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Poll: Most in NY back locally set minimum wages
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) -- A new poll shows 73 percent of New York voters support giving municipalities the authority to raise the minimum wage locally, something Gov. Andrew Cuomo opposes and New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio advocates for his city.
The Siena College poll released Tuesday shows 85 percent support among Democrats, 48 percent among Republicans and 74 percent among independents.
The governor and state Legislature last year raised the statewide minimum from $7.25 an hour to $8 this year.
Cuomo says letting each city set its own rate could lead to destructive competition.
De Blasio says it would help address "the unique crisis" working families face in New York City.
The poll of 802 registered voters last week has a margin of error of 3.5 percentage points.