- Associated Press - Friday, September 25, 2015

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - New York’s governor has nominated a former union leader to be the state’s next labor commissioner.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced Thursday that he has asked Roberta Reardon to lead the state Department of Labor. Reardon served as the national president of the American Federation of Television and Radio Artists and as a member of the New York City Labor Council.

She will replace Acting Labor Commissioner Mario Musolino following Senate confirmation.

Under Musolino, the labor department recently approved a proposal to gradually increase the minimum wage of fast-food workers to $15 an hour. The agency oversees state labor regulations, unemployment and workforce training initiatives.

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