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City newsstands may sell higher-priced goods


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Official NYC Council photo by William Alatriste.

The city’s newsstands could become more than just a place to stop for a periodical and pack of gum.

Newly proposed legislation would raise the price limit for selling products at newsstands from $5 to $10 pre-tax.

The City Council increased the maximum price from $2 to $5 in 2001, but prices of in-demand products, such as umbrellas and chargers, have gone up since that time.

The increase will also allow consumers to have more options when it comes to purchasing batteries, earphones, city guides and other products. Newspapers, magazines, periodicals, and prepaid calling or transit cards are exempt from the price limit.

“Over 11 years ago, in his very first bill signing as mayor, Mike Bloomberg gave sidewalk newsstands a raise,” said Counsel to the NYC Newsstand Operators Association Robert Bookman. “Well after 11 years, we need another one. With the support of Speaker Quinn and the Council leadership, this bill will help keep these iconic New York street institutions in business and help them moms and pops that run them make a decent living. There were once over 1,500 sidewalk newsstands in the city–today there are about 300. We want to make sure we don’t lose any more of them.”

Sponsored by Councilmember Karen Koslowitz, the legislation will be introduced to the City Council on May 22.

 

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City Council passes paid sick leave bill


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Photo courtesy of Twitter/@ChrisCQuinn

City legislators voted today to rectify the New York’s policy on paid sick leave, and now have enough support to override a veto from the mayor’s office.

Councilmembers voted 45-3 on the bill that would require businesses with 20 or more employees to give at least five paid sick days per worker beginning next April. Starting in October 2015, businesses with 15 or more workers will have to do the same.

City Council Speaker Christine Quinn, a mayoral candidate, helped broker the deal in its current incarnation, after opposing the parameters originally put forth.

However, Manhattan Councilmember Gale A. Brewer, who’s pushed for paid sick leave since 2010, received most of the credit during the bill’s roll call vote.

“I want to congratulate Councilmember Gale Brewer and the paid sick leave coalition,” said Councilmember Leroy Comrie. Opposed to the original standards the bill put forth, Comrie said this was a compromise that may not be ideal “but a major step forward.”

The bill also guarantees unpaid sick days to all New York workers, despite the size of their company or business.

Mayor Michael Bloomberg has repeatedly promised to veto the bill when it comes across his desk, saying it will kill small businesses across the city.

Private sector jobs were up to one of the highest numbers in the city’s history, the mayor announced during his budget address last week. In response to the bill passing, however, Bloomberg alleged the bill would back track economic development.

The bill could cost employers other employees or other benefits as they’ll have to allocate more money toward the paid sick days.

Quinn, announcing the agreement between councilmembers and labor leaders in March, said the current bill is more of a balance for workers and proprietors. The bill will also be put on hold if the city’s economy takes a downturn in the time in between.

 

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Cops release third video of man sought in string of sexual assaults on kids


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Photo and video courtesy of NYPD

The hunt is still on for a suspect in South Ozone Park wanted for sexual assaults on young children as cops release a third video of the alleged perpetrator.

Police say the perv sexually assaulted two seven-year-old girls in separate incidents on Wednesday. The suspect approached the first girl around 3 p.m., police said, and groped her while she sat on the stoop of her home.

He approached the second girl around 6 p.m. while she was playing in her driveway. Police said he performed a sexual act on the girl before fleeing on foot.

Community response has been rapid and active in the wake of the assaults.

The NYPD has increased its presence in the area, giving the 106th Precinct more cops to search for the suspect.

The extra forces include officers from the sexual crimes and criminal response divisions along with eight police cars and 16 officers.

The Community Affairs arm of the NYPD is passing out fliers depicting the suspect and will speak to schools in the precinct on “stranger danger.”

Police have also increased the award to $12,000 for information on the suspect, who is described as a man in his 20s of dark complexion.

City Council Speaker and mayoral candidate Christine Quinn visited South Ozone Park on Monday, May 6 to pass out flyers.

“We’re asking the public, if you recognize this man, call the anonymous tips line,” Quinn told reporters. “We need your help. If you or your child were victimized by him, call the police.”

