Minimum wage rises to $15 for many New York City workers

December 31, 2018 - 3:10 pm

NEW YORK (1010 WINS) – Some workers are going to see their pockets just a little bit fatter around the state and in the city for the New Year.

Nearly a million fast food and low-income wage earners are getting a New Year’s Eve windfall in the form of a minimum wage bump.

The minimum wage in New York City is going from $13 to $15, while the minimum wage on Long Island is rising from $11 to $12 an hour.

New York State law dictates that everybody will be up to $15 an hour by 2021.

Smaller New York City businesses -- defined as less than 11 employees -- will have to start paying workers $15 an hour by the end of 2019.

Workers at a Manhattan Dunkin’ Donuts were ecstatic Monday.

“This is good for us,” one man said.

“It’s good, but we hope more, because rent is expensive, metro is expensive,” another worker said.

While workers say it’s great, one manager says she believes the increase will lead to inflation.

“If you think about it, they go up to $15 an hour and then everything else is going to go up,” she said.