Gov. Cuomo’s plan to raise the minimum wage has won the support of 84 religious leaders from across the state, the Daily News has learned.
Among the dozens of faith-based leaders to back the push is the politically-influential the Rev. Floyd Flake, who leads the Greater Allen African Methodist Episcopal Cathedral in Queens and is a former congressman.
“These pastors are leaders in their communities, and I am proud to have their support as we work together to combat poverty and make a difference for more than one million New Yorkers,” Cuomo said.
The governor has proposed raising the current $8.75-an-hour minimum wage to $11.50 an hour in the city and $10.50 elsewhere in the state — a move he says would impact 1.3 million New Yorkers and pump $3.4 billion into the economy.
The religious leaders join a number of business, union and other community leaders who have signed on to the effort that Cuomo has called the “Fight for Fair Pay” — borrowing the name from the Daily News’ recent successful campaign to raise the salaries of low-wage airport workers.Read the Full Article