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City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito in Harlem letting residents know the paid sick leave measure is now in effect,  April 1, 2014. (credit: Monica Miller/WCBS 880)

Half A Million New Yorkers Covered Under Extension Of Paid Sick Leave Law

Workers at businesses with five or more employees who are hired to work more than 80 hours a calendar year will now be able to accrue up to five paid sick days per year under the new provision.

04/01/2014

Mayor Bill de Blasio

De Blasio, Mark-Viverito Back N.Y. State Dream Act

Mayor Bill de Blasio and City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito have told a conference of state lawmakers they are backing a bill to open state financial aid to students in the country illegally.

03/22/2014

A restaurant grade is seen at an establishment in Chelsea - New York, NY - Jan 19, 2011 (credit: Paul Murnane / WCBS 880)

City Council Moves To Eliminate ‘Gotcha System’ Of Restaurant Inspections

Fines will go down overall, but the city will maintain the letter grading system implemented by former mayor Michael Bloomberg in 2010.

03/21/2014

Mayor Bill de Blasio speaks on signing the paid sick leave bill into law on March 20, 2014. (credit: Marla Diamond/WCBS 880)

Mayor De Blasio Signs NYC Paid Sick Leave Bill Into Law

Combined with previous legislation, more than a half-million New Yorkers will now be entitled to take up to five sick days without fear of losing their job.

03/20/2014

NYPD Commissioner Bill Bratton speaks at a news conference on Feb. 27, 2014. (credit: Getty Images)

Bill Bratton Bucks Trend, Will March In St. Patrick’s Day Parade

Bratton, who’s Irish-American, was asked Thursday if he was planning to march during an unrelated press conference in Manhattan. He simply said “yes” and did not elaborate.

02/27/2014

FILE -- A man attends a rally in front of City Hall to show support for a paid sick leave bill on March 29, 2013 in New York City. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

NYC Council OKs Bill Expanding Required Paid Sick Leave

The new bill has the support of Mayor Bill de Blasio. It will give the right to have paid sick days to 355,000 workers.

02/26/2014

Revelers cheer on the marchers during the 251st annual St. Patrick's Day Parade March 17, 2012 in New York City. (Photo by Allison Joyce/Getty Images)

NYC Council Follows Mayor’s Lead, Steps Away From St. Patrick’s Parade

New York City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito said the council won’t have an official presence at this year’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade because of rules that prevent gay and lesbian groups from identifying themselves while marching.

02/25/2014

Lawmakers and workers rally Feb. 14 at City Hall in support of New York City determining its own minimum wage. (credit: Public Advocate Letita James/Twitter)

Workers, Elected Officials Call For City To Set Its Own Minimum Wage

Ralliers chanted “poverty wages have to go” and “we want change and we don’t mean pennies” at a demonstration on the City Hall steps Friday.

02/14/2014

Mayor Bill de Blasio announces an expansion of the paid sick days law on Jan. 17, 2014. (credit: Al Jones/1010 WINS)

De Blasio Announces Expansion Of Hotly Contested Paid Sick Days Law

The mayor is calling for businesses with five or more employees to provide five sick days, which would help more than 300,000 additional New Yorkers.

01/17/2014

Melissa Mark-Viverito on Jan. 8, 2014. (credit: Juliet Papa/1010 WINS)

Melissa Mark-Viverito Elected NYC Council Speaker

Mayor Bill de Blasio ally Melissa Mark-Viverito has been elected as New York City council speaker.

01/08/2014

Mayor Bill de Blasio (credit: Getty Images)

De Blasio Tries To Sway City Council Speaker Vote

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio has made the unusual and bold decision to forcefully interject himself into the race for City Council speaker.

01/07/2014

Charter school proponents rally at City Hall on Jan. 7, 2014. (credit: courtesy of Families for Excellent Schools)

Parents Rally Against Lawsuit That Threatens Charter Schools

If successful, a lawsuit by city officials and activists would be a setback for countless charter school students, some parents say.

01/07/2014

Melissa Mark-Viverito (Credit: Getty Images)

City Council To Elect Speaker Next Week; East Harlem Councilwoman Projects Victory

With New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio sworn in, attention turns to the second most powerful position in New York City. Members of the City Council will vote next week to select a speaker.

01/02/2014

Melissa Mark-Viverito (Credit: Getty Images)

Mark-Viverito Claims She Has Votes To Be Next City Council Speaker

Councilwoman Melissa Mark-Viverito says she will be the next City Council speaker.

12/18/2013

City Council Speaker Christine Quinn, right, talks with Councilman Jumaane Williams on Aug. 22, 2013. Williams is one of seven council members vying to replace Quinn as speaker. (credit: Getty Images)

NYC Council Members Make Their Pitches To Be Next Speaker

Seven council members attended a forum Wednesday night as they vie to fill a position that could provide key support — and potentially fierce opposition — to incoming Mayor Bill de Blasio.

11/20/2013

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