In a move that surprises absolutely no one, Mayor Bloomberg vetoed the paid sick leave bill yesterday. The bill would have required employers to give workers five paid sick days off a year; it was pushed through City Council by Speaker Christine Quinn earlier this year, but Bloomberg says it would have a "deleterious effects on businesses."

City Councilwoman Gail Brewer, who spearheaded the bill when it was first introduced a few years ago, released a statement yesterday lamenting the mayor's move. "I am deeply saddened and disappointed but not surprised that Mayor Bloomberg has vetoed Intro 97A, the New York City Paid Sick Time Act," the statement said. "Once enacted into law, Paid Sick Time will codify basic rights for approximately one million New Yorkers: the right to earned paid days off when you or a family member falls ill, and the right to keep your job if you must stay home. It is a mistake to oppose these basic protections for working people, especially when those who oppose them already have such rights."

Bloomberg has never been a fan of the bill, and has warned that it will hurt the economy, job creation and small businesses in the past. And even after Quinn modified the bill to exempt businesses with fewer than 15 employees, Bloomberg wasn't convinced. But Brewer says the bill's not dead yet: "The Paid Sick Time Act is overwhelming popular among New Yorkers in all walks of life and 45 of 51 Council Members," she said in her statement. "I look forward to voting with them to override the Mayor's veto as soon as feasible." THE REVOLUTION BEGINS.