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Mayor Brown pledges wage increase for Buffalo's employees

Chris Caya WBFO News

Support is growing for Gov. Andrew Cuomo's plan for increasing the minimum wage for all New Yorkers. During Cuomo's stop in Buffalo on Wednesday, Mayor Byron Brown pledged to follow the governor's lead. 

As part of his push for increasing wages for all New Yorkers, Cuomo made an apperance in Buffalo Wednesday. During the event at the Father Belle Center on the lower West Side, Mayor Byron Brown announced plans for City Hall to follow suit. 

"Like Governor Cuomo is leading by example, this just can't be talk, this must be action. And we will make sure that every employee in City Hall makes at least a $15 an hour wage," Brown said.    

The minimum wage increase, the mayor said, would benefit about 500 city employees. He says it will be phased in and by 2021, it would cost taxpayers just over $9.2 million.

Brown says it will be paid for by continuing efficiencies in government.