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

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The announcements come after weeks of the city and New York State getting hammered by local press and politicians for the handling of the Amazon HQ2 bid process, criticized for being negotiated behind closed doors and for promising billions of dollars in tax incentives to one of the world's largest and richest corporations while there are well-documented billions of dollars in repairs needed for the city's public housing and public transportation systems. De Blasio talked about the struggles his family endured when he and his wife Chirlane McCray's mothers both fell ill at the same time, and used that frame of a struggling family to lay out proposals that were intended for an audience that extended beyond NY.

"The city's worst landlords will have a new sheriff to fear", de Blasio said.

All services will be affordable on a sliding scale. Workers would have to be employed for four months to qualify.

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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.

He also touted his guaranteed health care for all program, which he pre-announced two days ago. Current NYC Health + Hospitals CEO Mitchell Katz previously oversaw the creation and implementation of Healthy San Francisco during his 13 years as director and health officer of the San Francisco Department of Health. City councilmembers, who'll have to hold hearings and write formal legislation in order to make the ideas reality seemed generally supportive.

"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. "Every New Yorker, no matter their race or gender, sexual orientation, or socio-economic status should have accessible and reliable health care", state Sen.

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To help people save for their retirement, the mayor intends to work with the City Council to require all employers with at least five employees to either offer access to a retirement plan or auto-enroll their employees into the city plan, with a default contribution out of the employees' own earnings of 5 percent (which could then be increased or reduced by the employee).

"Workers in New York City already earn up to a week of paid time off". "Enhanced coordination among city agencies will better protect tenants and prevent additional bureaucracy that negatively impacts the vast majority of property owners who comply with the law".

"This is the city paying for direct comprehensive care (not just ERs) for people who can't afford it, or can't get comprehensive Medicaid - including 300,000 undocumented New Yorkers", posted a spokesperson for De Blasio on social media.

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