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

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An employee would get an hour of paid leave for every 30 hours worked for up to 10 paid days off per year.

In his State of the City address today, Mayor Bill de Blasio used the podium to sign an executive order establishing the Mayor's Office to Protect Tenants. He also announced new programs including a rebranded Department of Consumer Affairs, now the Department of Consumer and Worker Protection.

Using publicly available data, the land access group 596 Acres mapped out 208 lots of city-owned land sold or pending sale for $1 to developers since the beginning of the de Blasio administration in 2014. He did not explain how such a thing would - or could - be done, but the statement followed an earlier an announcement that a new city office would coordinate tenant protection efforts between separate housing and building agencies.

The programme will include customer-friendly call lines to help New Yorkers - regardless of their insurance - make appointments with general practitioners, cardiologists, paediatricians, gynaecologists, and a full spectrum of health care services, de Blasio said.

De Blasio said his programs would increase happiness in the city. "It's what this nation was founded for". City Councilman Jumaane Williams (D-Brooklyn) has indicated that he will be the lead sponsor on the on the bill.

The mayor said the plan will serve the 600,000 New Yorkers without insurance by strengthening New York City's public health insurance option, MetroPlus, and guaranteeing anyone ineligible for insurance, including undocumented New Yorkers.

He also re-upped a 2016 proposal to create a public retirement system for the 2 million New Yorkers who do not have employer-sponsored savings programs.

In a stark contrast to the rhetoric coming from the White House where an ongoing government shutdown hinges on funding for a southern border wall, the mayor sought to present an alternative vision of a government-one that is focused on keeping families together, giving them more time with each other and preventing abuse at work and at home.

Although the mayor is calling for legislation to be passed soon, he says the plan would be phased in over time. Currently, the following districts have 3K: District 4 (East Harlem), District 5 (Harlem), District 7 (South Bronx), District 16 (Bedford-Stuyvesant), District 23 (Brownsville), District 27 (Broad Channel, Howard Beach, Ozone Park, Rockaways).

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