10:30 am Oct. 1, 2012
Public Advocate Bill de Blasio thinks organized labor should back Councilman Dan Garodnick's watered-down version of a Paid Sick Leave bill, which addresses some of the concerns of business owners about the burdens imposed by the original version.
But he thinks they should go no further.
After he spoke at a church in Brooklyn on Sunday about the bill, which is being held up by City Council Speaker Christine Quinn (who will likely be running against de Blasio in the Democratic mayoral primary next year), I asked him about Garodnick's version.
"I think what he has put forward is the right plan," de Blasio told me. "I think that's it. I think we've gotten to the balance point. I don't think we need to further amend."
The original bill has 37 sponsors—enough to pass the Council and survive a veto from the mayor—although the member who introduced the bill, Gale Brewer, said before the amendments were introduced that some of the sponsors might not support the compromise measure.
Quinn has characterized herself as a supporter of the overall goal of the bill, while blocking a vote on it, in characteristically squishy style. Allowing a vote on the bill would mean taking a position.
"There's no rationale for not to bring it to the floor," de Blasio said. "If she wants it to the floor and do everything she can to defeat it on the floor, that's her choice, and the people will judge that."
Then, in language reminiscent of the fight to extend term limits, which de Blasio opposed and Quinn supported, he said, "She can't not bring it to the floor without there being, I think, a tremendous anger in this city that people were cheated of the democratic process here."