8:43 am Aug. 16, 2012
Most New York City voters support the idea of a bill requiring employers to provide sick pay and don't believe it will harm business, according to a Quinnipiac poll.
City voters support the Paid Sick bill 73-20 percent, according to Quinnipiac, whose poll showed Republicans to be the only group not favoring it (by 48-42 percent.)
In the meantime, the owner of Park Slope's popular Bogota Latin Bistro, who signed on to a letter to City Council Christine Quinn opposing the bill, has reportedly reconsidered his position.
The question for Quinn, who is preventing the bill from being voted on in the Council, is whether she can find a compromise on the legislation that's acceptable to the bill's union supporters but also to Mayor Michael Bloomberg and business leaders, who strongly oppose it.
Last week, Bloomberg signaled that he wasn't inclined to support any bill that mandates sick pay.
During his weekly radio show, he said that the legislation would hurt businesses and that "the economy can't stand it."
“Bringing in someone who grew up in public housing, with a rags-to-riches story, who could identify with Brooklyn and African-Americans, that was slick."—CIty Concilwoman Letita James
"Governor Andrew M. Cuomo is in New York City."
10 a.m. City Council Speaker Christine Quinn and Rep. Joseph Crowley attend the renaming of a post office in honor of Pvt. Isaac T. Cortes, at 1449 West Ave. in the Bronx.
11:30 a.m. Quinn, Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer and State Senator Dan Squadron file an amicus brief in support of residents at Independence Plaza on the corner of North Moore and Greenwich St., in Manhattan.
1 p.m. Mayor Michael Bloomberg has a Q&A announcing new funding for a shark exhibit at the New York Aquarium at Surf Ave. at W. 8th St., in Brooklyn.
1 p.m. Quinn attends a Council hearing on public housing security cameras at NYCHA facilities in the Council Chambers at City Hall.
1:30 p.m. New Yorkers for Great Public Schools release a report that links Mitt Romney donors to "the political front group StudentsFirst" which seeks to influence upcoming elections, on the steps of the Tweed Courthouse at 52 Chambers St. in Manhattan.
5 pm. The New York City Districting Commission holds a public hearing at New York Law School, at 185 West Broadway in Manhattan.
6:15 p.m. Bloomberg hosts a reception in honor of Dominican Heritage, at Gracie Mansion.
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News Corp's owner is over the moon for Paul Ryan. [@RupertMurdoch]
Joe Biden is "a cynical tool" for his "chains" comment yesterday. [New York Post]
Asked if she'd ever run for office, Chelsea Clinton says maybe. [Jonathan Van Meter]
The comment gets picked up. [Arienne Thompson]
An editorial board criticizes retiring Rep. Ed Towns, who "made sure" paperwork associated with his personal loan from Countrywide was excluded from a congressional subpoena three years ago. [New York Post]
"It’s time for the LGBTQ community to come together to support this safe, sane, and sensible policy," the co-directors of Queers for Economic Justice wrote in a Gay City News op-ed. [Amber Hollibugh and Brandon Lacy Campos]
Farid Ali Lancheros, owner of Bogota Latin Bistro in Park Slope who signed a letter opposing the Paid Sick bill, now supports it. [Will Yakowicz]
Flashback: State inspectors once found the restaurant had short-changed employees. [Capital New York]
Yesterday's Quinnipiac poll was probably more about name recognition than anything else. [David Seifman]
The poll said most voters don't care about a candidate's sexuality. [Tina Moore]
A Times investigation found police in the 32nd Pct. in Manhattan, 44th and 46th Pcts in the Bronx and 115th in Jackson Heights, Queens, used force at much higher rates than the rest of the city. NYPD spokesman Paul Browne said that's because they file reports indicating "hands on suspect," which could mean "a frisk or to guide a suspect to the sidewalk." [Ray Rivera]
The labor-backed New Yorkers for Great Public Schools found that donors to the the group StudentsFirstNY also donated to Mitt Romney and other Republicans. [Geoff Decker]
"Virtually every line in this report contains charges that range from absurd to dishonest," said SutdentFirstNY's deputy executive director, Glen Weiner. [Michael Grynbaum]
Former councilman Larry Seabrook blames his mistress. [Bruce Golding]
"Disturbing, obviously," is how Cuomo described Daily News reports of NYCHA officials sitting on money that was intended for security cameras. [Glenn Blain]
The Yogurt Summit was "historic," Cuomo said. [Thomas Kaplan]
After Cuomo's intervention, Con Ed workers approved a contract. [AP]
State Comptroller Tom DiNapoli's audit faulted the state's Thruway Authority for not finding more savings before turning to a massive toll hike. [AP]
State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman announced the arrest of a crew on Staten Island illegal pharmaceutical drugs. [Josh Saul]
State Senator Tony Avella was correct in raising a red flag when U.S. Open organizers gave free tickets to elected officials. [New York Times]
Chuck Schumer said Paul Ryan is "Cheney-like." [Reid Pillifant]
M.T.A. chairman Joe Lhota is "absolutely not" opposed to facilitating a major league soccer stadium in Queens, under certain conditions. [Dana Rubinstein]
Council Speaker Christine Quinn rejected free tickets to the U.S. Open. [Azi Paybarah]
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