Councilmember Eric Ulrich, who was also at the appearance, said the community was visibly shocked by the reported assaults.

“It happened in my district,” Ulrich said, “And I can tell you that since this heinous crime took place, the residents in South Ozone Park have been shaken to their core.”

He added that the community and NYPD have been working together to spread information about the suspect through flyers, social media and other means.

“People have been keeping an eye out for this creep,” he said. “People need to be vigilant so he can be apprehended as soon as possible.”

Some Indar, who comes to South Ozone Park to shop at the Home Depot on Rockaway Boulevard, said it was odd for something like this to happen in a community-oriented environment.

“People don’t expect these things around here,” he said.

Anyone with information in regards to either of the above crimes is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-577-TIPS (5477).  The public can also submit their tips by visiting the Crime Stoppers website at or by texting their tips to 274637 (CRIMES) then enter TIP577.

 

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Queens’ Morning Roundup


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TODAY’S FORECAST

Tuesday: Mostly cloudy in the morning, then overcast with a chance of rain. High of 70. Winds from the East at 5 to 15 mph. Chance of rain 20%. Tuesday night: Overcast with a chance of rain. Low of 54. Winds from the ESE at 10 to 15 mph. Chance of rain 50%.

EVENT OF THE DAY: Beer Burger Conquest Dinner

NY Burger Week culminates at Alewife in Long Island City with a beer and burger pairing dinner. There will be a menu featuring five gourmet burgers made from five different animals—each expertly paired with a top-rated craft beer by the Alewife’s beer sommelier, Patrick Donagher. Click here for more info or to submit an event of your own

Hospital expansion passes important hurdle 

The state Health Department has approved a major facelift of a western Queens hospital. Read more: New York Daily News

3 women, missing for a decade, found alive in Ohio

The voice of the long-missing woman was frantic and breathless, choking back tears. “Help me. I’m Amanda Berry,” she told a 911 dispatcher. “I’ve been kidnapped and I’ve been missing for 10 years and I’m, I’m here, I’m free now.” Read more: AP/ABC New York

Quinn offers plan to add slots for gifted in city schools

Seeking to address pervasive racial disparities at the top echelons of New York City schools, Christine C. Quinn, the City Council speaker, plans on Tuesday to propose a significant overhaul of gifted and talented programs that would provide space for more children and loosen admissions requirements. Read more: New York Times

State Senator John Sampson surrenders to face corruptions charges

A New York state senator from Brooklyn, once among Albany’s most powerful politicians, is surrendered to authorities Monday to face corruption charges. Read more: ABC New York

Shoring up Rockaway beaches before another hurricane season hits

The city is turning to war zones for ideas on how to hold back the raging Atlantic Ocean on storm-battered Rockaway. Read more: New York Daily News

Internet sales tax bill faces tough sell in House

Traditional retailers and cash-strapped states face a tough sell in the House as they lobby Congress to limit tax-free shopping on the Internet. Read more: AP

NYC may raise tobacco purchase age to 21


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If City Council Speaker Christine Quinn has her way, drinking won’t be the only thing that becomes legal at 21.

Newly proposed Council legislation would raise the minimum age for purchasing tobacco products in the five boroughs from 18 to 21.

The change would make NYC the first major U.S. city to have a minimum smoking age above 19 years old.

“Too many adult smokers begin this deadly habit before age 21,” said Quinn, who announced the legislation today along with Department of Health and Mental Hygiene Commissioner Dr. Thomas Farley and representatives from leading health advocacy organizations. “By delaying our city’s children and young adults access to lethal tobacco products, we’re decreasing the likelihood they ever start smoking, and thus, creating a healthier city.”

Although the city has cut the smoking rate over the last decade through measures such as banning smoking in bars and raising cigarette prices, the rate among youths has remained consistent at 8.5 percent since 2007, according to a statement from Quinn.

“Considering that 85 percent of U.S. smokers begin their deadly habit before they reach age 21, this legislation would help prevent more youth from succumbing to an addiction that could cost them their lives,” said Jeff Seyler, president and CEO of the American Lung Association of the Northeast.

