NEW YORK (AP) — New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo has signed a law that will gradually raise the state's minimum wage to $15.
The ceremony on Monday took place as labor leaders, advocates and minimum wage workers attended a victory rally nearby, at the Jacob Javits Convention Center in Manhattan.
Proud to sign into law $15 statewide minimum wage and the strongest paid family leave policy in the nation. pic.twitter.com/iJ4DcJObe5— Andrew Cuomo (@NYGovCuomo) April 4, 2016
Cuomo and Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton joined them a short time later.
The law also establishes paid family leave for New York workers.
The law 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.
The minimum wage would only rise to $12.50 in the rest of the state by 2020, with further increases tied to inflation and other economic indicators.