Stringer to call for $11 minimum wage in New York City

Credit: Mel Wright Photo/Manhattan Borough President's Office/Flickr
NYC Comptroller Scott Stringer wants the city to set its own minimum wage. Credit: Mel Wright Photo/Manhattan Borough President’s Office

City Comptroller Scott Stringer will call on Albany to allow New York City to set its own minimum wage, saying it should be $11.

The statewide minimum wage is $8, and local governments do not have the power to set their own minimum wages. Stringer said raising the city’s minimum wage to $11 would provide an additional $2 billion in annual income to working families, The Wall Street Journal reported.

“The fact is that when it comes to the minimum wage, one size does not fit all. Not when the cost of living is 80 percent higher in New York City than in Buffalo, 70 percent higher than in Rochester or 60 percent higher than here in Albany,” Stringer planned to say Monday at a hearing on Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s proposed budget, according to a draft of his testimony.

The state raised the minimum wage last year from $7.25 to $9 over a three-year period. It became $8 at the end of 2013, and it will be raised to $8.75 by the end of 2014, then $9 by the end of 2015.

Stringer wants his plan for a citywide minimum wage hike to be effective next year.

Other cities in the country, such as San Francisco, have higher minimum wages than their states. Even at $11, New York City’s minimum wage would still be below that of any other major city in the nation after adjusting for the cost of living, Stringer said.



News
Entertainment
Sports
Lifestyle
National

Mutant worms stay sober, even on alcohol

U.S. researchers have developed "mutant worms" that do not get drunk by alcohol, a breakthrough that could lead to new treatment for people trying to quit drinking

Local

K-9 nose helps capture $150K in cocaine at…

A furry, four-legged security agent helped authorities stop an illegal cocaine shipment from sneaking past JFK customs.

National

Minnesota man asked to leave Southwest flight after…

A man and his two sons were asked to leave a Southwest Airlines flight after the man sent a tweet complaining about being treated rudely by a gate agent.

National

Man sues hospital after surprise penis amputation

An Alabama man who went in to a hospital last month for a circumcision awoke after surgery to find his penis had been amputated, his lawyer said on Thursday.

Movies

Review: Brett Ratner's big 'Hercules' movie is small…

The latest "Hercules," starring Dwayne Johnson as the half-god beefcake of Greek myth, strips its hero and tale of most of its fantastical elements.

Arts

Scientists recreate world's smallest Monet copy

Scientists have reproduced a famous Impressionist painting using nano-printing, to create what has been described as the world's smallest work of art. Reworked at the…

Television

Jerry Seinfeld is ambidextrous, and other Reddit AMA…

See some of the weirder highlights of Jerry Seinfeld's recent Reddit AMA.

Going Out

Grab a pedestrian and start dancing at What…

As a New Yorker, I’ve mastered the art of focusing my gaze straight ahead. Though it occasionally piques my interest, the absurdities that play out…

NFL

2014 NFL Fantasy Football Top 100 overall player…

2014 NFL Fantasy Football Top 100 overall player rankings

U.S. Soccer

NYCFC announce signing of Frank Lampard

The tease of a big signing Thursday by new MLS side NYCFC ended up being one rumored for weeks. England midfielder Frank Lampard agreed to…

NBA

NBA great LeBron James sends 800 cupcake apologies…

By Kim PalmerCLEVELAND (Reuters) - NBA star LeBron James, whose recent return to the Cleveland Cavaliers in his home state of Ohio sparked a frenzy…

NFL

Jerry Reese confident with Giants, skipping countdown clocks…

Last year, Giants GM Jerry Reese installed a countdown clock in the locker room to inspire Big Blue to play in their own stadium for Super Bowl XLVIII.

Tech

Forget Wi-Fi: Li-Fi could be the future

Li-Fi technology – developed by Mexican company Sisoft – is wireless internet connectivity using specialized LED light.

Tech

Weather app Climendo might be the most accurate…

The wait for a truly accurate weather forecast could finally be over thanks to a nifty new app called Climendo.

Tech

Napkin Table puts focus off the phone and…

Michael Jan, a design student at Tunghai University in Taiwan, has invented a serviette-picnic blanket hybrid called the Napkin Table.

Style

Essie's new Color Boutique

Essie launches high-tech kiosks at major airports and malls across the country.