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In the last two years, he said New York City's Public Engagement Unit coordinated signing up more than 130,000 New Yorkers for plans through the exchanges created by the law.

The announcement came the day after de Blasio announced a plan to spend $100 million a year on expanding health coverage for low-income New Yorkers and seemed meant to polish his credentials as a progressive leader.

The mayor made the bold promise that in 2019, the city will help 600,00 New Yorkers who take an MTA bus "actually get to work on time".

The Democratic mayor said Wednesday he will back legislation requiring employers with five or more employees to offer at least 10 paid days off a year.

Among those the mayor's office said the policy would benefit are 180,000 workers in professional services, 90,000 workers in the retail sector, and 200,000 in the hotel and food service industries.

"It's a signal that we need to make more progressive change in New York City", the mayor said. "If fines and penalties don't cut it, we will seize buildings and put them into the hands of a nonprofit that will treat tenants with the respect they deserve".

The announcements come after weeks of the city and New York State getting hammered by local press and politicians for the handling of the Amazon HQ2 bid process, criticized for being negotiated behind closed doors and for promising billions of dollars in tax incentives to one of the world's largest and richest corporations while there are well-documented billions of dollars in repairs needed for the city's public housing and public transportation systems. The city will double the number of intersections where buses are given green light priority and keep bus lanes clear, the major promised, with expanded camera enforcement and seven dedicated tow truck teams within NYPD, the departments' "first-ever tow truck units dedicated exclusively to keeping parked cars out of bus lanes".

In September the city will continue to expand it's 3K program, which provides free, all-day preschool for 3 year olds.

De Blasio said his programs would increase happiness in the city.

The plan is part of a set of initiatives the mayor is touting to make NY the #FairestBigCity in the nation.

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