NYC Mayor Proposes Mandatory Vacation Time For Workers

Henrietta Brewer
January 13, 2019

Universal healthcare has become a rallying cry for liberal Democrats and an article of faith for numerous new representatives in Congress. Officials claimed that New York's scheme would be the most comprehensive free healthcare system in America.

Mayor de Blasio - who has some hefty legal bills to pay - reiterated his support for allowing pols like him to raise money to pay for their legal defense, as the City Council begins considering legislation on the subject.

Despite his platform of improving New Yorkers' quality of life, he gave the dilapidated conditions at the New York City Housing Authority only passing mention. De Blasio talked about the struggles his family endured when he and his wife Chirlane McCray's mothers both fell ill at the same time, and used that frame of a struggling family to lay out proposals that were intended for an audience that extended beyond NY.

Kevin Dugan, government affairs director for the New York State Restaurant Association, called the proposal "very concerning" to the restaurant industry.

De Blasio said his goal is to get the 600,000 New Yorkers without health care - about half undocumented immigrants - access to a primary care doctor and specialty care, prescription drugs and mental health services.

Those proposals, along with those for universal health care and guaranteed paid leave are still only that - proposals. But the services won't be free for everyone, the paper reported: Fees will be assessed on a sliding scale, depending on income.

Almost half of the New York City workforce, or about 2 million workers, do not have employee-sponsored retirement plans, the mayor said at this State of the City. "No other city or state provides these comprehensive services to all residents", she added.

Although the mayor is calling for legislation to be passed soon, he says the plan would be phased in over time. "Every New Yorker, no matter their race or gender, sexual orientation, or socio-economic status should have accessible and reliable health care", state Sen. "To be the fairest big city in America, New Yorkers can't be forced to choose between bringing home a paycheck and taking time off to just disconnect or spend time with loved ones - that choice ends with paid personal time".

Both stories being leaked first to national press, as opposed to local papers, had local journalists grumbling about - if not outright offended by - yet another display of the mayor's disdain for local NYC media, revealed explicitly past year in a series of emails released on court order.

De Blasio said the city would also expand "3-K" (pre-K for 3-year-olds) to about a third of the city's school districts, legalize marijuana "the right way", and get Albany to fix the subways.

In his State of the City address today, Mayor Bill de Blasio used the podium to sign an executive order establishing the Mayor's Office to Protect Tenants.

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