Posts Tagged ‘paid-sick-leave’

De Blasio’s State of the City Marks A Shift In Tone From Bloomberg Era

Written by Nick Powell on . Posted in Blog, Budget/Taxes, Daily, Economic Development, Education, Environment, Features, Government Operations, Housing, Labor/Unions, Latest, News, Real Estate/Construction, Transportation

As is the case with most mayors less than two months into their administration, Mayor Bill de Blasio did not have a laundry list of accomplishments to point to during his State of the City address on Monday. But unlike his predecessor Michael Bloomberg’s first State of the City, which covered a wide range of topics and laid the foundation for his twelve years in office, de Blasio eschewed a long-term blueprint in favor of addressing the urgency of leveling… [More]

Getting Down to Business: How Business-Friendly is New York?

Written by Adam Janos on . Posted in Economic Development

“Challenging.” “Cumbersome.” “Hostile.” From the Mohawk Valley to New York City, industry advocates agree: New York State isn’t the friendliest, or easiest, place to do business. The Tax Foundation’s 2013 State Business Tax Climate Index ranked New York as the most hostile business tax structure in the country, and Chief Executive magazine’s poll of top executives rated it 49 out of 50 on its scale of the best states for business. Only California received a worse grade. And yet the… [More]

Mayoral Politics Takes Back Seat On Upper West Side — For Now

Written by Aaron Short on . Posted in Five Borough Ballot, Manhattan

The mayor’s race was transformed during Holy Week. Faced with an insurrection in the City Council over her resistance to paid sick leave, Speaker Christine Quinn hammered out a deal with union officials and health advocates just in time for Good Friday. As a result, the city’s political chatterers noted that the paid sick leave bill removed a strong argument from progressive Democrats  against a Quinn candidacy, thus strengthening her position as the race’s frontrunner. But at Artie’s Diner on the Upper… [More]

Winners and Losers, Feb. 22, 2013

Written by City & State on . Posted in Daily, Features, Winners & Losers

  Mr. Independent, Mr. Self-sufficient, Mr. Keep-your-distance. Mayoral candidate Adolfo Carrión snagged the Independence Party’s endorsement this week, keeping his heart protected so that he’d never feel rejected by the Republican or Democratic parties. But what is that feeling taking over? It’s Gov. Andrew Cuomo opening the door to, surprise! A state-imposed teacher evaluation bill that’s real for New York City. But Cuomo miscalculated on a Medicaid rate change delivering a $500 million hit to the state budget, leaving us… [More]

De Blasio Officially Kicks Off His Mayoral Campaign

Written by Nick Powell on . Posted in Blog, Campaigns/Elections, Daily, Features, Heard Around Town, Latest, News

In front of his Park Slope row home, with a solid crowd of supporters braving the sub-freezing weather and waving newly printed red “de Blasio for Mayor” signs, New York City Public Advocate Bill de Blasio officially announced his intention to run for mayor. He joins former City Comptroller Bill Thompson and former City Councilman Sal Albanese as the only Democrats to declare their candidacy thus far. De Blasio has not been shy about making his family the public face… [More]

Liu Lays Out Bold Proposals in State of the City Speech

Written by Nick Powell on . Posted in Budget/Taxes, Daily, Economic Development, Education, Features, Government Operations, Latest, News, Social Services

With an elementary school choir, a dance troupe, and a trio of sibling violinists preceding him on stage this morning at John Jay College, it was a safe assumption that John Liu might be the least exciting person to take the stage on Thursday. Instead, Liu looked nothing like the mayoral candidate who has struggled to emerge from a cloud of suspicion surrounding his fundraising, and every bit like the ascendant and ambitious politician that New Yorkers thought they were… [More]

Poli-Tech: The digital tools politicos need to gain an edge in 2013

Written by Aaron Short on . Posted in Campaigns/Elections, Other News, Technology

A myriad of websites, apps and tools allow you to register to vote online, pressure your friends to get politically active, find your polling site and plan campaign events. And candidates can use these services to build their websites, raise money, identify their most fervid volunteers and track their progress up through Election Day.… [More]

Business Pushes Back as Paid Sick Leave Compromise Advances

Written by Aaron Short on . Posted in Daily, Features, Government Operations, Health Care, Heard Around Town, Labor/Unions, Latest, News

Councilmembers are contemplating a compromise paid sick leave bill this week, but the city’s business lobby is scrambling to shut it down. Partnership for New York City CEO Kathryn Wylde has been reminding lawmakers that requiring paid sick days for employees could be detrimental to city commerce, especially small businesses. “We don’t think city government belongs in the business of regulating private employee contracts,” she said. “This isn’t a situation like living wage or prevailing wage. This is the city saying it… [More]

The New Front in the Fight for Women’s Rights

Written by Alexis Grenell on . Posted in Opinion

Two years ago I walked into a fund-raiser for Planned Parenthood New York City at a cream-colored midtown apartment filled with fresh flowers. It was a scene out of a Nancy Meyers movie: educated, professional women and men in comfortable chic clothes with sharp eyewear. Council Speaker Christine Quinn was the star attraction, but I was curious to see how she’d be received. Earlier in the week Quinn had shelved the veto-proof paid-family-leave act, claiming that the measure would be… [More]

Organized Labor: Scorecard

Written by City & State on . Posted in Labor/Unions, News

The key New York issues and players in organized labor. THE ISSUES: PAID SICK LEAVE After the passage of living-wage and prevailing-wage bills in New York City, a coalition of labor and community groups has revived a paid-sick-leave bill. The legislation, which would mandate paid time off for workers who are ill or need to take care of family members, has put pressure on Council Speaker Christine Quinn, who has not allowed a vote despite strong support in the City… [More]