De Blasio unveils benefits for NYC’s least wealthy in State of the City speech
Low-income workers and immigrants come out ahead
Mayor Bill de Blasio let his progressive flag fly on Thursday as he announced a number of new worker- and immigrant-friendly initiatives in his State of the City Speech.
His theme was Fairest Big City, and by fair, the mayor meant fair for the lower 99 percent. “There’s plenty of money in this city,” de Blasio said. “It’s just in the wrong hands.”
De Blasio said he would be working with the City Council to pass a local law that makes it mandatory for employers to provide a paid two-week vacation for all workers, “just like paid sick leave and overtime pay.”
“And those things have not stopped us from having a booming economy, have they? It’s the right thing to do,” he declared.