 

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Poll: Anthony Weiner places second in potential Democratic mayoral run


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An Anthony Weiner mayoral run could mix up the Democratic primary, a new poll found.

The former Queens congressmember, who resigned in disgrace after sending lewd pictures over Twitter, placed second in a recent NBC New York/Marist poll.

According to the results, 15 percent of voters would elect him as the Democratic mayoral candidate, behind front-runner City Council Speaker Christine Quinn at 26 percent.

“Right now, a Weiner candidacy attracts double-digit support in the Democratic primary,” Dr. Lee M. Miringoff, director of the Marist Institute for Public Opinion. “He makes it even more difficult for any of the Democratic contenders to reach the needed forty percent to avoid a run-off.”

Although Weiner has yet to announce his candidacy in the 2013 race, he flirted with the idea in a New York Times article published last week.

“It’s not the single animating force in my life as it was for quite some time,” he told the Times. “But I do recognize, to some degree, it’s now or maybe never for me, in terms of running for something.”

Weiner was also interviewed by NY1 on Monday, where he again mentioned the idea of running for office, while apologizing for the actions that led to his resignation.

“I think I’ll be spending a lot of time, here on out, saying I’m sorry,” he said during the interview.

“If I run for mayor and if I become the mayor, I want people looking at me and saying, ‘You know what, you are in charge, you did this. You are accountable.’”

-BY ANTHONY O’REILLY

 

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Democratic candidates tackle tough issues at Queens mayoral debate


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THE COURIER/Photo by Melissa Chan

Four of five Democrats running for mayor would do away with stop-and-frisk or severely tweak it if they make it to Gracie Mansion.

City Comptroller John Liu, Public Advocate Bill de Blasio and ex-Comptroller Bill Thompson said they were opposed to the controversial police tactic at a Queens mayoral debate last week. Former Councilmember Sal Albanese said it needed to be modified.

Front-runner City Council Speaker Christine Quinn was a no-show at the April 11 forum and has not publicly announced her stance on the issue.

“You think you’re reading about some third world dictatorship, not America and certainly not the City of New York,” Liu said. “It has to be abolished. That’s the way to . . . return our city to a state where it’s less of a police state and more of a city that we all came to America to see.”

The four candidates said the NYPD policy has caused rifts between police and communities. Liu, de Blasio and Thompson lambasted the practice as racial profiling.

“Somehow they’re being treated as suspects as a whole class of people,” de Blasio said of young minority males.

The public advocate also supported a plan to allow an inspector general to monitor the city’s police department. He and Thompson called for a new police commissioner, a mayoral appointment, to replace current department head Ray Kelly.

“Stop and frisk, when used correctly, is a useful policing tool,” Thompson said. “But it has been misused and abused by Bloomberg and by Commissioner Ray Kelly.”

Albanese said he would keep the policy in tact but would “focus on quality stops” and officer training. He also supported legalizing marijuana, but did not say if he would give Kelly the boot.

The mayoral hopefuls also discussed the city’s “abysmal” response to Sandy, the need to repair the public school system and plans to fix the city’s income gap.

Liu and de Blasio were in favor of hiking city taxes on incomes of more than $500,000 annually. Thompson said focusing on skill development in public schools would help close the city’s income gap.

“I always talk about the ‘tale of two cities’ we’re living,” de Blasio said. “It’s right in front of our eyes, these vast disparities that are going unaddressed.”

Albanese touted the 1996 passage of the New York City Living Wage Bill under his City Council tenure. But he warned against raising taxes on the wealthy, saying it would push the rich out of the city.

“It’s very sexy to say, ‘Let’s tax the rich.’ Bottom line is we want to generate revenue from services,” he said.

Liu, who wants to increase minimum wage to $11.50 an hour, said there was no evidence of wealthy residents hightailing it out of the city.

“I think it’s time that we stop holding our city hostage to those kinds of ideas,” he said.

