Assembly Holding Public Hearings On Minimum Wage

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Senate Republicans don’t want to raise the minimum wage; Assembly Democrats do. Gov. Andrew Cuomo says he’ll seek compromise.

Time to hit the road.

Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver, D-Manhattan, said Assembly Democrats will hold a three hearings across the state — in Syracuse, Buffalo and Manhattan — to push for a minimum wage increase.

Silver has legislation that would increase the current $7.25 per hour minimum wage to $8.50 an hour and index it to inflation for the future. Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos, R-Nassau County, wrote Monday that a minimum wage increase in this fragile economy would be bad business.

But Silver is pressing forward, making it his top issue before the end of the legislative session in late June.

“These hearings are an important next step in the process to raise the minimum wage,”Silver said in a statement. “It is important for our communities to speak up. Raising the minimum wage fairly rewards low-wage workers, helping those who are striving to help themselves and in the process, giving a boost to local economies.”

The hearings are:

  • Monday, April 23, 2012 at 2 p.m. Adam Clayton Powell Jr. State Office Building, 163 W. 125th Street, Manhattan
  • Tuesday, April 24, 2012 at 1 p.m., Common Council Chambers, 233 East Washington Street, Syracuse
  • Friday, May 11, 2012 at 1 p.m., City Hall, Council Chambers, 13th Floor, 65 Niagara Square, Buffalo
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