Bill de Blasio Signs His First Bill at Brooklyn Ice Cream Factory

Mayor Bill de Blasio signing his first bill into law today. (Photo: Twitter/@BilldeBlasio)
Mayor Bill de Blasio signing his first bill into law today. (Photo: Twitter/@BilldeBlasio)

Mayor Bill de Blasio traveled to the offices of an artisanal ice cream manufacturer in Brooklyn today to sign his first bill: a law that dramatically expands the city’s paid sick day mandate.

“It’s really an extraordinary day, four years in the making,” Mr. de Blasio told reporters and lawmakers gathered at the home of Steve’s Craft Ice Cream, which produces small-batch concoctions featuring creative names like “NOLA ICED COFFEE & DONUTS” and “BKLYN BLACKOUT.” Continue reading “Bill de Blasio Signs His First Bill at Brooklyn Ice Cream Factory”

Councilman Says GOP Under Siege by de Blasio Administration

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

Councilman Vincent Ignizio, the minority leader of the overwhelmingly Democratic City Council, sounded a warning bell this morning over the impact of Mayor Bill de Blasio’s progressive policy agenda.

In an interview on Geraldo Rivera’s WABC radio show, the host asked whether Republicans and conservatives should “feel under siege by this progressive administration.” Continue reading “Councilman Says GOP Under Siege by de Blasio Administration”

City Leaders Announce ‘Dramatic Expansion’ of Paid Sick Leave Law

Public Advocate Tish James, Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito, Mayor Bill de Blasio and Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer.
Public Advocate Tish James, Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito, Mayor Bill de Blasio and Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer.

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.

The effort resurrects the original version of a bill that was bottled up for three years by former Council Speaker Christine Quinn, and would force businesses with five or more employees to provide their workers five paid days of leave each year, beginning April 1. Continue reading “City Leaders Announce ‘Dramatic Expansion’ of Paid Sick Leave Law”

Members Criticize Paid Sick Day Deal for Lack of Transparency

Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito getting sworn into office. (Photo: Official NYC Council Photo by William Alatriste)
Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito getting sworn in to office. (Official NYC Council Photo by William Alatriste)

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.

The pair is set to announce a deal this afternoon to dramatically expand mandatory paid sick leave—one of Mr. de Blasio’s key campaign promises. Continue reading “Members Criticize Paid Sick Day Deal for Lack of Transparency”

De Blasio and Mark-Viverito to Announce Paid Sick Leave Expansion Tomorrow

Bill de Blasio and Melissa Mark-Viverito. (Photo: BilldeBlasio.com)
Bill de Blasio and Melissa Mark-Viverito. (Photo: BilldeBlasio.com)

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.

The announcement will take place tomorrow afternoon at Esmeralda’s Restaurant in Bushwick, Brooklyn. The owner of the restaurant, Esmeralda Valencia, has been a longtime member of the paid sick leave campaign’s coalition. Continue reading “De Blasio and Mark-Viverito to Announce Paid Sick Leave Expansion Tomorrow”

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.”

Continue reading “De Blasio Wishes Quinn Would Wield Her Wrath for Paid Sick Days”