Cuomo touts minimum wage hike, paid family leave policy
Gov. Andrew Cuomo was on Long Island Sunday to announce new economic justice programs that he says are designed to keep more money in the pockets of taxpayers across the state.
The governor says minimum wage will be going up a dollar, to $11 per hour, and a new paid family-leave policy starts going into effect Monday. When it's fully phased in, Cuomo says New Yorkers will be eligible for up to 12 weeks of paid time off.
The paid family-leave policy is paid for entirely by the employee -- about $1.65 per week will be deducted from workers' paychecks. Those eligible include parents during the birth or adoption of a child, workers who need to care for a sick family member, and employees with a spouse or child notified of an active military service abroad.
Cuomo also says taxpayers will see an average tax cut of $300 dollars this year.
The governor is vowing that 2018 will be a year of change for working families in New York. "We're going to turn it around," he said.
More information can be found online at NY.gov.