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Protesters Greet Cuomo At Manhattan Re-Election Campaign Stop

Mark Dunlea

Protesters greeted Governor Andrew Cuomo when he appeared at New York City's Harvard Club for a re-election campaign "conversation" Thursday.

About 100 demonstrators carried signs and recited chants, urging Cuomo to move to raise the state minimum wage and ban hydrofracking. Community activist Jo Ann Lum: "So we're out here to say, like, Cuomo, you messed up with the minimum wage bill that you passed. You gotta take steps immediately to make sure this is straightened out."

The Coalition for a Real Minimum Wage is at odds with the Governor's refusal to include tipped workers in his minimum-wage increase which took effect December 31. They say he has failed to convene a minimum-wage board to hike the minimum wage for tipped workers, despite being directed to do last spring in the law that provided a minimum wage hike to other workers.

The Coalition for a Real Minimum Wage is urging Gov. Cuomo to:

?Increase the minimum wage of tipped workers

?Enforce and strengthen the labor law regarding minimum wage

?Repeal his bill’s subsidies for corporations which pits younger against older workers

?Increase the minimum wage to at least $10 in the coming year (indexed to inflation)

Dave Lucas is WAMC’s Capital Region Bureau Chief. Born and raised in Albany, he’s been involved in nearly every aspect of local radio since 1981. Before joining WAMC, Dave was a reporter and anchor at WGY in Schenectady. Prior to that he hosted talk shows on WYJB and WROW, including the 1999 series of overnight radio broadcasts tracking the JonBenet Ramsey murder case with a cast of callers and characters from all over the world via the internet. In 2012, Dave received a Communicator Award of Distinction for his WAMC news story "Fail: The NYS Flood Panel," which explores whether the damage from Hurricane Irene and Tropical Storm Lee could have been prevented or at least curbed. Dave began his radio career as a “morning personality” at WABY in Albany.
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