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Governor Cuomo’s labor commissioner is likely in the next few days to finalize a phased in hike in the minimum wage to $15 an hour for fast food workers. That action  dismays some business groups, who say it will have some unintended consequences.


Governor Andrew Cuomo says he will try to get the state legislature to broaden an increase in the state’s minimum wage beyond fast food workers, but the newly appointed Deputy Majority Leader of the state Senate is throwing some cold water on that plan.


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The Erie County Legislature approved a ban on plastic microbeads Thursday. Legislators also wrangled over a state plan to raise the minimum wage in some fast food restaurants and over a demand that Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz meet with legislators about the problems in Child Protective Services.


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While the higher minimum wage for New York fast-food workers likely won't start kicking in until the end of the year, speaker after speaker in front of Buffalo City Hall Wednesday saw the decision as symbolic.

Board recommends $15 minimum wage for fast-food workers

Jul 22, 2015
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A special panel created by Governor Andrew Cuomo voted Wednesday to raise the minimum wage for fast-food workers in the state to $15 by 2021.

A wage board convened by Governor Cuomo is expected to vote to raise the hourly minimum rate for fast food workers from the current $8.75 an hour to as high as $15 an hour when it meets on Wednesday.

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In the legislative session that recently ended, Governor Cuomo saw the state legislature reject a number of agenda items he’d been pushing. The governor, perhaps taking a cue from President Obama, has used his executive powers  to  advance some of the proposals anyway.

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Fast-food workers rallied in several cities across New York, including Buffalo, Wednesday morning. The events coincided with state Wage Board hearings on increasing the minimum wage.

Mayor Brown to sit on governor's fast-food wage board

May 12, 2015
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Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown is one of three people who will soon help determine whether New York State raises its minimum wage for fast-food workers to $10.50 an hour.

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International Workers Day was celebrated on Friday, both around the world and in downtown Buffalo. Hundreds of union members and supporters cheered as national AFL-CIO Vice President Tafare Gebre urged them to stand together and fight for their rights.

State legislators and Gov. Andrew Cuomo are on vacation after the state budget was approved in the early hours of the new fiscal year, but that doesn't mean everything is settled.

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Earlier this month 85 business leaders from across New York State put their collective support behind Governor Cuomo's effort to raise the minimum wage.

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Gov. Andrew Cuomo traveled to Buffalo Tuesday to push for increasing New York's minimum wage. 

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Gov. Andrew Cuomo is proposing an increase in the minimum wage to $10.50 by the end of next year.

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More than one million workers across New York will be getting raises this New Year’s Eve, as the state minimum wage is set to increase from $8 an hour to $8.75. WBFO’s Avery Schneider talked with some Western New York residents to get their take on the hike.

The movement to increase the federal minimum wage is gaining momentum. President Obama has championed the idea. New York Senator Kirsten Gillibrand is joining the wave.

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A group of five former Buffalo Jills cheerleaders has filed suit against the Buffalo Bills, saying the football team exploited them by failing to pay them in accordance with New York State's minimum wage laws.

WBFO will air State of the Union speech

Jan 28, 2014
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WBFO will carry NPR's live coverage of President Obama's State of the Union speech and the Republican Response Tuesday at 9 p.m. NPR's Melissa Block will host cover and will be joined NPR National Political Correspondent Mara Liasson.

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U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand unveiled a five-point plan in Buffalo Friday that she says would update workplace rules to strengthen middle-class families.

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A key lawmaker says the state’s minimum wage, which as of December 31st is $8 an hour, should jump to $9 an hour by next year.

Minimum wage increase in effect

Dec 31, 2013
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The minimum wage increase of $8 an hour went into effect in New York State Tuesday. The increase is the first of three raises that will result in minimum wage workers earning $9 an hour by the end of 2015.

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Across the country Thursday, protestors were out calling for higher pay for workers in fast food restaurants. That movement was joined in Buffalo with protests near several fast food restaurants at Main and Utica.

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New York Governor Andrew Cuomo held a ceremonial budget signing in Harriman Hall on the University at Buffalo South Campus Tuesday in front of a few hundred invited guests.

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State Senator Timothy Kennedy joined about a dozen community activists in downtown Buffalo Monday morning to call on Albany to raise the state's minimum wage.

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Around 100 people turned out for a rally Friday morning at the Gloria Parks Community Center in North Buffalo to support higher wages for the working poor.

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Supporters of raising New York’s minimum wage have not given up hope of getting a bill passed this session.

The bill to raise the state’s minimum wage from $7.25  an hour to $8.50  has been approved in the Democratic led State Assembly, but faces opposition form Republicans who control the Senate.

GOP Senate leaders say it would be a “job killer”, because small businesses would  have to limit hiring new workers.

For weeks, there’s been a stalemate in Albany over the issue of raising the state’s minimum age, with Assembly Democrats backing the idea, Senate Republicans opposing it, and Governor Cuomo remaining neutral in the middle, saying he generally backs the measure, but feels that the GOP can’t be convinced.

The governor and the leaders appeared together at an event in the governor’s ceremonial offices, and were asked if they were doing anything to resolve the impasse.
There was a brief pause.

“Who wants to go first, guys?” Cuomo said, with a laugh.

Governor Cuomo cast further doubt on issues like campaign finance reform and increasing the state's minimum wage to become law this year and says he’s “shifting” to a new phase of governing instead .

In remarks to his cabinet, Cuomo says he expects a “relatively quiet” end to the legislative session. He says campaign finance reform, including public campaign financing, are measures that he supports, but says that they are “controversial” and “polarizing” issues in the legislature.