Mayor Bill de Blasio and Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito rolled out their first legislative push this afternoon, announcing a bill that will extend mandatory paid sick leave coverage to an additional half-million New Yorkers later this year.
Mayor Bill de Blasio and Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito both strode into office this month vowing a new era of collaboration and transparency, but the tactics surrounding their first legislative effort have some council members privately scoffing.
Mayor Bill de Blasio and City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito are teaming up tomorrow to announce a new, expanded paid sick leave plan that will cover far more workers than the version passed last year, according to multiple sources familiar with the deal.
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.
Politicos across the city are abuzz with excitement over The New York Times‘ front-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.”