Mayor Bill de Blasio announces plan to protect New York City tenants

Pearl Mccarthy
January 13, 2019

The programs will include customer-friendly call lines to help New Yorkers-regardless of their insurance-make appointments with general practitioners, cardiologists, pediatricians, gynecologists and a full spectrum of health care services. The Washington Post reported that "the promise is aimed at 600,000 New Yorkers who lack insurance because they can't afford it, believe they don't need it, or can't get it because they are in the country illegally". "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".

NYC Care is set to launch later this year in the Bronx borough, becoming available across the entire city by 2021, according to a statement.

The idea took inspiration from San Francisco's version of universal health care, Healthy San Francisco, enacted in 2007.

The legislation would have to be passed by the City Council.

Mayor Bill de Blasio said he will pursue local legislation that would require private employers with five or more employees to offer 10 annual days of paid personal time, allowing employees to take paid time off for any goal. Part-time workers would fall under a mandate allowing them to accrue paid time off at a guaranteed minimum rate.

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"This forward-looking move by Mayor de Blasio is a positive step toward providing a secure retirement for New York City residents", said Hank Kim, executive director and counsel of the National Conference on Public Employee Retirement System.

Currently, no USA city or state, or the federal government, requires firms to offer paid leave - making the U.S. unique among developed countries. Additionally, Metro Plus will announce a series of enhancements throughout the year. City Councilman Jumaane Williams (D-Brooklyn) has indicated that he will be the lead sponsor on the on the bill.

In the lead-up to his address, de Blasio introduced two new initiatives for his administration this year.

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".

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