MERRICK - A measure to raise the minimum wage in New York has passed in the Assembly, but many say its chances of passing in the state Senate are slim. New York legislators are debating a bill that would raise the minimum wage from $7.25 to $8.50 per hour. Just last week, a coalition of groups supporting the increase rallied in Babylon, calling the state's current minimum a moral outrage. But the bill is unlikely to pass in the state Senate, where the Republican majority opposes it. They argue that raising the minimum wage raises the payroll for small businesses, many of which are barely hanging on as it is. Gov. Andrew Cuomo has said that while he supports the bill, it appears to have no chance of passing with the Senate's opposition.