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Top 10 Stories of ‘11
The Riverdale Press

December 28, 2011
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Living wage

Councilman Oliver Koppell’s controversial Fair Wages for New Yorkers Act never made it to the City Council floor for a vote this year, but there was still plenty of action. The council held two hearings on the legislation — which would require developers receiving taxpayer subsidies to pay employes $10 with benefits, $11.50 without — and followed them with amendments to garner more support.

Unions (except for District Council No. 9 of the International Union of Painters and Allied Trades, which is against it) and community groups held massive rallies in support of the bill, while some business groups and chambers of commerce launched an ad campaign to convey the message that the wage mandate will kill jobs. Since November, the bill has lost some support (Councilwoman Inez Dickens) and gained some support (Archbishop Timothy Dolan and Public Advocate Bill de Blasio).