2004-08-06 / Columnists

Local Senator Urges Override to Pataki’s Wage Slight

State Senator Malcolm A. Smith of Queens urged Senate Majority Leader Joseph L. Bruno Tuesday to schedule a vote to overrule Governor Pataki’s veto of legislation that would up New York’s minimum wage to $7.15 by 2007.

“While I realize this procedure is generally employs in limited instances, I would respectfully posit that the overall benefits to our working families and the zeal with which so many members support this legislation, clearly justify the procedure,” said Smith in the letter to Bruno.

New York’s minimum wage is now $5.15, adding up to less than $11, 000 dollars a year for a full time workers. A worker supporting a family on this salary would be living below the poverty line.

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