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

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Universal healthcare has become a rallying cry for liberal Democrats and an article of faith for numerous new representatives in Congress. Officials claimed that New York's scheme would be the most comprehensive free healthcare system in America.

The mayor says NY would become the first American city to require paid vacation for workers.

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But de Blasio said about 600,000 New Yorkers, including many Caribbean immigrants, remain without insurance, "because they do not or can not enrol".

I have lived in New York City since 1977.

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"Health care is a human right".

"When the city's worst landlords cheat their tenants, we will take their buildings away from them", he said in the 67-minute speech at the Peter Jay Sharp Theatre at Symphony Space on the Upper West Side. All services will be available on a sliding scale and will cover roughly the 600,000 city residents without insurance, roughly half of whom are undocumented immigrants.

The city will be expanding NYC Ferry service from Coney Island to Lower Manhattan (2021) and will be adding a new stop at the Brooklyn Navy Yard in 2019. Starting this summer, according to the Post, city officials said they will work to enroll undocumented residents through NYC Health + Hospitals, a network of public hospitals and clinics across the five boroughs. "Today we celebrate our city's relentless commitment to accessible, high-quality health care". If implemented, New York City would be the first jurisdiction in the country to mandate paid personal time for employees.

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 US census bureau data. The number of required days off would be pro-rated for part-time workers. "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".

De Blasio said the city would also expand "3-K" (pre-K for 3-year-olds) to about a third of the city's school districts, legalize marijuana "the right way", and get Albany to fix the subways. 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.

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