- Associated Press - Saturday, September 10, 2016

NEW YORK (AP) - New York City union leaders are heaping praise on Gov. Andrew Cuomo for passage of a phased-in $15 minimum wage.

Cuomo was the featured speaker at a rally Saturday before union leaders held a parade to celebrate Labor Day.

The Democratic governor won cheers when he expressed support for union work in state construction and other projects. He noted that billions are being spent to renovate LaGuardia Airport, and other infrastructure statewide.

Cuomo signed legislation last April that 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.

It will rise to $12.50 in the rest of the state by 2020, eventually reaching $15. In all, about 2.3 million workers are expected to benefit.

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