Wall Street Journal NYC Councilman To Propose Free Babysitting by Mara Gay

Wall Street Journal
Wall Street Journal
NYC Councilman To Propose Free Babysitting
Mara Gay
09/19/2017
New York City Councilman Ben Kallos says he plans to introduce a bill that would allow care givers to attend public hearings and community-board meetings.
 
New York City Councilman Ben Kallos says he plans to introduce a bill that would allow care givers to attend public hearings and community-board meetings. PHOTO: ERIK MCGREGOR/PACIFIC PRESS/ZUMA PRESS
 

New York City’s growing government may soon add one more service to the mix: free child care.

The city would offer free babysitting at public hearings and community-board meetings under new legislation expected to be introduced by Councilman Ben Kallos this month.

Mr. Kallos, a Manhattan Democrat, said the bill would be aimed at increasing participation in local government.

 

“It’s really hard to get parents to come to community-board meetings,” he said in a phone interview. “Along with that comes a lack of diversity in the people I see involved in government and politics.”

There isn’t yet a cost estimate for the legislation, Mr. Kallos said. The measure would require the city to provide child care upon request through the Administration for Children’s Services, the child-welfare agency.

In the overwhelmingly Democratic City Council, the child-care measure is likely to quickly gain support. The 51-member body has in recent years passed legislation providing free attorneys for tenants facing eviction, as well as immigrants facing deportation. It has enacted paid sick-leave legislation, and approved a measure to provide free feminine-hygiene products in schools, jails and homeless shelters.

Issue: 
Education