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New York Gov. Cuomo signs $15 minimum wage law

Posted: 12:13 PM, Apr 04, 2016
Updated: 2016-04-04 12:41:04-04
(Photo: Gov. Andrew Cuomo via Twitter)

(Photo: Gov. Andrew Cuomo via Twitter)

NEW YORK — New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo has signed a law that will gradually raise the state’s minimum wage to $15.

The ceremony on Monday took place as labor leaders, advocates and minimum wage workers attended a victory rally nearby, at the Jacob Javits Convention Center in Manhattan.

Cuomo and Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton joined them a short time later.

The law also establishes paid family leave for New York workers.

The law gradually raises the minimum wage to $15 in New York City by the end of 2018 and in some prosperous suburbs by the end of 2021.

The minimum wage would only rise to $12.50 in the rest of the state by 2020, with further increases tied to inflation and other economic indicators.

Also on Monday, California Gov. Jerry Brown signed a bill raising his state’s minimum wage to $15 an hour by 2022.