Saturday, 19 January, 2019

NYC mayor: We'll be first USA city to mandate paid vacation

Healthcare guaranteed for all New Yorkers, says Bill de Blasio New York mayor guarantees comprehensive healthcare to all
Ben Pena | 13 January, 2019, 01:56

Most people who work 40 hours a week in the city already receive paid vacation time, but about half a million - around 11 percent of the workforce - do not.

"I believe there is a need in a democratic society in for this kind of mechanism, a legal defense fund is a very well established idea, it's existed for decades because everyone has a right to a defense in America", Hizzoner said Tuesday.

The city council is expected to pass the proposal, with several representatives indicating their support on Wednesday. And the city's strict campaign finance laws do not allow for spending campaign cash on legal woes.

After a pair of major announcements earlier this week, Mayor Bill de Blasio delivered his annual State of the City address on Thursday.

The plan is part of a set of initiatives the mayor is touting to make NY the #FairestBigCity in the nation.

"There has to be a way to pay for it, and if you are a public servant, there's just no way to handle it".

Megyn Kelly Finalizes Multi-Million Dollar Contract Settlement With NBC
In this September 21, 2017 file photo, Megyn Kelly poses on the set of her new show, " Megyn Kelly Today " at NBC Studios in NY . There's no non-compete clause, meaning Kelly is free to seek other television work if she wants to.

The mayor first highlighted some wins from 2018, reiterating how homicides dropped to the lowest numbers seen since 1951 and how the NYPD made 140,000 fewer arrests in 2018 compared to 2014, the year de Blasio took office.

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Jane Meyer, a spokesperson for City Hall, said the new office will analyze city data and tenant complaints to help step up enforcement efforts, and will also meet with tenant groups on a quarterly basis.

Ironically, in one of her final acts as public advocate, new state Attorney General Letitia James declared the de Blasio-controlled New York City Housing Authority the worst landlord of 2018.

Councilmember Jumaane Williams said he was optimistic about de Blasio's progressive tone. As New Yorkers experience serious disturbances or harassment from construction, they can call upon the OTA for assistance. Currently, the following districts have 3K: District 4 (East Harlem), District 5 (Harlem), District 7 (South Bronx), District 16 (Bedford-Stuyvesant), District 23 (Brownsville), District 27 (Broad Channel, Howard Beach, Ozone Park, Rockaways).

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