 

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Queens’ Morning Roundup


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TODAY’S FORECAST 

Friday: Overcast with rain. Fog early. High of 52. Windy. Winds from the East at 10 to 25 mph with gusts to 40 mph. Chance of rain 100% with rainfall amounts near 0.8 in. possible. Friday night: Overcast with a chance of rain in the evening, then mostly cloudy. Fog overnight. Low of 39. Winds from the North at 5 to 10 mph. Chance of rain 30%.

EVENT OF THE DAY: Tango Lovers

On Friday, April 12 and Saturday, April 13, at the Queens Theatre, an ensemble of acclaimed dancers, musicians and singers present Tango Lovers,  a unique and extraordinary show conveying an array of emotions via tango. Click here for more info or to submit an event of your own

Quinn proposes city takeover of MTA

City Council Speaker and mayoral candidate Christine Quinn said that the city should be in charge of its own mass transit system in a speech at LaGuardia Community College Thursday morning. Read more: NY1

NFLer’s La Guardia gun rap discharged

A defensive end for the NFL’s Tampa Bay Buccaneers made a deal with Queens prosecutors yesterday that will sack his gun charges for carrying a pistol through La Guardia Airport. Read more: New York Post

Police search for missing Jackson Heights teen

Police are looking for a missing 18-year-old resident of the Jackson Heights section of Queens who has a history of mental health issues. Read more: NY1

Judge questions legality of fee for New York City bike tour

A judge has questioned the legality of a fee for the cost of policing New York City’s largest bike tour. Read more: AP/ABC New York

New York Fleet Week to be scaled back

Fox 5 has learned that New York Fleet Week will be scaled back due to the recent automatic spending cuts in Washington. Read more: Fox New York

Kerry to North Korea: Don’t test missile

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry delivered a stark warning to North Korea on Friday not to test-fire a mid-range missile, while rejecting a new U.S. intelligence report suggesting significant progress in the communist regime’s nuclear weapons program. Read more: AP

Queens’ Morning Roundup


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TODAY’S FORECAST 

Wednesday: Mostly cloudy with a chance of a thunderstorm and a chance of rain in the afternoon. High of 77. Winds from the West at 5 to 15 mph. Chance of rain 50%. Wednesday night: Overcast with thunderstorms and rain showers, then a chance of rain after midnight. Fog overnight. Low of 52. Winds from the SE at 5 to 10 mph. Chance of rain 60% with rainfall amounts near 0.3 in. possible.

EVENT OF THE DAY: The Big Thing

At the Laughing Devil Comedy Club , get the New York area’s  freshest jokes by comedians vying to be the next big thing and become a club regular. The show also features some special guest headliners. Click here for more info or to submit an event of your own

Council Speaker Christine Quinn blasts Councilman Dan Halloran’s ‘arrogance’

City Councilman Dan Halloran was a no-show Tuesday for the first council meeting since he was pinched by the feds last week, as Speaker Christine Quinn eviscerated him for sending out a “stupid” press release. Read more: New York Daily News

New York City councilman proposes crackdown on costumed characters

New York City Councilman Peter Vallone Jr. introduced legislation Tuesday that would either ban or introduce tight regulations on costumed characters in New York City. Read more: CBS New York

Temptress who swindled elderly Queens man arrested after 6 years on lam

A temptress on the lam for six years after she was convicted of milking an elderly Queens man out of his life savings has been busted halfway across the country, authorities said Tuesday. Read more: New York Daily News

Quinn suffers small drop poll shows, but still outpaces opponents

A couple of weeks of constant battering cost City Council Speaker Christine Quinn a few points in the latest mayoral poll. Read more: New York Post

FEMA: Building a sea wall would change home elevation requirements

The community board in the Rockaways announced Tuesday that the city will spend $4 million on each of the five new lifeguard stands planned for this summer and $2 million on each of two public bathrooms to be built on Rockaway Beach. Read more: NY1

Obama budget targets millionaires, replaces sequester cuts

The White House on Wednesday proposed a budget that sharply trims the U.S. deficit over three years by forcing millionaires to pay more in taxes and enacting spending cuts that replace the “sequester” reductions that went into place last month. Read more: Reuters

City Council strips Dan Halloran of funding power


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DAN HALLORAN

The City Council has voted to strip disgraced Councilmember Dan Halloran of his committee assignments and power to allocate funding.

