support for the protesters’ First Amendment rights to speak and to assemble in Zuccotti Park. We sympathize with the movement’s message and we feel it is important that their voices be heard.” Continue reading “Local Lawmakers Call for Crackdown at Occupy Wall Street”

Margaret In The Middle: Downtown Councilwoman Chin Struggles to Balance Constituent Concerns and Her Own Radical Past

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Last week, the city’s labor unions joined the Occupy Wall Street protests in earnest, swelling the ranks of the demonstrators from a couple of hundred to tens of thousands. Before the scene was marred by a couple of sporadic outbursts of violence, a half-dozen or so members of the City Council stopped by Zuccotti Park to raise a fist and become among the first elected officials in New York City to officially declare solidarity with the demonstration.

Margaret Chin was not among them, despite being the city councilwoman who represents Lower Manhattan, including the areas “occupied.” Which was odd, because Ms. Chin is one the most liberal members of the New York City Council, a part of the “Progressive Caucus” and someone who has by her own reckoning marched on the financial district many, many times before, including a smaller, but highly publicized May 12 rally “to make big banks and millionaires pay.” Continue reading “Margaret In The Middle: Downtown Councilwoman Chin Struggles to Balance Constituent Concerns and Her Own Radical Past”

Weprin Rolls Out Endorsements From Asian Electeds

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Hoping to boost the turnout of the Asian-American vote, David Weprin rolled out the endorsement of the city’s top three Asian American elected officials–City Comptroller John Liu, Assemblymember Grace Meng and City Councilmember Margaret Chin. Continue reading “Weprin Rolls Out Endorsements From Asian Electeds”