Issues: Minimum Wage

Chanukah is the celebration of Miracles!

"Chanukah is the celebration of miracles, a reminder that all things are possible," Senator Parker said.  "As you celebrate the spirit of Chanukah with friends and family, I wish you health, happiness and good fortune." The holiday celebrates a legendary victory of the Maccabees, a band of Jews, over a Greek army that occupied the Holy Land.  After the battle, the victorious Maccabees found only a one day supply of oil in the temple to light the lamps.  But the oil burned miraculously for eight days, the story says.

December 17, 2014
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Legislative Notebook: State Initiatives of Interest to Veterans

Here is a partial listing of bills I have supported this session to aid New York’s former servicemen and servicewomen. These initiatives will now go to Governor Cuomo for final action.

-- Legislation I co-sponsored was passed by both houses (S.7839, first introduced as S.4714)) to extend the Military Service Credit Law of 2000 to all veterans who have served in the military. Right now, public employees who served in the armed forces may purchase up to three years of pension credit only if their military service occurred during specified conflicts. This measure will expand this opportunity to public employee veterans who also served their country in peacetime.

June 26, 2014
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Senator Sanders and Senate Democratic Conference Release Minimum Wage Report and Push for Local Minimum Wage Option

Senator James Sanders Jr. (D-Queens) joined his fellow Senate Democratic Conference members at a press conference to announce the release of a detailed report describing the economic benefits New York State would receive from an increase to the minimum wage. Senator Sanders also called for the adoption of legislation that would allow local governments to raise the minimum wage within their municipalities.

June 3, 2014
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Sanders’ Minimum Wage Bill Right Up Governor Cuomo’s Alley

This past weekend, Governor Andrew M. Cuomo vowed to support the passage of legislation that would raise the state’s minimum hourly wage to $10.10 next year, and provide for annual increases that would be indexed to the rate of inflation.

This past January, New York State Senator James Sanders Jr. (D-Queens) introduced a bill (S6334) that would achieve those very aims, help to upgrade the standard of living for the state’s working poor, and spur economic growth in every county.

June 3, 2014
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Press Release: Senate Democratic Conference Release Minimum Wage Report And Push For Local Minimum Wage Option

Albany, NY - The Senate Democratic Conference today released a comprehensive report detailing the economic benefits New York State would receive from authorizing a minimum wage local option. The Senate Democratic Conference also urged for immediate passage of legislation that would allow local governments to raise the minimum wage within their municipalities.

June 2, 2014
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Media Advisory: Senate Democratic Conference Releases Minimum Wage Report And Pushes For Passage Of Local Minimum Wage Option

Albany, NY - The Senate Democratic Conference will be joined by minimum wage activists to push for Senate passage of legislation to allow local governments to raise the minimum wage within their municipalities.

WHO: Senate Democratic Conference Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins, Members of the Senate Democratic Conference, Minimum Wage Activists

WHEN: Monday, June 2, 2014 at 1:00 PM

June 2, 2014
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Democratic Conference Leader Stewart-Cousins "Raise Up NY" Press Conference

On Wednesday, April 30th, Democratic Conference Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins spoke at the Raise Up NY press conference in support of her bill that would allow municipalities to raise the minimum wage and why this is important for the women of New York State. Organizations including Make the Road New York, the Labor Religion Coalition, and Citizen Action of New York were present and raising their voices for a living wage. Leader Stewart-Cousins described the current regimented increases as inadequate and slow and brought up the troubling statistics which show women to be the majority low-wage earners both in the United States and in New York.

April 30, 2014
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In the News: Women Leaders Pen Letter to Cuomo, Ask Him to Support Local Wage Standards (Source: Legislative Gazette)

In a letter to Gov. Andrew Cuomo and the Legislature, 130 of the state's most powerful women urged the passage of #RaiseUpNY, legislation that would allow cities and counties to raise wages above the state's minimum of $8 an hour.

The #RaiseUpNY bill (S.6516/A.9036) is a plan to allow individual cities and counties within the state to set their own minimum wage, based on factors such as cost of living. But Gov. Andrew Cuomo has criticized the plan saying it would create a chaotic situation throughout the state by pitting cities and counties against each other.

April 15, 2014
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In the News: Women's Groups: Let Cities and Counties Increase Minimum Wage (Source: LoHud.com)

Women’s rights advocates and legislators released a letter Monday urging Gov. Andrew Cuomo to support a bill that would allow cities and counties to increase their own minimum wage.

“Failing to adequately raise the minimum wage has hampered our state’s economic growth and kept over 1.1 million hard-working New Yorkers in poverty,” State Democratic Conference Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins, D-Yonkers, said in a statement. “A majority of minimum wage earners are women, many of whom are desperately trying to provide for their families and make ends meet.”