Halloran faces federal charges for allegedly playing a key role in a conspiracy and bribery scheme to rig the mayoral election, authorities said.

Power to distribute funds in the 19th District now falls to Speaker Christine Quinn’s office and the Council’s entire Queens Delegation, according to Councilmember Leroy Comrie, the delegation’s chair.

“The entire delegation will be working closely, regarding funding, in consultation with his staff and all of the groups,” Comrie said. “It will be a delegation collaborative effort, working with the community and all the groups that have requested funding.”

Bayside and College Point residents in Halloran’s district recently voted to create kayak and canoe launches in Little Bay Park and restore a cultural institute as part of the city’s participatory budgeting process.

Halloran’s spokesperson Kevin Ryan said the Council will “most likely honor” the votes despite the funding freeze. But sources said the $1 million initiative could be in jeopardy.

“We’ll try to do as much as we can to keep the participatory budgeting,” said Comrie.

Meanwhile, a handful of state elected officials are fighting for a hand in allocating the district’s city funds.

“I have a real problem with someone from outside the district placing money,” said State Senator Tony Avella. “We know the district better than anyone else. We want to make sure the groups that deserve the funding in this district get the proper funding. That would be terribly unfair if the groups are disenfranchised.”

Avella and three assemblymembers who represent parts of the district have placed calls to the Speaker to be part of the decision making process.

“That’s not okay in my opinion,” Avella said. “None of them know the groups in this district.”

 

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Queens’ Morning Roundup


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TODAY’S FORECAST

Tuesday: Partly cloudy. Fog early. High of 75. Breezy. Winds from the WNW at 15 to 20 mph. Tuesday night: Mostly cloudy with rain showers. Low of 55. Winds from the WSW at 5 to 10 mph shifting to the South after midnight. Chance of rain 20%.

EVENT OF THE DAY: A Celebration of Queens Composers

At the Center for Mediation Services in Jamaica, the Quintet of the Americas will present a program featuring Wind Quintet by Beata Moon (Forest Hills), Quintet No. 2 for Winds by James Cohn (Douglaston), The Stuff of Comets by Dylan Glatthorn (Astoria) and Sincerita by Christopher Caliendo (Jackson Heights). Starts at 1 p.m. Free. Click here for more info or to submit an event of your own

Queens middle school teacher arrested for alleged sexual relationship with student

A Queens public school teacher has been arrested for allegedly having a sexual relationship with a student that started when the girl was 13 years old , according to police and published reports. Read more: The Queens Courier

Queens Councilman Dan Halloran can’t dole out council funds, but makes it look like he can

Busted by the feds last week, City Councilman Dan Halloran is moving ahead with an effort to dole out $1 million in discretionary funds after soliciting recommendations from constituents. Read more: New York Daily News

Sources: NYS Legislature to change ethics rules following back-to-back scandals

The embarrassing corruption scandals that took down a state senator and two assemblymen may finally lead to ethics changes. Read more: CBS New York

New test of patience for Rockaway: late-night work on storm-ravaged boardwalk

Rockaway residents, already battered by a storm that left their peninsula hobbled for months, are facing another test of patience. Read more: New York Daily News

Ad nausea for Quinn: Demands enemies’ TV spot be pulled

Democratic mayoral hopeful Christine Quinn declared war yesterday on the left-wing backers of a TV ad attacking her, demanding that Time Warner Cable stop airing the spot because, she claims, it is factually wrong. Read more: New York Post

Senators to add high-tech visas, dispute details 

Senators finalizing a massive immigration bill are arguing over plans to boost visas for high-tech workers, Senate aides and industry officials say, with disputes flaring over how best to punish companies that train workers here only to ship them overseas. Read more: AP

Kevin Ware, Louisville beat Michigan to win NCAA title

Rick Pitino held court in a tunnel beneath the Georgia Dome, going on and on about the grittiest bunch of guys he’s ever coached. Read more: AP/ABC New York

 

 

 

Queens’ Morning Roundup


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TODAY’S FORECAST 

Monday: Partly cloudy. High of 68. Winds from the North at 5 to 10 mph shifting to the SSW in the afternoon. Monday night: Overcast with a chance of rain. Low of 54. Winds from the South at 5 to 10 mph. Chance of rain 30%.

