Politico reported that the Office of Tenant Protection will launch before the end of the year, have five employees and receive an operating budget of $450,000. "There's plenty of money in this city", de Blasio said.
His wife, Chirlane McCray, who traces her roots to Barbados and St Lucia, said with the announcement New York City takes another leap ahead of the rest of the country in providing health services.
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.
The potential flood of new patients would be coming into the purview of a health care system that's spent years operating under a chronic shortage of primary care providers - a long-running challenge City & State documented last October.
To help people save for their retirement, the mayor intends to work with the City Council to require all employers with at least five employees to either offer access to a retirement plan or auto-enroll their employees into the city plan, with a default contribution out of the employees' own earnings of 5 percent (which could then be increased or reduced by the employee).
There are approximately 600,000 New Yorkers without health care coverage. 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. At this point, there are more questions than answers, but one thing is certain-if successfully enacted, the mayor's paid time off proposal will significantly impact New York City employers.
The City Council is set to introduce legislation this week that would make such funds legal - currently, the Conflicts of Interest Board has ruled that accepting more than $50 to pay legal bills would be an illegal gift, unless from very close friends and family. "Well-connected developers should not be getting sweetheart deals on the taxpayers' dime".