New York mayor proposes paid leave for employees, a first for US

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"They miss weddings... They miss all the things that make life whole", says de Blasio.

"In this city, nannies, home health aids, housekeepers, drivers, freelancers - more than 200,000 New Yorkers receive no benefits at all and have no security", he said.

All services will be affordable on a sliding scale.

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former president Barack Obama's health care law a key pledge of his campaign, and his Republican party successfully repealed in 2017 a key provision meant to keep overall costs down by ensuring healthy individuals bought insurance.

"Workers in New York City already earn up to a week of paid time off.

While the federal government works to cut health care for millions of Americans, New York City is leading the way by guaranteeing that every New Yorker has access to quality, comprehensive care, regardless of immigration status or their ability to pay", he said.

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Ten people had serious but non-life threatening injuries while at least another 37 people had lighter injuries, he said. Police have encouraged members of the public to stay away from the area as emergency services attend to the scene.

"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.

The legislation would require employers with five or more employees to offer 10 paid days off that could be used for any goal. A third bill, also announced Wednesday, may have an impact on more New Yorkers than either. Part-time workers would fall under a mandate allowing them to accrue paid time off at a guaranteed minimum rate.

Conservative organizations and groups that represent employers said the paid vacation mandate proposed in NY would hurt the city's economy.

The mayor added that other major nations recognize the need for paid personal time, and said New York City will lead the way in the U.S.

Both stories being leaked first to national press, as opposed to local papers, had local journalists grumbling about - if not outright offended by - yet another display of the mayor's disdain for local NYC media, revealed explicitly a year ago in a series of emails released on court order.

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. 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. "Well-connected developers should not be getting sweetheart deals on the taxpayers' dime".

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