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NY Minimum Wage Increase Takes Effect

Gov. Andrew Cuomo voiced his support for a $15 minimum wage in New York State along with former Vice President Joe Biden.
Gov. Andrew Cuomo voiced his support for a $15 minimum wage in New York State along with former Vice President Joe Biden. Photo Credit: Twitter - @NYGovCuomo

As the new year starts, some Hudson Valley workers will see a pay bump in the form of a minimum wage increase and middle-class tax cut.

The rise in minimum wage will vary throughout the state. Employees in New York City will see a rise up to $15 an hour, while on Long Island and Westchester, minimum wage will increase a dollar, from $10 to $11 an hour.

In the rest of the Hudson Valley, including Rockland, Orange, Putnam and Dutchess counties, employees will see a rise in minimum wage from $9.70 an hour to $10.40 an hour.

The increase in minimum wage is the second phase of New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s plan, which will see minimum wage reach $15 an hour in Westchester over a six-year span. The rest of the Hudson Valley is expected to see minimum wage reach $12.50 by 2020.

"We believe that people who work hard should be able to earn a decent living and support a family with dignity," Cuomo said. "With a statewide $15 minimum wage and the nation’s only 12-week paid family leave program, we are going to prove that the economy can and should work for all."

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