City & State: Heard Around Town, December 28

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First came the endorsement from Public Advocate Bill de Blasio. Then the New York Times. Now, living wage proponents have another reason to feel thankful this holiday season: one or more City Council members are expected to announce their support for the measure in the coming days, sources say. Twenty-nine Council members are currently signed on as sponsors to the bill, five short of the votes needed to override an expected veto by Mayor Michael Bloomberg.— Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr., a vocal supporter of the living wage bill, said he hopes the building momentum will be enough to convince Council SpeakerChristine Quinn to bring the bill to the floor for a vote. “If you want to make a political calculation, I don’t see a downside to supporting the living wage bill,” Diaz said. “But I believe ultimately [Quinn] is someone who is proven to listen to all parties, and who tries to do what she believes is right.” The Bloomberg administration is opposed to the legislation, and opponents point out that the editorial boards of the Daily News, New York Post and Crain’s have all come out against the bill. After a packed Council hearing last month, Quinn’s office says she continues to mull her options on the living wage bill.

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