- Associated Press - Tuesday, July 28, 2015

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - A New York state lawmaker says fast-food workers in Westchester County should get a $15 minimum wage when those in New York City do, and shouldn’t have to wait six years like the rest of the state.

Westchester County Assemblyman Tom Abinanti, a Democrat, said Monday that the county’s cost of living is high enough that it should be treated like New York City.

A state Wage Board has endorsed a plan to gradually increase the minimum wage for workers in fast-food chains to $15 over three years in New York City and over six years elsewhere in the state. The faster phase-in in the city was justified because of the high cost of living.

The current wage of $8.75 is set to rise to $9 at year’s end.

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