City Council GOP Slams Expanded Paid Sick Leave Bill

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

While the City Council overwhelmingly voted to pass new, expanded paid sick leave legislation this afternoon, the council’s tiny Republican bloc loudly opposed the measure. 

The three council Republicans–Minority Leader Vincent Ignizio, Steven Matteo and Eric Ulrich–joined two Democrats in voting against the bill, which will expand the number of businesses that need to provide paid sick days to their employees. Republicans argued that the bill, supported by Mayor Bill de Blasio, will slow hiring and even lead to an “underground” economy. Continue reading “City Council GOP Slams Expanded Paid Sick Leave Bill”

De Blasio Jokes About Hiring Richard Sherman to Lead His Press Team

Bill de Blasio at a Staten Island Diner
Bill de Blasio meeting with Staten Island residents and officials. (Photo: Flickr/NYCMayorsOffice.)

Mayor Bill de Blasio had breakfast this morning with Staten Island residents and lawmakers, where he vowed that Staten Island would no longer be the “forgotten borough” and at one point joked about recruiting outspoken Seattle Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman to his press team.

“I told my press folks that I’m sorry, I’m laying one of them off and making Richard Sherman my communications director,” he joked to the group, referring the star football player, whose angry outburst at the NFC Championship Game became a viral sensation. “I want someone bolder.” Continue reading “De Blasio Jokes About Hiring Richard Sherman to Lead His Press Team”

Democratic Speaker Candidates Strain to Appease Republican Trio

The Council Speaker candidates in Staten Island.
Tonight’s Staten Island event.

Appearing in Staten Island tonight for yet another City Council speaker candidates’ forum, the seven Democratic hopefuls strained to appease the three Republicans in the 51-member body, two of whom were in attendance. Continue reading “Democratic Speaker Candidates Strain to Appease Republican Trio”