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City Council a Clear Partner in Mayor's First 100 Days

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In his first 100 days in office, the mayor has had a clear partner on the other side of City Hall, as the City Council, under Melissa Mark-Viverito, has proven to be a defender and ally, willing to shepherd through key parts of his agenda. NY1's Courtney Gross filed the following report.

The cozy relationship between both sides of City Hall has been pretty sweet for Mayor Bill de Blasio.

"There's been an atmosphere of partnership from day one," the mayor said.

Meaning by Day 100, the mayor can already check off a few pieces of his agenda, including a massive expansion of the city's paid sick days law.

"Because of this law, starting on this April 1, less than two weeks from now, you will have a new fundamental right," de Blasio said.

"This is a humane policy and this is a good policy, so I'm very proud that this Council is going to be considering this legislation, and I'm looking forward to working with my colleagues to get this passed," said City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito.

On Thursday, the City Council introduced legislation to create a municipal ID, another campaign promise from the mayor.

"Obviously, we are very appreciative that we have a mayor now that puts these issues as a priority in his administration, but these are issues that we have cared about in this Council for many, many years," Mark-Viverito said.

When Mark-Viverito became speaker, she did so with the mayor's blessing. Now that their reign is fully underway, the majority of the City Council, including its leader, were quick to sum up how the two branches of government now function.

"It's great that we have a partner in the mayor that believes in the same vision that we have," Mark-Viverito said.

"On many of things that New Yorkers overwhelmingly want, we're working together very closely," said City Councilman Brad Lander of Brooklyn.

"We have a cooperative type of relationship," said City Councilman Fernando Cabrera of the Bronx.

"A great relationship that we've have so far," said City Councilman Donovan Richards of Queens.

"We're expecting to work very closely with the mayor," said City Councilman Mark Weprin of Queens.

As another example of this partnership, the mayor was hosting members of the City Council at a reception at Gracie Mansion Thursday evening.

"Those relationships are important," said City Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer of Queens.
"They foster good communication and getting things done for the people of the city of New York."

It's a relationship that doesn't appear to be souring any time soon.

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