April 8, 2014
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Media Advisory: Senate Democratic Conference Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins to be Guest on the Capitol Pressroom

Senate Democratic Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins will be joining Susan Arbetter of Capitol Pressroom this morning at 11:15 AM to discuss the need to raise the state’s minimum wage and index it to the rate of inflation.

WHAT: Interview with Susan Arbetter of the Capitol Pressroom

WHO: Senate Democratic Conference Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins

WHEN: Wednesday, February 27th 2013, at 11:15 AM

Click here to listen LIVE!

February 27, 2014
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In the News: New York Democrats Push Fair Pay For Contract Public Employees (Source: Daily News)

In the wake of the Daily News Fight for Fair Pay Campaign, state Senate Democrats on Tuesday called on seven state public authorities to immediately hike contract workers’ pay to at least $9 an hour. 

The MTA and the Thruway Authority were among the seven agencies that received the letters from Senate Democratic leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins.

February 26, 2014
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#RaiseUpNY Launch Press Conference

Democratic Conference Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins spoke at the launch of #RaiseUpNY on Tuesday, February 11th to show the Democratic Conference's support to give local cities and towns the power to raise the minimum wage.

February 12, 2014
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In the News: NY Democrats Push for Faster Minimum-Wage Hike (Source: LoHud.com)

Democrats in the state Legislature are hoping to accelerate New York’s scheduled minimum-wage increase, using President Barack Obama’s national push to boost their plan.

“We understand that our business is unfinished and we need to make sure that we accelerate the minimum wage so that it will reflect what New Yorkers want,” Senate Democratic Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins, D-Yonkers, said at a news conference Tuesday.

Click here to read the full article.

February 11, 2014
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Let Cities, Counties Supplement State's Minimum Wage (Commentary on Times Union by Senator Andrea Stewart-Cousins and Assemblyman Karim Camara)

As a nation, we've long agreed that everyone who's willing to work hard should have a shot at moving up in the world. But as families today know all too well, the middle class feels awfully elusive when you earn $8 an hour.

That's why we're supporting legislation that would allow municipalities in New York to supplement the state's minimum wage to be more in line with regional living costs. We recognize that New York is a diverse state, and a nuanced, local approach makes more sense than a one-size-fits-all policy. After all, a decent wage in Binghamton isn't necessarily the same for Buffalo or Albany County.

February 11, 2014
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In the News: Senator Andrea Stewart-Cousins Discusses Minimum Wage (Source: Capital Tonight)

Senator Andrea Stewart-Cousins appeared on the Capital Tonight to discuss the minimum wage, "hoping to reopen dialogue and get some momentum to raising minimum wage in accelerated phase, indexing it to inflation" for a more sustainable lifestyle for minimum wage workers in New York State.

Click here to view the video.

February 6, 2014
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Press Release: Senate Democratic Conference Announces Action On Minimum Wage

Albany, NY - The Senate Democratic Conference on February 4th announced the introduction of three bills relating to the New York State minimum wage. These three pieces of legislation would enable local governments to raise the minimum wage in their localities, expedite the increase of the state’s minimum wage, and end the corporate tax credit for employers who pay workers the minimum wage.

February 4, 2014
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Media Advisory: Senate Democratic Conference Announces Action On Minimum Wage

The Senate Democratic Conference will hold a press conference today, February 4th 2014 at 1:00 PM, to announce the introduction of legislation relating to the New York State minimum wage and call for immediate Senate action.

WHO: Senate Democratic Conference Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins Members of the New York State Senate Democratic Conference

WHEN: Tuesday, February 4th 2014 at 1:00 PM

WHERE: Senate Democratic Conference Room, Room 315 Capitol, Albany

February 4, 2014
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Senator Stavisky Welcomes New York City Council Members in Albany

 

Albany, NY— Senator Toby Ann Stavisky (D-Flushing) welcomed a delegation of New York City Council Members to her office in Albany to discuss collaboration between the city and the state on issues such as taxation, universal pre-K and the minimum wage.

January 29, 2014
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Senator Kennedy Announces Minimum Wage Increasing December 31 for Local Workers

On December 31, New York State’s minimum wage will rise to an hourly rate of $8.00. 

Kennedy: A higher minimum wage will help working families make ends meet and live a little more comfortably.

BUFFALO, N.Y. – Senator Tim Kennedy, D-Buffalo, announced the minimum wage will rise to $8 an hour tomorrow, December 31. Kennedy said this wage increase is the first of three raises that will result in minimum-wage workers earning $9 an hour by the end of 2015. The higher wages will be a welcome boost for workers and families in Western New York and across the state, says Kennedy who has helped lead the charge for raising the minimum wage.

December 30, 2013
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