NY City Council passes paid sick leave bill

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NEW YORK (AP) - The New York City Council has passed expanded paid sick days legislation.

The new bill has the support of Mayor Bill de Blasio (dih BLAH’-zee-oh). It will give the right to have paid sick days to 355,000 workers.

The bill will be the first that de Blasio, a Democrat, signs into law. He said Wednesday that the council “made history” with the legislation.

Combined with previous legislation, more than a half-million New Yorkers will now be entitled to take up to five sick days without fear of losing their job.

The bill passed in a 46-5 vote. It is the first major piece of legislation enacted by the new left-leaning council led by speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito.

Some small business owners have voiced concerns that the legislation creates a financial burden.

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