Published: Sun, January 13, 2019
Medicine | By Tracy Klein

De Blasio launches agency to combat 'worst landlords'

De Blasio launches agency to combat 'worst landlords'

De Blasio said more than 500,000 full-time and part-time workers in the city now have no paid vacation days or personal days.

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.

"If you've spent your lifetime working, you've already paid your dues", de Blasio said in his State of the City address.

New York City has once again shown its intent to be a national leader in implementing robust worker protections.

Secure Choice auto-IRA programs like the one envisioned in New York City use the most effective savings method-payroll deduction-to help workers build a retirement nest egg, while states provide expertise and savings mechanisms in the form of pooled investment vehicles.

He said New Yorkers "need a break".

The mayor said, thanks to the Affordable Care Act, eight million New Yorkers now have health insurance, adding that the uninsured rate is about almost half of what it was in 2013.

"Health care is a human right".

All services will be affordable on a sliding scale. The program would improve NYC's public health insurance option, MetroPlus, and also guarantee that anyone ineligible for insurance has direct access to NYC Health + Hospitals' physicians, pharmacies and mental health services.

The mayor's team said it would advance legislation in the City Council to expand the transfer program and permit officials to take control of "upwards of 40 of the most distressed multi-unit buildings" each 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". City councilmembers, who'll have to hold hearings and write formal legislation in order to make the ideas reality seemed generally supportive. "Well-connected developers should not be getting sweetheart deals on the taxpayers' dime".

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