De Blasio launches agency to combat 'worst landlords'

De Blasio launches agency to combat 'worst landlords'

"We have been the progressive laboratory for of many generations".

De Blasio said his programs would increase happiness in the city. No U.S. city or state requires paid time off for workers, according to the Post, although Puerto Rico does require employers to pay for time off.

After a pair of major announcements earlier this week, Mayor Bill de Blasio delivered his annual State of the City address on Thursday. "For too many New Yorkers, they live in..." The mayor proposed establishing retirement plans for any worker who doesn't have one.

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 USA census bureau data.

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"If fines and penalties don't cut it, we will seize buildings and put them into the hands of a nonprofit that will treat tenants with the respect they deserve". This paid personal time would be in addition to the five days of paid sick leave already provided to workers under the New York City Earned Safe and Sick Time Act, which took effect in 2014. But to make some commutes easier, he also said the city plans to add ferry routes connecting Staten Island to Manhattan's West Side, Coney Island in Brooklyn to Lower Manhattan and an extension of the Soundview route to Ferry Point.

In a bit of municipal theater, the mayor announced he planned to sign an executive order to create the Mayor's Office to Protect Tenants, a place that de Blasio said will crack down on the city's most abusive landlords. The city will double the number of intersections where buses are given green light priority and keep bus lanes clear, the major promised, with expanded camera enforcement and seven dedicated tow truck teams within NYPD, the departments' "first-ever tow truck units dedicated exclusively to keeping parked cars out of bus lanes".

De Blasio also pledged to expand pre-K for 3-year-olds to 20,000 by 2019 instead of 19,000 by 2021, while also extending a program that gives free vision checks and glasses to 5- and 6-year-old schoolchildren. The program, which is now in six districts, will be expanded to Washington Heights, the South Bronx, East New York, Staten Island, Bushwick and Soundview, serving 20,000 more children in the next school year.

Thanks to the Affordable Care Act, about 8 million New Yorkers now have health insurance, and the uninsured rate is about almost half of what it was in 2013.

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