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Jan. 23 (Bloomberg) — New York Mayor Bill de Blasio called on fellow U.S. city leaders to tackle a nationwide “inequality crisis” with policies such as paid sick days and universal pre- kindergarten.

Mayors need to bypass the “frustrating paralysis” of congressional politics, the 52-year-old Democrat said today at at a U.S. Conference of Mayors meeting in Washington. Such “progressive” moves, which he’s championing in New York, will create a new standard to achieve shared prosperity, de Blasio said. The speech was his first outside of the city since taking office 23 days after a landslide victory.

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