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New York City

Wi-Fi Planned for Metro Airports

by Associated Press
LaGuardia Airport.

Patrick Nouhailler, Flickr

Free Wi-Fi is closer to coming to the New York City area's major airports.

   The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey is set to vote Wednesday on a plan to offer free access at Newark, Kennedy and LaGuardia airports, to a point. The proposal cleared a committee on Wednesday morning.

   Wi-Fi would be free for 30 minutes, then travelers would have to pay $7.95 for the day.

   It currently costs passengers $4.95 an hour or $7.95 for 24 hours to access the Internet at the airports.

Governor Andrew Cuomo Authorizes More Speed Cameras for NYC, Long Island

by Associated Press
Traffic in NYC.

Wendy, Flickr

New York City and Long Island will soon get more than 200 new speed cameras to combat dangerous driving in school zones.

   Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed legislation on Wednesday that authorizes up to 125 cameras on Long Island and another 120 in New York City.

   The cameras will be installed in school zones and will operate during and immediately before and after school activities. Speeders caught by the devices would be mailed a $50 ticket.

New York Speaker Pushes for Minimum Wage Hike, Dream Act

by Associated Press
New York State Capitol.

Holley St. Germain, Flickr

New York Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver is renewing his push to increase the minimum wage and pass the Dream Act as lawmakers work toward adjournment.

   Silver told reporters on Wednesday that those two measures are top priorities before the Legislature adjourns next week.

   The minimum wage proposal would raise the wage to $10.10 per hour and allow cities like New York City to impose a local minimum wage that's up to 30 percent higher.

   The Dream Act would extend financial aid to students who are in the country illegally.

New York City Council Passes Paid Sick Leave Bill

by Associated Press
Tissues.

jainaj, Flickr

The New York City Council has passed expanded paid sick days legislation.

The new bill has the support of Mayor Bill de Blasio. It will give the right to have paid sick days to 355,000 workers.

The bill will be the first that de Blasio, a Democrat, signs into law. He said Wednesday that the council "made history" with the legislation.

Combined with previous legislation, more than a half-million New Yorkers will now be entitled to take up to five sick days without fear of losing their job.

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