Cuomo's plan to raise minimum wage wins support of 84 religious leaders

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.

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