Bronx workers hope lawmakers vote to override veto on minimum wage
Workers throughout the Bronx are hoping that state lawmakers decide to override Governor George Pataki's veto on the minimum wage increase.
The state Legislature returned to Albany Monday to consider overrides on several of Pataki's vetoes including minimum wage. The Democratic controlled Assembly already overrode the veto on minimum wage, so now it's up to the Republican dominated Senate to make a decision. Currently minimum wage is $5.15 an hour. If the Senate were to override the governor's veto, minimum wage would increase to $7.15.
Bronx workers who currently earn minimum wage hope the bill is passed. They say with the increasing cost of such items as heat and gas, being able to earn more would be helpful.
The Senate has until the end of the year to decide on the bill.