Signed a paid sick leave and safe leave plan into law
De Blasio believes everyone should be guaranteed the right to health care, including undocumented immigrants.
He has repeatedly called for a national single-payer healthcare plan. De Blasio also signed a paid sick leave and safe leave plan into law, one of his signature accomplishments as mayor.
Source: PBS News Hour 2019 coverage of 2020 Democratic primary
, May 17, 2019
Expand mental health services at youth and runaway shelters
Educating New Yorkers about Mental Health and Addiction: ThriveNYC starts by working to destigmatize mental illness, training 250,000 New Yorkers in mental health "first aid."
Mental Health in Our Schools: NYC will place 400 Mental Health
Service Corps members in neighborhoods with the highest need across New York, and it has created the Center for Health Equity, which specifically helps communities of color address health disparities. Every school in New York City now has a form of
mental health support.
Helping New Mothers: All NYC Health and Hospital locations now provide maternal depression screenings for pregnant women and new moms.
Help for Youth: ThriveNYC is expanding mental health services at youth and runaway
shelters, helping young people in crisis get back on the right track.
Weekend of Faith for Mental Health: including visits to 2,000 congregations to help New Yorkers understand addiction as a disease that can be treated.
$7 million program to hold domestic abusers accountable
Domestic Violence Task Force: Under the Mayor's leadership, the City has invested nearly
$7 million to help ensure domestic abusers are held accountable and to enhance pathways to safety for survivors.
Source: 2020 Presidential Campaign website BillDeBlasio.com
, May 2, 2019
Enforce paid sick leave for temp workers
We know that the people working the hardest often earn the least, and have the fewest protections. In this city, nannies, home health aides, housekeepers, drivers, freelancers--more than 200,000 New Yorkers--receive no benefits at all, and have no
security. These are the people who keep this city running. And in return, they get the short end of the stick.
And that's why, today, I am expanding the mission, and in fact, the name of the Department of Consumer Affairs. It will now be the
Department of Consumer and Worker Protection.
They'll continue to enforce City laws like paid sick leave and will undertake a new mandate--to protect the most vulnerable workers in our economy. When a home health care aid--when their pay is withheld
or any worker is mistreated, the Department of Consumer and Worker Protection will intervene. Whether you're an employee or a temp, whether you're paid by check or cash, whether you're documented or not, if you work in NYC, then we will work for you.
Mandated up to ten days of Paid Personal Time every year
Hardworking people every day at big box retailers, at non-union hotels, and yes, even in corporate offices--I'm talking about the half-million New Yorkers who can't take so much as a single day off, not one, to be there when their child needs them or to
gather with their family for a wedding or just to take care of themselves. We all need to recharge sometimes, don't we? Our health depends on it. And the facts prove it. Employees who get regular time off have fewer health problems, they suffer fewer
injuries, they make fewer mistakes, and their productivity goes up. That's why literally every other industrialized country on Earth gives workers the fundamental right of paid vacation. Literally not a single city or state in this country provides this
right. This will be the first time, right now. New York City will become the first city in the nation to mandate Paid Personal Time for all our workers. Full-time or part-time, you will earn up to ten days of Paid Personal Time every year.
Signs legislation protecting against sexual harassment
"Society has been stacked in favor of men for far too long, leading many to believe they can harass women without fear of punishment," said Mayor de Blasio. "New York City will not allow that continue. We are taking action to protect workers against
sexual harassment and saying loudly & clearly that anyone who harasses a co-worker will face justice." "When women step forward with a grievance, it is the employer's responsibility to listen and take appropriate action," said First Lady Chirlane McCray.
Source: NYC.gov mayoral press release for 2020 presidential hopefuls
, May 9, 2018
Launched universal free lunch in NYC schools
De Blasio first began advocating for universal free lunch in 2014, when he launched a pilot program in middle schools. Although other school districts already offer free lunch to every student, New York City's will be the largest program of its kind.
According to Chalkbeat.org, more than two thirds of the city's students were eligible to receive a free lunch, though an estimated 250,000 didn't participate in the program due to a stigma associated with it or complicated paperwork.
Source: Mother Jones magazine on 2020 Democratic primary
, Sep 6, 2017
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