There is a new push to persuade City Council Speaker Christine Quinn to allow a paid sick leave bill to go on the floor for a vote. On Monday, Feb. 25, a number of female elected officials and congress members stood on the steps of City Hall to voice their support for a paid sick leave bill. City Council Member Gale Brewer is one of the lead sponsors of a bill that would require a minimum of five paid sick days a year for employers with more than five employees.

In a statement, Quinn reiterated her position on the bill by stating that the bill was an “admirable goal.” “However,” she said, “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.”