Quinn comes around on a version of ‘paid sick time’

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Briefing: Quinn. (Azi Paybarah via flickr)
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Supporters of the "paid sick time" bill were considering a rare attempt to circumvent City Council Speaker Christine Quinn, so long had she blocked the legislation from coming up for a vote.

But now Quinn has dropped her opposition to paid sick leave, at least in some form, announcing a compromise version of the legislation.

The compromise version won't take effect for a year and has a clause that stops the whole thing if the economy tanks. (Quinn's ostensible reason for holding up the bill until now, aside from the fact that it is staunchly opposed by her ally Michael Bloomberg and the business establishment she's been courting, was that the weak economy made it particularly burdensome for local businesses.)

The Times called it a "high-profile concession," but NY1 pointed out that "[t]he deal is a major change from the legislation originally proposed."

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The compromise bill was embraced by one business leader, Kathy Wylde of the Partnership for New York City.

Bloomberg, who recently clashed with Quinn over a police-oversight bill she supports, hasn't commented. 

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"This is a story we’ve been wanting to do for a long time." — David Chen

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