Published: Sun, January 13, 2019
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NYC mayor: We'll be first U.S. city to mandate paid vacation

NYC mayor: We'll be first U.S. city to mandate paid vacation

Mayor Bill de Blasio announced the launch of the largest plan in the nation to guarantee health care for every New Yorker.

The programme will include customer-friendly call lines to help New Yorkers - regardless of their insurance - make appointments with general practitioners, cardiologists, paediatricians, gynaecologists, and a full spectrum of health care services, de Blasio said. Some Americans want to see the health initiative replicated nationwide.

Beginning Fall 2019, 3-K For All will be rolled out in District 8 (Country Club, Pelham Bay, Throgs Neck, Castle Hill, Soundview, Hunts Point), District 32 (Bushwick), District 6 (Washington Heights), District 9 (South Bronx), District 19 (East New York) and District 31 (Staten Island). "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".

The mayor has used the real estate industry as a foil throughout his career, inaugurating a yearly "worst landlords list" during his tenure as the city's public advocate.

In November, Democrats in the City Council have introduced 18 new bills that would restrict landlords' abilities to change tenancies and extract more rent from building residents.

Providers ranging from primary doctors to pediatricians and obstetricians will be from the NYC Health + Hospitals system.

Then on Wednesday, the Post reported, Mayor de Blasio unveiled legislation to mandate two weeks of paid time off for full-time workers in the city, a move that would guarantee paid time off for an additional 500,000 people according to estimates from the mayor's office using US census bureau data. Part-time workers would fall under a mandate allowing them to accrue paid time off at a guaranteed minimum rate.

"I'm not aware of any other state or city that requires it", said Rick McGahey, an economist at the New School for Social Research who served as an assistant secretary for policy in the U.S. Labor Department during the Clinton administration. "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". As the New York Post reported, the bill was introduced by Council Member Ben Kallos, who represents parts of Manhattan, but also now chairs the Council's Land Use Subcommittee on Planning Dispositions and Concessions, which has oversight over the sale or lease of city-owned land to developers. "For too many New Yorkers, they live in..."

Some took the announcements as a sign that de Blasio was preparing to announce his bid for the presidency.

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