EVENT OF THE DAY: Holocaust Memorial Day Talk by Holocaust Survivor

At 1:30 p.m. at the Central Queens Y in Forest Hills, writer, artist and civil rights activist Marione Ingram will discuss her memoir on her experiences during the Holocaust. Following World War II, Ingram emigrated to the U.S. and set up a Freedom School in Mississippi during the 1960s. $6 suggested donation. Click here for more info or to submit an event of your own

Gov. Cuomo considering ousting Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver over Albany scandals

Gov. Cuomo and his top aides are looking to use last week’s round of embarrassing scandals in Albany to oust Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver — and they’re already eyeing an upstate lawmaker to replace him, The Post has learned. Read more: New York Post

Missing cab driver found in Jamaica Hospital bed days after cracked skull, memory loss

A seriously injured livery car driver lay in a Queens hospital for nearly a week before his family — who feared he was dead — finally was notified of his whereabouts, the Daily News has learned. Read more: New York Daily News

Queensboro Bridge open again following oxygen tank explosion

Traffic is back to normal on the Ed Koch Queensboro Bridge after an oxygen tank explosion created a fireball and shut down the span Sunday evening. Read more: ABC New York

Activists petition against ‘abusive practices’ in the NYPD

Members of an activist group circulated a petition at posts around the city Sunday — with the goal of ending what the group called “abusive practices” in the New York City Police Department. Read more: CBS New York

Queens Community Board 9 looks to boot member for ‘non-attendance’

A Queens community board is looking to boot a member for playing hooky too often — a move that civic leaders said is quite rare for the volunteer panels. Read more: New York Daily News

Lhota lashes Quinn over pals’ $lush

Gop mayoral contender Joe Lhota yesterday blasted Democratic front-runner Christine Quinn for what he called her poor oversight of how City Council members spend discretionary taxpayer dollars known as member items. Read more: New York Post 

Margaret Thatcher, Britain’s first female PM, dead at 87

Former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher died Monday following a stroke, her spokeswoman confirmed. Read more: CNN

 

Quinn: City Council reaches deal on required paid sick leave


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Photo courtesy of Twitter/@ChrisCQuinn

Small businesses will soon be mandated to provide an allotted number of sick days, after a compromise on the much-debated legislation was struck last night.

Union leaders, advocates and city lawmakers came to a deal on the Paid Sick Leave bill, which has been opposed by Mayor Michael Bloomberg and Council Speaker Christine Quinn, a mayoral candidate, for the last three years. Quinn, however, would ultimately go on to broker the deal on the bill.

It will go to the City Council, where it’s expected to pass with enough support to override a Bloomberg veto.

When the full bill kicks in a year from now, businesses with at least 20 employees will have to give workers at least five paid sick days. Companies with at least 15 or more employees must provide paid sick leave beginning October 2015.

All businesses, Quinn said when officially announcing the deal, will be required to provide unpaid sick leave beginning April 2014.

The combined paid and unpaid days would benefit more than a million New Yorkers, just under a million of which would be covered by paid sick leave, according to Quinn.

Although publically opposing the parameters of the plan for years, Quinn said she always supported the goals of the bill and striking an agreement was a matter of how and when.

But, should the economy take another downturn, the bill, expected to pass the council in late April, would be delayed until the city and small businesses can sustain it.

The effects on small business have been a concern since Manhattan Councilmember Gale A. Brewer started pushing for the bill three years ago.

This deal, Quinn said, found the balance on benefiting workers without hurting their employers.

“It’s been my goal to make sure that when we provide this important benefit to millions of people who need access to paid sick leave,” she said. “We did it without creating an administrative burden on those businesses that currently offer the benefit when they can least afford it.”

Advocacy groups and unions have reacted positively to the announcement. They have particularly applauded Brewer’s work and that workers don’t have to fear being fired to take a day off to rest, or care for another.

