Assemblyman Lentol: Minimum Wage Increases Coming Soon

Minimum wage set to increase again at year’s end as part of Assembly Majority’s efforts to fight inequality
December 19, 2017

Assemblyman Joseph R. Lentol (D- North Brooklyn) is proud to announce that minimum wage increases will continue at the end of this year. On Dec. 31, the minimum wage in New York City will increase to $13, and for workers employed by small businesses with 10 or fewer employees, it will increase to $12. The minimum wage in Nassau, Suffolk and Westchester counties will increase to $11, while upstate New York will see the minimum wage increase to $10.40. And that isn’t the last of it – workers will continue to see increases for the next few years.

It’s no secret that the minimum wage has not kept up with the rising cost of living. As expenses like food, utilities and housing costs increase, the average salary has remained the same. Low wages and unfair pay exacerbate inequality and continue the harsh cycle of poverty.

“New York State is home to some of the hardest workers, and they should not struggle because the minimum wage has not kept up with the rising cost of living,” said Lentol. “It is time that New Yorkers are fairly compensated for their work.”

The increased minimum wage will impact not only workers and their families, but will also contribute to the health of the state and local economies. Lentol’s district is booming with small businesses that will be positively impacted by this legislation. Workers will have more money in their pockets to buy goods and services, which will increase profits and hopefully create new jobs.

“I look forward to the impact that the increased minimum wage will have on my constituents and the health of our local economy. I am confident that the economy across the state will also benefit,” said Lentol. “This legislation serves as a testament of New York State’s commitment to providing every citizen with the opportunity for economic security and success.”

If you have questions about this or any other community issue, please don’t hesitate to contact me at 718-383-7474 or by emailing lentolj@nyassembly.gov.