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As Promised, Bloomberg Vetos "Living Wage" Bill
New York Daily News
Celeste Katz

June 1, 2012
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As vowed, Mayor Bloomberg vetoed the controversial “living wage” bill, slamming it as a measure that will cripple local businesses.

Our Reuven Blau reports:

“Passage of this bill will threaten some of the city's most innovative and important economic development projects-the types that have stabilized and revitalized neighborhoods in all five boroughs,” said Hizzoner's veto memo to the City Clerk.

The City Council has the votes to override Bloomberg's veto and is expected to do so soon.

The measure would boost pay to $11.50 an hour, or $10 with benefits, for workers at companies that receive $1 million or more in city subsidies.

Labor backers of the bill slammed the veto.

“Bloomberg will be remembered as the Mayor of Inequality,” said Stuart Appelbaum, president of the Retail, Wholesale and Department Store Union. "He forced taxpayers to line the pockets of a few wealthy developers while giving them nothing in return. On his watch, life has gotten worse, not better, for many New Yorkers--a shameful and alarming legacy to be sure."

Bloomberg has vowed to challenge the expected Council override in court.

“While this bill could potentially result in higher wages for some workers, these increases would come at the cost of job creation,” his veto message said.

Update: A number of other critics are chiming in on Bloomberg's veto via The Living Wage NYC Coalition. Here's a sample... - CK

“With this veto, Mayor Bloomberg has cemented his legacy as the mayor of the rich, by the rich and for the rich,” said Rev. Dr. Raymond Rivera, Director, Latino Pastoral Action Center. “He has missed his opportunity to support New Yorkers as they strive to be productive, contributing citizens.”

“Mayor Bloomberg stands firmly on the wrong side of history. Clergy in New York City are saying, ‘The reign of the rich is over!’ A new day has dawned in New York City,” said Rev. Peter Goodwin Heltzel, director, Micah Institute at New York Theological Seminary.

“Mayor Bloomberg’s legacy is one of disrespect: extending his term against the will of the people and now labeling honest working class people as Communist for wanting to earn a decent living wage so they can take care of their families. The Living Wage NYC Coalition will remain in this fight until all workers are treated fairly and paid justly!” said Desiree Pilgrim-Hunter, President, Northwest Bronx Community and Clergy Coalition.