“No longer will a parent have to make the impossible choice whether to stay home to care for a sick child or go to work to feed their family,” said Javier Valdez, co-executive director of Make the Road New York.

32BJ SEIU President Hector Figueroa said the bill would set the bar nationwide for providing paid sick leave to workers.

“We are telling not only New York, but the nation, that the time is right. The time is right to take care of one another. The time is right to make it easy for working people to provide for their families. And the time is right to be able to reconcile the interests of business with the interests of the majority of the working population.”

The Queens business community also appreciates that the deal finds a balance between helping workers and not affecting merchants, said Jack Friedman, executive director of the Chamber of Commerce.

“We applaud her [Quinn’s] efforts and the efforts of Councilmember Gale Brewer,” Friedman said. “We appreciate the fact that she listened to us throughout the process and we’re 100-percent behind her decision.”

 

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Queens’ Morning Roundup


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TODAY’S FORECAST

Thursday: Overcast with a chance of snow. High of 39 with a windchill as low as 27. Winds from the NNW at 10 to 15 mph. Chance of snow 30%. Thursday night: Partly cloudy. Low of 30 with a windchill as low as 21F. Winds from the WNW at 10 to 15 mph.

EVENT OF THE DAY: Spring Peepers with the National Park Service

Celebrate the first full day of spring with a National Park Ranger on a stroll to Big Johns Pond. Evening will begin with a short indoor presentation. Bring a flashlight. Free. Click here for more info or to submit an event of your own

Quinn, rivals at odds over paid sick leave at mayoral candidates forum

There wasn’t much the five candidates disagreed on at a mayoral forum for Democratic candidates Wednesday night, except for Christine Quinn’s resistance to bringing paid sick leave up for a vote in the City Council. Read more: NY1

Cuomo, state lawmakers reach budget deal 

Governor Andrew Cuomo and legislative leaders said Wednesday evening that they have reached a state budget agreement, which would include raising the minimum wage to $9 an hour over three years. Read more: CBS New York

Vice President Biden in NYC to talk gun control

The Vice President of the United States will meet with Mayor Michael Bloomberg and the families of the victims of the Newtown, Conn. massacre to discuss toughening gun control laws. Read more: Fox New York

Cops act out proper stop-and-frisk procedures in new NYPD training

Cops-turned-actors are showing police officers a better way to stop and frisk in new NYPD training on a city-block stage set in the Bronx. Read more: New York Daily News

‘Tonight’ headed to Apple

Work is under way to bring the “Tonight Show” back to New York. Read more: New York Post

President Obama meets Palestinians as rockets hit Israel

U.S. President Barack Obama is meeting Palestinian officials on the second day of his Mideast tour to emphasize the importance of reaching an Israeli-Palestinian peace deal, a message underscored Thursday when Palestinian militants in Gaza launched rockets into southern Israel. Read more: ABC New York/AP

Republican candidate Tom Allon drops out of NYC mayor’s race


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Sunday the Democratic mayoral field widened, but today the list of Republican candidates is shorter.

Newspaper publisher Tom Allon announced Monday that he is dropping out of the 2013 race for mayor of New York City.

In a statement, the CEO of Manhattan Media said he was withdrawing his bid after acquiring City and State Media, which exclusively covers New York government and politics.

“While no longer a candidate, I will continue to passionately and relentlessly pursue a reform agenda as an education activist, a columnist and blogger, and parent of three teenagers,” said Allon.

In the primary the ex-Democrat was set to face former head of the MTA Joe Lhota, supermarket billionaire John Catsimatidis and Doe Fund founder George McDonald.

“I entered this race in 2011 to offer the voters of New York City a choice that was different from the career politicians who at the time seemed likely to be the only Mayoral candidates in the campaign-to-come, but the equation has changed in the months since,” Allon also said in his statement. “I have been gratified to hear Joe Lhota, John Catsimatidis, Bill Thompson, Christine Quinn and others voice some of my education and economic development ideas and I hope the next mayor will see them to fruition.”

 

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