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”

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”