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More than 40 business owners and chamber of commerce executives from New York City, Long Island and the Hudson Valley announced their support Monday for Governor Andrew Cuomo's push to raise the state minimum wage to $10.50. 

The current $8.75-an-hour minimum wage will go to $9 at year's end. The Democratic governor wants to raise it to $10.50 statewide and $11.50 in New York City.

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A state wage board has agreed to raise the minimum wage for tipped workers form $5.00 to $7.50 an hour. New York Governor Andrew Cuomo announced the change at a rally with union leaders.

Cuomo, speaking to the union members,  renewed his call to raise the state’s minimum wage for non-tipped workers to $10.50 an hour, $11.50 in New York City. Cuomo says businesses are making “record profits.” 

“Business is doing well, God bless ’em,” Cuomo said. “But it is time that they share. We are looking at a polarization of income in this country like we’ve never seen before.”

Not everyone was pleased with the increase. The state’s Restaurant and Tavern Association says it’s disappointed that the Governor’s wage board did not limit the minimum wage for highly tipped workers to $6.50 an hour.  The group predicts that it will slow job growth, and is considering legal action. 

A state board in New York has recommended an increase in the hourly wage paid to restaurant servers and other tipped workers.

The Wage Board voted Friday in favor of raising the so-called tipped wage from $5 to $7.50 an hour at year's end. Servers would be paid a dollar less if they make significantly more than the minimum wage when tips are factored in.

The law allows employers to pay tipped workers less than the minimum wage if gratuities make up the difference.

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  Governor Andrew Cuomo has spent the days leading up to this joint State of the State and budget message rolling out a number of new programs and proposals, including an anti poverty agenda that includes raising the minimum wage,    and tax cuts for small businesses.

Cuomo says as part of his budget, he’ll include a new phased in increase of the minimum wage to $10.50 an hour by the end of 2016. In New York City, the rate would rise to $11.50 an hour. The governor says New York City is arguably “the most expensive market” in the U.S.

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Nuns, ministers and other religious leaders have held a prayer vigil at the New York state Capitol in support of a wage increase for tipped workers.

The group gathered Monday to call on Gov. Andrew Cuomo's administration to eliminate the so-called "tip wage" of about $5 an hour paid to servers, busboys and hotel housekeepers.

State law allows restaurants and hotels to pay less than the state's $8.75 minimum wage, as long as tips make up the difference. A state panel is studying whether to eliminate the tip wage and make all workers subject to the same minimum wage.

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Across America, it is a week of dichotomy. For many, Thursday means a massive feast, but Thanksgiving also helps shed light on the 17 percent of Americans who struggle with food insecurity. Faith groups, low-income residents, anti-hunger groups, and Congressman Paul Tonko assembled today in Albany at Emmanuel Baptist Church for the annual Thanksgiving Action Against Hunger.

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New Census estimates show the number of New Yorkers living in poverty remained steady from 2012 through last year, mirroring national statistics. The data comes at a time when the Empire State is gearing up to increase benefits for the unemployed and boost  employment opportunities for disabled workers.

The U.S. Census Bureau on Thursday proclaimed median household income throughout New York State remained flat at about $57,000.

NYS Senator, Others To Call For Minimum Wage Increase

Sep 12, 2014

A New York state Senator will join community groups in Ulster County Friday afternoon to call for a higher minimum wage.

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A new report from Feeding America shows 50 million Americans rely on food banks and 1 in 7 Americans face food insecurity. It also links substandard nutrition to health problems.

The report entitled "Hunger in America 2014" has revealed some startling statistics: One in seven Americans turns to a food bank for help, about 40 percent of whom have education beyond high school.

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