Minimum Wage to Increase for Suburban and Upstate Workers

Speaker Heastie Statement on Minimum Wage Increase

Assembly Speaker Carl E. Heastie

The Assembly Majority believes that putting families first means ensuring that every hardworking New Yorker is able to earn a living wage.

The fight to increase New York’s minimum wage began here in the People’s House. In 2016, my colleagues and I fought tirelessly to put an end to stagnant wages in New York by establishing a meaningful plan for sustainable wage growth. That year, we successfully enacted legislation with scheduled annual wage increases for workers all across the state to reach $15 per hour.

The minimum wage in New York City reached $15 per hour on December 31, 2019. On December 31, 2020, wages will rise to $14 an hour for workers in Nassau, Suffolk and Westchester counties and to $12.50 an hour in the remainder of the state.

Our fight to improve the lives of working people is far from over. In the year ahead, my colleagues and I will work to confront our state’s toughest challenges while continuing our commitment to putting New York families first. I look forward to a productive session in 2021 as we fight to defeat this terrible healthcare crisis.

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