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

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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.

In New York, more than 500,000 workers lack paid leave benefits, he said in a statement, including 200,000 who work in the restaurant and hospitality industries.

"I thought there was something a little contradictory when he talks about having a city with a whole lot of money where workers don't get their fair share and how we're going to start to be more fair and more equitable", Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr. said. 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.

Some critics called the mayor's proposal costly for businesses.

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Trump made reversing former president Barack Obama's health care law a key pledge of his campaign, and his Republican party successfully repealed in 2017 a key provision meant to keep overall costs down by ensuring healthy individuals bought insurance.

All services will be affordable on a sliding scale. Current City Council Speaker Corey Johnson also floated the idea before being elected to his position past year, City & State reported at the time.

Conservative organizations and groups that represent employers said the paid vacation mandate proposed in NY would hurt the city's economy. "Every New Yorker, no matter their race or gender, sexual orientation, or socio-economic status should have accessible and reliable health care", state Sen.

"The irony there is that you're giving $3billion away to Amazon [in city and state subsidies]", Diaz continued, adding that he supports the online retail giant's plans to build a headquarters in Long Island City, Queens, but not the financial incentives offered to it.

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The mayor plans to pursue legislation that would require private employers with five or more employees to provide employees with up to 10 days of paid time off per year.

The Department of Consumer Affairs will be renamed the Department of Consumer and Worker Protection to help freelancers and contract workers get paid quicker while enforcing paid-sick-leave laws and worker vacation requirements. Those questions were at the heart of Mayor Bill de Blasio's State of the City speech on Thursday. "Enhanced coordination among city agencies will better protect tenants and prevent additional bureaucracy that negatively impacts the vast majority of property owners who comply with the law".

Using publicly available data, the land access group 596 Acres mapped out 208 lots of city-owned land sold or pending sale for $1 to developers since the beginning of the de Blasio administration in 2014.

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