New York State legislators want to give unlimited sick leave to city employees with illnesses linked to Ground Zero, taking the power away from Mayor de Blasio, who is doling out the much-needed help on a piecemeal basis through the city’s unions.
State Sen. Andrew Gounardes’ (D-Brooklyn) 9/11 sick leave bill is in clear opposition to a plan created by the de Blasio administration, which is in the final stages of hammering out deals with each city union instead of providing blanket coverage to all employees.
“The city said they will take care of this themselves, but they have yet to solve it,” said Gounardes, who hopes all three bills will pass by the end of the legislative session in Albany. “In the meantime more people are getting sick. The city is letting them down here.”