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Elected Officials Rally For Paid Sick Leave

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Female lawmakers are demanding the City Council act on a paid sick leave bill, but Speaker Christine Quinn says she's not ready to call for a vote.

Quinn, a likely candidate for mayor, is getting an earful for not allowing her members to vote on the bill.

More than 15 female elected officials gathered for a rally on the steps of City Hall Monday to call for Quinn to advance the legislation.

The bill would mandate companies with more than five employees provide five paid sick days each year.

Supporters say that it will specifically help working mothers.

"Do what is right. Allow for the debate to go on. Why are you so afraid," Democratic Rep. Nydia Velazquez, who represents parts of Brooklyn, Queens and Manhattan, said.

"The Speaker has always indicated that she supports the concept, but she doesn't want to pass the bill," Councilwoman Gale Brewer (D-Manhattan). "We hope she changes her mind."

But Quinn says she still needs more time to examine the consequences of the legislation.

"I believe providing paid sick leave to hard working families is a worthy and admirable goal," Quinn said in a statement. "However, with the current state of the economy and so many businesses struggling to stay alive, I do not believe it would be wise to implement this policy, in this way, at this time."

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