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

13 January, 2019, 08:11 | Author: Denise Dawson
  • Bill de Blasio

New York City finally got some positive headlines this week, with Mayor Bill de Blasio pulling a one-two punch, announcing Tuesday a plan to provide health care for all New Yorkers regardless of their immigration status, following up Wednesday with the announcement of a plan to guarantee paid time off for all workers in the nation's largest city. "They miss weddings... They miss all the things that make life whole", says de Blasio. Some Americans want to see the health initiative replicated nationwide.

Rachel Grezsler, a research fellow at the Heritage Foundation, said, "Coercive government mandates like this force employers to lay workers off, cut back on hours, reduce pay and other benefits and will force many to relocate outside of New York City to places where their businesses can survive".

"Health care is a right, not a privilege reserved for those who can afford it".

De Blasio said more than 500,000 full-time and part-time workers in the city now have no paid vacation days or personal days.

"Providing healthcare to all NYC residents - including addiction, rehabilitation and mental health services - is a monumental step towards the delivery of necessary treatment for all", state Assemblyman Michael Dendekker said.

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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.

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

The mayor also proposed free vison tests and prescription eyeglasses to any kindergartner or first-grader who needs them. "There has to be some alternative methodology", de Blasio said. "New Yorkers need a break". Starting this summer, according to the Post, city officials said they will work to enroll undocumented residents through NYC Health + Hospitals, a network of public hospitals and clinics across the five boroughs. City Councilman Jumaane Williams (D-Brooklyn) has indicated that he will be the lead sponsor on the on the bill. Current City Council Speaker Corey Johnson also floated the idea before being elected to his position past year, City & State reported at the time.

On Tuesday, de Blasio unveiled NYC Care, a program that will guarantee health care for the estimated 600,000 New Yorkers who do not now have health insurance, including undocumented immigrants, according to the mayor's office.

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