Bill de Blasio Hails ‘Win, Win’ Paid Sick Days Legislation

Mayor Bill de Blasio and Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito at a press conference announcing the agreement of a new paid sick days bill. (Photo: NYC Council)
Mayor Bill de Blasio and Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito at a press conference announcing the agreement of a new paid sick days bill. (Photo: NYC Council)

Hailing a bill he’s helping push into law, Mayor Bill de Blasio today called the imminent expansion of mandatory paid sick time “progressive legislation in every sense.”

Standing with a handful left-leaning City Council members at a required City Hall hearing, Mr. de Blasio praised the controversial bill that will expand mandatory paid sick time coverage to businesses that employs five or more people, upping the number of people covered under a bill the council passed a year ago. Continue reading “Bill de Blasio Hails ‘Win, Win’ Paid Sick Days Legislation”

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”

Bill de Blasio Hammers Home Liberal Agenda on MLK Day

Mayor Bill de Blasio today.
Mayor Bill de Blasio today.

Hammering home several of the campaign themes that rocketed him to City Hall, Mayor Bill de Blasio and a host of elected officials celebrated Martin Luther King Jr. Day at the Brooklyn Academy of Music this morning. Continue reading “Bill de Blasio Hammers Home Liberal Agenda on MLK Day”

SEIU 32BJ Endorses Christine Quinn for Mayor

Christine Quinn receiving the endorsement.
Christine Quinn today.

Council Speaker Christine Quinn scored the endorsement of 32BJ SEIU this afternoon, boosting her mayoral campaign with its biggest union nod to date.

The support, which was announced a little after 2 p.m. at a press conference at the union’s headquarters, will lend Ms. Quinn’s campaign a powerful and heavily-Latino union that represents tens of thousands of building services workers across the city.

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Mayor Bloomberg Vows to Veto Paid Sick Day Compromise

State Judge Blocks Mayor Bloomberg's Ban On Oversized Sugary Drinks
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Council Speaker Christine Quinn may have negotiated a more business-friendly paid sick day bill than advocates wanted, but Mayor Michael Bloomberg is not satisfied. Indeed, in a statement released earlier this morning, Mr. Bloomberg castigated the legislation’s latest iteration as “short-sighted economic policy” and declared his intention to veto it.

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De Blasio Wishes Quinn Would Wield Her Wrath for Paid Sick Days

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Public Advocate Bill de Blasio.

Politicos across the city are abuzz with excitement over The New York Timesfront-page profile of Council Speaker Christine Quinn’s “surprisingly volatile” temperament, but one of her top rivals in the mayoral race, Public Advocate Bill de Blasio, isn’t piling on. Indeed, when asked about the article today, Mr. de Blasio simply urged Ms. Quinn to put her forceful personality behind paid sick day legislation in the City Council.

“I dont worry so much about the fact that she raises her voice and gets angry at people,” Mr. de Blasio said at a City Hall press conference on the paid sick day bill. “I worry that she doesn’t speak up for average New Yorkers. I think it’s one thing to say in a private conversation, she gets angry and upset with people, but I’d like to see her speak up when it matters on issues like this and we haven’t seen that. Repeatedly, we’ve seen her look the other way on issues like paid sick days and living wage. That’s what the public will ultimately judge, the substance, whether someone is on their side or not.”

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Bill Thompson Sets His Focus to Paid Sick Days

Bill Thompson (Photo: NY1)
Bill Thompson (Photo: NY1)

Bill Thompson is ramping up pressure on his mayoral rival, Council Speaker Christine Quinn, on her refusal to allow a vote on paid sick leave legislation. Just a few weeks ago, Mr. Thompson was more muted on the topic, but he’ll be on the steps of City Hall later today to directly push Ms. Quinn to allow a vote.

“It is long past time for paid sick leave to become the law in New York,” Mr. Thompson wrote in a letter to Ms. Quinn earlier this morning. “We should no longer force parents to choose between holding their jobs and caring for loved ones, especially young children. While paid sick leave would enable fathers to lean in by pitching in during family illness, it will especially be a godsend to single mothers.” Continue reading “Bill Thompson Sets His Focus to Paid Sick Days”