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Gov. Cuomo Seeks $15 min. Wage for New Yorkers : Astorino Says, ” It’s Pure Politics”

Cuomo’s  new wage proposal will again face another battle in the state Senate when it returns to the Capitol in 2016. Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie, D-Bronx, has already backed the plan.

Surrounded by hundreds of supportive union members in a convention hall in Manhattan, Mr. Cuomo said he would carry the banner for a $15 minimum wage, which would be more than double the federal minimum of $7.25 an hour. Several cities, including Los Angeles and Seattle, have laid plans to raise their minimum wages to $15, but no state has gone that far.

Cuomo’s proposal mirrors a wage hike for fast-food workers in New York, which was formally approved Thursday by the state Department of Labor. State law allows the labor department to implement a wage hike for a particular industry if an appointed panel finds its workers are being harmed by low pay.

Democrat Assemblyman Tom Abinanti, who represents the 92nd District in Westchester, on Thursday tweeted: “The Gov.’s statewide $15 hourly min. wage helps downstate suburban workers where cost of living is highest in USA.”

astorinorobWestchester County Executive Robert Astorino, called Cuomo’s announcement “pure politics” and economics from someone who has never worked in the private sector.”

Astorino told the Journal News,

“It was transitional employment, the first step on a ladder,” he said. “For those very few who are full-time employees at that level, what we really need is a better economy in New York because of these kinds of terrible economic decisions, which drive businesses away.

“The problem is that payroll costs are usually the single biggest item between a profit and loss for any small business,” Astorino said. “What’s going to happen — as is happening in San Francisco, Los Angeles and Seattle right now — is that businesses are going to reduce hours and employees, some are going to close and never open again.”

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