WATCH: De Blasio Delivers 6th State Of The City Address

January 10, 2019 - 3:16 pm
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NEW YORK (WCBS 880/AP) -- On the heels of two major announcements this week, Mayor Bill de Blasio unveiled more ideas at his sixth State of the City address on Thursday.

Noting that nearly half of New York City's workforce, the mayor said the city will create a retirement fund for workers who lack access to employer-sponsored funds. 

"You'll be able to set aside a small portion of your paycheck, watch it grow over the years and take it with you from job to job," de Blasio said.

The plan to create a city-managed retirement fund would have to be passed by the City Council.

De Blasio also announced his plans to start a new Office to Protect Tenants.

"The city's worst landlords will have a new sheriff to fear," the mayor said.

The Democratic mayor is also promising to provide free glasses to any kindergartner and first grader who needs them. He also announced rapid expansions of the 3-K and NYC Ferry programs and disclosed there will soon be dedicated bus lane tow trucks to help buses run more quickly.

De Blasio also says he will change the name of the city Department of Consumer Affairs to the Department of Consumer and Worker Protection.

Watch the full event here:

The speech Thursday morning at the Symphony Space on the Upper West Side comes a day after the mayor unveiled a proposal mandating paid time off for private-sector workers. The legislation, which if passed would make New York City the first city in the nation to guarantee two weeks paid personal time, would expempt businesses with fewer than five employees. 

On Tuesday, de Blasio also announced that the city will begin guaranteeing comprehensive health care to every resident, regardless of immigration status or ability to pay.

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