Carolyn Maloney endorses Christine Quinn after paid sick leave criticism

Carolyn Maloney Christine Quinn
Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney endorsed Christine Quinn for mayor Monday morning. (Courtesy of Christine Quinn for Mayor.)

Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney endorsed Speaker Christine Quinn for mayor this morning, despite vigorous criticism just last month of Quinn’s refusal to call a vote on a paid sick leave bill.  

Quinn has maintained that the bill does not make economic sense at this time, as opponents to the bill have contended that provisions buried in the legislation would inflict city fines on thousands of additional businesses.

The legislation reportedly gives the Health Department jurisdiction to fine for failing to post noticed in every language spoken by the workforce, and failing to keep records for three years of sick time taken by each worker, as well as penalties for refusing to give employees sick days. It would require employers with more than five employees to provide at least five sick days a year.

Last month, Maloney said, “The facts are enough to make you sick: America is the only industrialized nation in the world that fails to guarantee paid sick leave.”

“Here in New York, we can bypass congressional gridlock, enact paid sick leave, and make the Big Apple a national leader in protecting the health of our citizens,” Maloney declared.

A public hearing on the paid sick leave bill is scheduled for Friday.

Recently, an email was sent out with a statement allegedly from Quinn directing recipients to a fake website and announcing that she “stand[s] with Mayor Michael Bloomberg in opposing paid sick days for New Yorkers.”

The statement went on to say that 83 percent of city residents support paid sick days and a veto-proof majority of the City Council stands ready to approve a paid sick leave bill.

While the de Blasio campaign denied involvement in the fake site and email, spokesman Dan Levitan was quick to call attention to it, emailing a statement to reporters that said, “Whoever is behind this may have an odd sense of humor, but they do have better judgment for what’s right for New Yorkers than Speaker Quinn.”

At this morning’s announcement, Maloney acknowledged her disagreement with Quinn over paid sick leave, but insisted that “this is New York and people don’t always agree” and it’s necessary to “look at the whole picture.”

Quinn’s campaign said that the endorsement does not indicate a change of heart from the Speaker.

A source at the campaign confirmed that the Speaker agrees with paid sick leave in principal but does not believe the current economic conditions are right for it.

 

Follow Danielle Tcholakian on Twitter @danielleiat



News
Entertainment
Sports
Lifestyle
National

Humans should thank ancient Scottish fish fossils for…

By Kate KellandLONDON (Reuters) - Scientists studying fossils have discovered that the intimate act of sexual intercourse used by humans was pioneered by ancient armored…

National

Comet makes rare close pass by Mars as…

By Irene KlotzNEW YORK (Reuters) - A comet from the outer reaches of the solar system on Sunday made a rare, close pass by Mars…

Local

NYPD: Man found hanging in Brooklyn subway station

A man was found hanging inside a Brooklyn subway station on Saturday morning, police said. The man, who still had not been identified on Sunday,…

Local

Only church destroyed in 9/11 set to rebuild

St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church, the only house of worship destroyed during the terrorist attacks on 9/11, held a groundbreaking ceremony Saturday to start the…

Going Out

Watch home cooks try to impress Tom Colicchio…

Is what you’re making for dinner tonight good enough to serve “Top Chef” judge Tom Colicchio? That’s the standard that some of the city’s best…

Television

‘Homeland’ recap: Season 4, Episode 4 ‘Iron in…

Carrie Mathison, what are you doing?! Don’t seduce virgins! More on that later: Lots of crazy stuff went down on the "Iron in the Fire" ep of "Homeland"!

Movies

Box office: Brad Pitt kills Nazis, also Nicholas…

This weekend, Brad Pitt's second WWII movie, "Fury," rolled into the lead, while the latest Nicholas Sparks movie, "The Best of Me," got little love.

Gossip

Blake Lively's pregnancy cravings are too weird to…

Find out what Blake Lively is rumored to send husband Ryan Reynolds to the store for.

College

College football AP Top 25 rankings: Mississippi State…

College football AP Top 25 rankings: Mississippi State holds off FSU

NHL

NHL Power Rankings: Sharks, Canadiens, Blackhawks out in…

NHL Power Rankings: Sharks, Canadiens, Blackhawks out in front

NFL

DeMarco Murray carries Cowboys to win over Giants

The Giants knew they would need to stop DeMarco Murray if they were going to leave Dallas with a win. It didn't matter.

NFL

Jets trade for wide receiver Percy Harvin: Report

According to Fox Sports' Jay Glazer, the Jets have sent a conditional draft pick to the Seahawks for wide receiver Percy Harvin.

Wellbeing

Gabby Bernstein: The 3 questions I always get

For the last decade, I’ve been writing self-help books and preaching the Gospel of Gabby to audiences throughout the world. And no matter what country…

Wellbeing

Health News: 5K for lung cancer, free yoga,…

Get some fresh air to benefit lung cancer research On Friday, the first-ever Brooklyn Free to Breathe Run/Walk will take place Oct. 26 at Cadman Plaza…

Education

Can these two college students come up with…

Two Atlanta college students say they have an idea for a simple test that would quickly diagnosis the Ebola virus - and it all started…

Education

Chances are, the average college student isn't taking…

As a bachelor’s degree becomes more expensive than ever, one new report is criticizing colleges for the content of those pricey educations. The American Council…